18 months from the date of that meeting to acquire as many shares in our capital as is permitted by the law and our articles of association, whether through the stock exchange or by other means,
at prices between an amount equal to the nominal value of the ordinary shares and an amount equal to 110% of the market prices of the ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the market price being the average of the closing price on each of
the 30 consecutive days of trading preceding the three trading days prior to the date of repurchase).
Dividends may only be paid out of profit as shown in the adopted annual accounts. We will only have power to make distributions to shareholders and other persons entitled to distributable profits to the
extent our equity exceeds the sum of the paid and called up portion of the ordinary share capital and the reserves that must be maintained in accordance with provisions of the laws of the Netherlands or our articles of association. The profits must
first be used to set up and maintain reserves required by law and must then be set off against certain financial losses. Subsequently, out of the profits a distribution will be made on the preference shares if issued and such reservations will be
made as our board of directors will determine. We may not make any distribution of profits on ordinary shares that we hold, unless the shares are subject to a right of usufruct or pledge for the benefit of a third party. Any allocation of our
remaining profits shall be determined by a resolution of the shareholders. If the shareholders do not adopt a resolution with respect to the allocation of profits then we will reserve our profits. Interim distributions may be effected by resolution
of either the shareholders or the board of directors.
All calculations to determine the amounts available for dividends will be based on our unconsolidated annual accounts, which may be different from our consolidated financial statements, such as those included in this prospectus. Our
statutory accounts will be prepared, under IFRS and are deposited with the Commercial Register in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We are dependent on dividends or other advances from our operating subsidiaries to fund any dividends we may pay on our
Under Dutch law, in the event of an issuance of ordinary
shares, each holder of ordinary shares will have a pro rata preemptive right to the number of ordinary shares held by such shareholder (with the exception of ordinary shares to be issued to employees or shares issued against a contribution other
than in cash). Preemptive rights may be limited or excluded by the general meeting of shareholders at the proposal of our board of directors or by our board of directors if designated by the general meeting of shareholders or by the articles of
association for a period not exceeding 5 years. In a general meeting of our shareholders to be held prior to the closing of this offering, a proposal will be submitted to the general meeting of shareholders to designate our board of directors as the
corporate body with the power to limit or exclude pre-emptive rights for a period of five years from the date thereof.
At the proposal of our board of directors, our shareholders may reduce our issued share capital either by canceling ordinary shares held in
treasury or by amending our articles of association to reduce the par value of the ordinary shares. A resolution to reduce our capital requires the approval of at least a majority of the votes cast at a general meeting of shareholders. A two-thirds
majority vote is required if less than half of the issued share capital is present or represented at the general meeting of shareholders. Any reductions in the par value of the ordinary shares, with or without repayment, must be effected in
proportion to all shares unless consent is given by each of the shareholders involved.
A partial repayment of ordinary shares under the laws of the Netherlands is only allowed upon the adoption of a resolution to reduce the par value of the ordinary shares. The repayment must be made pro
rata on all ordinary shares, but this requirement may be waived with the consent of all affected shareholders. In some circumstances, our creditors may be able to prevent a resolution to reduce our share capital from taking effect.