News and Media - 2018

INFORMATION ON LEONTEQ'S SHAREHOLDER BASE

Leonteq AG (SIX: LEON), an independent expert for structured investment products and long-term savings and retirement solutions, announced today that Rainer-Marc Frey has exceeded the relevant shareholding threshold of 10% in Leonteq shares.

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Norwegian farmed salmon: a tasty treat for consumers and investors

For many people, salmon is now an essential part of their culinary experience. The pinkish meat of the fish can be used in the preparation of a wide variety of dishes, from a finely marinaded tartar steak through grilled fillet to pasta, to mention just three examples. It's hardly surprising, then, that salmon dominates the fish market in Switzerland, with retailers selling more than 3,200 tonnes in 2017. In second place came fish fingers, of which salmon generally makes up around two thirds (see graphic). Enthusiasm for salmon is not confined to the Swiss Confederation, however: its consumption is rising steadily across the globe. One of the central drivers is the sharp growth in the world's population. While some 7.6 billion people live on the planet at present, their number, according to United Nations estimates, could climb to almost 9.8 billion by 2050 – an increase of just under 30%.

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LEONTEQ ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF RIGHTS OFFERING

Leonteq AG (SIX: LEON), an independent expert for structured investment products and long-term savings and retirement solutions, announced today that as a result of its rights offering, a total of 2,989,593 new Leonteq registered shares have been issued and are expected to start trading on SIX Swiss Exchange tomorrow, 3 August 2018. By the end of the subscription period, 99.1% of the new registered shares offered had been validly subscribed to. Leonteq will generate net proceeds of approximately CHF 118 million from the issue of the new registered shares.

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Raiffeisen Switzerland's long-term deposit ratings

Moody's downgrades Raiffeisen Switzerland's long-term deposit ratings to Aa3 and senior unsecured rating to A3.

Cannabis – a billion-dollar business

In the beginning was hemp: the Chinese were using the plant as a base for medicinal products thousands of years ago. Over the course of time the flower became the joint, which in turn produced the high – and cannabis, the drug made from hemp, was born. After decades of being demonised as "killer weed" and a gateway drug, the tide is now turning again. Research into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has intensified in the USA and Europe over the last few years. This mysterious weed alleviates pain and depression, promotes sleep and stimulates the appetite. It also has over 100 active ingredients - the most important ones being THC and CBD - which suppress chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, for example, and inhibit inflammation. The use of cannabis for medical purposes is now permitted in 23 federal states in the USA.

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Industrial robots and automation: The future has long since started

Fujiyama is one of the major sights in Japan. A symbol of this Asian country, the 3,776 metre high mountain captivates tourists from all over the world. What few of them may know is that not far from the peak – affectionately known by the locals as “Mount Fuji” – lies the home of Fanuc, a true pioneer in the field of industrial automation. Founded in 1956, the company has built up an entire town of its own in the shadow of the impressive volcanic cone. Factories, research and development centres, administrative buildings, homes, leisure facilities and even a dedicated hospital range over an area covering some 1.5 million square metres. Fanuc describes itself as a world-leading manufacturer of factory automation, industrial robots, CNC systems, wire-cut EDM and injection-moulding machines and vertical machining centres. As such, the group is positioned to spearhead Industry 4.0.

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LEONTEQ LAUNCHES ONSHORE OPERATIONS IN JAPAN

Leonteq expands its presence in Asia with the opening of an office in Tokyo to serve the Japanese market. It will commence onshore operations in Japan through its newly established subsidiary, Leonteq Securities (Japan) Limited on 1 May, 2018.

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LEONTEQ INFORMS ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING OLD MUTUAL INTERNATIONAL

Leonteq AG (SIX: LEON), has been informed by Old Mutual International (OMI) by way of informal letter that OMI has filed a claim form with the High Court of the Isle of Man against Leonteq and other parties in relation to certain structured product transactions and related fees and commissions. At this point in time, neither the claim form nor any particulars of the alleged claim have been served on Leonteq. Leonteq fully rejects any claims in this matter and will rigorously defend its position.

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