Dear Sir or Madam,
the joint representative has asked us to provide you with the following information on behalf of e.Anleihe GmbH in the interest of the noteholders:
Joint representative of the holders of the Ekosem-Agrar bond 2019/24 (ISIN: DE000A2YNR08) welcomes support by an independent Noteholders' Advisory Committee
Stuttgart, 3 May 2022
- Noteholders' Advisory Committee is constituted on its own initiative from among the noteholders
- Chairman of the Board of the fund initiator KFM Deutsche Mittelstand AG is in contact with joint representative
- Advisory committee members are available as proxies for private and institutional noteholders
Following the information and discussion phone conference of e.Anleihe GmbH as joint representative for the noteholders of the Ekosem-Agrar bond 2019/24 (ISIN: DE000A2YNR08) and as designated joint representative of the Ekosem-Agrar bond 2012/2022 (ISIN: DE000A1R0RZ5) on the current interim status, the chairman of KFM Deutsche Mittelstand AG (KFM), Hans-Jürgen Friedrich, approached the joint representative with the idea of a noteholders' advisory committee.
The managing director of e.Anleihe GmbH, Christoph Chardon, supports and welcomes the idea of a noteholders’ advisory committee, which has been constituted with other experts in corporate bonds and bond restructuring.
Chairman of the Board of KFM Deutsche Mittelstand AG in charge of the idea and implementation of a noteholders’ advisory committee
Düsseldorf-based KFM is an expert for SME bonds and initiator of the German and European SME Bond Fund (Europäischer Mittelstandsanleihen FONDS).
Given the current security and economic situation in the Russian Federation, the noteholders' advisory committee intends to provide constructive support to e.Anleihe GmbH in the process of restructuring the two Ekosem-Agrar bonds. In the first discussion phone conference for noteholders on 20 April 2022, e.Anleihe GmbH presented itself as a joint representative with a sense of proportion and represented the interests of the noteholders in an objective, calm, dialog-oriented and balanced manner. The noteholders' advisory committee could support the joint representative with its expertise in handling market risks, currency risks or credit risks with corporate bonds in the interests of the entire noteholder community. This would give the opportunity to protect as many noteholders' assets as possible despite the uncertainties and controls to comply with the sanctions and to achieve the best possible outcome for the noteholders in the restructuring with the joint representative.
Hans-Jürgen Friedrich is honorary Vice President of the Association of Capital Market-Oriented Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Interessenverband kapitalmarktorientierter kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen e.V.) and has been a member of the Technical Expert Stakeholder Group on SMEs of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) for two years. He will initially be joined by attorney Markus Kienle, Member of the Board of Schutzgemeinschaft der Kapitalanleger e.V. (SdK), and by Dirk Heinrich Hermann Klitsch, Member of the Board of Directors of the investment company Goldberg Holding SA from Lugano.
Two members of the advisory committee are available as proxy holders
In initial discussions, the field of action of the voting proxies for the two meetings of the noteholders, to which Ekosem-Agrar AG as the issuer has invited for 9 and 10 May 2022 in Sinsheim, Baden, has already been addressed.
Noteholders who cannot attend these meetings themselves and do not wish to be represented directly by the issuer can authorize the Chairman of the Board of KFM Deutsche Mittelstand AG, Hans-Jürgen Friedrich, free of charge. In addition, attorney Markus Kienle, Member of the Board of SdK Schutzgemeinschaft der Kapitalanleger e.V., is available for private noteholders to exercise their voting rights free of charge.
Noteholders who wish to authorize Hans-Jürgen Friedrich free of charge to vote at the meetings on 9 and 10 May 2022, can obtain properly prepared forms at short notice via e.Anleihe GmbH as the joint representative by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
. Noteholders who wish to authorize the representative of SdK can download the proxy form for the noteholders' meetings from https://sdk.org/leistungen/glaeubigervertretung/ekosem-agrar-ag/
As the (designated) joint representative of the noteholders of the Ekosem-Agrar bonds, e.Anleihe GmbH advises all noteholders, as a highly precautionary measure and at short notice, to request from the respective custodian banks a Special Verification and Blocking Notice required for the meetings.
Contact for noteholders:
+49 (0) 711 184 2923 – 1
tsc.komm I Köln-Ehrenfeld
t: + 49 171 86 86 482
m: [email protected]