BEIJING, Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KE Holdings Inc. (“Beike” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BEKE and HKEX: 2423), a leading integrated online and offline platform for housing transactions and services, today announced that its board of directors has approved the upsizing and extension of its share repurchase program and the declaration of a special cash dividend.
Upsizing and Extension of Share Repurchase Program
As previously disclosed, in August 2022, the Company established a share repurchase program under which the Company may purchase up to US$1 billion of its Class A ordinary shares and/or ADSs over a 12-month period. From the launch of the share repurchase program in September 2022 to August 2023, the Company in aggregate purchased approximately 41.0 million American depositary shares (“ADSs”) in the open market at a total consideration of approximately US$605.0 million pursuant to the share repurchase program.
On August 31, 2023, the Company’s board of directors approved modifications to the existing share repurchase program, pursuant to which the repurchase authorization has been increased from US$1 billion of its Class A ordinary shares and/or ADSs to US$2 billion of its Class A ordinary shares and/or ADSs and extended until August 31, 2024 (the “Extended Share Repurchase Program”). In the annual general meeting (the “AGM”) held on June 15, 2023, the shareholders of the Company have approved to grant the board of directors a general unconditional mandate to purchase the Company’s own shares (the “2023 Share Repurchase Mandate”) which covers the repurchases under the Extended Share Repurchase Program until the conclusion of the next AGM of the Company. After the expiry of the 2023 Share Repurchase Mandate, the Company will seek for another general unconditional mandate for repurchase from the shareholders of the Company at the next AGM to continue its share repurchase under the Extended Share Repurchase Program.
Special Cash Dividend
The Company is pleased to announce that its board of directors approved a special cash dividend (the “Dividend”) of US$0.057 per ordinary share, or US$0.171 per ADS, to holders of ordinary shares and holders of ADSs of record as of the close of business on September 15, 2023, Beijing/Hong Kong Time and New York Time, respectively, payable in U.S. dollars. The aggregate amount of the Dividend to be paid will be approximately US$0.2 billion, which will be funded by surplus cash on the Company’s balance sheet.
For holders of ordinary shares, in order to qualify for the Dividend, all valid documents for the transfer of shares accompanied by the relevant share certificates must be lodged for registration with the Company’s Hong Kong branch share registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited, at Shops 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 15, 2023 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Dividend to be paid to the Company’s ADS holders through the depositary bank will be subject to the terms of the deposit agreement. The payment date is expected to be on or around September 27, 2023 for holders of ordinary shares and on or around October 3, 2023 for holders of ADSs.
About KE Holdings Inc.
KE Holdings Inc. is a leading integrated online and offline platform for housing transactions and services. The Company is a pioneer in building infrastructure and standards to reinvent how service providers and customers efficiently navigate and complete housing transactions and services in China, ranging from existing and new home sales, home rentals, to home renovation and furnishing, and other services. The Company owns and operates Lianjia, China’s leading real estate brokerage brand and an integral part of its Beike platform. With more than 21 years of operating experience through Lianjia since its inception in 2001, the Company believes the success and proven track record of Lianjia pave the way for it to build its infrastructure and standards and drive the rapid and sustainable growth of Beike.
Safe Harbor Statement
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