The Linde plc (NYSE: LIN; FWB: LIN) Board of Directors approved a proposal for shareholders to vote on an intercompany reorganization that would result in the delisting of Linde plc shares from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. If implemented, a new holding company would be created through an Irish scheme of arrangement and related domestic Irish merger. Shareholders would receive one share of the new holding company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in exchange for each share of Linde plc they own. The new holding company will be named Linde and is expected to trade under the existing ticker.
After due consideration and analysis, Linde’s management and board determined that shareholders of Linde plc have become negatively impacted by various factors associated with the stock being dual listed in the United States and Germany.
Sanjiv Lamba, CEO of Linde plc stated, “We are very proud of our rich history and strong presence around the world, including the heritage in Germany. While the dual listing structure has served us well since inception, it has constrained our stock valuation through European restrictions in addition to incremental complexity. We would like to inform our shareholders of these limitations and bring a proposal to let them decide the path forward.”Mr. Lamba continued, “This proposal has no impact on the Linde organization, our employees, customers, or to our commitment to the regions where we operate, including Germany which will continue to be an important market for us. It only reduces the number of stock exchanges that offer trading of the Linde stock.”