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Proposals of Sampo plc's Board of Directors and its Committees to the Annual General Meeting

Sampo plc's Board of Directors has decided to summon the Annual General Meeting for 13 April, 2010. The notice of Annual General Meeting will be published on 12 February, 2010 and registration will commence from this date. The Board of Directors and its committees have made the following proposals to the Annual General Meeting.

  • Board of Director's dividend proposal
  • Proposal of the Board's Nomination and Compensation committee for the remuneration of the Board of Directors
  • Proposal of the Board's Nomination and Compensation committee for the number of members of the Board of Directors and the members of the Board of Directors
  • Proposal of the Board's Audit committee for the remuneration and election of the Auditor
  • Proposal of the Board of Directors for authorization to decide on repurchasing Sampo shares
  • Proposal of the Board of Directors for amendment of the Section 12 of the Articles of association

The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting a dividend of EUR 1.00 per share and an authorization for the Board to decide on repurchasing a maximum of 50,000,000 Sampo A shares using funds available for profit distribution.

The Nomination and Compensation Committee proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the number of Board members be maintained at eight and that all the current members are re-elected. The Committee also proposes that the fees of the members of the Board of Directors remain unchanged.

The Audit Committee proposes that Ernst & Young Oy be elected as the company's auditor until the close of the next Annual General Meeting.

The proposals are attached in full to this release.


SAMPO PLC
Board of Directors


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ANNEX 1

SAMPO PLC'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS' DIVIDEND PROPOSAL

According to its dividend policy, Sampo plc aims to distribute an annual dividend corresponding to a dividend yield of 4-6 per cent. However, dividends cannot exceed reported profit after tax (excluding extraordinary items) for the calendar year for which the dividend is paid. Share buy-backs can be used to complement dividends.

The parent company's distributable capital and reserves totaled EUR 6,435,539,685.41 of which profit for the financial year was EUR 531,142,474.88.

The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting a dividend of EUR 1.00 per share to company's 561,372,390 shares. The dividends to be paid are EUR 561,282,390 in total as no dividend is paid to the 90,000 Sampo A shares held by the company itself. Rest of funds are left in the equity capital.

The dividend will be paid to shareholders registered in the Register of Shareholders held by Euroclear Finland Ltd as at the record date of 16 April 2010. The Board proposes that the dividend be paid on 23 April 2010.

No significant changes have taken place in the company's financial position since the end of the financial year. The company's liquidity position is good and in the view of the Board, the proposed distribution does not jeopardize the company's ability to fulfill its obligations.

Helsinki, 11 February 2010

SAMPO PLC
Board of Directors


ANNEX 2

PROPOSAL OF THE NOMINATION AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE FOR THE REMUNERATION OF THE MEMBERS OF SAMPO PLC'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

After hearing the major shareholders, Sampo plc's Nomination and Compensation Committee proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the fees of the members of the Board of Directors remain unchanged and that members of the Board of Directors be paid the following fees until the close of the next Annual General Meeting: the Chairman of the Board will be paid an annual fee of EUR 160,000, the Vice Chairman of the Board will be paid EUR 100,000 and the other members of the Board of Directors will be paid EUR 80,000 each. Approximately 50 per cent of each Board member's annual fees, after deduction of taxes and similar payments, will be paid in Sampo A shares and the rest in cash.
Helsinki, 11 February 2010

SAMPO PLC
Nomination and Compensation Committee


ANNEX 3

PROPOSAL OF THE NOMINATION AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE FOR THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


After hearing the major shareholders, the Nomination and Compensation Committee of Sampo plc's ("Sampo") Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that eight members be elected to the Board of Directors, so that the current members of the Board Tom Berglund, Anne Brunila, Eira Palin-Lehtinen, Jukka Pekkarinen, Christoffer Taxell, Veli-Matti Mattila, Matti Vuoria and Björn Wahlroos, are re-elected for a term continuing until the close of the next Annual General Meeting.

The Nomination and Compensation Committee proposes that the Board elect Björn Wahlroos from among their number as the Chairman of the Board. It is proposed that Veli-Matti Mattila, Eira Palin-Lehtinen, Christoffer Taxell, Matti Vuoria and Björn Wahlroos be elected to the Nomination and Compensation Committee and Tom Berglund, Jukka Pekkarinen and Christoffer Taxell be elected to the Audit Committee.

The CVs of the persons proposed as Board members and the evaluation of their independence pursuant to the Finnish Corporate Governance Code are available at the address www.sampo.com/board.

Helsinki, 11 February 2010

SAMPO PLC
Nomination and Compensation Committee

ANNEX 4

PROPOSAL OF SAMPO PLC'S AUDIT COMMITTEE FOR THE REMUNERATION AND ELECTION OF THE AUDITOR

The Audit Committee of Sampo plc's Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that compensation be paid to the company's auditor on the basis of reasonable invoicing.
The Audit Committee proposes that Ernst & Young Oy be elected as the company's auditor until the close of the next Annual General Meeting. Ernst & Young Oy has nominated Heikki Ilkka, APA, as the principally responsible auditor, if the Annual General Meeting chooses Ernst & Young Oy to continue as the company's auditor.

The Audit Committee states that its proposal is based on the fact that the accounting firm Ernst & Young was the Sampo Group's auditor in 2009. The fees paid to the auditor for services rendered and invoiced in 2009 totalled EUR 2,141,427. In addition, the accounting firm was paid a total of EUR 223,583 in fees for non-audit services rendered and invoiced.

Helsinki, 11 February 2010

SAMPO PLC
Audit Committee


ANNEX 5

PROPOSAL OF SAMPO PLC'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR AUTHORISATION TO DECIDE ON REPURCHASING SAMPO SHARES

The Board of Directors of Sampo plc ("Sampo") proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorise the Board to decide on repurchasing Sampo A shares using funds available for profit distribution.

Sampo A shares can be repurchased in one or more lots up to a total of 50,000,000 shares. Sampo shares can be repurchased in other proportion than the shareholders' proportional shareholdings (private repurchase).

The share price will be no higher than the highest price paid for Sampo plc shares in public trading at the time of the purchase. However, in implementing the repurchase of Sampo shares, normal derivatives, stock lending or other contracts may also be entered into within the legal and regulatory limits, at the price determined by the market.

The holder of all Sampo plc B shares has given consent to a buy-back of A shares.

It is proposed that the authorisation will be valid until the close of the next Annual General Meeting, provided this is not more than 18 months from the Annual General Meeting's decision.

Helsinki, 11 February 2010

SAMPO PLC
Board of Directors


ANNEX 6

PROPOSAL OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR AMENDMENT OF THE SECTION 12 OF THE ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

Sampo plc's ("Sampo") Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the Annual General Meeting resolve to amend section 12 of the Articles of Association as a result of the amendments to section 19 of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act (624/2006) that entered into force on 3 August 2009 and 31 December 2009.

The amendments to the Limited Liability Companies Act that entered into force on 3 August 2009 and 31 December 2009 state that listed companies must deliver their notices of the General Meeting no later than three weeks before the General Meeting and no later than nine (9) days before the record date of the General Meeting.

Proposed amendment

It is proposed that section 12 of the Articles of Association be amended to make it correspond with the current wording and provisions of the Limited Liability Companies Act. Section 12 of the Articles of Association will be amended as follows:

 

Current wording of section 12

Proposed wording for section 12


The Annual General Meeting must be held before the end of June on a date set by the Board of Directors.

A Notice of the General Meeting must be published in at least one newspaper designated by the Board of Directors and in circulation in Helsinki, no later than one week before the date referred to in the Companies Act, Chapter 4, Section 2, Paragraph 2.

The manner in which other information is to be conveyed to shareholders will be determined by the Board of Directors separately in each case.

 

The Annual General Meeting must be held before the end of June on a date set by the Board of Directors.

A Notice of the General Meeting must be published in at least one newspaper designated by the Board of Directors and in circulation in Helsinki, no later than three weeks before the Annual General Meeting and no later than nine days before the record date of the Annual General Meeting referred to in the Limited Liability Companies Act, Chapter 4, Section 2, Subsection 2

The manner in which other information is to be conveyed to shareholders will be determined by the Board of Directors separately in each case.


Helsinki, 11 February 2010

SAMPO PLC
Board of Directors

 

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