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Notification in accordance with § 93 (2) BörseG

9 July 2015 | 

Interest held by Bank of America Corporation rose above 5% on 2 July 2015 and fell below 4% on 6 July 2015.

voestalpine AG hereby announces in accordance with § 93 (2) BörseG (Austrian Stock Exchange Act) that it received notification from Bank of America Corporation on 7 July 2015 stating that it held shares and financial instruments within the meaning of § 91a BörseG representing more than 5% of the voting rights of voestalpine AG on 2 July 2015.

In detail, Bank of America Corporation stated it had the following direct and indirect holdings of voestalpine AG shares and financial instruments within the meaning of § 91a BörseG on 2 July 2015:
 

Shareholder   Number of ordinary shares Voting rights in in %
Bank of America N.A Share 88 0.00 %
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc. (Discretionary PIA) Share 122 0.00 %
Merrill Lynch Equity S.a.r.l. Share 6,520,000 3.73 %
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc Share 93 0.00 %
Subtotal   6,520,303 3.73 %
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc Financial instruments based on shares 2,785,933 1.59 %
Total   9,306,236 5.32 %

When calculating voting rights, all of the voting rights specified in §§ 91 to 92 BörseG must be added together in accordance with § 91a (7) BörseG. Bank of America Corporation therefore held a total of 9,306,236 ordinary shares and financial instruments based on ordinary shares on 2 July 2015. Based on the 174,949,163 voestalpine ordinary shares issued, this represents 5.32% of the voting rights of voestalpine AG.

On 8 July 2015, voestalpine AG received notification from Bank of America Corporation that on 6 July 2015 its direct and indirect holdings of voestalpine AG ordinary shares and financial instruments based on ordinary shares did not exceed 4%, and its holdings of voestalpine AG voting rights therefore fell below the 4% threshold on this date.