Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, recently announced that it will change the ratio of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) to ordinary shares, par value US$0.01 per share (“Shares”) from one (1) ADS to one (1) Share to one (1) ADS to ten (10) Shares (the “Ratio Change”). The effective date of the Ratio Change is expected to be December 28, 2015.Each shareholder of record at the close of business on December 28, 2015 will be required to exchange every ten (10) ADSs then held for one (1) new ADS. The effect on the ADS price will take place on December 28, 2015.
For Yingli Green Energy’s ADS holders, the Ratio Change will have the same effect as a one-for-ten reverse ADS split. There will be no change to Yingli Green Energy’s underlying Shares. ADS holders will be required to surrender their existing ADSs in exchange for new ADSs of the Company. No new Shares will be issued in connection with the Ratio Change.
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. will contact ADS holders and arrange for the exchange of their current ADSs for new ADSs. As a result of this Ratio Change, the ADS price is expected to automatically increase proportionally, although the Company can give no assurance that the post-change ADS price will be equal to or greater than the pre-change ADS price multiplied by the ratio.
The Company believes that the Ratio Change is in the best interests of its shareholders as it will assist the Company in regaining compliance with the minimum average closing price continued listing standard of the New York Stock Exchange. However, the Company can give no assurance that this goal will be achieved upon the effectiveness of the Ratio Change.