Shareholders of Catena AB (publ) are hereby invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 4.00 p.m. at the World Trade Center, Klarabergsviadukten 70 in Stockholm, Sweden.
25 March 2020 8:00 a.m.
Due to continued spread of the Coronavirus, we ask shareholders who display the slightest symptoms of illness, who have relatives who are sick, who have been abroad during the last two weeks before the AGM or are at higher risk of serious illness to vote via proxy and not participate in the meeting. This also applies to any legal/financial assistants. Our ambition is to keep the meeting as short and efficient as possible. For updated information about the AGM, please visit www.catenafastigheter.com/about-us/corporate-governance/general-meetings/.
Shareholders wishing to attend the Meeting must be recorded in the share register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB with regard to conditions on Thursday, 23 April 2020, and shall have e-mailed notification of their intention to participate and any assistants to email@example.com by Thursday, 23 April 2020, at 2.00 p.m. at the latest. Notification can also be provided by telephone on +70 (0)730 70 22 22 or by letter to Catena AB (publ), Extraordinary General Meeting, Box 5003, SE-250 05 Helsingborg, Sweden.
The notification should include the shareholder’s name, address, telephone number, personal or corporate identity number and registered shareholding. Notification and details of any representatives and assistants shall be registered with Catena to create a basis for the voting list. Any proxies should be submitted in writing no later than at the AGM. Proxy forms are available at www.catenafastigheter.com, at the head office at Landskronavägen 23, Helsingborg, Sweden or will be sent to shareholders on request. For authorisations issued by a legal entity, registration documents shall also be appended (registration certificates or the equivalent).
Shareholders whose shares are nominee-registered through a bank or private broker must temporarily register the shares in their own name in order to attend the Meeting. Such temporary registration must have been implemented by Thursday, 23 April 2020. This means that shareholders must notify their nominee or bank sufficiently well in advance of their request for temporary shareholder registration (voting-rights registration).
Accounting information and complete proposals
Accounting information, audit report, complete proposals for decisions, the Board’s considered statements and accounts, and auditors’ opinions, in accordance with the points below, and proxy forms are available at www.catenafastigheter.com and at the Company’s head office in Helsingborg from Friday, 3 April 2020 at the latest. Copies will be sent to shareholders who so request and state their address.
Disclosures at the AGM
Shareholders are entitled to request that the Board and the Chief Executive Officer disclose information in accordance with Chapter 7, Section 32 of the Companies Act.
Proposal for decision
The Nomination Committee proposes that Chairman of the Board Gustaf Hermelin be elected Chairman of the Meeting.
The Board proposes that a dividend of SEK 6.50 per share be paid for 2019 (previously SEK 5.75 per share). The proposed record date for the dividend is Monday, 4 May2020. If the AGM decides in accordance with the proposal, it is estimated that payment will be distributed by Euroclear Sweden AB on Friday, 7 May 2020.
The Nomination Committee proposes that the Company’s Board of Directors shall consist of seven (7) ordinary Board Members with no deputies.
The Nomination Committee proposes that fees be paid to the Board of Directors in the amount to SEK 350,000 (previously SEK 330,000) to the Chairman and SEK 175,000 (previously SEK 165,000) to each of the other Board members who are not employed by the Company. For work on the Remuneration Committee, additional remuneration of SEK 80,000 (SEK 40,000) is to be paid, to be distributed in the amount of SEK 40,000 (SEK 20,000) to the chairman of the Committee and SEK 20,000 (SEK 10,000) to each of the other two members; for the Audit Committee, remuneration of SEK 100,000 (SEK 100,000 ) is to be paid, to be distributed in the amount of SEK 50,000 (SEK 50,000) to the chairman of the Committee and SEK 25,000 (SEK 25,000) to each of the other two members. Accordingly, it is proposed that total remuneration to members amount to SEK 1,580,000 (previously SEK 1,460,000). It is proposed that fees to the auditors be paid according to customary standards and approved invoicing.
The Nomination Committee proposes that Gustaf Hermelin, Katarina Wallin, Hélène Briggert, Tomas Andersson and Magnus Swärdh be re-elected as ordinary Board Members, that Caesar Åfors and Vesna Jovic be newly elected as ordinary Board Members, and that Gustaf Hermelin be re-elected as the Chairman of the Board. Henry Klotz and Ingela Bendrot have declined re-election. Details of the members are available at www.catenafastigheter.com.
The Nomination Committee proposes that registered accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AB be elected as auditor, with authorised public accountant Mats Åkerlund as the principal auditor.
The Nomination Committee proposes that the Meeting resolves to adopt unchanged instructions for the Nomination Committee. It is proposed that the Nomination Committee consist of four members – representing the four largest shareholders at the beginning of October plus the Chairman of the Board. No fees are to be paid to the members of the Nomination Committee.
The instructions for the Nomination Committee shall comply with the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance (the Code) unless deviations are justified and reported in the Corporate Governance Report.
The Board of Directors proposes updated guidelines for remunerations to senior executives. The guidelines have been updated and prepared in accordance with the new requirements applicable in advance of the 2020 AGM. In other regards, the same guidelines apply as previously and “Senior executives” refers to Board Members, the Chief Executive Officer and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, as well as other members of the management team.
For the Company’s business strategy to be implemented successfully and to safeguard the Company’s long-term interests, including its sustainability, the Company must be able to recruit and retain qualified employees. Remunerations are to be market-based and competitive and shall be justifiable in relation to responsibilities and authorisations.
Salaries and bonuses are to be set for each financial year. Senior executives may, from time to time, be offered bonuses. Such bonuses may not exceed 50 percent of annual fixed salary for the CEO and 25 percent for other senior executives, and shall be set for the financial year in question. Bonuses should primarily be based on the operational targets set for each manager’s area of operations and based on profit from property management and the development of the project portfolio in accordance with the adopted financial statements for the year concerned. Senior executives are entitled to additional health insurance and all other monetary and non-monetary benefits provided to other employees of the Group. The Company’s commitments to senior executives who may be subject to bonus targets are not calculated to exceed SEK 3,500,000 for 2020.
The retirement age for senior executives is 65 years. For the CEO, pension payments are made corresponding to at most 35 percent of pensionable salary. For other senior executives, pensions are secured through the ITP plan and insurance plans, which are calculated based on the benefits applicable under the ITP plan (now, in all cases, ITP 2).
On termination by the senior executive, a period of notice of three to six months applies. On termination by the employer, a period of notice of five to twelve months applies. In addition to salary during the period of notice, severance pay is based on salary for zero to six months depending on the level of seniority of the position. Other principal terms for severance pay are stated in the Annual Report and it is proposed that these continue to be applied in 2020.
The Board of Directors has established a Remuneration Committee that prepares and submits recommendations to for Board’s decisions on remunerations and bonus programmes for senior executives, as well as setting and evaluating bonus targets. The members of the Remuneration Committee are independent in relation to the Company and executive management. When the Board of Directors addresses matters involving remunerations and takes decisions on these, the Chief Executive Officer or other members of executive management are not to be in attendance to the extent they are affected by these matters.
The Board of Directors shall draw up proposals for new guidelines for senior executives at least every four years. The guidelines shall apply until new guidelines have been adopted by the AGM.
The Board proposes that the Meeting authorise the Board to decide, until the next AGM, on the acquisition of at most 1/10 of all shares with funds available for the distribution of earnings. Decisions may be made on one or several occasions. The authorisation includes the right to decide to deviate from shareholders’ preferential rights. For acquisitions on NASDAQ Stockholm, the price shall be within the registered price interval at any given time. Shares may be acquired to adjust the capital structure, to be used in financing acquisitions or other transactions, or otherwise for disposal or redemption.
The Board proposes that the Meeting authorise the Board to decide, until the next AGM, on the disposal of at most1/10 of all shares. Decisions may be made on one or several occasions. The authorisation includes the right to decide to deviate from shareholders’ preferential rights, to determine the terms for this and the manner in which disposal takes place. Disposals may be made in connection with possible acquisitions or other structural transactions or through sale on the open market. For disposals via NASDAQ Stockholm, sales are to be made at the prevailing market price.
The Board proposes that the Meeting authorise the Board, on one or more occasions prior to the next AGM, to issue new shares, with or without preferential rights for shareholders to participate in the issue and with or without provisions regarding payment in kind or set-off. The authorisation may cover at most a combined 1/10 of the total number of shares outstanding at the time of the Board’s first decision to issue shares. New share issues are to be implemented on the usual market terms.
It is proposed that authorisations to implement acquisitions and new share issues be limited so that the number of shares acquired by the Company itself and the number of new shares issued in accordance with a decision by the Board of Directors, would, combined, correspond to at most 1/10 of all shares outstanding in the Company.
The purpose of the authorisation under items 19-21 is to be able to continuously adapt the Company’s capital requirements and thereby contribute to increased shareholder value and to be able to transfer shares in connection with financing of possible property or company acquisitions, through payment with the Company’s own shares.
Position of the principal shareholders
Shareholders representing approximately 44 percent of the total votes in the Company have stated their intention to vote in favour of the proposals.
Number of shares and votes
At the time of issue of this Notice, the total number of registered shares and the total number of voting rights in the Company each amounted to 37,698,853. The Company holds no treasury shares.
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Helsingborg, March 2020
Catena AB (publ)
Board of Directors
For further information, please contact
Gustaf Hermelin, Chairman
Tel. +46 (0) 705-60 00 00
Benny Thögersen, CEO
Tel. + 46 (0)706-60 83 50