OSLO, Norway, Dec. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Opera Limited (NASDAQ: OPRA) ("Opera"), one of the world's major browser developers and a leading internet consumer brand, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared its upcoming semi-annual cash dividend for holders of Opera's ordinary shares as well as American Depositary Shares ("ADSs"), each representing two ordinary shares.
Opera's next semi-annual dividend under its recurring dividend program, which was announced in June 2023, will be $0.40 per ADS. Payment will be made to shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 3, 2024 (the "Record Date"). Dividends to be paid to the holders of ADSs through the depositary bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, will be subject to the terms of the deposit agreement. The Company expects the depositary bank to distribute dividends on or about January 9, 2024.
The aggregate amount of this initial dividend is approximately $35 million, based on a total of 87.5 million ADS equivalents outstanding as of November 30, 2023. Opera's cash expense will, however, be limited to approximately $9.9 million, which relates to holders of ADSs only. The remaining $25.1 million that relates to ordinary shares and would otherwise be payable to Opera's majority shareholder, Kunlun Tech Limited ("Kunlun"), will be offset against Opera's receivable from sale of investment, due from Kunlun following the sale of Opera's former stake in Star Group Interactive Inc. ("StarX"). Future dividend payments on Kunlun's ordinary shares in Opera will also be offset until the StarX receivable with interest is fully satisfied.
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Opera is a user-centric and innovative software company focused on enabling the best possible internet browsing experience across all devices. Hundreds of millions use the Opera web browsers for their unique and secure features on their mobile phones and desktop computers. Founded in 1995, and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Opera is a public company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol "OPRA". Download the Opera web browser and access other Opera products from opera.com. Learn more about Opera at investor.opera.com and on X @InvestorOpera.
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