FEBRUARY 16TH, 2017
GOL Announces ADS Ratio Change
São Paulo, February 16, 2017 – GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (“GLAI”), (NYSE: GOL and BM&FBOVESPA: GOLL4), Brazil’s No. 1 airline, announced today that its Board of Directors approved management’s recommendation for a ratio change in the Company’s American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program from a ratio of one (1) American Depositary Share (ADS) representing ten (10) preferred shares to a ratio of one ADS representing five (5) preferred shares in the Company. The purpose of the ADS ratio change is to increase liquidity in the trading, expanding the shareholder base and facilitating access to GOL ADSs on the NYSE.
As a result of the ratio change, ADS holders of record will automatically receive on the distribution date, expected to be on or about May 1, 2017, one additional ADS for each ADS held by the close of business on the record date, expected to be on or about April 27, 2017. Once determined, the Company will promptly announce the official record and distribution dates once these are set. The ratio change will not affect holders of the Company’s preferred shares. Existing ADSs will continue to be valid and will not have to be exchanged.
Summary of the ADS ratio change:
- Current ratio: 1 ADS = 10 preferred shares
- New ratio: 1 ADS = 5 preferred shares
- Record date: On or about April 27, 2017
- Distribution date: On or about May 1, 2017
In addition, GOL intends to, effective April 17, 2017, appoint The Bank of New York Mellon, as the successor depositary bank for the Company’s ADR program on terms substantially identical to the current deposit agreement.
The change in the ratio of ADSs to preferred shares and the change in depositary bank will become effective after required approvals from the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).