Press release from the Annual General Meeting in Addnode Group on May 6, 2021
Adoption of the accounts and discharge from liability
The Meeting adopted the balance sheets and profit and loss accounts for the parent company and the Group and the Meeting discharged the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability for the financial year 2020.
Appropriation of profits
The Meeting decided, in accordance with the Board of Directors' proposal, that of the profit according to the adopted balance sheet, a dividend of SEK 2.50 per share shall be distributed to the shareholders, representing a total amount of SEK 84,080,145, and that the remaining available earnings of SEK 707,121,504 shall be carried forward.
The Board of Directors and fees
The Meeting resolved in accordance with the nomination committee's proposal to re-elect Jan Andersson, Kristofer Arwin, Johanna Frelin, Staffan Hanstorp, Sigrun Hjelmquist, Thord Wilkne and Kristina Willgård as members of the Board. The Meeting re-elected Staffan Hanstorp as Chairman of the Board. Furthermore, the Meeting decided in accordance with the nomination committee's proposal that Board fees until the end of the next Annual General Meeting, shall be paid in the amounts of SEK 450,000 to the Chairman of the Board and SEK 225,000 to each of the other Board members elected by the Annual General Meeting. Remuneration may further be paid on account for special undertakings by Board members in their respective fields of expertise (consultancy services etc.), provided that such undertakings have previously been approved by the Chairman of the Board or by two Board members. Fees for work in the Audit Committee shall be paid in the amount of SEK 125,000 to the Chairman and SEK 85,000 to each of the other committee members. Fees for work in the Remuneration Committee shall be paid in the amount of SEK 25,000 to each of the committee members. Furthermore, a maximum of SEK 180,000 per month may be paid to the Chairman of the Board for work in relation to the Group's acquisition opportunities, funding, strategic partnerships and overall strategic matters as specifically agreed.
The Meeting decided that fair remuneration to the auditor is to be paid with a reasonable amount according to approved invoice. The registered public audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AB was re-elected as auditor for a mandate period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. PricewaterhouseCoopers have declared that they will assign Anna Rosendal as auditor in charge.
The Meeting resolved to approve the Board of Directors' report regarding remuneration to the CEO and the Board of Directors for the financial year 2020.
Long-term incentive plan by the issue of call options and transfer of shares to participants
The Meeting resolved in accordance with the Board's proposal to introduce a long-term incentive plan ("LTIP 2021"). LTIP 2021 will include about seventy employees with leading positions within the Addnode Group, under which the participants are being given the opportunity to acquire, at market price, call options relating to class B shares in Addnode Group, repurchased by the Company.
The number of call options to be issued shall not exceed 225,000, corresponding to approximately 0.67 per cent of the total number of shares and approximately 0.53 per cent of the total number of votes in Addnode Group. Each call option entitles the holder to acquire one (1) repurchased class B share in the company during certain periods following publication of the interim report for the period July‑September 2024, the year-end report for 2024 and the interim report for the period January‑March 2025, however not after 10 June 2025.
The reason for deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights and the Board's reasons for carrying out this LTIP 2021 is that employees with leading positions within Addnode Group should, by a personal investment, be able to benefit from and encourage a positive value growth in Addnode Group's shares, thus more closely aligning the interests between them and the company's shareholders. The purpose of LTIP 2021 is also to contribute towards employees with leading positions within Addnode Group increasing their long term shareholdings in Addnode Group. LTIP 2021 is also expected to create conditions for retaining and recruiting skilled personnel to Addnode Group and to provide competitive remuneration.
Authorization regarding acquisitions and transfer of the company's own B shares
The Meeting resolved in accordance with the Board's proposal to authorize the Board to resolve, on one or several occasions prior to the next Annual General Meeting, to acquire a maximum number of series B shares so that the company's holding following the acquisition does not exceed ten per cent of all the shares in the company at any time. Furthermore, the Meeting authorized the Board to resolve, on one or several occasions, prior to the next Annual General Meeting, to transfer series B shares in the company to a third party. The number of shares transferred may not exceed the total number of shares held by the company at any time. The reason for permitting the Board to deviate from the preferential rights of shareholders is primarily to enable financing of potential acquisitions of companies and other types of strategic investments in a cost-effective manner and also to enable the delivery of shares related to execution of the company's long-term share based incentive programs.
Authorization to resolve on issue of new B shares
The Meeting resolved in accordance with the Board's proposal to authorize the Board to resolve, on one or several occasions, prior to the next Annual General Meeting, with or without deviation from the preferential rights of shareholders, regarding new share issues of
B shares. Based on the resolution, with the support of an authorization, it shall be possible to increase the number of class B shares by not more than ten percent based on the number of outstanding class B shares at the time of the first use of the authorization. The authorization shall also encompass the right to decide on a new B share issue stipulating payment in kind or that shares shall be subscribed for with right of set‐off or otherwise with conditions stipulated in Chapter 13, Section 7 of the Swedish Companies Act. The reason for the deviation from the preferential rights of shareholders is to enable private placements for the execution of acquisitions of other companies or operations in full or in part.
The Meeting adopted the nomination committee's proposal regarding the nomination committee.
The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 19:30 CEST on 6 May 2021.
For more information, please contact:
Lotta Jarleryd, CFO, Addnode Group
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About Addnode Group
Addnode Group acquires, operates and develops entrepreneur-driven companies that supply software and digital services to markets in which the group have or can achieve a leading position. We are one of Europe’s leading suppliers of software and services for design, construction and product data information, and a leading supplier of document and case management systems to public sector clients in Sweden.
We are 1 800 employees in Sweden, Germany, UK, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, and USA. Net sales in 2020 amounted to SEK 3.8 billion. Addnode Group's Series B share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information, please visit: www.addnodegroup.com.