|TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form F-3 on 04/05/2018|
Dividends and other distributions
Amount available for distribution
We may only make distributions to our shareholders to the extent that our shareholders’ equity exceeds the sum of the paid-in and called-up share capital plus the reserves as required to be maintained by Dutch law or by the articles of association. We only make a distribution of profits to our shareholders after the adoption by our general meeting of shareholders of our annual accounts demonstrating that such distribution is legally permitted. However, our management board may, subject to approval of the supervisory board but without any shareholder vote, distribute interim dividends at any time, subject to our shareholders’ equity exceeding the sum of the paid-in and called-up share capital plus the reserves as required to be maintained by Dutch law or by the articles of association, as demonstrated by interim accounts prepared as required by Dutch law.
If the annual accounts show that the company has made less profit than distributed to the shareholders by way of interim dividend the company must request repayment of the amount by which the interim dividend exceeds the profit from those shareholders which knew or which should have known that the payment of the interim dividend was not permitted.
Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders to distribute dividends in excess of 50% of our profits for a certain year requires consent of at least one of the Founders.
We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends for the foreseeable future.
Under existing laws of the Netherlands, there are no exchange controls applicable to the transfer to persons outside of the Netherlands of dividends or other distributions with respect to, or of the proceeds from the sale of, shares of a Dutch company.
Squeeze out procedures
Pursuant to Section 2:92a of the Dutch Civil Code, a shareholder who (alone or together with his group companies) for his own account holds at least 95% of our issued share capital may initiate proceedings against all of a company’s other shareholders jointly for the transfer of their shares to the claimant. The proceedings are held before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Ondernemingskamer) and can be instituted by means of a writ of summons served upon each of the minority shareholders in accordance with the provisions of the Dutch Code of Civil Procedure (Wetboek van Burgerlijke Rechtsvordering). The Enterprise Chamber may grant the claim for squeeze out in relation to all minority shareholders and will determine the price to be paid for the shares, if necessary after appointment of one or three experts who will offer an opinion to the Enterprise Chamber on the value to be paid for the shares of the minority shareholders. Once the order to transfer becomes final before the Enterprise Chamber, the person acquiring the shares shall give written notice of the date and place of payment and the price to the holders of the shares to be acquired whose addresses are known to him. Unless the addresses of all of them are known to the acquiring person, such person is required to publish the same in a daily newspaper with a national circulation.
A shareholder that holds a majority of our issued share capital, but less than the 95% required to institute the squeeze-out proceedings described above, may seek to propose and implement one or more restructuring transactions with the objective to obtain at least 95% of our issued share capital and thus to be allowed to initiate squeeze-out proceedings. Those restructuring transactions could, amongst other things, include an asset sale transaction, a legal merger or demerger involving our company, a contribution of cash and/or assets against issuance of shares involving our company, the issue of new shares to the majority shareholder while excluding any preemption rights of minority shareholders in relation to such issuance or liquidation.
Adoption of annual accounts and discharge of our management board and supervisory board
No later than May 31 of each year (subject to an extension of five months by our general meeting of shareholders in extraordinary circumstances), our management board must prepare our Dutch statutory accounts for the preceding fiscal year. Our Dutch statutory accounts are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. After approval of our Dutch statutory accounts by our supervisory board, these financial statements must be made available for inspection by our shareholders and others entitled to attend general meetings during the period from the time when our annual shareholders meeting is called until the date when the meeting is held. The Dutch statutory