Notice of Annual General Meeting 2014

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| Source: Nobia AB
The shareholders of Nobia AB (publ) (“Nobia”) are hereby invited to the Annual
General Meeting on Wednesday, 9 April 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Lundqvist & Lindqvist
Klara Strand Konferens, Klarabergsviadukten 90, Stockholm.
Right to participate in the Annual General Meeting
Shareholders who wish to participate in the Annual General Meeting must
firstly be included in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Sweden
AB as of Thursday, 3 April 2014, and,
secondly notify Nobia of their participation not later than Thursday, 3 April
2014.
Notification of attendance
Notification of attendance at the Annual General Meeting may be made:
• by e-mail: bolagsstamma@nobia.com
• by telephone: +46 8 440 16 00
• by fax: +46 8 503 826 49
• by post: Nobia AB, Box 70376, SE-107 24 Stockholm, Sweden
This notification shall state:
• the shareholder’s name
• personal identity number/Corporate Registration Number
• address and daytime telephone number
• shareholding
• information about any assistants (not more than two assistants) and
information on any representatives who may accompany the shareholder to the
Meeting
When applicable, complete authorisation documents, such as registration
certificates, shall be appended.
Proxy
Shareholders represented by proxy shall issue a written power of attorney for
the proxy. If the power of attorney is issued on behalf of a legal entity, a
certified copy of a registration certificate or corresponding document
(“certificate”) for the legal entity shall be appended to the notification of
attendance. The power of attorney and certificate may not be more than one year
old. However, the validity of the power of attorney may be a maximum of five
years from the date of issue, if specifically stated. The power of attorney in
original and, where applicable, the certificate, should be sent by post to the
company at the address stated above in good time prior to the Annual General
Meeting. Proxy forms are available from www.nobia.com, and will also be sent to
shareholders who so request and inform the company of their postal address.
Nominee shares
Shareholders whose shares have been registered with a nominee must, through the
bank or securities broker administering the shares, temporarily re-register
their shares in their own names in order to be entitled to participate in the
Annual General Meeting. Such re-registration must be completed with Euroclear
Sweden AB not later than Thursday, 3 April 2014. A request for re-registration
must be made well in advance of this date.
Number of shares and votes
Nobia has a total of 175,293,458 shares and votes. Nobia currently holds
8,162,300 treasury shares, corresponding to 8,162,300 votes, which cannot be
represented at the Meeting.
Shareholders’ right to request information
Shareholders are reminded of their right, at the Annual General Meeting, to
request information from the Board of Directors and the President pursuant to
Chapter 7, Section 32 of the Swedish Companies Act.
Proposed agenda
1. Opening of the Meeting,
2. Election of Chairman of the Meeting,
3. Preparation and approval of the voting list,
4. Approval of the agenda,
5. Election of one or two persons to verify the minutes,
6. Determination as to whether the Meeting has been duly convened,
7. Presentation of the annual accounts and the audit report, and the
consolidated accounts and the audit report on the consolidated accounts,
8. Speech by the President and statement by the Chairman of the Board of
Directors,
9. Resolution regarding the adoption of the income statement and the balance
sheet, and of the consolidated income statement and the consolidated balance
sheet,
10. Resolution regarding appropriation of the company’s profit according to the
adopted balance sheet,
11. Resolution regarding the discharge from liability for the members of the
Board of Directors and the President,
12. Determination of the number of members and deputy members of the Board of
Directors, and auditors and deputy auditors,
13. Determination of fees to the Board of Directors and the auditors,
14. Election of the members of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the
Board of Directors and auditors,
15. Proposal regarding remuneration guidelines and other employment conditions
for the Group management,
16. Proposal regarding the performance share plan and transfer of bought-back
shares under the plan,
17. Proposal regarding authorisation for the Board of Directors to acquire and
sell treasury shares,
18. Closing of the Meeting.
Resolution regarding the appropriation of the company’s profit according to the
adopted balance sheet (item 10)
The Board of Directors proposes that funds totalling approximately SEK 1,958
million at the disposition of the Annual General Meeting be appropriated such
that SEK 1.00 per share, totalling approximately SEK 167 million, be distributed
to shareholders and that the remaining amount be carried forward. The Board
proposes Monday, 14 April 2014 as the record day. If the Annual General Meeting
resolves in accordance with the Board’s proposal, the dividend is expected to be
paid through Euroclear Sweden AB on Thursday, 17 April 2014.
The Nomination Committee’s proposals (items 2, 12, 13 and 14)
The Nomination Committee is tasked with submitting proposals on the election of
the Board Chairman and other members of the Board of Directors, fees for the
Board and any remuneration for committee work, election of and remuneration of
the auditor and election of the Chairman of the Annual General Meeting. The
shareholders represented in the Nomination Committee hold about 52 per cent of
the shares and votes in Nobia.
The Nomination Committee has submitted the following proposals concerning items
2, 12, 13 and 14:
• Chairman of the Board Johan Molin be elected Chairman of the Annual General
Meeting (item 2).
• The number of members of the Board of Directors shall be eight (8), with no
deputy members (item 12).
• The fee to each member of the Board of Directors who is not salaried by the
company shall be SEK 350,000. However, the fee payable to the Chairman of the
Board of Directors shall be SEK 945,000. It is proposed that no fees be paid for
work in Committees (item 13).
• Re-election of the following present members of the Board of Directors: Morten
Falkenberg, Lilian Fossum Biner, Nora Førisdal Larssen, Johan Molin, Thore
Ohlsson and Fredrik Palmstierna and election of Stefan Jacobsson and Ricard
Wennerklint as new Board members. The Nomination Committee proposes that Johan
Molin be re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors (item 14).
• The number of auditors shall be one (1) without deputies. The Committee
proposes the re-election of registered auditing firm KPMG AB with Authorised
Public Accountant George Pettersson as new Auditor-in-Charge until further
notice. It is proposed that fees to auditors be paid in accordance with approved
invoices (items 12, 13 and 14).
Proposal regarding remuneration guidelines and other employment conditions for
the Group management (item 15)
The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolve on the following
guidelines for determining remuneration and other employment conditions for the
President and other members of Group management. Group management, including the
President, currently comprises ten persons.
Nobia’s salary policy stipulates that total remuneration shall correspond to
market levels. A continuous IPE classification (International Position
Evaluation) is carried out to ensure market levels in each country.
Members of Group management receive both a fixed and a variable salary portion.
The fundamental principle is that the variable salary portion may amount to a
maximum of 30 per cent of fixed annual salary. The exception to this principle
is the President whose variable salary portion may amount to a maximum of 50 per
cent of fixed annual salary. Exceptions may also be made for other senior
executives following a resolution by the Board.
The variable salary portion is normally divided between a number of targets, for
example the Group’s earnings, earnings in the business unit for which the
manager is responsible, and individual/quantitative targets. The variable salary
portion is based on a period of service of one (1) year. The targets for the
President are determined by the Board. The targets for other senior executives
are determined by the President following recommendations from the Remuneration
Committee. In the event of a maximum outcome, which presupposes that all bonus
-related targets are fulfilled, the variable salary costs for Group management
are estimated to amount to approximately SEK 10.5 million (excluding social
security contributions). The calculation is based on the current composition of
Group management.
Members of Group management employed in Sweden are entitled to a pension under
the ITP system or equivalent. The age of retirement is 65. In addition to the
ITP plan, following a resolution by the Board, members of Group management are
entitled to an increased occupational pension premium on salary portions
amounting to more than 30 basic amounts.
Employment contracts for Group management include provisions regulating
remuneration and termination of employment. According to these contracts,
employment may ordinarily be terminated upon the employee’s request with a six
-month period of notice and at the company’s request, with a 12-month period of
notice.
To strengthen senior managers’ commitment to and ownership in the company, and
to attract, motivate and retain key employees in the Group, Nobia has
implemented long-term share-based incentive schemes since 2005, following
decisions by the respective Annual General Meetings. The Board has proposed to
the 2014 Annual General Meeting a long-term performance share plan based on the
same principles that apply to previously adopted performance share plans. For
2014, the costs for the proposed performance share plan are estimated to amount
to approximately SEK 26.5 million. The costs are distributed over a three-year
vesting period. For information about the proposed performance share plan, refer
to the Board’s proposal in a separate document.
The Board is entitled to deviate from the guidelines described above if the
Board finds that particular reasons warrant this in a specific case.
Proposal regarding the performance share plan and transfer of bought-back shares
under the plan (item 16)
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves on the
performance share plan (“Performance Share Plan 2014”) for the company and on
the transfer of bought-back shares as a part of Performance Share Plan 2014,
according to items A) and B) below.

A) Performance Share Plan 2014
Participants in Performance Share Plan 2014
Performance Share Plan 2014 comprises approximately 100 employees consisting of
senior managers and employees with senior positions within the Nobia Group,
divided into four categories. The first category includes the President, the
second category comprises approximately nine members of the Group Management,
the third category comprises approximately six employees who report to the
President but do not form part of the Group Management, and the fourth category
comprises about 84 other employees in senior positions within the Nobia Group.
Personal investment and allocation of share rights
To participate in the plan, the participants must purchase Nobia shares at
market price (“Saving Shares”) at a value corresponding to 25, 50, 75 or 100 per
cent of the participant’s monthly salary for March 2014, before tax.
For category 1, i.e. the President of the company, each Saving Share gives
entitlement to one matching share right (“Matching Share Right”) and four
performance share rights (“Performance Share Right”) (together referred to as
“Share Rights”). For category 2, i.e. the other approximately nine members of
the Group Management, each Saving Share gives entitlement to one Matching Share
Right and three Performance Share Rights. For category 3, i.e. the approximately
six employees who report to the President but does not form part of the Group
Management, each Saving Share gives entitlement to one Matching Share Right and
two Performance Share Rights. For category 4, i.e. the other approximately 84
employees in senior positions, each Saving Share gives entitlement to one
Matching Share Right and one Performance Share Right. Allocation of Nobia shares
shall normally take place within two weeks after announcement of Nobia’s interim
report for the first quarter during year 2017 (the “Vesting Period”).
Terms for all Share Rights
For all Share Rights the following conditions apply:
• The Share Rights are allocated free of charge.
• Each Matching Share Right entitles the participant to receive, free of charge,
one Nobia share on condition that the participant remains employed within the
Nobia Group and that all Saving Shares held are retained during the Vesting
Period. In addition, allocation of shares on the basis of the participant’s
holdings of Performance Share Rights requires that Nobia has fulfilled a
financial performance target condition.
• The participants are not entitled to transfer, pledge or dispose of the Share
Rights or perform any shareholders’ rights regarding the Share Rights during the
Vesting Period.
• Nobia will not compensate the participants in the plan for dividends made in
respect of the shares that the respective Share Right qualifies for.
Performance Share Rights
The number of Nobia shares that will be awarded on the basis of the Performance
Share Rights depends on the degree of fulfilment of a range established by the
Board of Directors in relation to Nobia’s cumulative earnings per share in the
2014 and 2015 fiscal years. The level of fulfilment will be measured linearly,
whereby if the minimum required level has been reached, 25 per cent of the
Performance Share Rights will give entitlement to shares. If the minimum level
in the range is not achieved the Performance Share Rights will not give
entitlement to any shares and if the maximum level in the range is achieved,
each Performance Share Right gives entitlement to one share.
Scope, hedging and costs
The number of Saving Shares depends on the amount the participant invests and
the price of the Nobia share at the time of acquisition. The maximum number of
shares in Nobia that can be allocated under Performance Share Plan 2014 shall be
limited to 1,500,000 (subject to recalculation), which represents approximately
0.9 per cent of the outstanding shares and votes. In order to secure the
delivery of Nobia shares under Performance Share Plan 2014, the Board of
Directors proposes that the Board of Directors be entitled to decide on
alternative methods for transfer of Nobia shares under the plan. The Board of
Directors therefore proposes that it be entitled to transfer bought-back Nobia
shares to the participants or to enter into so-called equity swap agreements
with third parties in order to fulfil its obligations under the plan (under item
B) below). In the event that delivery of Nobia shares is secured by an equity
swap agreement, the Board of Directors proposes that it be entitled to transfer
bought-back Nobia shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm to fund potential costs related
to the agreement and the plan. Based on a constant share price during the plan,
and a Vesting Period of approximately three (3) years, the cost of Performance
Share Plan 2014 including social security costs is estimated to amount to
approximately SEK 26.5, which on an annual basis is approximately 0.3 per cent
of Nobia’s total costs for employee benefits during the 2013 fiscal year. The
plan has no limitation on maximum profits per Share Right for the participants
and therefore no maximum social security costs can be calculated.
The proposal by the Board of Directors
Referring to the description above, the Board of Directors proposes that the
Annual General Meeting resolves to introduce Performance Share Plan 2014.
Majority requirement
A resolution to introduce Performance Share Plan 2014, in accordance with the
Board of Directors’ proposal, is valid where supported by shareholders holding
more than half of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting.
B) Transfer of shares with reference to Performance Share Plan 2014
Background
In order to implement Performance Share Plan 2014 in a cost-efficient and
flexible manner, the Board of Directors has considered different methods for
ensuring the delivery of Nobia shares to participants under Performance Share
Plan 2014. Based on these considerations, the Board of Directors intends to
ensure delivery by transferring shares held by Nobia to the participants. A
transfer of Nobia’s bought-back shares in this way requires a particularly high
majority requirement to be met at the Annual General Meeting. In the event that
the Board of Directors’ proposal regarding the transfer of bought-back shares to
the participants does not receive the required majority decision, the Board of
Directors intends to enter into an equity swap agreement with a third party to
secure that delivery of Nobia shares can be made to the participants. If
delivery of Nobia shares is ensured by an equity swap agreement, it is proposed
that the Board of Directors be entitled to transfer bought-back Nobia shares on
NASDAQ OMX Stockholm to finance potential costs related to the agreement and the
plan. A transfer of Nobia’s bought-back shares in this way requires a qualified
majority decision. If no such majority decision is reached, the Board of
Directors intends to enter into an equity swap agreement and to finance the
agreement in other ways than by way of transfer of bought-back shares.
1) Proposal regarding transfer of bought-back shares to participants
Therefore, the Board of Directors proposes firstly that the Annual General
Meeting resolve on the transfer of bought-back shares in accordance with the
terms set out below:
(a) A transfer of a maximum of 1,500,000 Nobia shares to participants in
Performance Share Plan 2014 may be made (or a higher number of shares that may
result from a recalculation due to changes resulting from a bonus issue, a share
split or a reverse share split, a new issue of shares or similar actions carried
out by Nobia, according to customary practice for corresponding incentive
plans).
(b) The transfer of shares shall be made free of charge at the relevant time and
in accordance with the conditions under which the participants in Performance
Share Plan 2014 are entitled to receive allocation of shares.
The reason for the deviation from shareholders’ preferential rights is that the
transfer of the shares is part of executing Performance Share Plan 2014.
Therefore, and in light of the above, the Board of Directors considers it to be
to the benefit of Nobia to transfer shares in accordance with the proposal.
2) Proposal on the transfer of bought-back shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm
If the Board of Directors’ proposal in item 1) above does not receive the
required majority decision, the Board of Directors proposes secondly that the
Annual General Meeting resolve on the transfer of bought-back shares as follows.
Until the next Annual General Meeting, a transfer may be made on one or more
occasions, of maximum 1,500,000 Nobia shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm to cover
potential costs related to the equity swap agreement or to Performance Share
Plan 2014 (or a higher number of Nobia shares that may result from a
recalculation due to Nobia implementing a bonus issue, a share split or a
reverse share split, a rights issue or similar measures, in accordance with what
is customary practice for corresponding incentive plans). The transfer shall
take place at the registered spread at the given time.
The reason for the deviation from shareholders’ preferential rights is that the
transfer of the shares is a step in executing Performance Share Plan 2014.
Therefore, and in light of the above, the Board of Directors considers it to be
to the benefit of Nobia to transfer the shares in accordance with the proposal.
Majority Requirement
A resolution to approve the Board of Directors’ proposal under item 1 above is
valid where supported by shareholders holding no less than nine tenths of both
the votes cast and the shares represented at the Annual General Meeting. A
resolution to approve the Board of Directors’ proposal pursuant to item 2)
above, which will apply only to the extent that the proposal in item 1) has not
received the required majority, is valid where supported by shareholders holding
no less than two thirds of both the votes cast and the shares represented at the
Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors’ proposal pursuant to this item B
is conditional on the Board of Directors’ proposal regarding the introduction of
Performance Share Plan 2014 being approved by the Annual General Meeting (see
item A above).
Proposal regarding authorisation for the Board of Directors to acquire and sell
treasury shares (item 17)
Acquisitions of treasury shares
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorise the
Board of Directors to resolve to acquire treasury shares in accordance with the
following.
1. Acquisitions may be made on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm or in accordance with
a tender offer to all Nobia shareholders.
2. Acquisitions of shares may not result in the total holding of treasury
shares, at any time, exceeding ten (10) per cent of all shares in Nobia.
3. Acquisitions of shares on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm may only be effected at a
price within the currently effective registered price interval on the NASDAQ OMX
in Stockholm, meaning the price interval between the highest bid price and the
lowest ask price.
4. Acquisitions in accordance with a tender offer according to point 1 above
shall be effected at a price corresponding to the lowest share price at the time
of the offer with a maximum upward divergence of twenty (20) per cent.
5. However, the authorisation may be used on one or several occasions only until
the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
Sales of bought-back shares
The Board also proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorise the Board of
Directors to resolve to sell bought-back shares in accordance with the
following.
1. Sales of shares may only take place outside NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm, with or
without deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights and with or without
payment in kind or payment by way of set-off. Such sales may be made at a price
in cash or value for obtained property corresponding to the price for the sold
Nobia shares at the time of the sale, with a divergence found reasonable by the
Board of Directors.
2. The number of shares that may be sold should not amount to more than ten (10)
per cent of the total number of shares in Nobia.
3. Sales in connection with company acquisitions may be made at a market value
as decided by the Board of Directors.
4. The authorisation may be used on one or more occasions, but only until the
2015 Annual General Meeting.
The purpose of the authorisations above is to finance the acquisition of
operations through payment with bought-back shares and to continuously adapt
Nobia’s capital structure and thereby contribute to an increase in value for
shareholders and enable the assurance of costs and delivery in connection with
all of the Nobia Group’s long-term employee share option schemes and performance
share plans.
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The Board of Directors’ complete proposal regarding the distribution of profit
and the Board of Directors’ statement pursuant to Chapter 18, Section 4 of the
Swedish Companies Act according to item 10, the proposal regarding remuneration
guidelines and other employment conditions for the Group management according to
item 15, the proposal regarding the performance share plan and sales of treasury
shares according to item 16, the proposal regarding authorisation for the Board
of Directors to acquire and sell treasury shares and the Board of Directors’
statement pursuant to Chapter 19, Section 22 of the Swedish Companies Act
according to item 17 and the annual accounts according to item 7 and the
auditor’s statement regarding the application of the remuneration guidelines and
other employment conditions for the Group management, will be available at the
company’s office at Klarabergsviadukten 70, A5, SE-107 24 Stockholm and on the
company’s website www.nobia.com from 19 March 2014. These documents will also be
sent to shareholders who so request and inform the company of their postal
address. The Board of Directors’ complete proposal regarding item 16 will also
automatically be sent to all shareholders who have notified the company of their
participation in the Annual General Meeting and have informed the company of
their postal address.
Information about all of the members proposed to comprise Nobia’s Board of
Directors and the Nomination Committee’s complete proposals, explanatory
statement regarding the proposal to the Board and report on work prior to the
Annual General Meeting are available on the company’s website www.nobia.com.
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Stockholm, March 2014
Nobia AB (publ)
Board of Directors
For more information:
Lena Schattauer, Head of Investor Relations
+46 (0)8 440 16 07, +46 (0)70 595 51 00
lena.schattauer@nobia.com