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NASDAQ Offers Timeline for Distribution of Google's Class C Shares


On January 30th Google, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced that its Board of Directors approved the distribution of Class C shares to its stockholders. NASDAQ OMX is providing the information below to clarify the effect of this distribution on Google Class A shares.

Additional information on the announcement can be found in Google's press release, the relevant part of which states:

Google Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a distribution of shares of the Class C capital stock as a dividend to our stockholders with a dividend record date of March 27, 2014 and a dividend payment date of April 2, 2014.

As a result of this transaction, upon distribution the Google Class C shares will be added to all NASDAQ OMX Indexes that contain Google Class A shares, including, but not limited to, the NASDAQ-100 Index^®, the NASDAQ Internet Index^® and the NASDAQ OMX Global Index Family, effective prior to market open on the April 3, 2014, the ex-date of the distribution. Both classes of shares will remain temporarily in the Indexes until the next quarterly rebalancing, when the Class A shares will be removed from the Indexes. This action is being taken in order to provide for a seamless distribution of the new securities and ensure Index continuity.

Projected Trading Timeline

March 27 - April 2

Record Date - Payment Date

Class C shares commence trading on March 27 as GOOCV on a when issued basis Class A shares continue to trade as GOOG, with entitlement to Class C shares Class A shares will also trade on an ex-distribution basis, without entitlement to the Class C shares, as GOOAV

April 3

EX Date

The ticker for the Class A shares will change from GOOG to GOOGL The ticker for the Class C shares will change from GOOCV to GOOG and commence regular way trading The ticker for the Class A shares that traded on an ex-distribution basis - GOOAV - will be suspended

Projected Index Timeline

April 3

Ex Date

Prior to market open on Thursday, April 3, 2014, Google Class C shares will be added to the pertinent NASDAQ OMX indexes. In addition, adjustments will be made to the previous closing price of the Google Class A shares, to reflect the pro rata distribution of the Class C shares.  

April 3 - June 20

During this time period, both Class C and Class A shares will represent Google in NASDAQ OMX Indexes that previously included the Class A shares as a constituent, including the NASDAQ-100 Index.

June 23

Quarterly Rebalancing

Prior to market open on Monday, June 23, 2014, Google Class A shares will be removed from the NASDAQ OMX Indexes and Google Class C shares will become the sole security representing Google in NASDAQ OMX Indexes.


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