Published: 2013-03-21 15:00:01 CET

Notice of HKScan Corporation’s Annual General Meeting

HKScan Corporation                                     Stock Exchange Release         21 March 2013 at 4 pm

 

Notice of HKScan Corporation’s Annual General Meeting


The shareholders of HKScan Corporation are invited to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 24 April 2013, beginning at 11am, at Turku Fair and Congress Centre, auditorium, at the address Messukentänkatu 9-13 in Turku. Registration of the shareholders who have notified the Company of their intention of attending the meeting will commence at 10am.

A. Matters on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting

The following matters shall be addressed at the meeting:

1. Opening of the meeting

2. Calling the meeting to order

3. Election of persons to scrutinise the minutes and to supervise the counting of votes

4. Recording the legality of the meeting

5. Recording the attendance at the meeting and adoption of the list of votes

6. Presentation of the financial statements, the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report for the year 2012


- Review by the CEO

7. Adoption of the financial statements

8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and the payment of dividend


The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.10 be paid for each share. The dividend shall be paid to shareholders registered on the record date as a shareholder in the Company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd. The Board of Directors proposes that the record date for the dividend payment be 29 April 2013 and the payment date be 7 May 2013.

9. Resolution on the discharge from liability of the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO

10. Proposal of the Board of Directors on amending the Articles of Association


The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Annual General Meeting decide on amending the company’s Article 8 and 9 of the Articles of Association so that the Board of Directors may include one to three deputy members when necessary and that the number of Board members can be increased to a maximum of eight actual members. In addition, concerning Article 12 of the Articles of Association, it is proposed that the number of auditors be changed so that the company has at least one and a maximum of two auditors who must be auditors accepted by the Central Chamber of Commerce (CPA) or auditing firms. If only one auditor is appointed for the Company, and it is not an auditing firm approved by the Central Chamber of Commerce, one deputy auditor must be appointed.

11. Resolution on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors


In accordance with the recommendation given by the Board of Directors’ Nomination Committee, representing over two thirds of the voting rights in HKScan Corporation, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the amount of the annual remuneration payable to the members of the Board of Directors to be elected for the next term of office be as follows: EUR 21,700 per a year to Board member, EUR 26,600 per a year to Vice Chairman of the Board and EUR 53,200 per a year to Chairman of the Board.

In addition, an annual remuneration of EUR 7,300 per a year is proposed to be paid for possible deputy members of the Board of Directors.

To Chairmen of the Board committees (Audit, Nomination, Compensation and Working Committee) an annual remuneration of EUR 4,900 is proposed. In addition, a compensation of EUR 500 per a meeting is proposed to be paid for all the Board members for each attended Board and Board committee meeting. Travel expenses will be compensated according to the Company’s travel policy.

12. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors


In accordance with the recommendation given by the Board of Directors’ Nomination Committee, representing over two thirds of the voting rights in HKScan Corporation, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the number of members of the Board of Directors be six (6). If a decision is made to amend Article 8 and 9 of the Articles of Association according to Section 10 above, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting, as recommended by the Nomination Committee, that also two (2) deputy members be elected to the Board of Directors.

13. Election of members of the Board of Directors


In accordance with the recommendation given by the Board of Directors’ Nomination Committee, representing over two thirds of the voting rights in HKScan Corporation, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the current Board members Juha Kylämäki, Niels Borup, Tero Hemmilä, Teija Andersen, Gunilla Aschan and Henrik Treschow be re-elected for a further term of office. If a decision is made to amend Article 8 and 9 of the Articles of Association according to Section 10 above, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting, as recommended by the Nomination Committee, that Mikko Nikula and Per Nilsson be elected as deputy members of the Board of Directors.

- Mikko Nikula (M.Sc., Physics) is a farm entrepreneur and a broiler meat producer from Rusko in Southwest Finland. He has also worked as director of operative operations at Privanet Securities in 2012, as managing director of TUTO Hockey Oy in 2011 and at Nokia Corporation in international marketing and sales between 1998 and 2009.

- Per Nilsson is farm entrepreneur and pork and beef producer from Esplunda in Central Sweden. He has studied at the Agriculture University of St. Paul in Minnesota (USA) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Biographical details of all nominees for Board member are available on HKScan Corporation’s website at www.hkscan.com.

14. Resolution on the remuneration of the auditor


In accordance with the recommendation given by the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the remuneration of the auditor be paid according to the auditor’s invoice accepted by the company.

15. Election of auditor


In accordance with the recommendation given by the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, an audit firm chartered by the Central Chamber of Commerce, with APA Johan Kronberg as main auditor, and APA Kalle Laaksonen be elected as the Company’s auditors until the end of the next Annual General Meeting, and that APA Mika Kaarisalo and APA Jari Viljanen be elected as deputy auditors. If a decision is made to amend Article 12 of the Articles of Association according to Section 10 above, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting, as recommended by the Audit Committee, that PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, an audit firm chartered by the Central Chamber of Commerce, with APA Johan Kronberg as the main auditor is appointed as the actual auditor until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.

16. Proposal of the Board of Directors on authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on share issue as well as option rights and other special rights entitling to shares


The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorizes the Board of Directors to decide on share issue as well as issue of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares, pursuant to Chapter 10 of the Companies Act as follows:

The shares issued under the authorization are new or those in the company’s possession Series A shares of the Company. Under the authorization, a maximum of 2,500,000 Series A shares, which corresponds to approximately 4.50 percent of all of the shares in the Company and approximately 5.00 percent of all the Series A shares in the Company, can be issued. The shares, option rights or other special rights entitling to shares can be issued in one or more tranches.

Under the authorization, the Board of Directors may resolve upon issuing new Series A shares to the Company itself without consideration. However, the Company, together with its subsidiaries, cannot at any time own more than 10 percent of all its registered shares.

The Board of Directors is authorized to resolve on all terms for the share issue and granting of the special rights entitling to shares. The Board of Directors is authorized to resolve on a directed share issue and issue of the special rights entitling to shares in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive right. A directed share issue always requires a weighty economic reason for the Company and the authorization may not be utilized inconsistently with the principle of equal treatment of shareholders.

The authorization to issue new shares, options as well as other instruments entitling to shares is proposed in order to enable the Board of Directors to decide flexibly on capital markets transactions that are beneficial for the Company, such as securing the financing needs of the Company or implementing acquisitions. In addition the authorization may be used in order to implement share based incentive arrangements directed to the management of the company and the group companies, including possible share-based remuneration to Board members.

The authorization shall be effective until 30 June 2014.

The authorization revokes authorization granted on 25 April 2012 by the Annual General Meeting to the Board of Directors to resolve on an issue of shares, options as well as other instruments entitling to shares. The authorization also revokes authorization granted on 25 April 2012 by the Annual General Meeting to the Board of Directors to resolve on transfer of the Company’s own shares.

17. Proposal of the Board of Directors on authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the purchase of the Company’s own Series A shares and/or on the acceptance Company’s own Series A shares as pledge
 

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Board of Directors be authorized to decide on the purchase of the Company's own Series A shares and/or on the acceptance the Company's own Series A shares as pledge as follows:

The aggregate number of own Series A shares to be acquired and/or accepted as pledge shall not exceed 2,500,000 Series A shares in total, which corresponds to approximately 4.50 percent of all of the shares in the Company and approximately 5.00 percent of all the Series A shares in the Company. However, the Company together with its subsidiaries cannot at any moment own and/or hold as pledge more than 10 percent of all the shares in the Company.

The Company’s own Series A shares may be purchased on the basis of the authorization only by using non-restricted equity which consequently reduces the amount of the funds available for distribution of profits. The Company’s own Series A shares may be purchased for a price quoted in public trading on the purchase day or for a price otherwise determined by the market.

The shares may be purchased under the proposed authorization in order to develop the capital structure of the Company. In addition, the shares may be repurchased under the proposed authorization in order to finance or carry out acquisitions or other arrangements, as a part of incentive schemes or to be transferred for other purposes, or to be cancelled.

The Board of Directors shall resolve upon the method of purchase. Among other means, derivatives may be utilized in purchasing the shares. The shares may be purchased in a proportion other than that of the shares held by the shareholders (directed purchase). A directed purchase of the Company’s own shares always requires a weighty economic reason for the Company and the authorization may not be utilized inconsistently with the principle of equal treatment of shareholders.

The authorization is effective until 30 June 2014.

The authorization revokes that granted on 25 April 2012 by the Annual General Meeting to the Board of Directors to acquire the company’s own Series A shares and/or to accept as pledge.

18. Closing of the meeting

 

B. Documents of the Annual General Meeting


The proposals of the Board of Directors relating to the agenda of the Annual General Meeting, this notice as well as the annual report of HKScan Corporation, including the Company’s financial statements, the report of the Board of Directors and the Auditor’s report may be viewed on HKScan Corporation’s website at www.hkscan.com on 28 March 2013 at the latest. The proposals of the Board of Directors and the financial statements will also be available at the Annual General Meeting. Copies of these documents and this notice will be sent to shareholders upon request. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be made available on the above website no later than on 8 May 2013.


C. Instructions for participants in the Annual General Meeting


1. The right to participate and registration


Each shareholder, who is registered on 12 April 2013 in the Company’s shareholders’ register held by Euroclear Finland Ltd, has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting. A shareholder whose shares are registered in his/her personal Finnish book-entry account is registered in the Company’s shareholders’ register.

A shareholder who wishes to attend the Annual General Meeting must notify the Company of their intention of doing so by 19 April 2013 at 4pm. Notification may be made:

a) through the Company’s website www.hkscan.com;
b) by telephone: +358 (0)10 570 6218 (from Monday to Friday 9am–4pm); or
c) by regular mail to: HKScan Corporation, Annual General Meeting, PO Box 50, FI-20521 Turku, Finland


The notification shall give the name, personal identification number, address and telephone number of the shareholder and the name of any possible assistant. Personal information given to HKScan Corporation will be used solely in the context of the Annual General Meeting and the processing of related registrations.

Pursuant to Chapter 5, section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act, shareholders present at the Annual General Meeting have the right to request information about the business transacted at the meeting.


2. Proxy representative and powers of attorney

A shareholder may participate in the Annual General Meeting and exercise his/her rights at the meeting by way of proxy representation.

A proxy representative shall produce a dated letter of proxy or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the shareholder at the Annual General Meeting. If the shareholder participates in the Annual General Meeting by several proxy representatives who represent the shareholder with shares on separate securities accounts, the shares with which each representative represents the shareholder shall be notified in connection with the registration.

Original letters of proxy should be sent to HKScan Corporation, Annual General Meeting, PO Box 50, FI-20521 Turku, Finland before the close of the registration deadline.


3. Holders of nominee registered shares

Holders of nominee registered shares are advised to request from their asset manager without delay the necessary instructions concerning registration in the shareholder register, the issue of letters of proxy and registration for the Annual General Meeting. The asset manager’s account operator must notify for registration in the Company’s temporary shareholder register any holder of nominee registered shares who wishes to attend the Annual General Meeting. Such notification for registration must be made by 10am on 19 April 2013.


4. Other information

On the date of this notice of the Annual General Meeting 21 March 2013, the total number of shares in HKScan Corporation is 49,626,522 A shares and 5,400,000 K shares and the total number of votes is 49,626,522 for A shares and 108,000,000 for K shares.

Turku 21 March 2013

HKScan Corporation
Board of Directors

Further information is available from HKScan Corporation's CEO, Hannu Kottonen.  Please leave any messages for him Marjukka Hujanen, tel. +358 10 570 6218.


HKScan is one of the leading food companies in northern Europe, with home markets in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Baltic countries and Poland. HKScan manufactures, sells and markets pork and beef, poultry products, processed meats and convenience foods under strong brand names. Its customers are the retail, food service, industrial and export sectors. In 2012, it had net sales of EUR 2.5 billion and some 11 100 employees.


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