Cramo Plc Stock Exchange Release 28 March 2018, at 3.15 pm Finnish time (EET)
Decisions of Cramo Plc's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Cramo Plc was held in Helsinki on Wednesday, 28 March 2018.
1 Matters pertaining to the Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting adopted the consolidated financial statements and the parent company's financial statements for the financial year 2017 and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability. The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders decided that, as proposed by the Board of Directors, a dividend of EUR 0.85 per share will be paid for the financial year 1 January – 31 December 2017. The dividend will be paid to shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date of the dividend payment 3 April 2018. The dividend will be paid on 10 April 2018.
The number of the members of the Board of Directors was confirmed as seven (7) ordinary members. Mr Perttu Louhiluoto, Mr Peter Nilsson, Mr Joakim Rubin, Mr Raimo Seppänen, Mr Veli-Matti Reinikkala and Ms Caroline Sundewall were re-elected as Board members and Ms AnnaCarin Grandin as new Board member, all for a term of office ending at the end of the Annual General Meeting 2019.
The Annual General Meeting resolved that the chairman of the Board of Directors shall be paid EUR 85,000 per year and the other members of the Board of Directors EUR 37,500 per year. It was further resolved that the remuneration is paid in cash and that the Board of Directors will adopt a policy on Board member share ownership. The policy shall entail that Board members, who do not already have such a holding of Cramo Plc's shares, are under a four-year (4) period from the start of their directorship expected to acquire Cramo Plc's shares to a total market value which equal at least one (1) year’s Board fees before taxes, excluding any Committee compensation. The Nomination Committee will, as part of its process, annually follow up on the Board members’ shareholding and evaluate that it is according to the policy.
In addition, it was decided that all Board members are entitled to a compensation of EUR 1,000 per attended meeting of the Audit and Remuneration Committees and EUR 500 per attended meeting of the M&A Committee, which is expected to be established in 2018. Further, the member of the Board elected in the position of Chairman of the Audit Committee would receive an additional compensation of EUR 5,000 per year. Reasonable travel expenses will be refunded in accordance with an invoice.
The Annual General Meeting decided that the Auditors will be paid reasonable remuneration in accordance with the invoice approved by the Company.
The audit firm KPMG Oy Ab was appointed as Cramo Plc's Auditor for the term ending at the end of the next Annual General Meeting, with APA Mr Toni Aaltonen as the responsible auditor.
2 Authorisation to decide on the acquisition of Company’s own shares and/or on the acceptance as pledge of the Company’s own shares
The Annual General Meeting authorised the Board of Directors to decide on the acquisition of the Company's own shares and/or on the acceptance as pledge of the Company's own shares as follows:
The amount of own shares to be acquired and/or accepted as pledge shall not exceed 4,400,000 shares in total, which corresponds to approximately 10 per cent of all the shares in the Company. However, the Company together with its subsidiaries cannot at any moment own and/or hold as pledge more than 10 per cent of all the shares in the Company. Only the unrestricted equity of the Company can be used to acquire own shares on the basis of the authorisation.
Own shares can be acquired at a price formed in public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki on the date of the acquisition or otherwise at a price formed on the market.
The Board of Directors decides how own shares will be acquired and/or accepted as pledge. Own shares can be acquired using, inter alia, derivatives. Own shares can be acquired otherwise than in proportion to the shareholdings of the shareholders (directed acquisition).
Own shares can be acquired and/or accepted as pledge to, among other things, limit the dilutive effects of share issues carried out in connection with possible acquisitions, to develop the Company's capital structure, to be transferred in connection with possible acquisitions, to be used in incentive arrangements or to be cancelled, provided that the acquisition is in the interest of the Company and its shareholders. However, not more than 400,000 shares acquired under this authorisation may be used for the incentive arrangements of the Company.
The authorisation is effective until the end of the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, however no longer than until 30 June 2019.
3 Authorisation of the Board of Directors to decide on share issue, as well as option rights and other special rights entitling to shares
The Annual General Meeting authorised the Board of Directors to decide on share issue as well as issue of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares, pursuant to Chapter 10 of the Companies Act as follows:
The shares issued under the authorisation are new or those in the Company's possession. Under the authorisation, a maximum of 4,400,000 shares, which corresponds to approximately 10 per cent of all of the shares in the Company, can be issued. The shares or other special rights entitling to shares can be issued in one or more tranches.
Under the authorisation, the Board of Directors may resolve upon issuing new shares to the Company itself. However, the Company, together with its subsidiaries, cannot at any time own more than 10 per cent of all its registered shares.
The Board of Directors is authorised to resolve on all terms for the share issue and granting of the special rights entitling to shares. The Board of Directors is authorised to resolve on a directed share issue and issue of the special rights entitling to shares in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive right, provided that there is a weighty financial reason for the Company to do so. Except for issuing of option rights for incentive arrangements, the authorisation can also be used for incentive arrangements, however, not more than 400,000 shares in total.
The proposed authorisation invalidates prior resolved and registered authorisations made at the General Meeting of Shareholders regarding share issue, issuing of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares as well as transfer of the Company's own shares.
The authorisation is valid until the end of the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, however no longer than until 30 June 2019.
President and CEO
Mr Leif Gustafsson, President and CEO, tel: +358 10 661 10, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.
Cramo is Europe’s second largest rental services company specialising in construction machinery and equipment rental and rental-related services as well as the rental of modular space. Cramo operates in about 300 depots in fourteen countries. With a group staff around 2,500, Cramo's consolidated sales in 2017 was EUR 729.5 million. Cramo shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.