16/05/2019 17:03:20

Societe Generale: Description of the share buyback programme subject to the autorisation of the Ordinary General Meeting



DATED 21 MAY 2019

Regulated information

16th May 2019

This description is drawn up in accordance with the provisions of Articles 241-1 and 241-2 I of the General Regulation of the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des marchés financiers).

1. Date of the General Meeting called to authorise the share buyback programme

The authorisation for the Company to buy its own shares will be proposed to the ordinary General Meeting dated 21 May 2019.

2. Breakdown by objectives of the securities held

As at 14th May 2019, the allocation of the shares held directly is as follows:



Allocation to employees and company officers


Exercise of rights attached to securities


External growth


Liquidity agreement


3. Purposes of the share buyback programme

Societe Generale contemplates renewing its authorisation to buy its own shares so it can:

  • cancel them, in accordance with the terms of the authorisation of the combined General Meeting dated 23 May 2018 in its 27th resolution, solely to offset the dilution resulting from the issuance of new shares as part of free shares plans or share capital increases reserved for employees;


  • grant, cover and honour any free shares allocation plan, employee savings plan and any form of allocation for the benefit of employees and company officers of the Company or affiliated companies under the conditions defined by the applicable legal and regulatory provisions;

  • deliver shares upon the exercise of rights attached to securities giving access to the Company’s share capital;


  • hold and subsequently deliver shares as payment or exchange as part of Group’s external growth transactions;


  • allow an investment services provider to operate on the Company’s shares as part of a liquidity agreement compliant with the regulations of the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers).



4. Maximum amount allocated to the share buyback programme, maximum number and characteristics of the securities, maximum purchase price

The resolution proposed to the General Meeting provides that Societe Generale could purchase its ordinary shares for an amount of up to 5% of the share capital at the completion date of these purchases, within the legal limit of an amount of shares held representing 10% of the share capital after these buybacks.

As at 14th May 2019, without taking into account the shares already held, a theoretical maximum number of 40,395,886 shares could be purchased. Given the number of securities already held at this date and the possibility to hold an amount of shares representing up to 10% of the share capital, the Company could purchase up to 40,395,886 shares.

The maximum purchase price would be set at EUR 75 per share, i.e. a potential maximum amount allocated to the programme of EUR 3,029,691,450.

The Board of Directors will ensure that the implementation of the buybacks is conducted in compliance with the prudential requirements as set by the regulations.

5. Duration of the share buyback programme

It is proposed to the ordinary General Meeting dated 21 May 2019 to set the duration of the authorisation for the Company to buy and sell its own shares at 18 months from the date of the General Meeting.

Press contacts:

Antoine Lhéritier _ 01 42 13 68 99 _



Pascal Hénisse _ 01 57 29 54 08 _


Societe Generale

Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial strength and proven expertise in innovation with a strategy of sustainable growth, aiming to be the trusted partner for its clients, committed to the positive transformations of society and the economy.

Active in the real economy for over 150 years, with a solid position in Europe and connected to the rest of the world, Societe Generale has over 149,000 members of staff in 67 countries and supports on a daily basis 31 million individual clients, businesses and institutional investors around the world by offering a wide range of advisory services and tailored financial solutions. The Group is built on three complementary core businesses:

  • French Retail Banking which encompasses the Societe Generale, Crédit du Nord and Boursorama brands. Each offers a full range of financial services with omnichannel products at the cutting edge of digital innovation;

  • International Retail Banking, Insurance and Financial Services to Corporates, with networks in Africa, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and specialised businesses that are leaders in their markets;

  • Global Banking and Investor Solutions, which offers recognised expertise, key international locations and integrated solutions.

Societe Generale is included in the principal socially responsible investment indices: DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good (Global and Europe), Euronext Vigeo (World, Europe and Eurozone), four of the STOXX ESG Leaders indices, and the MSCI Low Carbon Leaders Index.

For more information, you can follow us on Twitter @societegenerale or visit our website www.societegenerale.com



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