Sanoma Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, 5 February 2015 at 9:00 CET+1
Notice is given to the shareholders of Sanoma Corporation to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 8 April 2015 at 14:00 EET at the Conference Centre of Messukeskus, Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre (Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki, Finland). The reception of persons who have registered for the meeting, distribution of the voting tickets, and the preceding coffee service will commence at 13:00.
A. Matters on the Agenda of the Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting, the following matters will 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 2014
- 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 2014 and a sum of EUR 550,000 shall be transferred to the donation reserve and used at the Board of Directors’ discretion. The dividend shall be paid to shareholder entered into the Shareholder Register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date of payment of dividend, i.e. 10 April 2015. The Board proposes that the dividend payment date in Finland will be 17 April 2015.
9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability
10. 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 will 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.
11. 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 will be set at ten.
12. 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 of the Company have announced their intention to propose to the Annual General Meeting that Robin Langenskiöld be re-elected as member of the Board of Directors and Susan Duinhoven and Denise Koopmans be elected as new members for the term ending in the Annual General Meeting 2018. Sakari Tamminen and Annet Aris do not stand for re-election to the Board.
Antti Herlin, Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Anne Brunila, Mika Ihamuotila, Nils Ittonen, Rafaela Seppälä and Kai Öistämö shall continue as members of the Board of Directors.
In addition, the above mentioned shareholders intent to propose that Antti Herlin is elected as the Chairman and Pekka Ala-Pietilä as the Vice Chairman of the Board.
Ms Susan Duinhoven, born 1965, a Dutch citizen, Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) Wageningen University, B.S. (Physical Chemistry) Amsterdam University. Ms Duinhoven has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board at Koninklijke Wegener N.V. (The Netherlands) since 2013. Before joining Wegener she served as CEO of Western Europe at Thomas Cook Group Plc (The Netherlands, Belgium, and France) 2012–2013, CEO at Thomas Cook Nederland B.V. 2010–2011, Managing Director of Benelux & New Acquisitions Europe at Reader’s Digest 2008–2010, CEO at De Gule Sider A/S (Denmark) 2005–2007, and COO & Marketing Director at De Telefoongids (The Netherlands) 2002–2005.
Ms Denise Koopmans, born 1962, a Dutch citizen, LL.M. Rotterdam University, AMP Harvard Business School, IDP Insead. Ms Koopmans served as Managing Director of the Legal & Regulatory Division at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (The Netherlands) 2011–2014. Before joining Wolters Kluwer she served as CEO at LexisNexis Intelligence Solutions and LexisNexis Analytics (France) and was a member of the Senior Leadership team at LexisNexis International (UK) 2007–2011, and served in various senior executive roles at Altran Group (France, USA, Spain) 2000–2007. Ms Koopmans is a member of the Supervisory Board at Laurin Maritime Group (Sweden/USA), a member of the Board of Trustees at WWF Netherlands, and a member of the Board of Trustees at African Wildlife Foundation (Kenya).
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.
13. Resolution on the remuneration of the Auditor
Based on the recommendation of the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes that the Auditor’s remuneration be paid according to invoice approved by the company.
14. 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. Based on the recommendation of the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes that the Auditor be KPMG Oy Ab, Authorised Public Accountants. KPMG Oy Ab has informed that it will appoint Virpi Halonen, Authorised Public Accountant, as the Auditor with principal responsibility.
15. 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. These shares will be repurchased with funds from the Company's unrestricted shareholders’ equity, and the repurchases will reduce funds available for distribution of profits. The shares will 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. They can 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 OMX Helsinki Ltd. It is proposed that the authorisation be effective until 30 June 2016 and it would terminate the corresponding authorisation given to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting of 9 April 2014.
16. 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 5 March 2015. The decision proposals and the other above-mentioned documents are also available at the meeting. Copies of these documents and of this notice will be sent to shareholders upon request. The notice will not be sent to the shareholders separately. The minutes of the meeting will be available on the above-mentioned website as of 22 April 2015.
C. Instructions for the participants in the Annual General Meeting
1. Shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register
Each shareholder, who is registered on 25 March 2015 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 31 March 2015 at 16:00 EET by which time the notice must be received at the company. Such notice can be given as of 5 March 2015 at 9:00 EET:
- 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 25 March 2015, 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 1 April 2015 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 31 March 2015 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, 4 February 2015, the total number of shares and votes in Sanoma Corporation is 162,812,093.
The doors of the meeting premises will be opened at 13:00 EET. The meeting participants are invited to a coffee service that precedes the meeting. The meeting will be conducted in Finnish.
Copies of the Company's printed Financial Statements for 2014 are posted on request and may be ordered by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish our shareholders welcome to the Annual General Meeting.
Helsinki, 4 February 2015
Board of Directors
Sanoma’s Investor Relations, Olli Turunen, tel. +358 40 552 8907
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Sanoma is a front running consumer media and learning company in Europe. In Finland and The Netherlands we are the market leading media company with a broad presence across multiple media platforms. Our operating markets in Learning are Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. In 2014, Sanoma’s net sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion. Sanoma is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.