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07.02.2017 – 17:39

AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG

EANS-Voting Rights: AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
Publication of an Announcement according to art. 93 BörseG with the objective of Europe-web publication

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  Notification of voting rights transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is
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Release according to article 93 BörseG with the aim of a Europe-wide
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AGRANA Beteiligungs-Aktiengesellschaft (AGRANA), Vienna, ISIN AT0000603709,
notifies pursuant to section 93 para 2 BörseG that AGRANA has been informed on 6
February 2017 and 7 February 2017 by RAIFFEISEN-HOLDING NIEDERÖSTERREICH-WIEN
registrierte Genossenschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (RHO), "LAREDO"
Beteiligungs GmbH (LAREDO), "ALMARA" Holding GmbH (ALMARA), LEIPNIK-LUNDENBURGER
INVEST Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft (LLI), Marchfelder Zuckerfabriken
Gesellschaft m.b.H. (MZ), Estezet Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H. (Estezet),
Zucker-Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H. (ZBG), Süddeutsche
Zuckerrübenverwertungs-Genossenschaft eG (SZVG), Südzucker AG (Südzucker),
AGRANA Zucker, Stärke und Frucht Holding AG (ABH) and Z&S Zucker und Stärke
Holding AG (Z&S) on a reduction of the shareholding with respect to the share
capital and the sale of shares (voting rights) of the company pursuant to sec 91
et seq. BörseG as follows:

- Notification dated 6 February 2017 (Reduction of the shareholding with respect
to the share capital):

On 6 February 2017, AGRANA has been informed that with legal validity of the
capital increase of AGRANA dated 2 February 2017, the interest of Z&S in voting
rights of AGRANA fell below the reporting threshold of 90% on 2 February 2017.
The relevant interest in voting rights is 83.38% (12,938,772 AGRANA-shares) of
all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares). 4.51% (700,000
AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) are held
by Z&S in form of a call option for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker. The
exercise period for the call option starts on 23 August 2017. 

Furthermore, AGRANA has been notified on 6 February 2017 that with legal
validity of the capital increase of AGRANA dated 2 February 2017, the relevant
interest in voting rights of AGRANA attributable to ABH as direct sole
shareholder of Z&S is 83.38% (12,938,772 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares
issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) and ABH crossed the reporting threshold of
90%. 4.51% (700,000 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760
AGRANA-shares) are indirectly held by ABH due to a call option of Z&S for
AGRANA-shares against Südzucker. The exercise period for the call option starts
on 23 August 2017.

AGRANA has also been notified on 6 February 2017 that with legal validity of the
capital increase of AGRANA dated 2 February 2017, the relevant interest of
Südzucker and SZVG in voting rights of AGRANA held through the shareholding in
ABH and as a party of a shareholder's agreement (between Südzucker and ZBG with
accession of indirect and direct shareholders of ZBG) is 89.36% (13,867,201
AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares), and,
thus, the relevant interest in voting rights crossed the reporting threshold of
90%, respectively. 4.51% (700,000 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued
(15,518,760 AGRANA-shares), which are not attributed pursuant to the
shareholder's agreement, are attributed due to the call option of Z&S for
AGRANA-shares against Südzucker itself as option writer. Therefore the shares
subject to the call option are double-counted in the total relevant interest in
89.36% of the voting rights. The 'adjusted' total interest in voting rights is
84.85%. 

AGRANA has further been notified on 6 February 2017 that with legal validity of
the capital increase of AGRANA dated 2 February 2017, the total relevant
interest of RHO, which is the indirect controlling shareholder of ZBG through
its shareholdings in LAREDO, LLI, MZ, Estezet and ALMARA (all Vienna), in voting
rights of AGRANA is 83.62% (12,976,772 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares
issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) and, thus, the reporting threshold of 90% has
been crossed. 4.51% (700,000 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued
(15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) are indirectly held by RHO due to a call option of
Z&S for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker. The exercise period for the call option
starts on 23 August 2017. The direct voting rights of Z&S and the indirect
voting rights of ABH through its shareholdings in Z&S are also attributed to
each of LAREDO, LLI, MZ, Estezet and ALMARA. Hence, the respective total
relevant interest is 83.38% (12,938,772 AGRANA-shares) of the voting rights, and
thus, the reporting threshold of 90% has been crossed, respectively. 

- Notification dated 7 February 2017 (Sale of shares (voting rights) of the
company):

AGRANA has been notified on 7 February 2017 that with legal validity of the sale
of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker by way of a private placement (parallel to
the capital increase of AGRANA) effective as of 7 February 2017 (Settlement),
the interest of Z&S on 7 February 2017 is 80.15% of the voting rights of AGRANA
(12,438,772 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760
AGRANA-shares). As a result of the sale of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker,
the call option of Z&S for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker has been reduced to
200,000 AGRANA-shares. Therefore, 1.29% (200,000 AGRANA-shares) of all
AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) are held by Z&S in form of a
call option for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker. The reporting threshold of 4%
has been crossed. The exercise period for the call option starts on 23 August
2017. 

Furthermore, AGRANA has been notified on 7 February 2017 that with legal
validity of the sale of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker by way of a private
placement (parallel to the capital increase of AGRANA) effective from 7 February
2017, the relevant interest in voting rights of AGRANA attributable to ABH as
direct sole shareholder of Z&S on 7 February 2017 is 80.15% (12,438,772
AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares). As a
result of the sale of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker, the call option of Z&S
for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker, which is attributable to ABH, has been
reduced to 200,000 AGRANA-shares. Therefore, 1.29% (200,000 AGRANA-shares) of
all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) are held by ABH (through
Z&S) due to the call option for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker. The reporting
threshold of 4% has been crossed. The exercise period for the call option starts
on 23 August 2017.

AGRANA has further been notified on 7 February 2017 that with legal validity of
the sale of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker by way of a private placement
(parallel to the capital increase of AGRANA) effective from 7 February 2017, the
relevant interest in voting rights of AGRANA directly held by Südzucker on 7
February 2017 is 2.76% (428,429 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued
(15,518,760 AGRANA-shares). This stake also includes 200,000 AGRANA-shares that
are subject to a call option granted by Südzucker to Z&S. Without consideration
of any attribution, the relevant direct interest of Südzucker in AGRANA crossed
the reporting thresholds of 5% and 4%. 

AGRANA has also been notified on 7 February 2017 that with legal validity of the
sale of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker by way of a private placement
(parallel to the capital increase of AGRANA) effective from 7 February 2017, the
relevant interest of Südzucker and SZVG in voting rights of AGRANA held through
the shareholding in ABH and as a party of a shareholder's agreement (between
Südzucker and ZBG with accession of indirect and direct shareholders of ZBG) on
7 February 2017 is 82.91% (12,867,201 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued
(15,518,760 AGRANA-shares). 1.29% (200,000 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares
issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares), which are not attributed pursuant to the
shareholder's agreement, are attributed due to a call option for AGRANA-shares
against Südzucker itself as option writer. The shares subject to the call option
are therefore double-counted in the total relevant interest of 82.91% of the
voting rights. The 'adjusted' total interest in voting rights is 81.63%. 

AGRANA has further been notified on 7 February 2017 that the total relevant
interest of RHO, which is the indirect controlling shareholder of ZBG through
its shareholdings in LAREDO, LLI, MZ, Estezet and ALMARA (all Vienna), in the
voting rights of AGRANA is 80.40% (12,476,772 AGRANA-shares) of all
AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares). With legal validity of the sale
of 500,000 AGRANA-shares by Südzucker, the call option of Z&S for AGRANA-shares
against Südzucker, which is attributed to RHO, has been reduced to 200,000
AGRANA-shares. Therefore, 1.29% (200,000 AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares
issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) are indirectly held by RHO due to a call
option of Z&S for AGRANA-shares against Südzucker. The reporting threshold of 4%
has been crossed. The exercise period for the call option starts on 23 August
2017. The direct voting rights of Z&S and the indirect voting rights of ABH
through its shareholding in Z&S are also attributed to each of LAREDO, LLI, MZ,
Estezet and ALMARA. Hence, the respective total relevant interest is 80.15%
(12,438,772 AGRANA-shares). With legal validity of the sale of 500,000
AGRANA-shares by Südzucker, the call option of Z&S for AGRANA-shares against
Südzucker, which is attributed to each of LAREDO, LLI, MZ, Estezet and ALRMARA,
has been reduced to 200,000 AGRANA-shares. Therefore, 1.29% (200,000
AGRANA-shares) of all AGRANA-shares issued (15,518,760 AGRANA-shares) are
attributed to the above mentioned companies and in each case the reporting
threshold of 4% has been crossed.
 
This notification is also available on the website of AGRANA www.agrana.com.

Further inquiry note:
AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG

Mag.(FH) Hannes Haider
Investor Relations
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12905
e-mail:hannes.haider@agrana.com

Mag.(FH) Markus Simak
Public Relations
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12084
e-mail: markus.simak@agrana.com

end of announcement                               euro adhoc 
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issuer:      AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
             F.-W.-Raiffeisen-Platz  1
             A-1020 Wien
phone:       +43-1-21137-0
FAX:         +43-1-21137-12926
mail:     info.ab@agrana.com
WWW:      www.agrana.com
sector:      Food
ISIN:        AT0000603709
indexes:     WBI, ATX Prime
stockmarkets: Präsenzhandel: Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, official market: Wien 
language:   English
 

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