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Nokia (NOK) Suspends Dividend for FY13; Approves 370M Buyback Plan

January 24, 2013 7:00 AM EST Send to a Friend
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced today that its Board of Directors has resolved to convene the Annual General Meeting on May 7, 2013 and that the Board and its Committees submit the below proposals to the Annual General Meeting.

* Proposal not to pay dividend

* Proposals on the Board composition and remuneration

* Proposals to authorize the Board to repurchase and issue shares

* Proposals on the re-election of the external auditor and remuneration

Proposal on the payment of dividend

The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that no dividend be paid for the fiscal year 2012.

Nokia Group 2012 reported net profit was negative EUR 3.1 billion and Nokia Group net cash position decreased from EUR 5.6 billion at the end of 2011 to EUR 4.4 billion at the end of 2012. In addition, Nokia Corporation's results for fiscal year 2012 were negative.

To ensure strategic flexibility, the Board proposes that no dividend payment will be made for 2012. Nokia's fourth quarter 2012 financial performance combined with this dividend proposal further solidifies the company's strong liquidity position.

Proposals on Board composition and remuneration

Dame Marjorie Scardino and Ms Isabel Marey-Semper have informed that they will no longer be available for re-election to the Nokia Board of Directors after the Annual General Meeting. Dame Marjorie Scardino has been a Nokia Board member since 2001 and Ms Isabel Marey-Semper since 2009.

The Board's Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the number of Board members be ten (10) and that the following current Nokia Board members be re-elected as members of the Nokia Board of Directors for a term ending at the Annual General Meeting in 2014: Bruce Brown, Stephen Elop, Henning Kagermann, Jouko Karvinen, Helge Lund, M�rten Mickos, Elizabeth Nelson, Risto Siilasmaa and Kari Stadigh.

In addition, the Committee proposes that Ms Elizabeth Doherty, currently Chief Financial Officer of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, be elected as a member of the Nokia Board of Directors for the same term.

Additional information about the Board member candidates will be available in the Committee proposal which will be published simultaneously with the notice to the Annual General Meeting.

The Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee will propose in the assembly meeting of the new Board of Directors after the Annual General Meeting on May 7, 2013 that Risto Siilasmaa be elected as Chairman of the Board and Jouko Karvinen as Vice Chairman of the Board, subject to their election to the Board of Directors.

As to the Board remuneration, the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee proposes that the annual fee payable to the Board members elected at the Annual General Meeting on May 7, 2013 for a term ending at the Annual General Meeting in 2014, remains at the same level as during the past five years as follows: EUR 440 000 for the Chairman, EUR 150 000 for the Vice Chairman, and EUR 130 000 for each member, excluding the President and CEO of Nokia if re-elected to the Nokia Board; for the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Personnel Committee an additional annual fee of EUR 25 000; and for each member of the Audit Committee an additional annual fee of EUR 10 000. Further, the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee proposes that, as in the past, approximately 40% of the remuneration be paid in Nokia Corporation shares purchased from the market, which shares shall be retained until the end of the Board membership in line with the Nokia policy (except for those shares needed to offset any costs relating to the acquisition of the shares, including taxes).

Proposal to authorize the Board to repurchase shares

The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorize the Board to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 370 million Nokia shares. The proposed amount of shares represents less than 10% of all the shares of the Company. The shares may be repurchased in order to develop the capital structure of the Company, finance or carry out acquisitions or other arrangements, settle the Company's equity-based incentive plans, be transferred for other purposes, or be cancelled. The shares may be repurchased either through a tender offer made to all shareholders on equal terms, or in marketplaces by repurchasing the shares in another proportion than that of the current shareholders. The authorization would be effective until June 30, 2014 and terminate the current authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting on May 3, 2012.

The repurchase authorization is proposed in order to maintain flexibility, but the Board has no current plans for repurchases during 2013.

Proposal to authorize the Board to issue shares

The Board also proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorize the Board to resolve to issue a maximum of 740 million shares through issuance of shares or special rights entitling to shares in one or more issues. The Board proposes that it may issue either new shares or shares held by the Company. The Board proposes that the authorization may be used to develop the Company's capital structure, diversify the shareholder base, finance or carry out acquisitions or other arrangements, settle the Company's equity-based incentive plans, or for other purposes resolved by the Board. The proposed authorization includes the right for the Board to resolve on all the terms and conditions of the issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares, including issuance in deviation from the shareholders' pre-emptive rights. The authorization would be effective until June 30, 2016 and terminate the current authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2010.

Proposals on election of external auditor and remuneration

In addition, the Board's Audit Committee proposes to the Annual General Meeting that PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy be re-elected as the Company's auditor, and that the auditor be reimbursed based on the invoice and in compliance with the purchase policy approved by the Audit Committee.




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