Air Liquide: Combined Shareholders’ Meeting of May 7, 2013
PARIS -- May 07, 2013
The Combined Shareholders’ Meeting of Air Liquide (Paris:AI), chaired by
Benoît Potier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, in the
presence of the members of the Board of Directors, was attended by 3,632
people on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The 139,311
shareholders, physically present or duly represented, ie 52.35% of the voting
rights, approved all of the resolutions that were presented.
The proposed dividend, with an ex-date of May 16 and payment date of May22,
was approved: it has been set at €2.50 per share, an increase of +10.3%,
taking into account the attribution of one free share for every 10 existing
shares in 2012. Shares held in registered form continually since December31,
2010 until May22, 2013, the payment date of the dividend, will be granted an
increase in the dividend of €0.25 per share, a bonus of 10%.
The Shareholders approved the renewal as directors of Mr. ThierryDesmarest
and Mr.Thierry Peugeot, each for a term of 4 years. The Board duly noted that
Alain Joly’s current term of office was expiring. A member of the Board since
1982, Mr. Joly served as Chairman and CEO of the Company from 1995 to 2001,
and then served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board until 2006. Alain Joly
was warmly thanked for his commitment and service to the Group and for his
substantial contribution to Air Liquide’s development for more than 50 years.
The Board of Directors is now composed of 11members, including 3 women, and
5different nationalities. Nine of its members are independent.
At the meeting held following the Combined Shareholders’ Meeting, the Board of
Directors reappointed Thierry Peugeot to the Audit and Accounts Committee,
reappointed Thierry Desmarest to serve as Chairman of the Appointments and
Governance Committee and as a member of the Remuneration Committee, and
appointed Siân Herbert-Jones as a member of the Audit and Accounts Committee.
Commenting on the 2012 financial year and the outlook for growth,
BenoîtPotier, Chairman and CEO, stated:
“To seize new development opportunities, the Group pursues a strategy of
profitable growth over the long term, supported by targeted investments and
articulated around two pillars: competitiveness and innovation.
Thanks to the motivation of our employees, the trust of our customers and the
loyalty of our shareholders, all the ingredients are there to ensure that Air
Liquide, which this year celebrates its 100 years on the Paris Stock Exchange,
continues to have a bright future.”
Air Liquide share ownership breakdown
(As of December 31, 2012)
*37% of the capital held by individual shareholders
*44% of the capital held by non-French institutional investors
*19% of the capital held by French institutional investors
*>0% treasury shares
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Dividend payment date:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
2013 1^st half results:
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with close to 50,000employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while
delivering profitable growth and consistent performance.
Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.
A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of AirLiquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.
Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to €15.3billion of which
82% were generated outside France. AirLiquide is listed on the Paris Euronext
stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones
Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.
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