Cloetta’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Tuesday, 6 April 2021, in Stockholm, Sweden. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting was conducted only by advance voting pursuant to temporary legislation and thus without the physical presence of shareholders, proxies or external parties.
Adoption of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts
The AGM adopted the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts of the parent company and the Group for the preceding year.
Disposition of the company’s earnings
The AGM approved the proposed dividend of SEK 0.75 per share, corresponding to a total amount of SEK 216,464,474. The record day for the dividend was set for Thursday, 8 April 2021. The payment is expected to be distributed through Euroclear Sweden AB on Tuesday, 13 April 2021.
The AGM approved the presented remuneration report for the preceding financial year.
Board of Directors
The AGM discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability for the preceding financial year. The AGM resolved that the number of directors would be seven, with no deputies. The current Board members Mikael Norman, Mikael Aru, Patrick Bergander, Lottie Knutson, Alan McLean Raleigh, Camilla Svenfelt and Mikael Svenfelt were re-elected. The AGM re-elected Mikael Norman as chairman of the Board.
The AGM approved the board fees in accordance with the Nomination Committee’s proposal that all of the board fees shall remain unchanged. The board fees thus amount to SEK 685,000 for the chairman of the Board, SEK 315,000 for each other board member, SEK 100,000 for each member of the audit committee and remuneration committee respectively, and SEK 150,000 for the chairman of the audit committee and remuneration committee respectively.
Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB (”PwC”) was re-elected as auditor until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. PwC will appoint Sofia Götmar-Blomstedt as the auditor in charge.
The AGM approved the proposed rules for the nomination committee, which were unchanged from the preceding year.
Guidelines for remuneration to executive management
The AGM approved the Board’s proposed guidelines for remuneration to the executive management.
Long-term share based incentive plan (LTI 2021)
The AGM approved the Board’s proposal regarding LTI 2021. LTI 2021 has the same structure as the preceding years’ incentive plans and comprises up to 48 employees as a maximum, consisting of the executive management team and certain managers within the Cloetta group, divided into three categories.
As before, to participate in LTI 2021, the participants must have personal shareholdings in Cloetta and such shares must be allocated to LTI 2021. The participants in the first category (the CEO and the executive management team) may as a maximum invest 12 per cent of their fixed annual salaries for 2020 before tax, the participants in the second category (certain senior managers) may as a maximum invest 10 per cent of their fixed annual salaries for 2020 before tax, and the participants in the third category (certain other managers) may as a maximum invest 8 per cent of their fixed annual salaries for 2020 before tax in LTI 2021.
For the first category of participants, each investment share gives entitlement to six and a half (6.5) performance share rights. For the second category, each investment share gives entitlement to five (5) performance share rights. For the third category, each investment share gives entitlement to three and a half (3.5) performance share rights. The performance share rights will be granted to each participant following the AGM 2021 in connection with, or shortly after, an agreement is made between the participant and Cloetta concerning participation in LTI 2021.
Furthermore, the AGM approved the Board of Directors’ proposal regarding transfer of B-shares in the company as follows.
- Not more than 1,590,629 B-shares in Cloetta may be transferred (or the higher number of B-shares due to recalculation as a result of a bonus issue, a reversed share split or a share split, rights issue, or similar measures)
- The B-shares may be transferred to participants in the LTI 2021 who under the terms for the LTI 2021 are entitled to receive shares.
- Transfer of B-shares shall be made at the time and otherwise according to the terms pursuant to the LTI 2021.
Authorisation for the Board of Directors to resolve upon repurchase and transfer of own B-shares
The AGM approved the Board of Directors’ proposal regarding authorisation for the Board of Directors to, on one or more occasions for the period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting, resolve to acquire a maximum number of B-shares so that the company holds a maximum of ten per cent of all B-shares in Cloetta at any time following the acquisition. The AGM also approved the Board of Directors’ proposal to, on one or more occasions for the period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting, resolve upon transfer of own B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm or elsewhere.
The purpose of the above authorisations, regarding repurchase and transfer of own B-shares, is to enable financing of acquisitions of businesses through payment with own B-shares and to be able to continuously adjust Cloetta’s capital structure and thereby contribute to increased shareholder value, as well as to enable hedging of costs and delivery of shares related to the implementation of the Cloetta’s, at any given time, share-based incentive plan.
Amendment of the Articles of Association
The AGM resolved to amend the articles of association to enable the Board of Directors to decide that shareholders shall be able to exercise their vote by post before a general meeting.
At a statutory meeting held in connection with the AGM, Mikael Svenfelt, Alan McLean Raleigh and Mikael Norman were elected as members of the remuneration committee with Mikael Svenfelt as chairman of the committee. Patrick Bergander, Mikael Aru and Camilla Svenfelt were elected as members of the audit committee with Patrick Bergander as chairman of the committee.
Nathalie Redmo, Head of IR and Communications, +46 766 96 59 40