Hitachi and Finmeccanica agreed to support Ansaldo STS's dividend decision

Tokyo, 9 March, 2015 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, "Hitachi") and Finmeccanica S.p.A.([FNM.IM,] “Finmeccanica”) have announced today that, with reference to the share purchase agreement signed on 24 February 2015 between Finmeccanica and Hitachi, pursuant to which the latter undertook to acquire all Finmeccanica’s shares in Ansaldo STS S.p.A. (the “Agreement”), following the approval by the Board of Directors of Ansaldo STS held on March 6 of a proposed dividend distribution, pursuant to the
interim period provisions of the Agreement, Finmeccanica asked Hitachi’s consent in order to vote in favour of the relevant proposal at the upcoming Ansaldo STS shareholders’ meeting, and Hitachi has expressed its consent.