The launch of its new global Employee Share Subscription Plan is part of “One Person. One Voice. One Share”, an employee engagement program and governance model launched by Danone in 2018 to allow all its 100,000 employees to co-own the company agenda, actively participate in defining roadmaps to bring the company’s strategic goals to life, and deepen their ownership mindset.
The share offering is being conducted under an authorization of the shareholders’ meeting of April 25, 2019 and is being proposed to all eligible employees in Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and the UK, subject to obtaining the necessary authorizations from the local authorities.
The subscription price is equal to €56.65 ($63.72), or 80% of the average opening price of Danone share on the Euronext Paris market during the 20 trading days preceding June 3, 2019.
The subscription period is planned to run from June 7 to June 24, 2019 and settlement (payment-delivery) is expected to occur in the following weeks, subject to any pending regulatory approval. The Plan is limited to 800,000 shares.
Participants in the Employee Share Subscription Plan must keep the shares subscribed for a period of five years, subject to early release exemptions.