Bulletin from Ratos’s AGM 1 April 2020
Regulatory Information 2020-04-01
The information was submitted for publication at 4:10 p.m. CET on 1 April 2020.
Ratos’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 1 April 2020 at Skandiascenen, Cirkus, in Stockholm.
The AGM adopted the parent company and the consolidated balance sheets and income statements for the 2019 financial year. The AGM granted the board members and the CEO discharge from liability for the 2019 financial year.
Election of Board of Directors and Auditor etc.
The AGM followed the Nomination Committee's proposal and decided to appoint six directors, without deputy directors, and to re-elect Board members Per-Olof Söderberg, who was also re-elected as Chairman of the Board, Eva Karlsson, Ulla Litzén, Karsten Slotte, Jan Söderberg and Jonas Wiström (CEO). For a more detailed presentation of the Board members, please refer to www.ratos.se.
The AGM further resolved in accordance with the Nomination Committee's proposal for an unchanged remuneration to the Chairman of the Board, to the rest of the Board and to the committees. The auditor shall be paid in accordance with approved account.
The AGM elected Ernst & Young AB as auditor for the period until the next annual general meeting has been held.
Dividend on Class A and Class B shares
The AGM resolved that no dividend should be paid to the shareholders for the 2019 financial year. It was noted that Board instead intends to call the shareholders to an Extraordinary General Meeting later in the year to decide on a dividend, if the market at this time has stabilized and the company's visibility for the result has normalized.
Guidelines for remuneration to senior executives
The AGM resolved to adopt the Board’s proposal regarding guidelines for remuneration to senior executives.
The AGM resolved, in accordance with the Board’s proposal, to implement a long-term incentive program 2020/2025 for the CEO, the CFO and other key employees in Ratos, consisting of convertible debentures and warrants (jointly the Instruments), through an issue of not more than 1,300,000 convertible debentures without preemptive rights for the shareholders and an issue of not more than 1,300,000 warrants without preemptive rights for the shareholders; yet, a maximum of 1,300,000 Instruments can be issued. The increase of the company’s share capital can accordingly, if all the Instruments are subscribed for and converted/exercised, amount to not more than SEK 4,095,000 (based on the current quotient value and that no recalculation has been made in accordance with terms and conditions of the program).
Purchase of treasury shares
The AGM gave the Board a mandate to decide, during the period until the next AGM, on repurchase of a maximum number of shares so that the company’s holding of treasury shares does not at any time exceed seven percent of the total number of shares in the company.
Authorisation for new issue of Class B shares to be used at acquisitions
The AGM resolved to authorise the Board, during the period until the next AGM, in conjunction with agreements on company acquisitions, on one or several occasions, with or without deviation from the pre-emptive rights of shareholders, for a cash payment, through set-off or non-cash, to decide on a new issue of Ratos shares. This authorisation comprises a maximum of 35 million Class B shares.
Complete information about the AGM’s resolutions is available on Ratos’s website: www.ratos.se.
For further information, please contact:
Per-Olof Söderberg, Chairman of the Board, +46 8 700 17 98
Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, +46 8 700 17 98
Ratos is a business group consisting of 12 companies divided into three business areas: Consumer & Technology, Construction & Services and Industry. In total, the companies have SEK 38 billion in sales and EBITA of SEK 1.8 billion. Our business concept is to develop mid-sized companies headquartered in the Nordics that are or can become market leaders. We enable independent mid-sized companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas for Ratos. Everything we do is based on Ratos’s core values: Simplicity, Speed in Execution and It’s All About People.