|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
General Authority to Buy Back Carnival plc Ordinary Shares
Shareholder approval is not required for us to buy back shares of Carnival Corporation, but is required under the Companies Act for us to buy back shares of Carnival plc. Accordingly, last year Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc sought and obtained shareholder approval to effect market purchases of up to 20,934,527 ordinary shares of Carnival plc (being approximately 10% of Carnival plcs ordinary shares in issue). That approval expires on the earlier of (i) the conclusion of Carnival plcs 2019 Annual General Meeting or (ii) July 10, 2019. Shareholder approval to effect market purchases (within the meaning of Section 693(4) of the Companies Act) once the current authorization expires of up to 19,187,564 ordinary shares of Carnival plc (being 10% of Carnival plcs ordinary shares in issue as of January 17, 2019) is being sought at this years Annual Meetings. Since last years Annual Meetings and through January 17, 2019, 14,664,377 Carnival plc ordinary shares have been purchased under the Repurchase Program and the Stock Swap programs. Carnival Corporation & plc treats any such purchases made by Carnival Corporation or Carnival Investments Limited under the Repurchase Program or the Stock Swap programs as if they were made by Carnival plc under the Carnival plc share buy back authority.
The Boards of Directors confirm that the authority to purchase Carnival plcs shares under the Repurchase Program and the Stock Swap program will only be exercised after careful consideration of prevailing market conditions and the position of Carnival plc. In particular, the program will only proceed if we believe that it is in the best interests of Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc and their shareholders generally. The Boards of Directors are making no recommendation as to whether shareholders should sell any shares in Carnival plc and/or Carnival Corporation.
If the Boards of Directors exercise the authority conferred by Proposal 20, we would have the option of holding the shares in treasury, or cancelling them. Shares held in treasury can be re-sold for cash, used for employee share plans or later cancelled. The Boards of Directors think it prudent to maintain discretion as to dealing with the purchased shares. As of January 17, 2019, 25,469,458 Carnival plc ordinary shares are held by Carnival plc in treasury.
The Boards of Directors consider that any buyback of Carnival plc ordinary shares may include the purchase of its American Depositary Shares (ADSs), each representing one Carnival plc ordinary share, with a subsequent cancellation of the underlying ADSs. If the underlying ADSs are so cancelled, Carnival plc will either cancel or hold in treasury the ordinary share represented by such ADSs.
The minimum price (exclusive of expenses) which may be paid for each Carnival plc ordinary share is $1.66, and the maximum price which may be paid is an amount (exclusive of expenses) equal to the higher of:
As of January 17, 2019, there are no options outstanding to subscribe for Carnival plc ordinary shares and Carnival plc has issued 413,019 RSUs, which represent in the aggregate less than 1% of Carnival plcs issued share capital. If 19,187,564 ordinary shares of Carnival plc were purchased by Carnival plc and cancelled, these RSUs would represent in the aggregate less than 1% of Carnival plcs issued share capital.
The authority to purchase Carnival plc ordinary shares will expire at the conclusion of the Carnival plc Annual General Meeting in 2020 or on July 15, 2020, whichever is earlier (except in relation to any purchases of shares the contract for which was entered before the expiry of such authority).
The Boards of Directors unanimously recommend a vote FOR the general authority to buy back Carnival plc ordinary shares.