Disclosures required under Sections 289 (4) and 315 (4) of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB – German commercial code) and explanatory report.
As at 31 December 2009, the company’s share capital totalled €1,209,015,874 and was composed of the same number of no-par value registered shares. Each share carries the same statutory rights and obligations and entitles the holder to one vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). No individual shareholder or group of shareholders is entitled to special rights, particularly rights granting powers of control.
The exercise of voting rights and the transfer of shares are based on the general legal requirements and the company’s Articles of Association, which do not restrict either of these activities. Article 19 of the Articles of Association sets out the requirements that must be met in order to attend the AGM as a shareholder and exercise a voting right. Only persons entered in the share register shall be considered by the company to be shareholders. The Board of Management is not aware of any agreements between shareholders which would limit voting rights or the transfer of shares.
KfW Bankengruppe (KfW), Frankfurt am Main, are our largest shareholder, holding around 30.5% of the share capital. The Federal Republic of Germany holds an indirect stake in Deutsche Post AG via KfW. According to the notifications we have received pursuant to Sections 21 ff. of the Wertpapierhandelsgesetz (WpHG – German securities trading act), KfW and the German government are the only shareholders who own more than 10% of the share capital, either directly or indirectly.