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Share Repurchases

Four share repurchase programmes have been completed since 2011. Repurchased shares are initially held by the Group in treasury and those shares so held are excluded from the calculation of earnings per share.

The common shares repurchased under the program are intended to:

  • satisfy obligations arising from employee share option programs, or other allocations of shares, to employees or to members of management including the Company’s long term incentive plan;
  • be cancelled thereby reducing the issued share capital.

Following amendments to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation approved by shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 27 November 2014, the Company cancelled 19,626,664 repurchased shares and intends to periodically cancel shares repurchased under its share repurchase programmes, thereby reducing the Company’s issued share capital accordingly.

Since 1 January 2019, the Company repurchased as set forth in the table hereafter. For further details on repurchase transactions, please refer to the relevant press releases here

Share repurchase summary for 2019

No. of acquired shares Average price NOK Purchased value NOK USD equivalent [1]
4,541,000 94.73 430,185,104
49,775,898

[1] Calculated using the exchange rate prevailing on the date of repurchase

Share repurchase summary for prior years

Financial year No. of acquired shares Average price NOK Purchased value NOK USD equivalent [1]
Total for 2018  8,149,699 95.20 775,838,707 92,915,016
Total for 2017
nil n.a. nil nil
Total for 2016 nil n.a. nil nil
Total for 2015 815,578 71.3 58,154,555 7,554,183
Total for 2014 10,517,017 93.33 981,537,530 157,066,228
Total for 2013 4,650,376 118.46 550,886,258 91,161,116
Total for 2012 8,567,073 136.12 1,166,138,071 199,599,672
Total for 2011 2,512,135 130.94 328,929,223 59,966,609

[1] Calculated using the exchange rate prevailing on the date of repurchase 

Share repurchase programmes

Programme authorisation date No. of acquired shares Average price NOK Purchased value NOK USD equivalent[3]
31/07/2014(1) 17,963,355 88.58 1,591,230,676 199,706,552
07/10/2013(2) 10,710,315 112.54 1,205,371,477 198,796,173
16/03/2012(2) 8,567,073 136.12 1,166,138,071 199,599,672
15/06/2011(2) 2,512,135 130.94 328,929,223 59,966,609

[1] The 2014 programme validity was extended until July 2019 and was completed on 19 February 2019

[2] Programme was valid for twelve months from authorisation date

[3] Calculated using the exchange rate prevailing on the date of repurchase