|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
General Authority to Buy Back Carnival plc Ordinary Shares
authorities within a rolling three-year period where the Principles provide that usage in excess of 7.5% should not take place without prior consultation with shareholders.
In summary, if Proposals 18 and 19 were passed, the extent of the authority of the Directors to allot new Carnival plc ordinary shares for cash on terms which would be dilutive to the existing shareholdings of Carnival plc shareholders, without shareholder approval, would be limited to 9,593,782 new Carnival plc ordinary shares, being 5% of the issued ordinary share capital of Carnival plc at January 17, 2019. The Directors have no current commitments or plans to allot additional shares of Carnival plc under these authorities. Furthermore, the adoption of Proposals 18 and 19 would have no material effect on the ability of Carnival plc to undertake or defend against a takeover attempt.
In addition to the Repurchase Program (described below), we also have programs that allow us to obtain an economic benefit when either Carnival Corporation common stock is trading at a premium to the price of Carnival plc ordinary shares or Carnival plc ordinary shares are trading at a premium to Carnival Corporation common stock (the Stock Swap Programs). For example:
Any realized economic benefit under the Stock Swap Programs is used for general corporate purposes, which could include repurchasing additional stock under the Repurchase Program.
Under the Stock Swap Programs effective 2008, the Boards of Directors have made the following authorizations:
As of January 17, 2019, 25,469,458 Carnival plc ordinary shares are held by Carnival plc in treasury.
The Boards of Directors unanimously recommend a vote FOR the approval of limits on the authority to allot Carnival plc shares and the disapplication of pre-emption rights for Carnival plc.
GENERAL AUTHORITY TO BUY BACK CARNIVAL PLC ORDINARY SHARES
The Boards of Directors have authorized the repurchase of up to an aggregate of $1 billion of Carnival Corporation common stock and Carnival plc ordinary shares subject to certain restrictions (the Repurchase Program). The Repurchase Program does not have an expiration date and may be discontinued by our Boards of Directors at any time.
At January 17, 2019, the remaining availability under the Repurchase Program was $542.6 million. We may repurchase shares of Carnival Corporation common stock or Carnival plc ordinary shares under the Repurchase Program, in addition to repurchases made with net proceeds resulting from the Stock Swap programs described above.