Release according to Section 26, para. 1 of the WpHG
[the German Securities Trading Act]
Warren E. Buffett, USA, informed us in accordance with Section 25, para. 1 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG) that on 19 January 2010 he directly or indirectly held financial instruments that granted him the right to subscribe to shares in our company which bear 1.945% of the voting rights (3,840,000 voting rights). Furthermore he informs us that in addition he held directly or indirectly 3.084% (6,088,300 voting rights) pursuant to Section 21 para. 1 in connection with 22 para 1 sentence 1 item 1 of the WpHG. Therefore by way of aggregation he would have held 5.029% of the voting rights (9,928,300 voting rights). As per this date he would have thus exceeded the threshold of 5% in the voting rights in our company.
The exercise date of the financial instruments is: 11 March 2010.
Financial instruments that he held indirectly were held via the following companies which are controlled by him:
- Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
- OBH Inc.
- National Indemnity Company
Munich, 28 January 2010
The Board of Management