The Annual General Meeting of Schibsted ASA was held on 13 May 2011 in the Company’s premises at Apotekergaten 10 in Oslo.
Approval of the annual financial statements and the Board’s proposed dividend for 2010 (item 4)
The General Meeting approved the Board’s proposal regarding the income statement for 2010 and balance sheet as at 31 December 2010 for Schibsted ASA and the Schibsted Group, including the Board’s report for 2010. The General Meeting considered the Board’s report on Corporate Governance.
Dividend for 2010 (item 5)
The General Meeting approved the Board’s proposal regarding the appropriation of the profit for the year. In line with the Board’s proposal, it was decided to pay dividend for 2010 of NOK 3,00 per share, excluding shares owned by the Group.
Auditor’s fee (item 6)
The General Meeting approved the auditor’s fee of NOK 1 053 000.
Extension of the Board’s authorisation to buy back Company shares (item 7)
The General Meeting resolved to extend the Board’s authorisation to buy back shares in Schibsted ASA pursuant to the Norwegian Public Limited Companies Act on the following conditions:
a) The authorisation is valid until the next Annual General Meeting of Schibsted ASA in 2012 (i.e. until no later than 30 June 2012).
b) The total nominal value of the shares acquired under this authorisation may not exceed NOK 10,800,361.
c) The minimum amount that can be paid for a share is NOK 30. The maximum amount that can be paid for a share is NOK 500.
d) The Board is free to decide the acquisition method and possible later sale of the shares.
The authorisation may also be used to buy or sell shares in takeover situations.
The Board’s declaration regarding the determination of salary and other remuneration to managers of Schibsted ASA in accordance with section 6-16 a of the Norwegian Public Limited Companies Act (item 9)
The General Meeting approved the Board’s guidelines for determining management salaries in Schibsted ASA, including guidelines for continuing the share-purchase programme in 2011, as stated in the Board’s declaration.
Election of shareholder-elected directors (item 10)
Blommenholm Industrier has exercised its right according to article 8 of the Articles of Association to appoint one director directly. Blommenholm Industrier has appointed Ole Jacob Sunde. The Board was re-elected for one year and consists of the following shareholder-elected directors:
Ole Jacob Sunde (Chairman) Marie Ehrling
Karl-Christian Agerup Eva Berneke
Monica Caneman Christian Ringnes
Fees payable to the Board (item 11)
The Nomination Committee’s proposal was adopted. The variable share of the fee (20%) was abolished. The special fee payable to directors who do not live in Oslo to compensate them for time spent if they have a long journey was increased from maximum NOK 50.000 to maximum NOK 100.000. The base fees were not changed and thereby set as follows:
a) Directors’ fees
The Chairman of the Board’s fee was set at NOK 700,000. The fee payable to the other directors was set at NOK 300,000. The fee payable to alternate directors was set at NOK 16,000 per attendance at a meeting.
b) Fees payable to members of the Group Board’s Compensation Committee.
The fees were set at NOK 70,000 for the Committee’s Chairman and NOK 41,000 for the Committee’s other members.
c) Fees payable to members of the Group Board’s Audit Committee.
The fees were set at NOK 107,000 for the Committee’s Chair and NOK 65,000 for the Committee’s other members.
The fees are payable for the period starting with this year’s Annual General Meeting and ending on the Annual General Meeting in 2012, and are to be paid in arrears when the term of office expires in 2012.
Fees payable to the Nomination Committee (item 12)
The fees payable to the Nomination Committee’s members were set at NOK 16,000 per meeting for the Nomination Committee’s Chairman and NOK 11,000 per meeting for the two other members of the Nomination Committee.
Authorisation to the Group Board pursuant to Article 7 of the Articles of Association (item 13)
The General Meeting approved the Board’s proposed renewal of the Board’s authorisation linked to the exercise of some of the protection which is inherent in Article 7 of Schibsted’s Articles of Association.
Following this Annual General Meeting, the wording of the authorisation is as follows:
“Pursuant to the third paragraph of Article 7 of the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors is authorised to make decisions on the following matters referred to in the second paragraph, litra a of Article 7 of the Articles of Association:
a) Voting relating to amendments to subsidiaries’ Articles of Association.
b) Decisions to sell shares or operations, including private placements, mergers or demergers, in subsidiaries when the net payment (sales amount, merger or demerger payment, etc) does not exceed NOK 1 billion after financial adjustments.
Within the framework of the Group CEO’s general authorisation, the Board of Directors may delegate its authority pursuant to this authorisation to the management.
A director appointed pursuant to the second paragraph of Article 8 of the Articles of Association may demand that certain matters which are covered by this authorisation are nonetheless to be submitted to the General Meeting for its decision.
This authorisation applies until the next Annual General Meeting.”
For details regarding the voting on each item, please refer to the enclosed overview.
Oslo, 13 May 2011
Rolv Erik Ryssdal