The Annual General Meeting is held annually by the end of June, on a date determined by the company's Board, and the meeting deals with matters falling within the competence of the Annual General Meeting and possible other proposals to the General Meeting. Kesko's Annual General Meeting has usually been held in March-April. If needed, the company may also hold Extraordinary General Meetings.
The General Meetings are convened by the company's Board of Directors. An Extraordinary General Meeting shall also be convened if shareholders with at least 10% of the shares so demand in writing in order to deal with a given matter. As a rule, the General Meeting handles matters proposed by the company's Board of Directors.
More information about the meeting can be found at www.kesko.fi/en/investor/General-Meeting.
Major matters within the competence of the General Meeting
The most significant matters falling within the competence of the General Meeting include:
Nomination of Board member candidates and election of Board members
There is no special committee or board engaged in the nomination of Board member candidates or their election at the General Meeting. The number of Board members is resolved and the members are elected by majority votes at the General Meeting based on shareholders' proposals.
Convening the General Meeting
Shareholders are invited to the General Meeting by a notice published on Kesko's website at www.kesko.fi specifying, among other things:
The notice of the meeting is published no earlier than three (3) months and no later than three (3) weeks before the General Meeting, but at least nine (9) days before the record date of the General Meeting, referred to in the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act. The notice of the meeting and the proposals of the company's Board to the General Meeting are published in a stock exchange release. The proposals for the number of Board members, for Board members and for Board members' fees made by shareholders holding at least 10% of the votes carried by the company shares are also published in a stock exchange release.
Availability of meeting documents
The notice of the General Meeting and the following information are made available to shareholders on the company's website at least 21 days before the General Meeting:
Right to attend the General Meeting
Shareholders have the right to attend the General Meeting if they are registered as shareholders in the company's register of shareholders kept by Euroclear Finland Ltd at the record date of the General Meeting separately announced by the company. Shareholders must register for the General Meeting in advance, on the date given in the notice of the General Meeting at the latest, which can be no earlier than ten (10) days before the meeting. Shareholders may attend the meeting themselves, or authorise proxy representatives. If a shareholder has more than one securities accounts, he or she can appoint different proxy representatives to represent his or her shares held in different securities accounts. A proxy representative shall produce a proxy document or otherwise provide reliable evidence of the right to represent a shareholder. A shareholder or a proxy representative can have one (1) assistant at the General Meeting.
Minutes of the General Meeting
The minutes of the General Meeting are recorded and made available to shareholders on the company's website, together with voting results and appendices relating to the resolutions of the General Meeting within two (2) weeks from the General Meeting. Appendices to the resolutions of the General Meeting are available on the company's website only insofar they describe the actual content of the resolution. The resolutions of the General Meeting are also published in a stock exchange release immediately after the General Meeting.
Minutes of Kesko's General Meetings are available in section General meetings.
Presence of governing bodies at the General Meeting
The company aims for all Kesko Board members, the President and CEO, and the auditor to be present at the Annual General Meeting. An Extraordinary General Meeting is attended by the Chair of the company's Board, a sufficient number of members of the Board and its committees, and the President and CEO. A first-time candidate for the Board of Directors is present at the General Meeting resolving on the election, unless there is a weighty reason for his or her absence.
Kesko has share series A and B, which differ only with respect to the votes they carry. An A share carries ten (10) votes and a B share carries one (1) vote at the General Meeting. When votes are taken, the proposal supported by more than half of the votes will primarily be the resolution of the General Meeting, in accordance with the Limited Liability Companies Act. However, pursuant to the Act, certain decisions – such as decisions to amend the articles of association and decisions on directed share issues – require a qualified majority of two-thirds of the votes cast and represented at the meeting. The Limited Liability Companies Act provides that specific shareholders or all shareholders must consent to a decision limiting the rights arising from shares or increasing the obligations of shareholders. Basic share information
Kesko's Articles of Association do not include redemption clauses or voting restrictions. The company is not aware of shareholder agreements on the use of voting rights in the company, or agreements restricting the transfer of company shares.