GAM Holding AG: Annual General Meeting of GAM Holding AG
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Zurich, 15 April 2014
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on 15 April 2014, the shareholders
GAM Holding AG approved a dividend distribution of CHF 0.65 per share for
2013, an increase of 30% over previous dividends. Shareholders also re-elected
all members of the Board of Directors for a new term of office ending with the
The annual report, parent company financial statements and the consolidated
financial statements for 2013 were all approved at the AGM, and shareholders
discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the Group Management
Board for the 2013 financial year.
Dividend increase of 30% to CHF 0.65 per share
Shareholders approved the proposed dividend of CHF 0.65 per share for 2013, an
increase of 30% over the CHF 0.50 per share paid for the previous three
financial years. Shareholders agreed that the dividend would be distributed
from capital contribution reserves (which totalled CHF 1,537.4 million as at
31 December 2013) rather than from retained earnings, making it exempt from
Swiss federal withholding tax for all shareholders. For shareholders resident
in Switzerland who hold the shares as part of their private assets, the
dividend will also be exempt from income tax. In total, the dividend
distribution will amount to around
CHF 105 million, corresponding to approximately half of the underlying net
profit achieved by the Group in 2013.
Share capital reduction (2011-2014 share buy-back programme)
At the AGM, shareholders approved the cancellation of the shares bought back
during 2013 under the current buy-back programme (6,567,929 shares repurchased
at an average price of CHF 16.63 per share) and the corresponding reduction in
share capital. This programme will expire on 17 April 2014, as planned, and
will be followed by a new programme, also with the purpose of capital
reduction. As announced, the new programme will allow for the buy-back of up
to 10% of shares in issue at inception (a maximum of around 17 million shares)
and is scheduled to run over a maximum period of three years. These
repurchases are intended to add flexibility in returning excess cash to
shareholders, and to complement future dividend payments which will represent
the preferred means for cash returns to shareholders.
Re-elections to the Board of Directors
In accordance with new legislation for Swiss-domiciled companies listed on a
stock exchange, effective since 1 January 2014, elections for the members of
the Board of Directors, its Compensation Committee and the Chairman of the
Board were held individually, for a term of office ending at the 2015 AGM.
Shareholders re-elected all current Board members - Daniel Daeniker, Dieter A.
Enkelmann, Diego du Monceau, Hugh Scott-Barrett and Tanja Weiher. They also
re-elected Johannes A. de Gier and confirmed him as Chairman. The current
members of the Compensation Committee (Dieter A. Enkelmann, Daniel Daeniker
and Diego du Monceau) were also confirmed.
Further information relating to the AGM of GAM Holding AG can be found at
17 Apr 2014 Ex-dividend date
23 Apr 2014 Dividend record date
24 Apr 2014 Dividend payment date
12 Aug 2014 Half-year results 2014
21 Oct 2014 Interim management statement Q3 2014
For further information please contact:
Media Relations: Investor Relations:
Larissa Alghisi Rubner Patrick Zuppiger
T: +41 (0) 58 426 62 15 T: +41 (0) 58 426 31 36
About GAM Holding AG
GAM Holding AG is an independent, pure-play asset management group with a
focus on active investing. With global distribution networks and investment
teams based in five investment centres in Europe, the US and Asia, it delivers
investment solutions to institutions, intermediaries and private clients
through two leading brands - Julius Baer Funds (distributed by Swiss & Global
Asset Management) and GAM. The Group's investment management business is
complemented by a private labelling unit (operated by Swiss & Global), which
provides outsourcing solutions for third parties.
Headquartered in Zurich, GAM Holding AG is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange
and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol "GAM".
The Group has assets under management of CHF 115.3 billion (as at 31 March
2014) and employs over 1,000 staff in 10 countries.
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