Legal structure of the Deutsche Telekom Group.
Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, is the parent of the Deutsche Telekom Group. Its shares are traded on the Frankfurt/Main Stock Exchange as well as on other German stock exchanges.
For information on the composition of capital stock in accordance with § 289 (4) HGB, please refer to Note 15 „Shareholders' equity“ in the notes to the consolidation of financial statements.
Shareholders’ equity .
Each share entitles the holder to one vote. These voting rights are restricted, however, in relation to treasury shares and shares allocable to Deutsche Telekom in the same way as treasury shares (at December 31, 2013: around 21 million). The “trust” shares, as they are known, (at December 31, 2013: around 19 million) relate to the acquisition of VoiceStream and Powertel (now T-Mobile US) in 2001 and are allocable to Deutsche Telekom at December 31, 2013 in the same way as treasury shares. As regards the shares issued to trusts, the trustee waived voting rights and subscription rights and, in general, dividend rights for the duration of the trusts’ existence.
Capital increase. The resolution on the dividend payout of EUR 0.70 per share for the 2012 financial year gave shareholders the choice between payment in cash or having their dividend entitlement converted into Deutsche Telekom AG shares. Dividend entitlements of Deutsche Telekom AG shareholders amounting to EUR 1.1 billion for shares from authorized capital (2009 authorized capital I) were contributed in June 2013 and thus did not have an impact on cash flows. Deutsche Telekom AG carried out an increase in issued capital of EUR 0.3 billion against contribution of dividend entitlements for this purpose in June 2013. This increased capital reserves by EUR 0.8 billion, the number of shares by 129,855,897.
Treasury shares. The shareholders’ meeting resolved on May 24, 2012 to authorize the Board of Management to purchase shares in the Company by May 23, 2017, with the amount of share capital accounted for by these shares totaling up to EUR 1,106,257,715.20, provided the shares to be purchased on the basis of this authorization in conjunction with the other shares of the Company which the Company has already purchased and still possesses or are to be assigned to it under § 71d and § 71e AktG do not at any time account for more than 10 percent of the Company’s share capital. Moreover, the requirements under § 71 (2) sentences 2 and 3 AktG must be complied with. Shares shall not be purchased for the purpose of trading in treasury shares. This authorization may be exercised in full or in part. The purchase can be carried out in partial tranches spread over various purchase dates within the authorization period until the maximum purchase volume is reached. Dependent Group companies of Deutsche Telekom AG within the meaning of § 17 AktG or third parties acting for the account of Deutsche Telekom AG or for the account of dependent Group companies of Deutsche Telekom AG within the meaning of § 17 AktG are also entitled to purchase the shares. The shares are purchased through the stock exchange in adherence to the principle of equal treatment (§ 53a AktG). Shares can instead also be purchased by means of a public purchase or share exchange offer addressed to all shareholders, which, subject to a subsequently approved exclusion of the right to offer shares, must also comply with the principle of equal treatment.
The shares may be used for one or several of the purposes permitted by the authorization granted by the shareholders’ meeting on May 24, 2012 under item 7 on the agenda. The shares may also be used for purposes involving an exclusion of subscription rights. They may also be sold on the stock market or by way of an offer to all shareholders, or withdrawn. The shares may also be used to fulfill the rights of Board of Management members to receive shares in Deutsche Telekom AG, which the Supervisory Board has granted to these members as part of the arrangements governing the compensation of the Board of Management, on the basis of a decision by the Supervisory Board to this effect.
Under the resolution of the shareholders’ meeting on May 24, 2012, the Board of Management is also authorized to acquire the shares through the use of equity derivatives.
As part of this authorization, the Board of Management decided on December 18, 2012 to acquire a total of 268 thousand shares. From January 2, 2013 to January 16, 2013, shares were acquired in accordance with the authorization for a total acquisition price of EUR 2,394 thousand (excluding transaction costs) with an average purchase price of EUR 8.92 per share.
Furthermore, a total of 2 thousand shares were reallocated in January and March 2013 as part of the share matching plan and transferred free of charge to the deposits of eligible participants of the share matching plan who are not members of the Board of Management.
As part of the acquisition of VoiceStream Wireless Corp., Bellevue, and Powertel, Inc., Bellevue, in 2001 Deutsche Telekom issued new shares from authorized capital to a trustee, for the benefit of holders of warrants, options, and conversion rights, among others. These options and conversion rights all expired in the reporting year. As a result, the trustee no longer has any obligation to fulfill any claims in accordance with the purpose of the deposit. The 18,517 thousand deposited shares are accounted for in the same way as treasury shares in accordance with § 272 (1a) HGB.
As a result of the share buy-back, the transfer and the allocation of shares, treasury shares of EUR 48 million were openly deducted from issued capital, capital reserves increased by EUR 48 million, and the retained earnings of the Group decreased by EUR 2 million.