On January 31, 2012, Publicis Groupe SA redeemed its 2012 Eurobonds at maturity for a total of 506 million euro in principal. This redemption was funded by available liquidities within the Groupe.Further to the Dentsu proposal of February 13, 2012, Publicis Groupe bought back 18 million of its own shares, in the form of a block transaction before the market opened for trading on February 17, for a total of 644 million euro (i.e. 35.80 euro per share). The buyback was at a discount of 13.35% to the closing price on February 16, 2012. It enhanced diluted earnings per share by some 7% in 2012. Of the 18 million shares purchased, Publicis canceled 10,759,813. The remaining 7,240,187 shares have been held as Treasury stock and will serve to cover presence- and performance-based share attributions, stock options plans and acquisition programs. This share buyback was entirely funded by available liquidities within the Groupe.
Publicis Groupe: 2012 Annual Results
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