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Vonovia has requested compulsory acquisition of the minority shares in Hembla and Hembla has applied for delisting

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Bochum/Stockholm, 18 December 2019 – Vonovia SE ("Vonovia"), has requested that the Board of Directors of Hembla AB (publ) ("Hembla") applies for the delisting of the company’s B-shares from Nasdaq Stockholm. Vonovia has also requested compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares in Hembla pursuant to Chapter 22 of the Swedish Companies Act.

Vonovia, through its indirectly wholly owned subsidiary HomeStar InvestCo AB ("HomeStar"), on 7 November 2019 announced a mandatory cash offer (the "Offer") to the shareholders in Hembla to acquire all outstanding B-shares in Hembla at a price of SEK 215 per share. On 10 December 2019, Vonovia announced that Vonovia, after settlement under the Offer, holds 6,136,989 A-shares and 81,282,426 B-shares in Hembla, corresponding to approximately 95.3 percent of the total voting rights and approximately 94.1 percent of the share capital in Hembla.

In light of the above, Hembla’s Board of Directors has resolved to apply for delisting of Hembla's B-shares from Nasdaq Stockholm. Such application has today been sent to Nasdaq Stockholm. The last day of trading will be announced by Hembla after Hembla has been informed thereof by Nasdaq Stockholm.

About Vonovia

Vonovia SE is Europe's leading private residential real estate company. Vonovia currently owns around 417,000 residential units in all attractive cities and regions in Germany, Austria and Sweden. It also manages around 78,350 apartments. Its portfolio is worth approximately EUR 51.3 billion. As a modern service provider, Vonovia focuses on customer orientation and tenant satisfaction. Offering tenants affordable, attractive and livable homes is a prerequisite for the company's successful development. Accordingly, Vonovia makes long-term investments in the maintenance, modernization and senior-friendly conversion of its properties. The company is also creating more and more new apartments by realizing infill developments and adding to existing buildings.

The company, which is based in Bochum, has been listed on the stock exchange since 2013 and on the DAX 30 since September 2015. Vonovia SE is also listed on the international indices STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Germany, GPR 250 and EPRA/NAREIT Europe. Vonovia has a workforce of more than 10,000 employees.

Additional Information:

Approval: Regulated Market/Prime Standard, Frankfurt Stock Exchange



Common code: 094567408

Registered headquarters of Vonovia SE: Bochum, Germany, Bochum Local Court, HRB 16879

Business address of Vonovia SE: Universitaetsstrasse 133, 44803 Bochum, Germany

Important Information

This press release has been published in Swedish and English. In the event of any discrepancy between the Swedish original version and the English translation, the Swedish original version shall prevail.

The Offer, pursuant to the terms and conditions presented in the formal announcement of the Offer, is not being made to persons whose participation in the Offer requires that additional offer document is prepared or registration effected or that any other measures are taken in addition to those required under Swedish laws and regulations.

This press release and any related Offer documentation are not being distributed and must not be mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into any country in which the distribution or offering would require any such additional measures to be taken or would be in conflict with any law or regulation in such country – any such action will not be permitted or sanctioned by Vonovia or HomeStar. Any purported acceptance of the Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions may be disregarded.

The Offer is not being and will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of mail or any other means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan or any other jurisdiction where such offer would be prohibited by applicable law or regulation (the "Restricted Territories"). This includes, but is not limited to facsimile transmission, e-mail, telex, telephone, the internet and other forms of electronic transmission. The Offer cannot be accepted and shares may not be tendered in the Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility of, or from within any of the Restricted Territories or by persons located or resident in those jurisdictions. Accordingly, this press release and any related Offer documentation are not being and should not be mailed or otherwise transmitted, distributed, forwarded or sent in or into the Restricted Territories or to any person from or located or resident in the Restricted Territories.

Any purported tender of shares in an Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid and any purported tender of shares made by a person located in the Restricted Territories or any agent, fiduciary or other intermediary acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal giving instructions from within the Restricted Territories will be invalid and will not be accepted. Each holder of shares participating in the Offer will represent that it is not from any of the Restricted Territories and is not located or resident in any of the Restricted Territories and is not participating in such Offer from any of the Restricted Territories or that it is acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal that is not from any of the Restricted Territories, that is located outside the Restricted Territories and that is not giving an order to participate in the Offer from those jurisdictions. HomeStar will not deliver any consideration from the Offer into the Restricted Territories.

Shareholders of Hembla should read the offer document and the supplement carefully, since they contain important information about the Offer.

Forward-looking statements

To the extent this press release contains forward-looking statements, such statements do not represent facts and are characterized by the words "will", "expect", "believe", "estimate", "intend", "aim", "assume" or similar expressions. Such statements express the intentions, opinions or current expectations and assumptions of Vonovia and HomeStar, for example with regard to the potential consequences of the transaction or the Offer for Hembla, for those shareholders of Hembla who choose not to accept the Offer or for future financial results of Hembla. Such forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates and forecasts which Vonovia and HomeStar has made to the best of their knowledge, but which do not claim to be correct in the future. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and usually cannot be influenced by Vonovia or HomeStar. It should be kept in mind that the actual events or consequences may differ materially from those contained in or expressed by such forward-looking statements.

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