InvestorsApril 12, 2018

Share buyback transaction details April 5 – April 11, 2018

Wolters Kluwer today reports that it has repurchased 338,280 of its own ordinary shares in the period from April 5, 2018 up to and including April 11, 2018 for €14.7 million and at an average share price of €43.43.

These share repurchases are part of the three-year share buyback program (2016-2018) originally announced on February 24, 2016. This buyback program includes repurchases made to offset annual incentive share issuance. The cumulative amounts repurchased under this three-year program are now as follows:

Share Buyback Program 2016-2018

Period Cumulative shares repurchased in period Total consideration (€ million) Average share price (€)
2018 To Date  3,494,539 147.1  42.09
2017 7,768,288 300.0 38.62
2016 5,826,473 199.7 34.28
Total 17,089,300 646.8 37.85

As stated on February 21, 2018, we intend to execute up to €400 million in share buybacks in 2018, including €200 million to mitigate the EPS dilution related to the sale of Corsearch and certain Swedish assets. In addition, following the completion of the sale of ProVation on March 9, 2018, we also intend to deploy these proceeds of this sale (approximately €150 million) towards additional share repurchases in 2018 and 2019 to mitigate the expected EPS dilution.

Current repurchases are being executed under a third party mandate granted on February 21, 2018. Under this mandate, €150 million of share buybacks will be executed in the period from February 23, 2018 up to and including May 7, 2018.

Share repurchases are made within the limits of relevant laws and regulations, in particular Regulation (EU) 596/2014) and Wolters Kluwer’s Articles of Association. Repurchased shares are added to and held as Treasury shares and will be used for capital reduction purposes or to meet obligations arising from share-based incentive plans.

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Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the health, tax & accounting, governance, risk & compliance, and legal & regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

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