RATIONAL's high earning power is not the result of higher selling prices compared to its competitors but primarily the upshot of having a simple corporate structure combined with tremendous economies of scale enjoyed by the world market leader.
Share volume after flotation
11,370,000 shares (incl. greenshoe)
Number of shares issued
2.5 million incl. greenshoe, 185,000 from approved capital
Dividend payout policy
RATIONAL plans to distribute dividends to the value of about 50 percent of annual surplus, starting in fiscal year 2000.
Share distribution after flotation (incl. greenshoe)
Existing shareholders 73,63 percent
Freefloat 26,37 percent
Successful stock market flotation for RATIONAL - 52 per cent plus on the issue price - World market leader in cooking technology - Greater international expansion planned.
Shares in RATIONAL AG, based in Landsberg, rose to 35 euros when they were first quoted on the Organised Market (SMAX) at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on 3 March 2000.
In brisk trading, shares of the international market leader in high-tech equipment for the thermal preparation of food jumped by over 52 percent against the issue price of 23 euros.
RATIONAL AG will use the proceeds from the issue to further expand its global sales network, increase its innovation lead and create extra production capacity in Germany and, in particular, in the US. As a result, the rate of growth is set to keep on increasing. In the medium term the company reckons on doubling sales and earnings. The company's high profitability and its enormous growth potential make RATIONAL shares an especially attractive investment proposition.
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