Notice to the Annual General Meeting of Sanoma Corporation

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Sanoma Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, 7 February 2017 at 08:45 CET+1

Notice is given to the shareholders of Sanoma Corporation to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 14:00 EET at the Scandic Park Helsinki (Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki, Finland). The reception of persons who have registered for the meeting, distribution of the voting tickets, and the preceding coffee service shall commence at 13:00 EET.

A. Matters on the Agenda of the Annual General Meeting

At the Annual General Meeting, the following matters shall be considered:

1. Opening of the meeting

2. Calling the meeting to order

3. Election of persons to scrutinise the minutes and to supervise the counting of votes

4. Recording the legality and quorum of the meeting

5. Recording the attendance at the meeting and adoption of the list of votes

6. Presentation of the Financial Statements, the Board of Directors’ Report, and the Auditors’ Report for the year 2016

- Review by the President and CEO

7. Adoption of the Financial Statements

8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and the payment of dividend

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.20 per share shall be paid for the year 2016 and a sum of EUR 350,000 shall be transferred to the donation reserve and used at the Board of Directors’ discretion. The dividend shall be paid to a shareholder entered into the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date of payment of dividend, i.e. Thursday 23 March 2017. The Board proposes that the dividend payment date in Finland shall be 30 March 2017.

9. Resolution on amending the Articles of Association

The Board proposes that Articles 6 and 9 of the Articles of Association be amended to read as follows:

Article 6:  The Board of Directors consists of at least five (5) and at the most eleven (11) members. The General Meeting shall name the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Board of Directors. The term of Board members starts at the end of the Annual General Meeting in which they were elected and ends at the end of the Annual General Meeting following their election.

Article 9: The Company has one (1) auditor. The auditor shall be an audit  firm approved by the Patent and Registration Office. The auditor's term ends at the end of the Annual General Meeting following their election.

10. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability

11. Resolution on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors

Shareholders representing more than 10% of all shares and votes of the Company have announced their intention to propose to the Annual General Meeting that the remuneration payable to the members of the Board of Directors shall remain as before.

The monthly remunerations are EUR 8,500 for the Chairman of the Board of Directors, EUR 6,500 for the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, and EUR 5,500 for the members of the Board of Directors.

The meeting fees are:

- For Board members who reside outside Finland: EUR 1,000 / Board meeting where the member was present;

- For the Chairmen of Board’s Committees: EUR 2,000 / Committee meeting participated;

- For Committee members who reside outside Finland: EUR 2,000 / Committee meeting where the member was present and EUR 1,000 / Committee meeting participated; and

- For Committee members who reside in Finland: EUR 1,000 / Committee meeting participated.

The President and CEO or a person serving the company under a full time employment or service agreement receives no fee for Board membership.

12. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors

Shareholders representing more than 10% of all shares and votes of the Company have announced their intention to propose to the Annual General Meeting that the number of the members of the Board shall be set at nine.

13. Election of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors

Shareholders representing more than 10% of all shares and votes have announced their intention to propose to the Annual General Meeting that the Board of Directors comprises the following members: Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Antti Herlin, Anne Brunila, Mika Ihamuotila, Nils Ittonen, Denise Koopmans, Robin Langenskiold, Rafaela Seppälä and Kai Öistämö, and that the term of all the Board members ends at the end of the Annual General Meeting in 2018.

CEO Susan Duinhoven’s membership in the Board ends, and the term of all members of the Board of Directors will be aligned with the amended Articles of Association.

Proposal regarding the term is conditional upon the Annual General Meeting resolving to amend the Article 6 of the Articles of Association as set out above in item 9. Regarding the term the resolution comes into force after the Articles of Association have been registered.

In addition, the above mentioned shareholders intend to propose that Pekka Ala-Pietilä is elected as the Chairman and Antti Herlin as the Vice Chairman of the Board.

Essential biographical information on all Board member candidates is given on the Company's website at www.sanoma.com. All the proposed individuals have given their consent to being elected.

14. Resolution on the remuneration of the Auditor

In accordance with the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes that the Auditor’s remuneration be paid according to invoice approved by the Company.

15. Election of Auditor

The Auditor is appointed by the Annual General Meeting for a term specified in the Articles of Association. The term expires at the end of the next Annual General Meeting following the election. In accordance with the recommendation of the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes that the Auditor be audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy. PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy has informed that it will appoint Samuli Perälä, Authorised Public Accountant, as the auditor with principal responsibility for a term expiring at the end of the Annual General Meeting in 2018.

16. Authorising the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the Company’s own shares

The Board of Directors proposes that the Board be authorised by the Annual General Meeting to decide on the repurchase of maximum of 16,000,000 Company’s own shares (approximately 9.8% of all shares of the Company) in one or several instalments. The shares shall be repurchased with funds from the Company's unrestricted shareholders’ equity, and the repurchases shall reduce funds available for distribution of profits. The shares shall be repurchased either through a tender offer made to all shareholders on equal terms or in other proportion than that of the current shareholders at the market price of the repurchase moment on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. The shares shall be repurchased to develop the Company’s capital structure, to carry out and finance potential corporate acquisitions or other business arrangements, be used as a part of the Company’s incentive programme or to be conveyed further for other purposes, retained as treasury shares, or cancelled. The authorisation will be valid until 30 June 2018 and terminate the corresponding authorisation given to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting of 12 April 2016.

17. Closing of the meeting

B. Documents of the Annual General Meeting

The proposals for the decisions on the matters on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting as well as this notice are available on Sanoma Corporation’s website at www.sanoma.com. The Financial Statements, the Board of Directors’ Report, and the Auditor’s Report of Sanoma Corporation are available on the above-mentioned website on 27 February 2017. The decision proposals and the other above mentioned documents are also available at the meeting. Copies of these documents and of this notice shall be sent to shareholders upon request. The notice shall not be sent to the shareholders separately. The minutes of the meeting shall be available on the above-mentioned website as of 4 April 2017.

C. Instructions for the participants in the Annual General Meeting

1. Shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register

Each shareholder, who is registered on 9 March 2017 in the shareholders’ register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd, has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting. A shareholder, whose shares are registered on his/her personal Finnish book-entry account, is registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company.

A shareholder, who is registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company and who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting, shall register for the meeting no later than on 15 March 2017 at 16:00 EET by which time the notice must be received at the Company. Such notice can be given:

  • on the Company’s website at www.sanoma.com
  • by telephone +358 20 770 6864 on weekdays from 9:00 until 16:00 EET
  • by fax +358 10 519 5098 or
  • by regular mail to Sanoma Corporation, AGM, P.O. Box 60, 00089 Sanoma, Finland.

In connection with the registration, a shareholder shall notify his/her name, personal/business ID, telephone number, the name of a possible assistant, proxy representative or legal representative, and the personal ID of the proxy representative or legal representative. The personal data given to the Company is used only in connection with the Annual General Meeting and with the processing of related registrations.

The shareholder, his/her authorised representative or proxy representative shall, where necessary, be able to prove his/her identity and right of representation.

2. Holder of nominee registered share

A holder of nominee registered share has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting by virtue of such shares, based on which he/she on the record date of the Annual General Meeting, i.e. on 9 March 2017, would be entitled to be registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. The right to participate in the Annual General Meeting requires, in addition, that the shareholder on the basis of such shares has been temporarily registered into the shareholders’ register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd on 16 March 2017 by 10:00 EET at the latest. As regards nominee registered shares this constitutes due registration for the Annual General Meeting.

A holder of nominee registered share is advised to request without delay necessary instructions regarding the temporary registration in the shareholders’ register of the Company, the issuing of proxy documents, and registration for the Annual General Meeting from his/her custodian bank. The account management organisation of the custodian bank has to register a holder of nominee registered share who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting temporarily into the shareholders’ register of the Company by the time stated above at the latest.

3. Proxy representative and powers of attorney

A shareholder may participate in the Annual General Meeting and exercise his/her rights at the meeting by way of proxy representation. A proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy document or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the shareholder at the Annual General Meeting. When a shareholder participates in the Annual General Meeting 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 Annual General Meeting.

Possible proxy documents should be delivered in originals to Sanoma Corporation, AGM, P.O. Box 60, 00089 Sanoma, Finland on 15 March 2017 at the latest.

4. Other instructions / information

Pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act, a shareholder who is present at the Annual General Meeting 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 Annual General Meeting, 6 February 2017, the total number of shares and votes in Sanoma Corporation is 162,812,093.

The doors of the meeting premises shall be opened at 13:00 EET. The meeting participants are invited to a coffee service that precedes the meeting. The meeting shall be conducted in Finnish.

Copies of the Company's printed Financial Statements for 2016 are posted on request and may be ordered by email ir@sanoma.com.

We wish our shareholders welcome to the Annual General Meeting.

Helsinki, 6 February 2017

Sanoma Corporation

Board of Directors

 

Additional information

Sanoma’s Investor Relations, Anna Tuominen, p. 040 584 6944

Sanoma.com

Sanoma is a front running media and learning company impacting the lives of millions every day. We provide consumers with engaging content, offer unique marketing solutions to business partners and enable teachers to excel at developing the talents of every child.

With companies operating in Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Sweden, our net sales totalled EUR 1.6 billion and we employed more than 5,000 professionals in 2016. The Sanoma shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.