Tieto Corporation's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders approved the financial statements for 2015, decided to distribute a dividend of EUR 1.35 per share (normal dividend of EUR 1.10 and additional dividend of EUR 0.25) and discharge the company's officers from liability for the financial year 2015. The dividend settlement date is 24 March 2016 and the dividend will be paid as from 8 April 2016.
In addition, the Annual General Meeting made the following decisions:
Board composition and remuneration
The meeting decided that the Board of Directors shall consist of eight members and re-elected the Board's current members Kurt Jofs, Sari Pajari, Markku Pohjola, Endre Rangnes, Jonas Synnergren and Lars Wollung. Johanna Lamminen and Harri-Pekka Kaukonen were elected as new members. Markku Pohjola was re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In addition to the above, the company's personnel appoints two members, each with a personal deputy, to the Board of Directors. The term of office for the personnel representatives is two years. Esa Koskinen (deputy Ilpo Waljus) and Anders Palklint (deputy Robert Spinelli) have been appointed to the Board until the Annual General Meeting 2018.
At its constitutive meeting after the AGM, the Board of Directors elected Kurt Jofs as its Deputy Chairman. The Board also appointed a Remuneration Committee comprising Markku Pohjola (Chairman), Harri-Pekka Kaukonen, Sari Pajari and Endre Rangnes and an Audit and Risk Committee comprising Kurt Jofs (Chairman), Johanna Lamminen, Jonas Synnergren and Lars Wollung. All Board members are independent of both the company and the company's significant shareholders, except for Jonas Synnergren who is independent of the company and non-independent of a significant shareholder.
The meeting approved that the fixed annual remuneration of the Board of Directors will remain unchanged and be as follows: EUR 83 000 to the Chairman, EUR 52 500 to the Deputy Chairman and EUR 34 500 to the ordinary members of the Board of Directors. The same fee as to the Board Deputy Chairman will be paid to the Chairman of a Board Committee unless the same individual is also the Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Board. In addition, a remuneration of EUR 800 is paid for each Board meeting and for each permanent or temporary committee meeting. It is the company's practice not to pay fees to Board members who are also employees of the Tieto Group.
The meeting approved that 40% of the fixed annual remuneration be paid in Tieto Corporation’s shares purchased from the market. The shares will be purchased within two weeks from the release of the interim report January 1 – March 31, 2016 of Tieto Corporation. The Annual General Meeting resolved to acquire the shares directly on behalf of the members of the Board which is an approved manner to acquire the company’s shares in accordance with the applicable insider rules.
The meeting re-elected the firm of authorized public accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy as the company's auditor for the financial year 2016. The auditor shall be reimbursed according to the invoice and in compliance with the purchase principles approved by the Audit and Risk Committee.
Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the company's own shares
The Board of Directors was authorized to decide on the repurchase of the company's own shares as follows:
The amount of own shares to be repurchased shall not exceed 7 200 000 shares, which currently corresponds to approximately 10% of all the shares in the company. Only the unrestricted equity of the company can be used to repurchase own shares. Own shares can be repurchased at a price formed in public trading on the date of the repurchase or at a price otherwise formed on the market.
The Board of Directors decides how the share repurchase will be carried out. Own shares can be repurchased inter alia by using derivatives. The company’s own shares can be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shareholdings of the shareholders (directed repurchase).
The authorization cancels previous unused authorizations to decide on the repurchase of the company’s own shares. The authorization is effective until the next Annual General Meeting, however, no longer than until 30 April 2017.
Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the issuance of shares as well as options and other special rights entitling to shares
The Board of Directors was authorized to decide on the issuance of shares as well as on the issuance of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares referred to in chapter 10 section 1 of the Companies Act in one or more tranches as follows:
The amount of shares to be issued based on the authorization (including shares to be issued based on the special rights) shall not exceed 7 200 000 shares, which currently corresponds to approximately 10% of all the shares in the company. However, out of the above maximum amount of shares to be issued no more than 700 000 shares, currently corresponding to less than 1% of all of the shares in the company, may be issued as part of the company’s share-based incentive programs.
The Board of Directors decides on the terms and conditions of the issuance of shares, option rights and of special rights entitling to shares. The authorization concerns both the issuance of new shares as well as the transfer of treasury shares. The issuance of shares and of special rights entitling to shares may be carried out in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive right (directed issue).
The authorization cancels previous unused authorizations to decide on the issuance of shares and on the issuance of options and other special rights entitling to shares. The authorization is effective until the next Annual General Meeting, however, no longer than until 30 April 2017.
There were 572 shareholders represented at the meeting representing altogether 48 509 883 shares and votes. All decisions were made without voting.
For further information, please contact:
General Counsel Jouko Lonka, tel. +358 20 727 8182, +358 400 424 451, firstname.lastname (at) tieto.com
Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems.
Headquartered in Finland, Tieto has over 13,000 experts in close to 20 countries. Tieto’s turnover is approximately EUR 1.5 billion and shares listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm. www.tieto.com