Concentric AB's AGM was held on Thursday 22 April 2021. The main resolutions passed were the following.
Regarding full details of the resolutions, a referral is made to the notice convening the AGM and the complete proposals. The notice convening the AGM and the complete proposals are available at the company's website, www.concentricab.com.
A Shareholder Letter from the CEO is available on the company's website. The letter contains information regarding the company's business during the financial year 2020.
Adoption of the income statements and the balance sheets
The meeting resolved to adopt the income statement and balance sheet and the consolidated income statement and consolidated balance sheet for the financial year 2020.
The meeting resolved, in accordance with the Board's proposal, that a dividend shall be paid to the
shareholders for the financial year 2020 with SEK 3.50 per share, in total SEK 132,543,365, and that the remaining funds at the disposal of the meeting, SEK 2,247,798,373, are carried forward.
It was resolved that the record date for the dividend shall be Monday 26 April 2021. The dividend is expected to be distributed by Euroclear Sweden AB on Thursday 29 April 2021.
Discharge from liability
The meeting discharged the directors and the managing director from personal liability towards the company for the administration of the company in 2020.
Board of Directors and auditors
The meeting re-elected the directors Karin Gunnarsson, Anders Nielsen, Susanna Schneeberger, Martin Sköld and Claes Magnus Åkesson and elected Petra Sundström and Joachim Rosenberg as new directors. The meeting elected Anders Nielsen as Chairman of the Board.
The registered accounting firm KPMG AB was re-elected as the company's auditor until the end of the AGM 2022.
The meeting resolved that the Chairman of the Board will receive SEK 800,000 (previously SEK 700,000) and each of the other directors will receive SEK 350,000 (previously SEK 325,000) as remuneration until the AGM 2022. Additional consideration shall be paid to the Chairman of the Compensation Committee in the unchanged amount of SEK 100,000 and director of the Compensation Committee will receive unchanged SEK 50,000. Further, it was resolved that the Chairman of the Audit Committee shall receive unchanged SEK 150,000 and directors of said committee will receive unchanged SEK 75,000.
It was resolved that fees would be paid to the auditor in accordance with approved invoices.
Approval of Remuneration Report.
The meeting resolved to approve the Board of Directors' report on remuneration.
Performance based incentive programme
In accordance with the Board's proposal, the meeting resolved to implement a performance based incentive programme, LTI 2021. The programme is offered to up to 21 employees, including the managing director, and other key employees within the Concentric group, who, provided an own investment in Concentric shares, are offered stock options that, under certain conditions, give participants the right to acquire Concentric shares after a three-year lock-up period.
The LTI 2021 is expected to result in costs of MSEK 2.0 annually for Concentric if participants invest to their individual limits, the performance targets are fully achieved and an annual share price growth of 15 per cent is assumed. In addition to this, social security charges will apply in the year of vesting, 2024. Social security charges are expected to be expensed to an amount of MSEK 0.9 annually based on the same assumptions.
Issue of warrants and approval of transfer of warrants
As one of several options to secure a cost-efficient supply of Concentric shares for transfer under the LTI 2021, the meeting adopted the Board's proposal to issue, free of charge, 175,000 warrants to its wholly-owned subsidiary Concentric Skånes Fagerhult AB. Should the Board choose the option to utilize the warrants for delivery of shares under the LTI 2021, the dilution effect will total 0.5 per cent, otherwise the warrants will lapse and the dilution effect be nil.
Furthermore, the meeting resolved to approve that Concentric Skånes Fagerhult AB, on one or more occasions, may transfer warrants to the participants in LTI 2021 in accordance with the terms and conditions of LTI 2021, and otherwise dispose the warrants to cover costs related to, and fulfil obligations occurring under, LTI 2021.
Acquisitions and transfers of own shares
In accordance with the Board's proposal, the meeting resolved to authorise the Board to acquire and/or transfer own shares, with deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights, on one or more occasions until the AGM 2022.
Acquisition of the company's own shares shall be made on Nasdaq Stockholm, for the purpose of, inter alia, being able to improve the company's capital structure and to enable share transfers in accordance with the authorisation for the Board to transfer own shares and resolution on transfer of own shares to participants in LTI 2018-2021, to increase the flexibility for the Board in connection to potential future corporate acquisitions, as well as to cover costs for LTI 2018-2021 and enable delivery of shares in accordance with LTI 2018-2021. The company's total holdings of own shares must not at any time exceed 10 per cent of the total number of shares in the company.
Transfer of the company's own shares may be done for the purpose of, inter alia, being able to improve the company's capital structure, to cover costs relating to LTI 2018-2021 as well as to increase the flexibility of the Board in connection to potential future corporate acquisitions, by facilitating a fast and efficient financing by divesting holdings of own shares. Transfer of own shares can be made either on Nasdaq Stockholm or in any other manner, and the maximum number of shares that may be transferred is the total number of own shares held by the company at the time of the Board's resolution to transfer the shares.
In accordance with the Board's proposal, the meeting approved the transfers of own shares to participants in the LTI 2021 on the terms and conditions that apply for the incentive programme.
Transfer of own shares to an employment share ownership trust
In accordance with the Board's proposal and to enable a tax efficient delivery of shares under LTI 2021 to participant's resident in the United Kingdom, the meeting resolved that the company should be able to invite those participants to take part in a Joint Share Ownership Plan ("JSOP"). Using the JSOP will not change any terms specified in LTI 2021 and the total costs for using the JSOP are expected to be in line with those specified in the Board's proposal on LTI 2021.
To facilitate the JSOP, the meeting resolved on transfer of own repurchased shares to an employment share ownership trust equal to the maximum number of share options which may be awarded to participants who elect to join the JSOP. As specified within the terms of a joint ownership agreement, these shares will be jointly owned by the employment share ownership trust and the respective participant. The meeting resolved that transfer of own shares may be made with deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights.
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Concentric AB is an innovator in flow control and fluid power, supplying proprietary systems and components to the world's truck, agricultural machinery, construction equipment and industrial applications end-markets. The company has a global manufacturing presence including in the UK, USA, Germany, Sweden, India, China and Argentina. Concentric's focus is to develop world class technology with innovative solutions that meet the sustainability needs of our customers. Concentric offers engine products including lubricant, coolant and fuel pumps, hydraulic products encompassing gear pumps and power packs, and finally several key technologies for the fast growing market for electrical and hybrid powertrains. The Group has a turnover of circa MSEK 1,500 and circa 700 employees.
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