Ratos : Bulletin from Ratos AGM 2013
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Ratos's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 17 April 2013 in Stockholm.
Board of Directors and Auditor
The AGM re-elected Board members Lars Berg, Staffan Bohman, Arne Karlsson,
Annette Sadolin, Jan Söderberg, Per-Olof Söderberg and Margareth Øvrum. Arne
Karlsson was elected as Chairman of the Board. A more detailed presentation of
the Board is presented at www.ratos.se.
The AGM elected PricewaterhouseCoopers AB as auditors for the period until the
next annual general meeting has been held.
The AGM decided on an ordinary dividend of SEK 3.00 per share (5.50) of class
A and B. The record date for the right to receive dividends is 22 April and
dividends are expected to be paid on 25 April 2013.
Purchase of treasury shares
The AGM gave the Board a mandate to decide, during the period until the next
ordinary AGM, on repurchase of a maximum number of shares so that the
company's holding of treasury shares does not at any time exceed 4% of the
total number of shares in the company. At the subsequent statutory meeting,
the Board decided to give the CEO, in consultation with the Chairman, a
mandate to carry out purchases of treasury shares in accordance with the
mandate given to the Board by the AGM.
The AGM decided to issue a maximum of 800,000 call options on repurchased
Ratos-shares to be sold at a market premium to key people within Ratos. It was
further decided on a transfer of a maximum of 800,000 shares in the company
when the above-mentioned options are exercised.
In addition, the AGM decided, as in previous year, on a cash-settled option
programme related to Ratos's investments in holdings. The programme will be
carried out by issuing synthetic options which key people within Ratos will be
entitled to acquire.
The AGM also decided on a transfer of a maximum of 16,000 class B shares to
administrative employees in Ratos.
Authorisation for new issues to be used at acquisitions
The AGM decided, as in previous year, 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 make a decision on a new issue of shares in Ratos. This
authorisation shall comprise a maximum of 35 million B shares.
Authorisation for issue of preference shares to be used at acquisitions
The AGM decided to authorise the Board, 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 make a decision on a new issue of
Class C preference shares. The authorisation shall comprise a maximum total of
1,250,000 Class C preference shares.
The AGM also decided on amendments to the Articles of Association to enable a
new issue of Class C preference shares, with a quarterly dividend of SEK 25
per share, although a maximum of SEK 100 per year.
For further information, please contact:
Arne Karlsson, Chairman of the Board, +46 8 700 17 00
Emma Rheborg, Head of Corporate Communications & IR, +46 8 700 17 20
Financial calendar from Ratos:
Interim Report January - March 2013 8 May 2013
Interim Report January - June 2013 15 August 2013
Interim Report January - September 2013 8 November 2013
Ratos is a private equity conglomerate. The company's mission is to maximise
shareholder value over time through the professional, active and responsible
exercise of its ownership role in primarily medium to large unlisted Nordic
companies. Ratos's holdings include AH Industries, Aibel, Arcus-Gruppen,
Biolin Scientific, Bisnode, DIAB, Euromaint, Finnkino, GS-Hydro, Hafa Bathroom
Group, HL Display, Inwido, Jøtul, KVD Kvarndammen, Mobile Climate Control and
SBSeating. Ratos is listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm and market capitalisation
amounts to approximately SEK 20 billion.
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