New share issue and EGM
Getinge implemented two share issues in 2008. The first new share issue took place during the first quarter of the year in conjunction with the acquisition of the two divisions from Boston Scientific. The new share issue was oversubscribed and Getinge’s share capital rose by SEK 6,308,560 based on the issue of 12,617,120 new shares.
The second new share issue was implemented during the fourth quarter of 2008. In September, Getinge submitted a cash tender offer for US company Datascope Corp and part of the new share issue was used to finance the acquisition. Another reason for implementing a new share issue was to create financial strength to secure attractive acquisition opportunities in the short term. The new share issue was oversubscribed and Getinge’s share capital rose by SEK 11,916,168, distributed between 15,940,050 Class A shares and 222,383,327 Class B shares.