The European Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EEA) (the “Fund”) announced today that, in accordance with the tender offer for up to 5% of its issued and outstanding shares of common stock, which expired at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on February 8, 2011, the Fund has accepted 574,974 properly tendered shares at a price per share equal to 98% of the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”) as determined by the Fund on February 9, 2011. The Fund normally calculates its NAV per share at 11:30 a.m. New York time on each day during which the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. Approximately 4,789,310 shares of the Fund’s common stock, or approximately 42% of the Fund’s common stock outstanding, were tendered through the stated expiration date. The tender offer for the Fund was oversubscribed, meaning that pursuant to the terms of the offer, not all shares that were tendered were accepted for payment by the Fund. Under the final pro-ration calculation, approximately 12% of the Fund’s shares that were tendered have been accepted for payment. The shares accepted for payment will receive cash at a repurchase offer price of $8.62, which is equal to 98% of the Fund’s net asset value as determined by the Fund on February 9, 2011. Those shares that were tendered but not accepted for payment will continue to be held by their record owners.
For more information on the Fund, including the most recent month-end performance, visit www.dws-investments.com or call (800) 349-4281.
The European Equity Fund, Inc. is a diversified, closed-end investment company seeking long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily (normally at least 80% of its assets) in equity and equity-linked securities of companies domiciled in European countries utilizing the Euro currency. Investing in foreign securities, particularly those of emerging markets, presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks. Any fund that concentrates in a particular segment of the market will generally be more volatile than a fund that invests more broadly.Closed-end funds, unlike open-end funds, are not continuously offered. There is a one-time public offering and once issued, shares of closed-end funds are sold in the open market through a stock exchange. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to the net asset value. The price of a fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the fund. Therefore, a fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction. Certain statements contained in this release may be forward-looking in nature. These include all statements relating to plans, expectations, and other statements that are not historical facts and typically use words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” and similar expressions. Such statements represent management’s current beliefs, based upon information available at the time the statements are made, with regard to the matters addressed. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. Management does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. NOT FDIC/ NCUA INSURED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NO BANK GUARANTEE NOT A DEPOSIT • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY DWS Investments is part of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division and, within the US, represents the retail asset management activities of Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Deutsche Investment Management Americas Inc. and DWS Trust Company. (R-20423-4 2/11)