Axis AB: Notice of Annual General Meeting

Lund, 2016-Mar-14
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The shareholders of Axis AB (publ) are hereby invited to the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the company’s premises at Edison Park, Emdalavägen 14, Lund, Sweden. Registration for the Annual General Meeting will begin at 4 p.m.

As set forth in the notice convening the Annual General Meeting, Axis’ majority shareholder Canon Inc. has informed the company’s Board of Directors that Canon Inc. at the Annual General Meeting 2016 will vote against that there shall be any declaration of a dividend to the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting 2016. Based on this information, the Board of Directors and the President have decided not to propose any declaration of dividend at the Annual General Meeting 2016 and that the profits at the disposal of the Annual General Meeting shall be carried forward.

The notice may be found on Axis’ homepage, www.axis.com, and is attached to this press release. On March 16, 2016, it will be announced in Dagens Industri that notice has been given and the notice will be found in its entirety in the Swedish Official Gazette on March 16, 2016.


Notice of Annual General Meeting


AXIS AKTIEBOLAG (publ)


Axis AB (publ) is holding its Annual General Meeting at 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the company’s premises, Emdalavägen 14 in Lund, Sweden.

Participation

The right to participate in the Annual General Meeting falls upon persons who
  • are registered as shareholders in the share register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB as of Thursday, April 7, 2016, and

  • have given notice of attendance to the company not later than Thursday, April 7, 2016.


Recording in the share register

Shareholders whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee must, in order to be entitled to participate in the Meeting, ensure that the nominee registers the shares in the shareholder’s own name, so that the shareholder is registered in the share register on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Such registration may be temporary.

Notice of attendance

The notice of attendance should include name, personal identity number or corporate registration number, address and telephone number as well as the number of shares represented. The notice should also state the number of advisors (however, not more than two) that the shareholder wishes to bring to the Meeting. If a shareholder is represented by proxy, the power of attorney and – if the shareholder is a legal entity – a certified copy of the certificate of registration, or other document demonstrating the signatory’s authority to sign for the legal entity, must be sent to the company in good time prior to the Meeting. The power of attorney must be presented in its original. Proxy forms are available at the company’s website, www.axis.com.

Notice of attendance shall be made in writing to Axis AB (publ), Attn: Adrienne Jacobsen, Emdalavägen 14, SE-223 69 Lund, Sweden or by telephone +46 46 272 18 00.

Proposed agenda

1. Opening of the Meeting.
2. Election of the Chairman of the Meeting.
3. Preparation and approval of the voting list.
4. Approval of the Agenda.
5. Election of one or two persons to approve the minutes.
6. Determination as to whether the Meeting has been duly convened.
7. Presentation of the annual report and the auditor’s report, and the consolidated annual report and the auditor’s report for the group.
8. Resolution:
a) concerning the adoption of the profit and loss account and the balance sheet, and the consolidated profit and loss account and the consolidated balance sheet;
b) concerning the disposition of the company’s profit as set forth in the adopted balance sheet;
c) concerning discharge from liability for the members of the Board of Directors and for the President.
9. Determination of the number of members of the Board of Directors and auditors.
10. Determination of the fees payable to the Board of Directors and the auditor.
11. Election of Board members, Chairman of the Board and auditor.
12. Resolution concerning the Board of Directors’ proposal regarding principles for determining salaries and other remuneration to the President and other members of company management.
13. Closing of the Meeting.

Number of shares and votes

The number of shares and votes in the company is 69,461,250. The company does not hold any own shares.

Proposal regarding dividend (Item 8b)

Axis’ majority shareholder Canon Inc., holding 84.83 percent of the shares and votes in the company as at the date of this notice, has informed the company’s Board of Directors that Canon Inc. at the Annual General Meeting 2016 will vote against that there shall be any declaration of a dividend to the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting 2016. Based on this information, the Board of Directors and the President have decided not to propose any declaration of dividend at the Annual General Meeting 2016 and that the profits at the disposal of the Annual General Meeting shall be carried forward.

Proposals regarding Items 2 and 9-11

The Board of Directors has been informed that Canon Inc. proposes the following:
  • that adjunct professor Svante Johansson shall be elected Chairman of the Meeting;

  • that five Board members shall be elected without any deputy members;

  • that the company shall have one auditor without any deputies;

  • that Bert Nordberg, Biörn Riese, Håkan Kirstein, Martin Gren and Toshizo Tanaka shall be re-elected members of the Board of Directors;

  • that Biörn Riese shall be re-elected Chairman of the Board;

  • that Ernst & Young Aktiebolag shall be elected as auditor for the period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting (authorized public accountant Johan Thuresson is intended to serve as auditor-in-charge);

  • that remuneration totalling SEK 2,000,000 shall be paid to the Board of Directors; to be distributed with SEK 800,000 to the Chairman of the Board and SEK 400,000 to each of the other Board members, with the exception of Toshizo Tanaka who shall not receive any remuneration; and

  • that the remuneration to the auditor shall be paid against approved invoices.


Proposal regarding principles for determining salaries and other remuneration to the President and other members of the company management (Item 12)

The board proposes the following principles for determination of salaries and other remuneration to the President and other members of the company management. The guidelines shall apply to employment contracts entered into according to the general meeting’s resolutions and guidelines, and in cases where changes are made to existing terms and conditions according to resolutions of general meetings. The guidelines essentially correspond to the principles that have been applied to date. For information regarding terms of remuneration for 2015, please refer to Note 18, Personnel, in the Annual Report for the financial year 2015.

Remuneration to the President and other members of the company management (that is, the nine persons who together with the President comprise the group management) may consist of basic salary, variable remuneration and pension. The remuneration to nine persons in the group management currently also includes “stay on board remuneration” that has been agreed and put in place in accordance with the remuneration guidelines adopted by the Annual General Meeting 2015. Other benefits and other remuneration shall be received on the same basis as for other employees. Persons who are resident outside of Sweden may be offered notice periods and termination benefits that are competitive in the country where the persons are or have been resident or to which they have a substantial connection, preferably solutions equivalent to what applies for managerial employees resident in Sweden.

The objective of Axis AB’s remuneration policy for the senior executives shall be to offer compensation that promotes the recruitment of skilled expertise and retaining it in the company. The basic salary shall be determined on the basis that it should be competitive. The absolute level shall depend on the specific position and the individual’s performance.

Variable remuneration (bonus) to the President and other senior executives shall be based on the financial goals of the group and shall be calculated as a function of the sales growth and the profit margin for the year in question. The bonus to the President shall be maximized at 240 percent of the annual salary and for the other senior executives, the highest individual bonus amount shall be maximized at 80 percent of an annual salary.

The retirement age for the President shall be 65. Pension insurance premiums shall amount to 35 percent of the pension-qualifying salary up to a maximum of 28.5 basic amounts. For a salary in excess of 28.5 basic amounts, a premium of 25 percent shall be paid. The ITP agreement shall be applied for other senior executives, with a retirement age of 65.

In the event of termination of employment, a six-month mutual notice period shall apply for the President. In the event of termination of employment of the President by the company, termination benefits corresponding to up to twelve cash monthly salaries may be paid after the end of the notice period. In the event of termination by the President, no termination benefits shall be payable. A mutual notice period of three to six months shall apply between the company and the other senior executives. In the event of termination by the company, termination benefits corresponding to up to twelve cash monthly salaries can be paid. In the event of termination by any of the senior executives, no termination benefits shall be payable.

Deviations from the principles described above may be approved by the board of directors, if there are specific reasons in individual cases. Prior to the AGM 2015, two deviations were made from the principles adopted by the AGM 2014, whereby i) termination benefits offered to the members of the company management other than the President were adjusted to correspond to 12 monthly salaries, and ii) a “stay on board” bonus corresponding to three monthly salaries, conditional on continued employment in the company on June 30, 2015, was introduced for the then members of the management team. The adjustment of termination benefits was made in order to ensure market-related compensation to the management team. This was deemed particularly necessary due to the then outstanding public offer for the company made by Canon. The “stay on board” bonuses were introduced for the same reason, whereby specific reasons existed for the deviations. The deviation concerning termination benefits complies with the principles subsequently adopted by the Annual General Meeting on 15 June 2015.

Documents available prior to the Annual General Meeting etc.

The annual report and other supporting resolution documentation will be available at the company’s head office at Emdalavägen 14 in Lund, Sweden, as well as on the company’s website, www.axis.com, not later than three weeks prior to the Meeting, and will be sent to shareholders upon request.

The shareholders are reminded of their right to request information pursuant to Chapter 7 Section 32 of the Swedish Companies Act.

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Lund, March 2016
The Board of Directors of Axis AB (publ)


For further information, please contact:

Björn Hallerborn, PR & Corporate Communications Manager, Axis Communications
Phone: + 46 46 272 1800, E-mail: pressoffice@axis.com

Axis is required to publish the information contained in this press release in accordance with the Swedish Securities Market Act. This information was provided to the media for publication 08:30 a.m. CET on the 14th of March, 2016.

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