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The Annual General Meeting of Sampo plc, held today on 16 April 2015, decided to distribute a dividend of EUR 1.95 per share for 2014. The record date for dividend payment is 20 April 2015 and the dividend is paid on 28 April 2015. The Annual General Meeting adopted the financial accounts for 2014 and discharged the Board of Directors and the Group CEO and President from liability for the financial year.
The Annual General Meeting elected eight members to the Board of Directors. The following members were re-elected to the Board: Anne Brunila, Jannica Fagerholm, Adine Grate-Axén, Veli-Matti Mattila, Eira Palin-Lehtinen, Per Arthur Sørlie and Björn Wahlroos. Risto Murto was elected as a new member to the Board. Of the former members Matti Vuoria was not available for re-election. The Members of the Board were elected for a term continuing until the close of the next Annual General Meeting.
At its organizational meeting, the Board elected Björn Wahlroos as Chairman and Eira Palin-Lehtinen as Vice-chairperson. Veli-Matti Mattila, Risto Murto, Eira Palin-Lehtinen and Björn Wahlroos were elected to the Nomination and Compensation Committee. Anne Brunila, Jannica Fagerholm, Adine Grate Axén and Per Arthur Sørlie were elected to the Audit Committee. The compositions of the Committees fulfill the Finnish Corporate Governance Code's requirement for independence. The curriculum vitaes of the Board Members are available at www.sampo.com/board.
The Annual General Meeting decided to pay the following fees to the members of the Board of Directors until the close of the 2016 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. A Board member shall in accordance with the resolution of the Annual General Meeting acquire Sampo plc's A shares at the price paid in public trading for 50 per cent of his/her annual fee excluding taxes and similar payments.
Ernst & Young Oy was elected as Auditor. The Auditor will be paid a fee determined by an invoice approved by Sampo. Tomi Englund, APA, was elected as the principally responsible auditor.
The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board to repurchase a maximum of 50,000,000 Sampo A shares. Shares will be repurchased in other proportion than the shareholders' proportional shareholdings (directed repurchase). The maximum price to be paid will be highest market price quoted during the authorization period. The authorization will be valid until the close of the next Annual General Meeting, nevertheless not more than 18 months after AGM's decision.
There were 2,994 shareholders represented at the meeting holding altogether 368,500,631 shares and 373,300,631 votes in the company. All decisions were made unanimously.
The proposals of the Board of Directors and its Nomination and Compensation Committee and Audit Committee approved by the Annual General Meeting were published in stock exchange releases on 11 February 2015. The Board proposals are available in their entirety at www.sampo.com/agm.
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be available for viewing at www.sampo.com/agm and at Sampo plc's head office at Fabianinkatu 27, Helsinki, Finland, on 30 April 2015 at the latest.
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