Annual General Meeting in ASSA ABLOY AB

The shareholders of ASSA ABLOY AB are hereby invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 25 April 2013 at 3.00 p.m., at Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

Notice of Attendance etc.

Shareholders who wish to attend the Annual General Meeting must:

  • be recorded in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB on Friday 19 April 2013, and
  • notify the company of their intent to attend no later than Friday 19 April 2013. Notice of attendance can be given on www.assabloy.com, by telephone +46 8 506 485 14 or in writing by mail to ASSA ABLOY AB, Annual General Meeting, P.O. Box 7842, SE-103 98 Stockholm, Sweden.

When giving notice of attendance, the shareholder shall state name, personal or corporate identification number, address, telephone number, number of shares and names of assistants attending, if any. The information given in the notice of attendance will be data processed and used only in connection with the Annual General Meeting 2013. An entrance card, to be shown at the registration for the Annual General Meeting, will be sent as confirmation of the notice of attendance.

Shareholders whose shares are nominee registered through a bank or other nominee, must, in addition of giving notice of attendance,  request that their shares be temporarily registered in their own name in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB in order to have the right to attend the Annual General Meeting. Such registration must be effected on Friday, 19 April 2013, and shareholders should inform their bank or other nominee well in advance of this date. If participation is by proxy, the proxy should be submitted in connection with the notice of attendance and must be presented in original at the latest at the Annual General Meeting. Proxy forms are available on www.assaabloy.com.

Agenda

  1. Opening of the Meeting.
  2. Election of Chairman of the Meeting.
  3. Preparation and approval of the voting list.
  4. Approval of the agenda.
  5. Election of two persons to approve the minutes.
  6. Determination of whether the Meeting has been duly convened.
  7. Report by the President and CEO, Mr. Johan Molin.
  8. Presentation of:
    a)    the Annual Report and the Audit Report as well as the Consolidated Accounts and the Audit Report for the Group,
    b)    the Group Auditor's Report regarding whether there has been compliance with the remuneration guidelines adopted on the 2012 Annual General Meeting,
    c)    the Board of Directors proposal regarding distribution of earnings and motivated statement.
  9. Resolutions regarding:
    a)    adoption of the Statement of Income and the Balance Sheet as well as the Consolidated Statement of Income and the Consolidated Balance Sheet,
    b)    dispositions of the company's profit according to the adopted Balance Sheet,
    c)    discharge from liability of the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO.
  10. Determination of the number of members of the Board of Directors.
  11. Determination of fees to the Board of Directors and Auditors.
  12. Election of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
  13. Election of members of the Nomination Committee and determination of the assignment of the Nomination Committee.
  14. Resolution regarding guidelines for remuneration to senior management.
  15. Resolution regarding authorisation to repurchase and transfer Series B shares in the company.
  16. Resolution regarding long term incentive programme.
  17. Closing of the Meeting.

Item 2 - Election of Chairman of the Meeting
The Nomination Committee, consisting of Chairman Gustaf Douglas (Investment AB Latour), Mikael Ekdahl (Melker Schörling AB), Liselott Ledin (Alecta), Marianne Nilsson (Swedbank Robur fonder) and Per-Erik Mohlin (SEB fonder/SEB Trygg Liv), proposes that Lars Renström is elected Chairman of the Annual General Meeting.

Item 9 b) - Disposition of the company's profit according to the adopted Balance Sheet
The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of SEK 5.10 per share. As record date for the dividend, the Board of Directors proposes Tuesday 30 April 2013. Subject to resolution by the Annual General Meeting in accordance with the proposal, the dividend is expected to be distributed by Euroclear Sweden AB on Monday 6 May 2013.

Items 10-12 - Determination of the number of members of the Board of Directors, determination of fees to the Board of Directors and the Auditors as well as election of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Nomination Committee proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves as follows.

- The number of members of the Board of Directors shall be eight.

- Fees to the Board of Directors shall remain unchanged in relation to the previous year and amount to a total of SEK 4,600,000 (remuneration for committee work not included) to be distributed among the members of the Board of Directors as follows; SEK 1,350,000 to the Chairman, SEK 750,000 to the Vice Chairman and SEK 500,000 to each of the other members of the Board of Directors appointed by the Annual General Meeting and not employed by the company. As remuneration for the committee work, the Chairman of the Audit Committee is to receive SEK 200,000, the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee SEK 100,000, members of the Audit Committee (the Chairman excluded) SEK 100,000, and  members of the Remuneration Committee (the Chairman excluded) SEK 50,000.

- Fees to the Auditors according to contract.

- Re-election of Lars Renström, Carl Douglas, Birgitta Klasén, Eva Lindqvist, Johan Molin, Sven-Christer Nilsson, Jan Svensson and Ulrik Svensson as members of the Board of Directors.

- Re-election of Lars Renström as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Carl Douglas as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Item 13 - Election of members of the Nomination Committee and determination of the assignment of the Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves mainly as follows.

- The Nomination Committee shall consist of five members, who, up to and including the Annual General Meeting 2014, shall be Gustaf Douglas (Investment AB Latour), Mikael Ekdahl (Melker Schörling AB), Liselott Ledin (Alecta), Marianne Nilsson (Swedbank Robur fonder) and Johan Strandberg (SEB fonder/SEB Trygg Liv). Gustaf Douglas shall be appointed Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

- If a shareholder represented by one of the members of the Nomination Committee ceases to be among the major shareholders of ASSA ABLOY AB, the Nomination Committee shall be entitled to appoint another representative of one of the major shareholders to replace such a member. The same applies if a member of the Nomination Committee ceases to be employed by such a shareholder or leaves the Nomination Committee before the Annual General Meeting 2014 for any other reason.

- The Nomination Committee shall, before the Annual General Meeting 2014, prepare and submit proposals for; election of Chairman of the Annual General Meeting, election of Chairman, Vice Chairman, other members of the Board of Directors and auditor as well as fees to the auditor and the Board of Directors (including distribution of fees among the Chairman, Vice Chairman and the other members of the Board of Directors and remuneration for committee work).

Item 14 - Resolution regarding guidelines for remuneration to senior management
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting adopts guidelines for the remuneration and other employment conditions of the President and CEO and other members of the ASSA ABLOY Executive Team mainly in accordance with the following.

The basic principle is that the remuneration and other employment conditions should be in line with market conditions and be competitive. ASSA ABLOY observes both global practice as well as practice of the native country of each member of the Executive Team.

The total remuneration of the Executive Team should consist of basic salary, variable components in the form of annual and long term variable remuneration, other benefits and pension. The basic salary should be competitive and reflect responsibility and performance. The variable part consists of remuneration paid partly in cash and partly in the form of shares.  

The Executive Team should have the opportunity to receive variable cash remuneration based on the outcome in relation to financial targets and, when applicable, individual targets. This remuneration should be equivalent to a maximum 75 per cent of the basic salary (excluding social security costs).

In addition, the Executive Team should, within the framework of the Board of Directors' proposal for a long term incentive program, in Item 16, have the opportunity to receive variable remuneration in the form of shares based on the outcome in relation to a range determined by the Board of Directors for the performance of earnings per share during 2013. This remuneration model also includes the right, when purchasing a share, to receive a free matching share from the company under certain conditions. This remuneration shall, if the share price is unchanged, be equivalent to maximum 75 per cent of the basic salary (excluding social security costs).

All members of the Executive Team should be covered by defined contribution pension plans. If the CEO is given notice, the company is liable to pay the equivalent of 24 months' salary and other employment benefits. If one of the other members of the Executive Team is given notice, the company is liable to pay a maximum six months' basic salary and other employment benefits plus an additional 12 months' basic salary.

The Board of Directors shall have the right to deviate from these guidelines if there are particular reasons for doing so in an individual case.

Item 15 - Resolution regarding authorisation to repurchase and transfer Series B shares in the company
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorises the Board of Directors to pass a resolution, on one or more occasions, on repurchasing Series B shares in the company for the period up until the next Annual General Meeting. The repurchase shall maximum comprise so many Series B shares that the company's holding does not at any time exceed 10 per cent of the total number of shares in the company. The repurchase of shares shall take place on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The repurchase of the shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm may only occur at a price within the share price interval registered at that time, where share price interval means the difference between the highest buying price and the lowest selling price. Payment of the shares shall be made in cash.

Furthermore, the Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorises the Board of Directors to pass a resolution, on one or more occasions, on transferring Series B shares in the company for the period up until the next Annual General Meeting, on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm or in connection with acquisitions of companies or businesses. Transfers of Series B shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm may only occur at a price within the share price interval registered at that time. The authorisation includes the right to resolve on deviation of the preferential rights of shareholders and that payment may be made in other forms than cash.

The purpose of the proposal is, among other things, to make possible the ability to continuously adapt the company's capital structure and thereby contribute to increased shareholder value, to be able to exploit attractive acquisition opportunities by fully or partly financing future acquisitions with the company's own shares, and to ensure the company's undertakings, including social security costs, in accordance with the Board of Directors' proposal for a long term incentive program under Item 16.

The proposal in Item 15 requires an approval of shareholders representing at least two-thirds of both the shares and number of votes represented at the Annual General Meeting to be valid.

Item 16 - Resolution regarding the Board of Directors proposal of long term incentive programme
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves to implement a new long term incentive programme for senior executives and key employees within the ASSA ABLOY Group ("LTI 2013") mainly in accordance with the following.

LTI 2013 is proposed to include approximately 90 senior executives and key employees within the ASSA ABLOY Group. LTI 2103 entails that the participants will invest in Series B shares in ASSA ABLOY at market price, in an amount corresponding to maximum 15 per cent (CEO and other senior executives) or 10 per cent (other participants), respectively, of the participants basic salary. Such personal investment will thereafter be matched by the company through granting of so called matching awards and performance awards, in accordance with the terms stipulated below.

The purpose of LTI 2013 is to retain and recruit competent employees to the Group, provide competitive remuneration and to align the interests of the senior executives and key employees with the interests of the shareholders. In light of the above, the Board of Directors believes that implementation of LTI 2013 will have a positive effect on the development of the Group and consequently that LTI 2013 is beneficial to both the shareholders and the company.

The participation in LTI 2013 of employees who have not participated in previous LTI programs is subject to renunciation of customary salary review for the year 2013.

For each Series B share the CEO purchases under LTI 2013, he will be granted one matching award and four performance awards. For each Series B share other senior executives (currently eight individuals) purchase under LTI 2013, each such individual will be awarded one matching award and three performance awards. For each Series B share other participants (approximately 80 individuals) purchase under LTI 2013, each such individual will be awarded one matching award and one performance award.

Each matching award entitles the holder to receive a Series B share in the company, free of charge, three years after allotment of the matching award, provided that the holder, with some exceptions, at the time of release of ASSA ABLOY's interim report for the first quarter 2016, still is employed by the ASSA ABLOY Group and has maintained the shares purchased under LTI 2013. Each performance award entitles the holder to receive a Series B share in the company, free of charge, three years after allotment of the performance award, provided that the above conditions have been fulfilled. In addition to this, the maximum determined target level in respect of increase of the company's earnings per share during 2013, as defined by the Board of Directors, shall have been fulfilled for full allotment of Series B shares. The awards are non-transferable.

The Board of Directors shall be responsible for preparing the detailed terms and conditions of LTI 2013, in accordance with the mentioned terms and guidelines. To this end, the Board of Directors shall be entitled to make adjustments to meet foreign regulations or market conditions.

LTI 2013 may, if the share price for the company's Series B share remains the same during the programme's term, result in a maximum amount corresponding to 75 per cent (CEO), 60 per cent (other senior executives) or 20 per cent (other participants), respectively, of the participants annual basic salary (excluding social security costs). Such outcome is subject to a maximum personal investment, meaning that the participant must purchase Series B shares in the company in an amount corresponding to 15 per cent (CEO and other senior executives) or 10 per cent (other participants), respectively, of the participants basic salary, maintain the initially purchased shares and that the participant, with some exceptions, still is employed during the vesting period, and that the performance based condition has been fully achieved.

The total amount of shares, which corresponds to the participant's total maximum personal investment, and thus the total amount of awards in LTI 2013, depends on the share price for the company's Series B share at the time of allotment of awards under LTI 2013. Provided that the share price for the company's Series B share is traded at around SEK 260 at the time of allotment of awards under LTI 2013, LTI 2013 will, in accordance with the above principles and assumptions, comprise maximum 245,000 Series B shares in total, which corresponds to approximately 0.1 per cent of the total outstanding shares and votes in the company.

In accordance with the above principles and assumptions, the ASSA ABLOY Group's cost for LTI 2013 is estimated to approximately SEK 59 million in total, allocated over the vesting period. Estimated social security costs are included in this amount. To ensure the delivery of Series B shares under LTI 2013, the company intends to enter into an agreement with a third party, under which the third party shall, in its own name, acquire and transfer Series B shares to the participants under LTI 2013.

Shares and votes
The total number of shares in the company at the time for the notification to the Annual General Meeting amount to 370,858,778 shares, of which 19,175,323 are shares of Series A and 351,683,455 shares of Series B, which is equivalent to a total of 543,436,685 votes. ASSA ABLOY is holding at the time of the notification to the Annual General Meeting, 600,000 own shares of Series B, corresponding to 600,000 votes that may not be represented at the Annual General Meeting.

Shareholders' right to request information
The shareholders are reminded of their right to request information from the Board of Directors and the CEO at the Annual General Meeting in respect of circumstances which may affect the assessment of a matter on the agenda or circumstances which may affect the company's financial position.

Additional Information
The Annual Report and the Audit Report and the other documents concerning Items 8-16 above will be available at the company and on the company website www.assaabloy.com latest on 4 April 2013. Copies of the documents will be sent free of charge to shareholders who so request and state their address and will also be available at the Annual General Meeting.

Welcome!
Stockholm in March 2013
The Board of Directors
ASSA ABLOY AB (publ)

About Us

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions and offers mecahnical and electromechanical locks, digital door locks, security doors, entrance automation, hotel security and secure identity solutions, primarily in identity and access management, as well as a number of other related products and services. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international Group with some 47,500 employees operating in more than 70 countries and sales of SEK 76 billion.

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