Tipp24 SE investing in Germany again

Sep 29, 2010 10:31 AM

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Tipp24 SE investing in Germany again

* Company selling treasury stock to rebuild German lottery brokerage
business

* 361,180 treasury shares placed with reputable, long-term investors

On 28 September 2010, Tipp24 SE sold its entire stock of treasury shares to
a number of reputable, long-term investors. Authorized by a resolution
adopted by the Annual General Meeting of 16 June 2009, the company sold a
total of 361,180 treasury shares (corresponding to around 4.5% of capital
stock) at a price of 25 euros per share by means of a bookbuilding process.
The transaction was accompanied by Berenberg Bank as the lead manager. The
offer was oversubscribed by a factor of two.

Tipp24 SE intends to invest the sale proceeds in rebuilding its online
brokerage of state-run lotteries in Germany. To this end, the company plans
to resume its partnerships with the state lottery companies of Germany's
federal states. In the past, Tipp24 brokered stakes of around 1.5 billion
euros for these lottery companies.

Dr. Hans Cornehl, CEO of Tipp24 SE, states: 'Following the European Court
of Justice rulings, we are now setting a clear sign for the reestablishment
of our brokerage business in Germany. We aim to resume our former very
successful cooperation with the lottery companies and begin brokering the
state-run Lotto once again via the Internet. We would like to take this
opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to our shareholders for their
long-term trust in our growth strategy.'

Following restrictions introduced by the German State Treaty on Games of
Chance, Tipp24 was forced to terminate its online Lotto brokerage via the
www.tipp24.de website at the end of 2008. The European Court of Justice,
however, recently declared that the State Treaty is not applicable and
contravenes EU law.

Tipp24 SE decided to sell its treasury shares to finance the company's
reestablishment in Germany, as it initially plans not to use any dividends
of its UK minority holdings until the respective legal questions have been
settled.


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Language:     English
Company:      Tipp24 SE
              Straßenbahnring 11
              20251 Hamburg
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)40 325533-0
Fax:          +49 (0)40 325533-77
E-mail:       office@tipp24.de
Internet:     www.tipp24-se.de
ISIN:         DE0007847147
WKN:          784714
Indices:      SDAX
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
              in Hamburg, München, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
 
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