Hanwha Solarone Announces Extraordinary General Meeting

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Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HSOL),a global photovoltaic manufacturer of modules, today announced an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the Company will be held at at 9:00 a.m., Shanghai time, on February 4, 2015 (the “Extraordinary General Meeting“) at the Company’s offices at Rooms 605-606, Yongda International Tower, 2277 Longyang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China201204 to consider and, if thought fit, to pass and approve the following resolutions:

  • As a special resolution, subject to each other Proposal (as defined below) set out in the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting being approved, to approve the issuance of 3,701,145,330 of the ordinary shares of a par value of US$0.0001 each (each, a “Share“) of HSOL to Hanwha Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. ) as contemplated by the Share Purchase Agreement, dated as ofDecember 8, 2014 , among Parent, Hanwha Q CELLS Investment Co., Ltd. (“Q CELLS“) and HSOL, and subject to the Purchase Agreement and in connection with the transactions contemplated thereby, including entering into the Shareholder Agreement, dated as of December 8, 2014, between HSOL and Parent ;
  • As a special resolution, subject to each other Proposal set out in the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting being approved, to approve the amendment and restatement of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of HSOL currently in effect (the “Memorandum and Articles of Association“) by their deletion in their entirety and the substitution in their place of the Second Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association (the “New Articles“), conditional upon and effective immediately prior to the closing of the Transaction, providing for, among other things, (i) the increase in capital as set out in the Increase of Capital Proposal (as defined below), (ii) the change of HSOL’s name as set out in the Change of Name Proposal (as defined below), and (iii) other corporate governance and related matters with respect to HSOL, in the form attached to the Purchase Agreement furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) on Form 6-K on December 8, 2014 and made available to shareholders of HSOL at the Extraordinary General Meeting (the “New Articles Proposal“);
  • As a special resolution, subject to each other Proposal set out in the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting being approved, to approve an increase in the authorized share capital of HSOL from US$100,000 divided into 1,000,000,000 Shares to US$700,000divided into 7,000,000,000 Shares by the creation of an additional 6,000,000,000 Shares that will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Shares, conditional upon and effective immediately prior to the closing of the Transaction (the “Increase of Capital Proposal“); and
  • As a special resolution, subject to each other Proposal set out in the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting being approved, to approve the change of HSOL’s name to Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., conditional upon and with effect from the closing of the Transaction (the “Change of Name Proposal” and together with the Transaction Proposal, the New Articles Proposal and the Increase of Capital Proposal, the “Proposals“).

HSOL will transact no other business at the Extraordinary General Meeting, except for business properly brought before the Extraordinary General Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Only holders of Shares as of the close of business in the Cayman Islands on December 26, 2014 (the “Share Record Date“) are entitled to receive notice of, and will be entitled to vote, in person at the Extraordinary General Meeting or by proxy on, the Proposals. Holders of HSOL’s American depositary shares, each representing five Shares (the “ADSs“), as of the close of business in New York City onDecember 26, 2014 (the “ADS Record Date“), cannot vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting directly, but may instruct The Bank of New York Mellon as the depositary for HSOL’s ADS program (the “Depositary“) and the holder of the Shares underlying the ADSs how to vote the Shares represented by their ADSs by giving voting instructions to the Depositary in the form and in the manner provided by the Depositary (the “ADS Voting Instructions“).

Parent has agreed to vote all of its Shares and ADSs “FOR” the Proposals. Additionally, we expect that our board of directors (the “Board of Directors“) and executive officers will vote all of their Shares and ADSs “FOR” the Proposals.

After the closing of the Transaction, the Board of Directors will appoint two additional directors of HSOL as designated by Parent, in addition to the current five directors of HSOL in office, to hold office from their appointment until the next annual general meeting of shareholders of HSOL.

On August 11, 2014, our Board of Directors resolved that it was in the best interests of HSOL to form a special committee of independent directors, consisting of Mr. Thomas J. Toy and Dr. David N.K. Wang (the “Special Committee“), to consider, evaluate and, if appropriate, negotiate on behalf of HSOL any potential transaction with Parent and Q CELLS. The Special Committee, acting with the advice and assistance of its legal and financial advisors, has evaluated the Transaction on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Purchase Agreement and determined that the Transaction, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement, are advisable, fair to, and in the best interests of, HSOL and its shareholders.

The Board of Directors (i) has, after considering the recommendation of the Special Committee and other factors, approved the Transaction, (ii) has determined that the Transaction on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Purchase Agreement is advisable, fair to, and in the best interests of, HSOL, and (iii) recommends that shareholders vote “FOR” the Transaction Proposal, “FOR” the New Articles Proposal, “FOR” the Increase of Capital Proposal and “FOR” the Change of Name Proposal.

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