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Current share buyback program

ABB share buyback program launched on April 9, 2021

ABB launched on April 9, 2021 its previously announced follow-up share buyback program of up to $4.3 billion. Based on the closing price of ABB’s registered shares on 6 April 2021 this represents a maximum of approximately 137 million shares.

This follow-up program is part of ABB’s plan to return $7.8 billion of cash proceeds from the Power Grids divestment to shareholders and is consistent with the company’s capital structure optimization program.

The share buyback program is for capital reduction purposes and is executed on a second trading line on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Regular trading of ABB shares continues as normal on the ordinary line.

The program is planned to run from April 9, 2021 until March 23, 2022. At the company’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) on March 24, 2022, ABB intends to request shareholder approval to cancel the shares purchased through this program as well as those shares purchased under the initial program that were not proposed for cancellation at ABB’s 2021 AGM.

The share buyback program is managed by a bank mandated by ABB that makes its trading decisions concerning the timing of share repurchases independently of ABB, within pre-agreed parameters.

The buyback program is being carried out in accordance with the Ordinance on Financial Market Infrastructures and Market Conduct in Securities and Derivatives Trading (FMIO) and the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (”MAR”) and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2016/1052 (the “Safe Harbour Regulation”). 

 

Official notices in German, French and English

The program is executed on a second trading line on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Repurchases of ABB shares for capital reduction purposes are carried out on a second trading line on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Only ABB through its mandated bank can purchase shares on this second trading line (see official notices). The repurchase prices and trading prices of ABB shares on the second trading line are based on the trading prices of ABB shares on the ordinary trading line.

A shareholder wishing to sell ABB shares may do so either on the ordinary trading line or on the second trading line. ABB shares sold on the second trading line are subject to Swiss federal withholding tax at a rate of 35 percent on the difference between the repurchase price of the ABB share and its nominal value of CHF 0.12. This tax will be deducted from the repurchase price. Shareholders domiciled in Switzerland are entitled to a reimbursement of the withholding tax provided they are beneficial owners of the shares at the time those are surrendered and provided they do not avoid taxes (art. 21 of the Withholding Tax Law). Shareholders domiciled outside Switzerland may reclaim the withholding tax in accordance with any applicable double taxation treaties.*

ABB registered shares on the ordinary and second trading lines
ABB Ltd  Valor No ISIN Ticker
Ordinary trading line 1 222 171 CH 001 222171 6 ABBN
Second trading line 35 767 961 CH 035 767961 9 ABBNE

ABB's share buybacks transaction reporting

Summary transaction reporting

Maximum daily repurchase volume in accordance with applicable regulations

1,543,644 shares

*Tax disclaimer: All investors must seek their own specific tax advice, and nothing herein is intended or should be considered as tax advice.