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Notice to the Annual General Meeting of Dovre Group Plc – the Board of Directors of the Group Amends Its Dividend Proposal to the Annual Meeting
03.04.2020 klo 15:45 Notice to the Annual General Meeting of Dovre Group Plc – the Board of Directors of the Group Amends Its Dividend Proposal to the Annual Meeting
Dovre Group Plc Stock Exchange Bulletin 3 April, 2020 at 3.45pm
NOTICE TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF DOVRE GROUP PLC – THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GROUP AMENDS ITS DIVIDEND PROPOSAL TO THE ANNUAL MEETING
Notice is given to the shareholders of Dovre Group Plc of the Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) to be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 3.00 p.m. at the head office of Dovre Group Plc, at the address Ahventie 4, 02170 Espoo. The reception of the persons who have registered for the meeting and the distribution of voting tickets will commence at 2.30 p.m.
Certain changes will be made to the practical arrangements of the Annual General Meeting in order to minimize the risk of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The aim is to keep the Annual General Meeting as short as possible while also ensuring that all legal obligations are met. There will be no catering available in the meeting.
In light of the current situation, the company specifically reminds the shareholders of the possibility of refraining from attending the meeting in person and instead exercising their shareholder rights by way of proxy representation. For further details relating to the proxy arrangements and how to issue a proxy for the meeting, please see the instructions at end of the notice.
A live webcast of the event through which shareholders can follow the Annual General Meeting will be organized. The live video stream will be available on April 28, 2020 at 3.00 p.m. However, it is not possible to vote or present questions through the webcast. Shareholders may send questions in advance by email to email@example.com by 4 p.m. on April 21, 2020. The questions will be read out at the event.
All persons registered for the meeting are asked to send his/her email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The persons registered for the meeting will be provided with a link including registration instructions one day before the AGM.
Large shareholders representing over 35% of the outstanding shares of Dovre Group Plc have indicated that they will vote in favour of all proposals made to the Annual General Meeting and presented in the notice of the Annual General Meeting.
A. MATTERS ON THE AGENDA OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
At the AGM, the following matters will be considered:
1. Opening of the meeting
2. Calling the meeting to order
3. Election of persons to confirm the minutes and to verify the counting of votes
4. Recording the legal convening of the meeting and quorum
5. Recording the attendance at the meeting and adoption of the voting list
6. Presentation of the annual accounts 2019, the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor's report
- Review by the CEO
7. Adoption of the annual accounts
8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and resolution on the payment of dividend
The parent Company’s distributable funds are EUR 19,184,773.10. Due to the prevailing uncertainty caused by coronavirus in Dovre's operating environment, the Group´s Board of Directors has decided to change its earlier EUR 0.01 per share dividend proposal. The Board of Directors proposes, in line with the principle of caution, that no dividend is distributed at this stage by a resolution of the Annual General Meeting and that the Board of Directors is to be authorized by the AGM to decide in its discreation on the distribution of maximum EUR 0.01 dividend per share which equals to EUR 1,029,564.94.
If the AGM authorizes the Board of Directors to decide on the payment of dividend, the Board of Directors expects to decide on the distribution of the dividend on October 26, 2020. The Board of Directors expects that the preliminary record date would be October 27, 2020 and the preliminary payment date would be November 4, 2020. Dovre Group shall make separate announcements of such resolution.
9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability
10. Handling of the remuneration policy for the Company’s governing bodies
11. Resolution on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors
The shareholders representing over 35% of the total shares in the Company propose to the AGM that the annual remuneration payable to the Board members shall be as follows: The chairman of the Board is paid EUR 35,000, the vice chairman of the Board EUR 25,000, and each other member of the Board EUR 22,000.
The shareholders also propose that reasonable travel expenses incurred by the Board members are compensated.
12. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors
The shareholders representing over 35% of the total shares in the Company propose to the AGM that the number of Board members be set at four (4).
13. Election of the members of the Board of Directors
The shareholders representing over 35% of the total shares in the Company propose Ilari Koskelo, Kristine Larneng, Antti Manninen and Svein Stavelin, all current members of the Board, to be reappointed as members of the Board.
14. Resolution on the remuneration of the auditor
The Board of Directors proposes to the AGM that the auditor’s fee shall be paid according to the approved invoice from the auditor.
15. Election of the auditor
The Board of Directors proposes to the AGM that one auditor be elected for the Company. The Board of Directors proposes the election of Authorized Public Accountant firm BDO Oy as the Company’s auditor. BDO Oy has informed that Authorized Public Accountant Ari Lehto will be the auditor in charge.
16. Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the Company’s own shares
The Board of Directors proposes that the AGM resolves on authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the Company’s own shares, on the following conditions:
a) By virtue of the authorization, the Board is entitled to decide on repurchase of a maximum of 10,100,000 of the Company’s own shares, corresponding to a maximum of 9.9% of the Company’s all shares.
b) The Company’s own shares may be repurchased in deviation from the proportion to the holdings of the shareholders using the non-restricted equity and acquired on regulated market through trading on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd at the share price prevailing at the time of acquisition. Shares will be acquired and paid for in accordance with the rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd and Euroclear Finland Ltd.
c) The shares may be repurchased in order to be used as consideration in possible acquisitions or other arrangements related to the Company’s business, to finance investments or as part of the Company’s incentive program or the be held, otherwise conveyed or cancelled by the Company.
The Board of Directors shall decide on other matters related to authorization.
The repurchase authorization is valid until June 30, 2021. The authorization revokes previous authorizations to acquire the Company’s own shares.
17. Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the issuance of shares as well as the issuance of other special rights entitling to shares
The Board of Directors proposes that the AGM would resolve on authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on
(i) the issuance of new shares and/or
(ii) the conveyance of the Company’s own shares and/or
(iii) the granting of special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act, on the following conditions:
By virtue of the authorization, the Board may also decide on a directed issue of shares and special rights, i.e. waiving the pre-emptive subscription rights of the shareholders, under the requirements of the law. By virtue of the authorization, a maximum of 10,100,000 shares may be issued, corresponding to a maximum of 9.9% of the Company’s existing shares.
The Board may use the authorization in one or more instalments. The Board may use the authorization to finance or conclude acquisitions or other arrangements, to strengthen the Company’s capital structure, for incentive programs or for other purposes decided by the Board. The new shares may be issued or the Company’s own shares conveyed either against payment or free of charge. The new shares may also be issued as an issue without payment to the Company itself. The Board is authorized to decide on other terms of the issuance of shares and special rights. By virtue of the authorization, the Board of Directors may decide on the realization of the Company’s own shares possibly held by the Company as pledge.
The authorization is valid until June 30, 2021. The authorization revokes earlier authorizations to issue shares and grant option rights and other special rights entitling to shares.
18. Closing of the meeting
B. DOCUMENTS OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The above proposals of the Board of Directors relating to the agenda of the AGM as well as this notice are available on the Company’s website at www.dovregroup.com. The Company’s annual report, which includes the Company’s financial statements, the report of the Board of Directors, the auditor’s report and the Corporate Government Statement, is available on the above mentioned website. The remuneration policy is attached to this notice. The proposals of the Board of Directors and the financial statements are also available at the AGM. Copies of these documents and of this notice will be sent to shareholders upon request.
C. INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
1. The right to participate and registration
Each shareholder, who is registered on April 16, 2020, in the shareholder register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd, has the right to participate in the AGM. A shareholder, whose shares are registered on his/her personal Finnish book-entry account, is registered in the shareholder register of the Company.
A shareholder, who is registered in the shareholder register of the Company and who wants to participate in the AGM, shall register for the meeting no later than April 23, 2020, 10 a.m. by giving a prior notice of participation, which shall be received by the Company no later than on the above mentioned date and time. Such notice can be given:
a) on Dovre Group Plc’s website at www.dovregroup.com (please send your email address to Marja Saukkonen for a webcast link)
b) by email to email@example.com
c) by telephone to Dovre Group Plc/Marja Saukkonen, tel. +358 400 251 235
In connection with the registration, a shareholder shall notify his/her name, personal identification number, address, telephone number, and the name of a possible assistant or proxy representative and the personal identification number of a proxy representative. The personal data given to Dovre Group Plc is used only in connection with the AGM and with the processing of related necessary registrations.
2. Holders of nominee registered shares
A holder of nominee registered shares has the right to participate in the AGM by virtue of such shares, based on which he/she would be entitled to be registered in the shareholder register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date of the AGM on April 16, 2020. The right to participate in the AGM requires, in addition, that the shareholder has, on the basis of such shares, been registered into the temporary shareholder register held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. at the latest by April 23, 2020, by 10 a.m. In regards to nominee registered shares this constitutes due registration for the AGM.
A holder of nominee registered shares is advised to request without delay necessary instructions regarding the registration in the temporary shareholder register of the Company, the issuing of proxy documents and registration for the AGM from his/her custodian bank. The account management organization of the custodian bank has to register a holder of nominee registered shares, who wants to participate in the AGM, into the temporary shareholder register of the Company at the latest by April 23, 2020 by 10 a.m.
3. Proxy representative and powers of attorney
A shareholder may participate in the AGM and exercise his/her rights at the meeting by way of proxy representation. A proxy representative shall produce a duly dated proxy document or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the shareholder at the AGM. When a shareholder participates in the AGM by means of several proxy representatives representing the shareholder with shares at different securities accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration for the AGM.
Any proxy documents should be delivered in original to Dovre Group Plc/Marja Saukkonen, Ahventie 4 B, 02170 Espoo, Finland, or as a scanned copy over email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the last date of registration.
4. Other information
Pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Companies Act, a shareholder who is present at the AGM has the right to request information with respect to the matters to be considered at the meeting.
On the date of this notice to the AGM, April 3, 2020, the total number of shares and votes in Dovre Group Plc is 102,956,494.
Espoo, April 3, 2020
DOVRE GROUP PLC
Board of Directors
For further information please contact Mr Arve Jensen, CEO, tel. +47 90 60 78 11 or Ms Mari Paski, CFO, tel. +358 20 436 2000.
AttachmentRemuneration Policy for the Governing Bodies of Dovre Group Plc