Fiskars Corporation

Stock exchange release

February 5, 2020 at 8.45 a.m. EET 




 

NOTICE TO FISKARS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is given to the shareholders of Fiskars Corporation to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 3.00 p.m. at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, the Conference Center (visiting address: Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, Finland). The reception of persons who have registered for the meeting and the distribution of voting tickets will commence at 2.00 p.m.

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 scrutinize the minutes and to supervise the counting of votes

4. Recording the legality of the meeting

5. Recording the attendance at the meeting and adoption of the list of votes

6. Presentation of the annual accounts, the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report for the year 2019

 - Review by the President and CEO

7. Adoption of the annual accounts

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 0.56 per share shall be paid for the financial period that ended on December 31, 2019. The dividend shall be paid in two instalments. The ex-dividend date for the first instalment of EUR 0.28 per share shall be on March 12, 2020. The first instalment shall be paid to a shareholder who is registered in the shareholders’ register of the company maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the dividend record date March 13, 2020. The payment date proposed by the Board for this instalment is March 20, 2020.

The second instalment of EUR 0.28 per share shall be paid in September 2020. The second instalment shall be paid to a shareholder who is registered in the shareholders’ register of the company maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the dividend record date, which, together with the payment date, shall be decided by the Board of Directors in its meeting scheduled for September 8, 2020. The ex-dividend date for the second instalment would be September 9, 2020, the dividend record date for the second instalment would be September 10, 2020 and the dividend payment date September 17, 2020, at the latest.

9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability

10. Adaption of the Remuneration Policy for governing bodies

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Remuneration Policy for the governing bodies be adopted.

The Remuneration Policy for the governing bodies is available on the company’s website at https://www.fiskarsgroup.com no later than February 19, 2020.

11. Resolution on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors

The Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors proposes that the annual fees of the members of the Board of Directors shall be EUR 45,000, the annual fee of the Vice Chairman EUR 60,000 and the annual fee of the Chairman EUR 90,000. In addition, it is proposed that for Board and Committee meetings other than the meetings of the Audit Committee, the Board/Committee members residing in Finland be paid a fee of EUR 750 per meeting and the Board/Committee members residing abroad be paid a fee of EUR 2,000 per meeting and the Chairmen of the Board of Directors and said Committees be paid a fee of EUR 1,500 per meeting. For meetings of the Audit Committee, it is proposed that the Committee members residing in Finland be paid a fee of EUR 1,000 per meeting and the Committee members residing abroad be paid a fee of EUR 2,250 per meeting and the Chairman of the Audit Committee be paid a fee of EUR 2,500 per meeting.

It is further proposed by the Nomination Committee that the members of the Board of Directors are reimbursed for their travel and other expenses incurred due to their activities in the interest of the company.

According to the proposal of the Nomination Committee the remuneration of the members of Board of Directors would remain at the level of the previous term.

12. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors

The Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the number of members of the Board of Directors shall be nine.

13. Election of members of the Board of Directors

The Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the following individuals shall be re-elected to the Board of Directors: Albert Ehrnrooth, Paul Ehrnrooth, Louise Fromond, Jyri Luomakoski, Inka Mero, Fabian Månsson, Peter Sjölander and Ritva Sotamaa. The Nomination Committee proposes further that the Annual General Meeting shall elect Nathalie Ahlström as a new member of the Board of Directors. Information about the experience and former positions of the proposed new member of the Board of Directors is available at the end of this release and on Fiskars Corporation’s website at www.fiskarsgroup.com.

All the above individuals have given their consent to the election and stated as their intention, should they be elected, to elect Paul Ehrnrooth Chairman and Jyri Luomakoski Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Further, all the above individuals have stated as their intention, should they be elected, to establish a Nomination Committee and appoint Paul Ehrnrooth (Chairman) and Fabian Månsson as the members of the Nomination Committee and Alexander Ehrnrooth as an external member to the Nomination Committee and to further establish an Audit Committee and a Human Resources and Compensation Committee with members to be appointed among the Board members.

14. Resolution on the remuneration of the auditor

The Board of Directors proposes the remuneration of the auditor to be paid according to the reasonable invoice approved by the Board of Directors.

15. Election of auditor

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting, in accordance with the recommendation of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, that Ernst & Young Oy, Authorized Public Accountants firm, be reappointed as the company's auditor.

16. Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the company’s own shares

The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorizes the Board of Directors to decide on the acquisition in total of a maximum of 4,000,000 own shares, in one or several installments, using the unrestricted shareholders’ equity of the company.

The company’s own shares may be acquired in public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd at a price formed in public trading at the time of the acquisition.

The authorization may be used to acquire shares to be used for the development of the capital structure of the company, as consideration in corporate acquisitions or industrial reorganizations and as part of the company’s incentive system and otherwise for further transfer, retention or cancellation.

The Board of Directors is authorized to decide on all other terms and conditions regarding the acquisition of the company’s own shares. Based on the authorization, the acquisition of company’s own shares may be made otherwise than in proportion to the share ownership of the shareholders (directed acquisition).

The authorization is effective until June 30, 2021 and cancels the corresponding authorization granted to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting on March 13, 2019.

17. Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the transfer of the company's own shares held as treasury shares (share issue)

The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorizes the Board of Directors to decide on the transfer of a total maximum of 4,000,000 own shares held as treasury shares (share issue), in one or several installments, either against or without consideration.

The company’s own shares held as treasury shares may be transferred for example as consideration in corporate acquisitions or industrial reorganizations or for the development of the capital structure of the company, or as part of its incentive system.

The Board of Directors is authorized to decide on all other terms and conditions regarding the transfer of own shares held as treasury shares. The transfer of own shares may also be carried out in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights to the company’s shares (directed issue).

The authorization is effective until June 30, 2021 and cancels the corresponding authorization granted to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting on March 13, 2019.

18. 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 Fiskars Corporation’s website at www.fiskarsgroup.com. The company’s annual accounts, the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report as well as the Remuneration Policy of Fiskars Corporation, are available on the above-mentioned website no later than February 19, 2020. The proposals of the Board of Directors and its Committees as well as the annual report, including the company’s annual accounts, the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report and Remuneration Policy, are also available at the Annual General Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting will be available on the above-mentioned website as from March 25, 2020. 

C. Instructions for the participants in the Annual General Meeting

1. Shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register of the company

Each shareholder, who is registered on February 28, 2020 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 March 6, 2020 at 4.00 p.m. by giving a prior notice of participation, which shall be received by the company no later than on the above-mentioned date.

Such notice can be given:

a) on Fiskars Corporation’s website www.fiskarsgroup.com or

b) by telephone +358 (0)20 770 6875; Monday–Friday, between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.

In connection with the registration, a shareholder shall notify his/her name, personal identification number or business ID, address, telephone number and the name of a possible assistant or proxy representative and the personal identification number of a proxy representative.

The personal data given to Fiskars Corporation is used only in connection with the Annual General Meeting and with the processing of related registrations.

The shareholder, his/her authorized representative or proxy representative shall, where necessary, be able to prove his/her identity and/or right of representation.

2. Holders of nominee registered shares

A holder of nominee registered shares 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 February 28, 2020, 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 registered into the temporary shareholders’ register held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. at the latest by March 6, 2020, by 10.00 a.m. As regards nominee registered shares this constitutes due registration for the Annual General Meeting. Changes in shareholding after the record date do not affect the right to participate in the meeting or the number of voting rights held in the meeting.

A holder of nominee registered shares is advised to request without delay necessary instructions regarding the registration in the temporary shareholder’s register of the company, the issuing of proxy documents and registration for the Annual General Meeting from his/her custodian bank. The account management organization of the custodian bank has to register a holder of nominee registered shares, who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting, into the temporary shareholders’ register of the company at the latest by the time stated above.

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 to Fiskars Corporation, Legal Department, P.O. Box 130, FI-00561 Helsinki, Finland before the last date for registration.

4. Other instructions and information

Pursuant to chapter 5, section 25 of the 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, Fiskars Corporation has a total of 81,905,242 shares entitling to a total of 81,905,242 votes.

Coffee will be served to the shareholders after the meeting.

 

Helsinki, February 4, 2020

FISKARS CORPORATION

The Board of Directors

For more information, please contact:

Chief Legal Officer Päivi Timonen, tel. +358 40 7768264



Information about the experience and former positions of the new nominee to the Board of Directors

Nathalie Ahlström (born 1974) is a Finnish citizen and holds a Master of Science from Åbo Akademi University. She is the EVP Confectionery of Fazer Group. Nathalie Ahlström has previously served in various roles at Amcor, Huhtamäki and Pöyry, for example in Singapore, Switzerland, India and Indonesia. Ahlström is independent of Fiskars Corporation and its significant shareholders.

 

Making the everyday extraordinary

Fiskars Group’s purpose is to make the everyday extraordinary. With our family of lifestyle brands including Fiskars, Gerber, Iittala, Royal Copenhagen, Waterford, and Wedgwood, we want to create a positive, lasting impact on our quality of life. Our products are available in more than 100 countries and we employ around 7,000 people in 30 countries. Please visit us at www.fiskarsgroup.com for more information.

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