No bearers of shares have any special rights conferring authority to control the Company.
Numerous employees have direct shareholdings in DEUTZ AG. There are no restrictions affecting the direct exercise of rights of control in connection with these shares.
A consortium of banks has provided DEUTZ AG with a syndicated, revolving cash credit line of €160 million. DEUTZ AG also took out a loan with the European Investment Bank that has a remaining balance of €54.0 million. Under the terms of the loan agreements, the lenders can demand that the outstanding loan be repaid within a specified period in the event of a change of control, i.e. one or more people acting jointly acquire a direct or indirect shareholding of at least 50 per cent of all shares and/or voting rights in DEUTZ AG.
If DEUTZ AG needs to repay a considerable proportion of the loans prematurely in the event of a change of control, it needs to raise the necessary funds some other way in the short term.
The service contracts of the Board of Management members Dr Ing Helmut Leube (a member and the Chairman of the Board of Management until 31 December 2016), Dr Frank Hiller (a member and the Chairman of the Board of Management from 1 January 2017) and Dr Margarete Haase stipulate the following provision in the event of a change of control: if their appointment (1) is revoked within nine months of the change of control or (2) ends within nine months of a change to the legal form of DEUTZ AG and subject to certain other requirements, they will receive 150 per cent of the severance cap pursuant to article 4.2.3 of the German Corporate Governance Code. As set out in the service contracts, a change of control is deemed to occur when one or more other people or other companies acting jointly within the meaning of section 30 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (WpÜG) acquire(s) more than 30 per cent of the voting rights and therefore control of the Company. No change of control will be deemed to have occurred if (in the case of Dr Hiller) the current major shareholder, AB Volvo, acquires more than 30 per cent of the voting rights in the Company alone or with others, or if (in the case of Dr Leube and Dr Haase) the current major shareholder, AB Volvo, or the former major shareholder, the Same DEUTZ-FAHR Group, acquires more than 30 per cent of the voting rights in the Company.
The long-term incentive plans (LTI), under which the most senior managers in the DEUTZ Group (executives and managing directors of major subsidiaries) are granted virtual options that they can exercise after a vesting period and upon achievement of certain performance targets (see the consolidated financial statements of this annual report), contain the following provision in the event of an entity – either alone or acting jointly with an affiliated company – acquiring a minimum of 50 per cent of the shares in DEUTZ AG: provided one of the performance targets has been achieved, the LTI participants may exercise their options within a short time frame after the acquisition, even if the vesting period has not yet expired.
DEUTZ AG has no indemnification agreements with employees that would come into force in the event of a takeover bid.