Ratos: Notice of Annual General Meeting 14 April 2016
Regulatory Information 2016-03-09
This information is disclosed in accordance with the Securities Markets Act, the Financial Instruments Trading Act or demands made in the exchange rules.
Ratos's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 16.30 CET at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Nils Ericsons Plan 4, Stockholm. The complete notice of the meeting is attached and available at www.ratos.se where attendance can also be notified. Complete AGM documentation will be available at Ratos's head office and on www.ratos.se from 10 March. Notice of attendance must be made to Ratos no later than 8 April.
Board of Directors and auditors
The Nomination Committee proposes Ulla Litzén och Jonas Wiström to be elected as new members of the Board. Staffan Bohman och Arne Karlsson have declined re-election. The Nomination Committee further proposes re-election of Board members Annette Sadolin, Karsten Slotte, Charlotte Strömberg, Jan Söderberg and Per-Olof Söderberg. Jonas Wiström is proposed as Chairman of the Board. A more detailed presentation of the proposed Board members and the work of the Nomination Committee is provided on the company's website www.ratos.se.
The Nomination Committee further proposes re-election of PricewaterhouseCoopers AB as auditors for the period until the next Annual General Meeting has been held.
Proposal for dividend on Class A and Class B shares
The Board proposes an ordinary dividend of SEK 3.25 (3.25) per Class A and Class B share. The proposed record date for the dividend is 18 April and payment is expected to be made on 21 April 2016.
Proposal for dividend on Class C preference shares
The Board proposes that a dividend on outstanding Class C preference shares before the 2017 Annual General Meeting, in accordance with the Articles of Association, shall be paid quarterly in an amount of SEK 25 per Class C preference share, although a maximum of SEK 100. Proposed record dates for the quarterly dividends until the next Annual General Meeting are 13 May 2016, 15 August 2016, 15 November 2016 and 15 February 2017.
Purchase of treasury shares
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting gives the Board renewed authorisation, during the period until the next Annual General Meeting, on acquisition of a maximum number of shares so that the company's holding of treasury shares at any time does not exceed 7% of all the shares in the company. The purpose of the purchase of treasury shares is to give the Board more alternatives in its work to create value for the company's shareholders.
The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves on an issue of a maximum of 800,000 call options on Class B Ratos treasury shares to be transferred at a market premium to key people at Ratos. The option purchases will be partly subsidised. It is further proposed that the Meeting decides on a transfer of a maximum of 800,000 Class B shares in the company when the options are exercised.
In addition, the Board proposes, as in the previous year, that the Meeting resolves on a cash-based option programme related to Ratos's investments in the portfolio companies. It is proposed that the programme is carried out through the issue of synthetic options which key people at Ratos will be entitled to acquire at a market price. The option purchases may be partly subsidised.
The Board further proposes that the Meeting resolves on a transfer of a maximum of 16,000 Ratos Class B shares to administrative employees.
Proposal for authorisation for new issue of Class B shares to be used for acquisitions
The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting, as in previous years, authorises the Board 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 make a decision on new issue of shares in the company. This authorisation shall comprise a maximum of 35 million Class B shares, which corresponds to 9.7% of the shares and 3.1% of voting rights (after full utilisation of the mandate) and applies until the next Annual General Meeting.
Proposal for authorisation for a new issue of preference shares to be used for acquisitions
The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves to authorise the Board 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 make a decision on new issue of Class C and/or Class D preference shares. The authorisation shall comprise a maximum total of 1,250,000 Class C and/or Class D preference shares and applies until the next Annual General Meeting. The Board has further proposed that the Annual General Meeting resolves on amendments to the Articles of Association to enable a new issue of Class D preference shares.
The Board proposes that a dividend on Class C and/or Class D preference shares, which may be issued prior to the 2017 Annual General Meeting, shall be paid quarterly in an amount of SEK 25 per Class C and/or Class D preference shares, although a maximum of SEK 100.
Shareholder Thorwald Arvidsson has submitted a proposal to the Annual General Meeting. Read more in the full Notice of the Annual General Meeting.
For further information, please contact:
Arne Karlsson, Chairman of the Board, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 00
Jan Andersson, Chairman of the Nomination Committee, +46 761 39 55 00
Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Ratos AB (publ) 2016
Financial calendar from Ratos:
|Annual General Meeting 2016||14 April 2016|
|Interim report January-March 2016||10 May 2016|
|Interim report January-June 2016||19 August 2016|
|Interim report January-September 2016||10 November 2016|
Ratos owns and develops unlisted medium-sized Nordic companies. The company's goal as an active owner is to contribute to the long-term and sustainable business development of its companies and to conduct value-generating transactions. Ratos's portfolio comprises AH Industries, Aibel, ArcusGruppen, Biolin Scientific, Bisnode, DIAB, Euromaint, GS-Hydro, HENT, HL Display, Jøtul, KVD, Ledil, Mobile Climate Control, Nebula, Serena Properties, Speed Group and TFS. Ratos is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a total of approximately 15,500 employees.