ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN BE GROUP AB
Shareholders in BE Group AB (publ) are hereby invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held at 3.00 p.m. on Thursday 27 April 2017, at the company’s head office, Spadegatan 1 in Malmö.
Right to attend
Shareholders who wish to attend the Annual General Meeting must:
(i) be recorded in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB on Friday 21 April 2017
(ii) notify the company of their intention to attend the meeting no later than on Friday 21 April 2017, preferably before 12.00 noon.
In order to participate in the meeting, shareholders with nominee-registered shares should request their bank or broker to have the shares temporarily owner-registered with Euroclear Sweden AB. Such registration must be effected by Friday 21 April 2017. Shareholders must, well in advance of this date, instruct their nominees to carry out such registration.
Notice of attendance
Notice of attendance shall be made by telephone +46 40 38 42 00 or on the company website, www.begroup.com. The notice of attendance shall state name, personal identity number/corporate identity number, address, telephone number, shareholding and number of advisors. Shareholders represented by proxy must issue a power of attorney for the proxy. A proxy form is available at the company and on the company website. Representative of a legal entity shall submit a copy of the certificate of registration or similar papers of authorisation indicating persons authorised to sign on behalf of the legal entity. In order to facilitate the entrance to the meeting, the original power of attorney and documents of authorisation should be provided to the company at the address BE Group AB, Attn: Therese Löfström, Box 225, SE 201 22 Malmö, Sweden, on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at the latest.
Proposal for 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 person/s to approve the minutes
6. Determination of whether the meeting has been duly convened
7. Presentation of
a) the Annual Report and the Auditor’s Report and the Consolidated Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Report on the Consolidated Financial Statements
b) the Board of Directors’ proposal for appropriation of the company’s profit or loss
c) statement by the Auditor whether applicable guidelines for remuneration to senior executives has been complied with
8. Report on the work of the Board of Directors and the Committees
9. The CEO’s report
10. Resolutions regarding
a) the adoption of the Statement of Income and the Balance Sheet and the Consolidated Statement of Income and the Consolidated Balance Sheet
b) the appropriation of the company’s profit or loss according to the adopted Balance Sheet
c) the discharge from liability of the Board members and the CEO for the financial year 2016
11. Establishment of the number of Board members
12. Establishment of fees to the Board members and the Auditor
13. Election of Board members
14. Election of Auditor
15. Determination of guidelines for remuneration to senior executives
16. Closing of the meeting
Proposal for election of chairman of the meeting (item 2)
The Nomination Committee of BE Group for the Annual General Meeting 2017, consisting of Bengt Stillström (AB Traction), Jan Andersson (Swedbank Robur fonder), Fredrik von Baumgarten (The Pure Circle) and Petter Stillström (chairman of the Board of BE Group), has proposed that Petter Stillström is to be elected chairman of the meeting.
Proposal for appropriation of the company’s profit or loss (item 10 b)
The Board of Directors has proposed that no dividend is to be distributed for the financial year 2016 and that the results of the company of SEK 267,090,838 in total, including this year’s loss of SEK 56,439,980, should be carried forward.
Proposal for establishment of the number of Board members (item 11)
The Nomination Committee has proposed that the number of Board members shall be 6 without any deputy members.
Proposal for establishment of fees to the Board members and the Auditor (item 12)
The Nomination Committee has proposed that fees to the Board members shall amount to a total of SEK 1,470,000 whereof unchanged, SEK 420,000 to the chairman of the Board and unchanged SEK 210,000 to each of the other Board members elected by the general meeting. For work in the Audit Committee an unchanged remuneration of SEK 70,000 shall be paid to the chairman and SEK 40,000 shall be paid to each of the other committee members, whereas for work in the Remuneration Committee no remuneration shall be distributed (unchanged).
In connection with the Nomination Committee’s proposal for fees to the Board members, the Board of Directors proposes, provided that it is cost-neutral for BE Group and after a written agreement between BE Group and a Swedish limited liability company which is wholly-owned by a Board member, that the board fee may be invoiced by the company wholly-owned by the Board member. In such case, the invoiced fee shall be increased with an amount corresponding to social security payments pursuant to law and value added tax pursuant to law.
The Nomination Committee has further proposed that fees to the Auditor should be paid according to approved invoices.
Proposal for election of Board members (item 13)
The Nomination Committee has proposed re-election of Board members Charlotte Hansson, Esa Niemi, Lars Olof Nilsson, Mikael Sjölund, Petter Stillström and Jörgen Zahlin.
The Nomination Committee has proposed re-election of Petter Stillström as chairman of the Board.
Proposal for election of Auditor (item 14)
The Nomination Committee has, in accordance with the Audit Committee’s recommendation, proposed re-election of the registered accounting company Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB for a term of one year. Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB has informed the company that, should it be elected, Eva Carlsvi will be chief responsible auditor.
Determination of guidelines for remuneration to senior executives (item 15)
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves to adopt unchanged guidelines for remuneration to senior executives, mainly in accordance with the following.
The remuneration to senior executives shall consist of a fixed salary, variable salary, pension and other benefits. The total remuneration rate shall be in accordance with market conditions. The fixed remuneration shall be individual and differentiated with regard to the responsibility and achievements of the individual and shall be set annually. A variable remuneration shall be related to the fulfilment of annual pre-determined well defined targets and amount to a maximum of 50% of the fixed remuneration.
The pension shall be fee-based and correspond to a maximum of 30% of the fixed annual salary.
Upon notice by BE Group, the fixed salary during the notice period shall not exceed an amount equal to 12 months fixed salary.
Information at the Annual General Meeting
The Board and the CEO shall at the Annual General Meeting, if any shareholder so requests and the Board believes that it can be done without significant harm to the company, provide information regarding circumstances that may affect the assessment of an item on the agenda, circumstances that can affect the assessment of the company’s or its subsidiaries’ financial position and the company’s relation to other companies within the group.
Accounting documents, the Auditor’s Report, the statement by the auditor whether applicable guidelines for remuneration to senior executives has been complied with and the complete proposals of the Board of Directors for resolution on guidelines for remuneration to senior executives will be available at the company and on the company’s website www.begroup.com no later than 6 April 2017 and will be sent to all shareholders upon request. Copies will also be available at the Annual General Meeting. The Nomination Committee’s motivated statement on its proposal for Board of Directors is available on the company’s website, www.begroup.com.
Number of shares and votes in the company
At the time of this notice, the total number of shares and votes in the company amounts to 13,010,124. The company’s holding of own shares amounts to 26,920 and such shares do not entitle to any voting right as long as the company is the holder of the shares.
Malmö in March 2017
BE Group AB (publ)
The Board of Directors
For further information, please contact:
Anders Martinsson, President and CEO
tel.: +46 (0)706-21 02 22 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Fäldt, CFO
tel.: +46 (0)705-60 31 75 e-mail: email@example.com
BE Group, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, is a trading and service company in steel, stainless steel and aluminium. BE Group offers efficient distribution and value-adding production services to customers primarily in the construction and engineering sectors. In 2016, the Group reported sales of SEK 3.9 billion. BE Group has about 730 employees, with Sweden and Finland as its largest markets. The head office is located in Malmö, Sweden. Read more about BE Group at www.begroup.com.