Since its creation in 1996, the Dexia Group has been looking for the most efficent
structure possible. Among others, the following steps were taken in this respect:
the buyout of minority interests in Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg
(Dexia BIL), the creation of a single holding company in 1999, and the merger
of Dexia Bank Belgium and the Artesia BC group in 2002.
With a view to further improve its structure, Dexia SA is going to shorten
its majority shareholder links in Dexia BIL by taking over from its subsidiaries
their interests in Dexia BIL.
To that end, Dexia Bank Belgium will transfer to Dexia its Dexia BIL shares
via a capital repayment in kind.
The Board of Directors of Dexia Bank Belgium will propose to the Extraordinary
General Meeting to decrease its capital by distributing the BIL shares. The
stake of Dexia SA in Dexia BIL will rise from 28.39 % to 94.02%.
The transaction, with retroactive effect to 1st January 2003 as far as accounting
is concerned, will take place within the consolidation scope of the Dexia Group
and will therefore have no impact on its solvency ratios and results. As for
Dexia Bank Belgium, the transfer of its stake will not impair its own solvency
ratios at consolidated level nor its rating. Moody's will maintain a long-term
rating of Aa2 for Dexia Bank.
The transaction will help simplify the upward flow of information relating
to the consolidation of the accounts and the management control of the Group
and will contribute to an optimal circulation of dividends.
The residual stakes in Dexia BIL held by other entities of the Dexia Group,
which after the transaction will amount to 5.83% of the Dexia BIL capital, will
be bought out in the course of 2003, in order to increase the direct participation
of Dexia SA to 99.85% (the remaining 0.15% being held by the public).
The transaction is subject to the approval of the competent supervision authorities.