The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of RTL Group, on 26 April 2019, approved the statutory and consolidated accounts as at 31 December 2018.
At the AGM, RTL Group published its printed and digital Annual Report 2018. The PDF document is available on the company website at RTLGroup.com/annual-reports. The focus of this years' Annual Report is RTL Group's Total Video 2.0 strategy that focuses on building local streaming champions and strengthening content creation. As in previous years, a fully interactive version of the report is also available online. The link is: annual-report2018.rtlgroup.com
In addition, the AGM resolved to pay a final ordinary dividend of €3.00 per share - on top of the interim dividend of €1.00 per share already paid in September 2018. The final dividend for the full year ended 31 December 2018 will be payable from 7 May 2019 at the following banks:
In the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: ING Luxembourg S.A.
In Belgium: ING S.A.
In Germany: Deutsche Bank AG
The AGM appointed Bertelsmann's Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Immanuel Hermreck as non-executive director for a term of office of three years, expiring at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2020 accounts.
The AGM resolved to give full and final discharge to all the directors in respect of their management in the course of 2018, with the exception of Bert Habets. The decision by the AGM not to grant discharge to Bert Habets is based on certain matters under review. These matters are not expected, based on current information, to have a significant financial impact on the Group.
The minutes of the AGM will be available shortly on the company website at RTLGroup.com/agm.
As already announced on 13 March 2019, RTL Group applied, due to low levels of trading, to Euronext Brussels for a de-listing of its shares from Euronext Brussels. The de-listing has now been approved by the listing board of Euronext and by the FSMA (Financial Services and Markets Authority) in Belgium and will become effective as of 13 May 2019. RTL Group shares will continue to be listed on both the Frankfurt/Main and Luxembourg stock exchanges.
At the AGM, RTL Group's shareholders were informed that, going forward, the Group intends to publish a concise quarterly statement for the interim results from January to March and January to September instead of a quarterly financial report containing the interim management report, the condensed financial statements and related notes. RTL Group will publish its quarterly statement on Q1/2019 on 16 May 2019.