Report from Concentric AB’s Annual General Meeting on 6 April 2016

Concentric AB’s AGM was held on Wednesday 6 April 2016. In main, the following resolutions were passed. 

As regards full details of the resolutions, a referral is made to the notice convening the AGM and the complete proposals. The notice convening the AGM and the complete proposals are available at the company’s website, www.concentricab.com.

Adoption of the income statements and the balance sheets

The meeting resolved to adopt the income statement and balance sheet and the consolidated income statement and consolidated balance sheet for the financial year 2015.

Dividend

The meeting resolved, in accordance with the board’s proposal, on a dividend of SEK 3.25 per share. The record date was set to Friday 8 April 2016. The dividend is expected to be distributed by Euroclear Sweden AB on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Discharge from liability

The meeting discharged the directors and the managing director from personal liability towards the company for the administration of the company in 2015.

Board of directors and auditors

The meeting re-elected Stefan Charette, Marianne Brismar, Kenth Eriksson, Martin Lundstedt, Susanna Schneeberger, Martin Sköld and Claes Magnus Åkesson as directors. The meeting re-elected Stefan Charette as chairman of the board.

The registered accounting firm KPMG was re-elected as the company’s auditor until the end of the AGM 2017.

The meeting resolved that the chair of the board shall receive SEK 525,000 (previous SEK 500,000) and that each of the other board members shall receive SEK 250,000 (previous SEK 240,000). Additional consideration shall remain unchanged and be paid in the amount of SEK 50,000 to the chair of the compensation committee and the chair of the audit committee shall receive SEK 75,000. The resolution means that the total remuneration to the board of directors (including fees for committee work) increases from SEK 2,065,000 to SEK 2,150,000.

The meeting resolved that fees to the auditor in respect of services performed are to be paid against approved account.

Guidelines for remuneration of senior executives

The meeting resolved to adopt guidelines for remuneration of senior executives as proposed by the board of directors, principally unchanged in comparison to the guidelines of last year.

Retirement of repurchased own shares

The meeting resolved to retire 1,281,900 of the company’s own repurchased shares. The retirement of shares is carried out through a reduction of share capital with retirement of shares and a subsequent bonus issue to restore the share capital. Altogether, the resolution results in the number of shares outstanding being reduced by 1,281,900 and the share capital being increased in total by SEK 29.

                     

Performance based incentive programme

In accordance with the board’s proposal, the meeting resolved to establish a long-term performance based incentive programme, LTI 2016. The programme is offered to up to 9 senior executives, including the managing director, and other key employees within the Concentric group, who, provided an own investment in Concentric shares, are offered stock options that, under certain conditions, gives participants the right to acquire Concentric shares after a three-year lock-up period.

The LTI 2016 is expected to result in costs of MSEK 1.8 annually for Concentric if participants invest to their individual limits, and full vesting and annual 15 per cent share price growth is assumed. In addition to this, social security charges will apply in the year of vesting, 2019. Social security charges are expected to be expensed to an amount of MSEK 0.6 annually based on the same assumptions.

Issue of warrants and approval of transfer of warrants

As one of several options to secure a cost-efficient supply of Concentric shares for transfer under the LTI 2016, the meeting adopted the board's proposal to issue, free of charge, 250,000 warrants to its wholly-owned subsidiary Concentric Skånes Fagerhult AB. Should the board choose the option to utilize the warrants for delivery of shares under the LTI 2016, the dilution effect will total 0.6 per cent, otherwise the warrants will lapse and the dilution effect be nil.

Furthermore, the meeting resolved to approve that Concentric Skånes Fagerhult AB, on one or more occasions, may transfer warrants to the participants in LTI 2016 in accordance with the terms and conditions of LTI 2016, and otherwise dispose of the warrants in order to cover costs related to, and fulfil obligations occurring under, LTI 2016.

Acquisitions and transfers of own shares

In accordance with the board’s proposal, the meeting resolved to authorise the board to acquire and/or transfer own shares, with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights, on one or more occasions until the AGM 2017.

Acquisition of the company’s own shares shall be made on Nasdaq Stockholm, for the purpose of, inter alia, being able to improve the company’s capital structure and to enable share transfers in accordance with the authorisation for the board to transfer own shares and resolution on transfer of own shares to participants in LTI 2013-2016, to increase the flexibility for the board in connection to potential future corporate acquisitions, as well as to cover costs for LTI 2013-2016 and enable delivery of shares in accordance with LTI 2013-2016. The company’s total holdings of own shares must not at any time exceed 10 per cent of the total number of shares in the company.

Transfer of the company’s own shares may be done for the purpose of, inter alia, being able to improve the company’s capital structure, to cover costs relating to LTI 2013-2016 as well as to increase the flexibility of the board in connection to potential future corporate acquisitions, by facilitating a fast and efficient financing by divesting holdings of own shares. Transfer of own shares can be made either on Nasdaq Stockholm or in any other manner, and the maximum number of shares that may be transferred is the total number of own shares held by the company at the time of the board’s resolution to transfer the shares.

In accordance with the board of director’s proposal, the meeting approved the transfers of own shares to participants in the LTI 2016 on the terms and conditions that apply for the incentive programme.

For further information, please contact Mia Segerberg, Corporate Communications, tel +46 722 269080

About Us

Concentric AB is the former Hydraulics Division of Haldex AB and from June 16 2011 a separate listed company.Concentric is one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers. Our flow dynamics gives customers advanced technology oil pumps, water pumps, fuel pumps and hydraulic systems. We aim to increase fuel economy, reduce emissions and improve engine control through our technical solutions and precision engineering. Concentric’s global manufacturing presence includes factories in Sweden, Germany, the UK, the USA, Argentina, India and China, backed by central support and development functions. This means we sell locally to our global customers. The business fuses Concentric’s strengths as a pumps maker with longstanding expertise in hydraulic products. Our customers make trucks, construction equipment, agricultural machinery and general industrial applications.

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