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20.03.2012 Issuers

DKSH: Successful IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange

The Swiss exchange welcomes trading group DKSH and sees great interest in the biggest European IPO of the year so far.

SIX Swiss Exchange today welcomed trading group DKSH Holding Ltd (DKSH). At the start of the first day of trading, the price stood at CHF 51.00, which equates to a market capitalization of over CHF 3.2 billion. DKSH is included in the SPI® index and listed on the Main Standard segment. SIX Swiss Exchange CEO Christian Katz: "As an exchange, it fills us with pride that shares of DKSH, a Swiss firm with such an impressive track record, are being traded through us for the first time today."

Attracting strong interest

The first IPO of 2012 on SIX Swiss Exchange is attracting plenty of interest. In total, it has allowed DKSH's existing shareholders to place shares worth over CHF 872 million on the market. This makes DKSH the biggest flotation of the year so far in Europe. There has been strong demand from both private and institutional investors such as funds, pension schemes and insurers. This broad international investor base is a signature feature of the Swiss financial market.

Milestone for DKSH

DKSH described the IPO as a key step in the continuation of its growth story. President & CEO Jörg Wolle: "We see the flotation as an opportunity to raise awareness of DKSH among potential clients and producers in a sustainable way."



From left to right: Christian Katz (CEO SIX Swiss Exchange),
Adrian T. Keller (Chairman of the Board DKSH), Dr. Jörg Wolle (CEO DKSH),
Rebecca Stasolla (Business Analyst SIX Swiss Exchange).

DKSH is a leading provider of services for companies wishing to expand into Asian markets. It posted record results for fiscal 2011. The company was created in 2002 by a merger between the venerable trading houses Diethelm, Keller and Siber-Hegner. More information is provided by DKSH's corporate video.

Strong financial center with a unique network

SIX Swiss Exchange is the gateway for both Swiss and foreign companies to the international capital market and offers issuers many advantages. Marco Estermann, Head Issuer Relations, comments: "Our team is there to advise issuers of the many upsides of SIX Swiss Exchange and provide any assistance they may require before and after listing. Furthermore, we provide up-to-date information on the trading and liquidity of their securities and give issuers access to our unique network of contacts."

Several partners were involved in the preparation of the IPO: UBS and Deutsche Bank acted as Joint Global Coordinators, Berenberg Bank and Credit Suisse as Joint Bookrunners; acting as Co-Lead Managers, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Zürcher Kantonalbank were also part of the consortium.

With its Going Public Guide[pdf] SIX Swiss Exchange offers issuers a practical publication containing all the information they need to know about a listing. Further information for issuers is available on our website.

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