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Press Release

Annual General Meeting of GAM Holding AG

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 18 April 2012, the shareholders of GAM Holding AG approved a dividend distribution of CHF 0.50 per share for 2011, to be paid from capital contribution reserves. Shareholders also re-elected Daniel Daeniker and Diego du Monceau to the Board of Directors for a further two-year term and approved an increase to the Board's minimum number of members from three to five.

The annual report, as well as the parent company's and the consolidated financial statements for 2011, were approved at the AGM and shareholders discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board for 2011.

Dividend of CHF 0.50 to be paid from capital contribution reserves

Shareholders approved the proposed dividend of CHF 0.50 per share for 2011 and agreed to it being distributed from previous capital contributions (which totalled CHF 1,998.4 million as at 31 December 2011) rather than from retained earnings. The dividend is unchanged from the previous year and will be exempt from Swiss federal withholding tax for all shareholders and exempt from income tax for shareholders resident in Switzerland holding the shares as part of their private assets. In total, the dividend distribution will amount to around CHF 88 million, corresponding to approximately half of the underlying net profit achieved by the Group in 2011, in line with stated dividend policy.

Share capital reduction (2011-2014 share buy-back programme)

At the AGM, shareholders approved the cancellation of the shares bought back under the current buy-back programme during 2011 (12,945,000 shares, repurchased at an average price of CHF 13.54 per share) and the corresponding reduction in share capital. According to the established maximum limit for the programme, the Group is authorised to repurchase up to a further 28.4 million shares until April 2014. This provides the Group with flexibility to return excess capital to its shareholders, enabling it to moderate the pace of its buy-backs with market developments and growth opportunities.

Re-elections to the Board of Directors

Daniel Daeniker and Diego du Monceau were each re-elected to the Board for a further two-year term.

Change to minimum number of members of Board of Directors

Shareholders approved an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation to provide that the minimum number of members serving on the Board of Directors should be increased from three to five, reflecting the Board's current set-up and consistent with existing corporate governance requirements.

Further information relating to the AGM of GAM Holding AG can be found at www.gamholding.com. 

Forthcoming events:
20 Apr 2012   Ex-dividend date
24 Apr 2012   Record date
25 Apr 2012   Dividend payment date
14 Aug 2012   Half-year results 2012

 

For further information please contact:

Media Relations:
Larissa Alghisi Rubner, GAM Holding AG
T: +41 (0) 58 426 62 15

Investor Relations:
Thomas Schneckenburger, Bluechip Financial Communications
T: +41 (0) 44 256 88 33

Notes to Editors

About GAM Holding AG

GAM Holding AG is an independent, well-diversified asset management group. Its operating businesses - GAM and Swiss & Global Asset Management - focus on the development and distribution of actively managed investment products and services.

GAM Holding AG is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol "GAM". The Group has assets under management of CHF 110.6 billion (as at 31 March 2012) and employs over 1,000 staff with offices in Zurich (head office), Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York and Tokyo.

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