Notice to attend the Annual General Meeting of Nickel Mountain Group AB (publ)

The text in English is an unofficial translation of the Swedish original wording. If there are differences between the English translation and the Swedish original, the Swedish text will take precedence.

The Annual General Meeting of Nickel Mountain Group AB (publ), 556227-8043, (the “Company”), will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 2.00 pm CET at Wistrand Advokatbyrå, Regeringsgatan 65 in Stockholm.

Right to attend and notice to the Company

Those wishing to attend the meeting must

  • be entered as a shareholder in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB on Thursday, May 28, 2015, and

  • give notice of attendance to the Company no later than 4.00 pm CET Friday May 29, 2015.

Notice of attendance shall be done by regular mail to Nickel Mountain Group AB (publ), Annual General Meeting 2015, Hovslagargatan 5B, bottom floor, SE-111 48 Stockholm, Sweden, by telephone +46 8 402 28 00, by fax +46 8 402 28 01 or by e-mail to torbjorn.ranta@nickelmountain.se. When giving notice of attendance, please state the shareholder’s name, social security number or corporate registration number, address, and telephone number (office hours). A shareholder may be accompanied by one or two assistants if the shareholders give notice to the Company of the accompanying persons in accordance with what has previously been stated 

Shareholding in the name of a nominee

To be entitled to participate in the meeting, those whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee must register the shares in their own name with the help of the nominee, so that he or she is entered in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB on Thursday, May 28, 2015. This registration may be made temporarily.  

Shareholders registered in the Norwegian Verdipapirsentralen (VPS) must request a temporary entry as shareholders in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB in order to be entitled to participate in the meeting. Shareholders wishing to attend the meeting must notify DNB Bank ASA about this by regular mail to the address Verdipapirservice, Postboks 1600 Sentrum, 0021 Oslo, by fax: +47 24 05 02 56 or by e-mail to vote@dnb.no no later than 12.00 noon CET on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in order for DNB Bank to be able to ensure that an entry is made in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB by Wednesday, May 28, 2015, which is the day when such entry must have been executed. Following the meeting, DNB Bank will arrange for the shares to be re-registered in the Norwegian Verdipapirsentralen.

Proxies etc.

Those who do not attend the meeting in person may exercise his or her rights at the meeting through a proxy in possession of a written proxy form, signed and dated. A template proxy form will be available on the Company’s website www.nickelmountain.se no later than three weeks before the meeting including the day of the meeting. The template proxy form can also be obtained from the Company or can be ordered via telephone in accordance with the above. A proxy form issued by a legal entity must be accompanied by a copy of the certificate of registration or a corresponding document of authority for the legal entity. To facilitate registration at the meeting, proxy forms, certificates of registration and other documents of authority should be submitted to the Company at the address above no later than on Friday May 29, 2015.

Proposed agenda

  1.   Opening of the meeting
  2.   Election of chair of the meeting
  3.   Preparation and approval of voting list
  4.   Adoption of agenda
  5.   Election of one or two persons to check the minutes of the meeting
  6.   Determination of whether the meeting has been duly convened
  7.   Presentation of the annual report and the auditors’ report as well as the consolidated accounts and auditors’ report on the consolidated accounts
  8.   Resolution on adoption of the income statement and balance sheet as well as the consolidated income statement and consolidated balance sheet
  9.   Resolution on appropriation of the Company’s result as shown on the adopted balance sheet
  10.   Resolution on discharge of the directors and Managing Director from personal liability
  11.   Resolution on the number of directors and deputy directors
  12.   Election of directors and chair of the Board of Directors
  13.   Election of auditor
  14.   Resolution on remuneration and other compensation to the directors
  15.   Resolution on remuneration payable to the auditor
  16.   Resolution on instructions for a Nomination Committee
  17.   Resolution on guidelines for remuneration to the Managing Director and other senior executives
  18.   Resolution on authorization to issue shares and certain other financial instruments
  19.   Resolution on change of Articles of Association
  20.   Resolution on change of the Company’s name
  21.   Closing of the meeting

Election of chair of the meeting (item 2)

The Company’s Nomination Committee proposes that Mr.Per Dalemo be elected Chair of the Annual General Meeting.

Resolution on appropriation of the Company’s result as shown on the adopted balance sheet (item 9)

At the disposal of the meeting is the share premium reserve of SEK 1,239,565,437, the retained earnings of SEK -1,030,071,396 as well as the result for the period of SEK -41,141,755. Total unrestricted equity at the disposal of the meeting thus amounts to SEK 168,352,296.

The Board of Directors proposes that the funds available, SEK 168,352,296, are brought forward.

Resolution on number of directors and deputy directors and election of Directors and Chair of the Board of Directors (items 11 – 12)

The Company’s Nomination Committee consisting of Mr. Martin Nes (Chair), Mr. Lars Christian Stugaard (representing Strata Marine & Offshore AS) and Mr. Gunnar Hvammen (representing Solan Capital AS) has informed the Company, that it recommends to appoint a Board consisting of three Directors and no deputies. Further, it proposes to re-appoint Martin Nes, Jan Frode Andersen and Per Dalemo as Directors, and that Martin Nes shall continue as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Resolution on election of auditor (item 13)

The Nomination Committee recommends to re-appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditors with Mr. Johan Palmgren as responsible auditor.

Resolution on remuneration and other compensation to the directors (item 14)

The Nomination Committee recommends that board remuneration amounting to SEK 250,000 shall be paid to the Chair of the Board while as each of the two ordinary Board Directors shall be paid 150,000 SEK. No remuneration shall be paid for any type of committee work.

Resolution on remuneration to be paid to the auditors (item 15)

The Nomination Committee proposes that the auditors be compensated for reasonable and approved invoices.

Resolution on instructions for a Nomination Committee (item 16)

The Company’s Nomination Committee, jointly representing approximately 40 percent of the shares and votes of the Company, has informed the Board of Directors that it intends to propose to the general meeting to resolve on instructions for a Nomination Committee, mainly in accordance with the following:

The chair of the Board of Directors shall be responsible for contacting the two largest registered shareholders of the Company as per the end of the third quarter 2015 (i.e. September 30) and to ask each of them to appoint one member of the Nomination Committee. If such shareholder is not willing to appoint a member, or if such shareholder is intending to sell a significant part of his or her shares prior to the formation of the Nomination Committee, the next shareholder in relation to the size of the shareholding will be approached. The members appointed in accordance with this principle, together with the chair of the Board of Directors, who will convene the committee, is the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee will appoint one of the members as chair of the committee.

The names of the members of the Nomination Committee shall be disclosed well in advance of the Annual General Meeting.

The Nomination Committee shall follow and carry out the duties prescribed in the Swedish Corporate Governance Code. The Nomination Committee shall prepare proposals to be presented at the Annual General Meeting regarding resolutions on chair of the Annual General Meeting, number of Board Directors, remuneration and other compensation to Board Directors, remuneration to the auditors as well as the appointment of and instructions for a Nomination Committee.

If any of the shareholders who have appointed a member of the Nomination Committee sells a significant part of his or her shares in the Company before the conclusion of the work of the Nomination Committee, the member who is appointed by this particular shareholder should leave the committee, provided this is the decision by the Nomination Committee, and be replaced by a member appointed by the largest registered shareholder of the Company at this point, not having a representative on this Committee. If any of the members of the Nomination Committee, before conclusion of the work of the Nomination Committee, stops representing the shareholder who has appointed this particular member, the member in question shall be replaced by a new member appointed by the shareholder in question, provided this is the decision by the Nomination Committee. If any material changes occur in the registered shareholding before the conclusion of the Committee’s work, a change in the composition of Nomination Committee shall be done according to the principles set out above, provided this is the decision by the Nomination Committee.

The term of office of the Nomination Committee appointed in this way shall end when a new Nomination Committee has been appointed.

No remuneration shall be paid for the work carried out by the members of the Nomination Committee. However, the Company shall reimburse reasonable external expenses that the Nomination Committee considers essential to be able to carry out its duties.

These instructions will apply until when and if they are replaced.

Resolution on guidelines for remuneration to the Managing Director and other senior executives (item 17)

The Board of Directors proposes that the general meeting resolves on the following guidelines for salary and other remuneration to senior executives for the period until the Annual General Meeting of 2016 mainly in accordance with the following.

General

The Company shall have the levels of remuneration and employment terms necessary to recruit and retain management of high competence and capacity to be able to achieve Company goals at a suitable cost. The guiding principle in setting salary and other remuneration for senior executives in the Company shall be market conditions, adjusted to the Company’s costs.

Fixed salary

The basic remuneration to senior executives is a fixed salary based on market conditions, which is determined on an individual basis according to the criteria above, and the special skills of the person in question.

Retirement benefits

Retirement benefits for senior executives shall be based on market conditions for equivalent positions at the market and determined on an individual basis adjusted according to the special skills of the person. The retirement benefits shall be defined by cost.

Non-monetary benefits

Non-monetary benefits to the senior executives (e.g. cell phone and computer) shall assist them in their work performance, and shall correspond to what is reasonable in relation to customary benefits in the market.

Termination compensation and severance pay

Termination compensation and severance pay shall in no case in total exceed twelve months’ salary.

Non-fixed salary

Non-fixed salary arrangements shall be available, in addition to fixed-salary arrangements, in certain situations. This type of compensation shall be clearly related to specific set goals, based on simple and transparent constructions. The non-fixed salary part shall be linked to the respective employee’s main area of responsibility and mainly consist of one or more financial and/or operational parameters. The maximum non-fixed salary will be no more than 50 percent of the fixed salary paid out to the employee in question during the period covered by the non-fixed salary.

In those cases where a non-fixed salary is agreed for senior executives, the salary shall be determined based on (a) the achievement of previously established goals on a group- and individual level which are related to management- and performance, as well as the financial position of the Company, and (b) taking into consideration the individual’s personal development.

All share-related incentive programs shall be decided upon by the general meeting.

The Board of Directors shall have the right to make exceptions from these guidelines in individual cases where there are special reasons to do so.

Resolution on authorization to issue shares and certain other financial instruments (item 18)

The Board of Directors proposes that the general meeting resolves to authorize the Board of Directors to, on one or more occasions before the Annual General Meeting of 2016, resolve on issues of shares, warrants and/or convertible instruments, mainly in accordance with the following.

a)     Issues may be carried out with or without considering the shareholders’ preferential rights.

b)     The total number of shares which can be issued through resolutions under the authorization  shall not exceed 90,809,360 shares through share issues, the exercise of warrants and/or conversion of convertible instruments (this does, however, not prevent warrants and convertible instruments from being combined with terms and conditions for recalculation which, if applied, may result in another number of shares), corresponding to approximately 50 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company after such completed issue, based on the number of shares and votes in the Company as at the date of this notice.

c)     Issues carried out without the shareholders’ preferential rights with cash payment or payment by set-off of claims, may only take place at a price in line with the market price of the Company’s share with a deduction for such market-related discount deemed required by the Board of Directors for successfully carrying out the issue. In case of a rights issue, the Board of Directors decides on the pricing.

d)     The authorization shall include a right to resolve on issues with cash payment, payment by set-off of claims or payment with non-cash consideration, and in combination with such conditions referred to in Chapter 2, section 5 second paragraph, points 2–3 and 5 of the Swedish Companies Act.

The reason for the Board of Directors’ proposal as well as the possibility to disregard the shareholders’ preferential rights is that the Company must be prepared to without delay improve its financial position and strengthen the shareholder value by way of opportunities that may arise.

Resolution to change the Articles of Association (item 19)

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting to amend the articles of association of the Company. The proposal implies a broadening of the company’s business as described in § 3 of the articles of association meaning that also other business opportunities than exploration and production of minerals will be feasible. This is important for the shareholder value of the Company.  

The Board of Directors also proposes to the Annual General Meeting to decide on a change of § 8 of the articles of association, which relates to the convening of shareholders’ meetings. The fact that a notice has been given is presently advertised in the Swedish newspaper “Dagens Industri”. In order to save costs the Board of Directors proposes to instead advertise in the Swedish newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet”.

The existing and new proposed wordings of § 3 of the articles of association are as follows:

Existing wording:

3. Company business

The Company shall solely, through subsidiaries or through cooperation with others, engage in mining and mineral prospecting business as well as own and administrate real and personal property, as well as conduct other activities compatible therewith.

Proposed new wording:

3. Company business

The company shall, solely and/ or through subsidiaries or through cooperation with others, conduct investment business, own and administrate real and personal property, as well as conduct other activities compatible therewith.

The full and complete new proposed articles of association of Nickel Mountain Group AB can be studied in a separate attachment available on the website www.nickelmountain.se along with all other documents topical at the coming Annual General Meeting.

The existing and new proposed wordings of § 8 of the articles of association are as follows:

Existing wording:

 8. Notice of shareholders’ meetings

Notice of shareholders’ meetings shall be announced in Post och Inrikes Tidningar and on the company’s homepage. It shall be announced in Dagens Industri that notice of shareholders’ meeting has been given.

Proposed new wording:

 8. Notice of shareholders’ meetings

Notice of shareholders’ meetings shall be announced in Post och Inrikes Tidningar and on the company’s homepage. It shall be announced in Svenska Dagbladet that notice of shareholders’ meeting has been given.

Resolution to change the name of the Company (item 20)

In view of the resolution proposed under item 19 regarding a broadening of the business activities of the Company, it seems adequate to also propose a name change of the parent company. The nickel project is owned at subsidiary level, and at that level the license holding company will also in the future keep the name “Nickel Mountain AB”. The Board of Directors therefore proposes that the new name of the Company be “New Mountain Group AB” or in shorter form “NMG”. In such way the ticker name ”NMG” of the Company’s share traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange needs not to change.

Resolutions according to items 18, 19 and 20 above demand support by at least 2/3 of the capital and votes present at the Annual General Meeting in order to be valid.

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Shareholders’ right to request information

Upon request by any shareholder and where the Board of Directors believes that such may take place without significant harm to the Company, the Board of Directors and the Managing Director should provide information at the Annual General Meeting in respect of any circumstances which may affect the assessment of a matter on the agenda, and any circumstances which may affect the assessment of the Company’s or a subsidiary’s financial position and as regards the Company’s relationship to other group companies. The obligation to provide information relates also to the consolidated accounts.

Documents

Accounting documents and the auditor’s report as well as the complete proposals will be available at office of the Company and on the Company’s website www.nickelmountain.se no later than three weeks before the meeting including the day of the meeting. Copies of accounting documents and the auditor’s report as well as the proposals will be sent free of charge to those shareholders who so request and state their postal address.

Shares and votes

As per the day of this notice, the total number of shares and votes in the Company is 90,809,360.

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Stockholm, May 2015

Nickel Mountain Group AB (publ)

The Board of Directors

Torbjörn Ranta

Managing Director

Tel: 46 8 402 28 00

Mobile: 46 708 855504

E-mail: torbjorn.ranta@nickelmountain.se

The vision of Nickel Mountain Group AB is to be an explorer and miner recognized for our attractive assets and ability to effectively run projects from exploration to commercialization, leaving a lasting footprint within the regions we operate through investments, community engagement and transfer of expertise.

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