The general meeting of shareholders is the company’s highest decision-making body whereby shareholders exercise their voting rights. Handicare’s annual general meeting (AGM) is held in the Stockholm are in the first half of the year. The date and location of the meeting is notified, together with information regarding shareholders’ rights to raise a matter to be addressed by the meeting, not later than the publication of the third quarter interim report. Notice of an AGM is given not earlier than six weeks and not later than four weeks prior to the AGM. The notification will be published in Swedish and English ahead of each general meeting.
Handicare’s performance over the past year will be presented at the AGM and resolutions will be taken on a number of key issues, including: the election of the company’s auditors; the Board’s discharge from liability; fees to the Board and auditors; the number of Board members; the election of the Board for the period until and including the next AGM; and the dividend.
Right to participate in general meetings
All shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Sweden on the day falling five work days (including Saturdays) prior to the meeting, and who have notified the company of their participation at the general meeting, no later than on the date stipulated in the meeting notification, are entitled to attend and exercise their voting rights at the meeting. In addition to providing notice to Handicare, shareholders who have registered their shares in the name of a trustee via a bank or securities institution must temporarily re-register the shares in their own names with Euroclear Sweden to be entitled to participate at the meeting. Shareholders should notify their trustees well in advance of this date.
Shareholders may attend a general meeting in person or by proxy and may be accompanied by a maximum of two assistants. It is normally possible for a shareholder to register for the shareholders’ meeting in several different ways as indicated in the notice of the meeting.
Shareholders wishing to have matters addressed at the AGM must submit a written request to the Board of Directors. Such request must be received by the Board of Directors no later than seven weeks prior to the AGM.