LUKA KOPER, d.d., Koper
Explanation as to the Acquisition and Disposal of Abanka Vipa d.d. Shares
On the basis of the provisions of Ljubljana Stock Exchange Rules and the Financial Instruments Market Act RS, Luka Koper d.d. publishes the following release:
On 14th December 2010, Luka Koper d.d. received a request from Slovenia’s Securities Market Agency to clarify facts and circumstances as to its decision, together with other shareholders of Abanka Vipa d.d. acting in a concerted manner that would lead - in compliance with the provisions of the Takeovers Act RS - to an eventual obligation to make a formal takeover bid for Abanka Vipa d.d..
Following examination of the Securities Market Agency request and all circumstances we herein establish that during March and April 2010 Luka Koper d.d. acquired 174 shares in Abanka Vipa d.d. This interest was acquired on Luka Koper d.d.'s behalf by its portfolio manager on the basis of a Portfolio Management Agreement.
Luka Koper d.d. did not intend to acquire Abanka Vipa d.d. stock and did not provide its portfolio management any order whatsoever to acquire and/or dispose of Abanka Vipa d.d. shares.
Further to this, Luka Koper d.d. did not exercise voting rights from its holding in Abanka Vipa d.d., and, in accordance with Luka Koper d.d.’s adopted policy on financial investment management, the company didn't participate at the Abanka Vipa General Assembly meeting nor did it authorise a proxy to vote on its behalf.
In November and December 2010, said portfolio manager disposed of Luka Koper d.d. ‘s entire holding in Abanka Vipa d.d. upon his own judgement.
Luka Koper d.d. shall examine the request by the Securities Market Agency, give a reply and do everything necessary to protect Luka Koper d.d.’s interests
The Management board