TELESTE CORPORATION: NOTICE TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Turku, Finland, 2016-03-09 13:00 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
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TELESTE CORPORATION: NOTICE TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The shareholders of Teleste Corporation (the “Company”) are hereby invited to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday, 7 April 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in Hall B (Congress Wing, Level 3) of Finlandia Hall at the address of Mannerheimintie 13 e, 00100 Helsinki, Finland. The reception of persons who have registered for the meeting will commence at 2:00 p.m.

 

A.Agenda of the Annual General Meeting:

1 § Opening of the meeting

2 § Calling the meeting to order

3 § Election of persons to review the minutes and to supervise the counting of votes

4 § Recording the legality of the meeting

5 § Recording the attendance at the meeting and the list of votes

6 § Presentation of the financial statements, the consolidated financial statements, the auditor’s report and the report of the Board of Directors for year 2015 as well as the review by the CEO

7 § Adoption of the financial statements and the consolidated financial statements

8 § Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and the payment of dividend

The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.23 per share be paid based on the adopted balance sheet for the financial period that ended on 31 December 2015 for shares other than those held by the Company. The dividend will be paid to a shareholder who on the record date of dividend payment 11 April 2016 is registered in the Company's shareholders' register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd. The dividend will be paid on 18 April 2016.

9 § Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability

10 § Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors

Company’s shareholders who represent more than 40 per cent of all the Company’s shares and voting rights, have notified the Board of Directors of the Company that they will propose to the Annual General Meeting that the number of members of the Board of Directors be confirmed to be six (6).

11 § Resolution on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors

Company’s shareholders who represent more than 40 per cent of all the Company’s shares and voting rights, have notified the Board of Directors of the Company that they will propose to the Annual General Meeting that the annual remunerations to be paid to the members of the Board of Directors would be kept unchanged and that they would be as follows: EUR 40,000 per year for the chairman and EUR 28,000 per year for each member. Out of the annual remuneration to be paid to the Board members, 40 % of the total gross remuneration amount will be used to purchase Teleste Corporation’s shares for the Board members through trading on regulated market organized by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd, or alternatively the shares may be conveyed by using the own shares held by the Company, and the rest will be paid in cash. The shares will be purchased and/or conveyed as soon as possible after the Annual General Meeting.

12 § Election of members of the Board of Directors

Company’s shareholders who represent more than 40 per cent of all the Company’s shares and voting rights, have notified the Board of Directors of the Company that they will propose to the Annual General Meeting that of the current Board members Mr. Pertti Ervi, Ms. Jannica Fagerholm, Mr. Esa Harju and Mr. Kai Telanne would be re-elected as Board members, and that Mr. Timo Luukkainen and Mr. Timo Miettinen would be elected as new Board members. Nominees have given their consent to the election.

Timo Luukkainen (born in 1954) has been the CEO of Ensto group since 2009. Before being appointed as the CEO, Mr.Luukkainen was the other majority shareholder and the CEO in Enervent Oy between the years 2007 and 2009. He has lived abroad in France, England and Switzerland between the years 1992 and 2008, during which time he served as a member of the Management Group of the French subsidiary of General Motors, as the EMEA Director of the Hyster and Mouvex consortiums and as the CEO of Irrifrance corporation. Formerly he has served as the CEO of subsidiaries of UPM Kymmene between the years 1981 and 1985 and of ABB between the years 1985 and 1992. Mr. Luukkainen graduated in 1978 from the Helsinki School of Economics with a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration. He obtained a M.Sc. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1979 and he also holds an MBA degree from IMD, Lausanne 1993.

Timo Miettinen (born in 1955) has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors between the years 2005 and 2013 and since 2014 a member of the Board of Directors of a family-owned company EM Group Oy. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ensto Oy from 2006 to 2013 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. Mr. Miettinen served as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lännen Tehtaat Oyj, current name Apetit Oyj, between the years 2011 and 2013. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sewatek Oy. Further, Mr. Miettinen has been a member of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bibliotheks Verein in Finnland – the German Library Association in Finland during year 2013 and since 2014 he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Alvar Aalto Foundation since 2014. As a friend of German language and culture and as an avid enthusiast of modern art, he currently participates in different culture projects in Berlin. Mr. Miettinen obtained a M.Sc. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology, Otaniemi in 1979.

13 § Resolution on the number of auditors

Company’s shareholders who represent more than 40 per cent of all the Company’s shares and voting rights, have notified the Board of Directors of the Company that they will propose to the Annual General Meeting that the number of auditors shall be one (1).

14 § Resolution on the remuneration of the auditor

The Board of Directors proposes that the auditor’s compensation is paid against an invoice approved by the Company.

15 § Election of the auditor

The Board of Directors proposes the re-election of KPMG Oy Ab, Authorized Public Accountants, for the Company’s auditor for the term that ends at the expiry of the next Annual General Meeting following the election. Company’s shareholders who represent more than 40 per cent of all the Company’s shares and voting rights have notified the Board of Directors of the Company that they are in favour of electing KPMG Oy Ab as the Company's auditor. KPMG Oy Ab has notified of the appointment of Mr. Petri Kettunen, APA, as principally responsible auditor of the Company.

16 § Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the Company’s own shares

The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting would resolve on authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on repurchasing a maximum of 1,200,000 own shares of the Company.

The Company’s own shares shall be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the holdings of the shareholders by using the non-restricted equity through trading on regulated market organized by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd at the market price prevailing at the time of acquisition.

The shares shall be repurchased and paid in accordance with the rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd and Euroclear Finland Ltd.

The shares shall be repurchased for use as consideration in possible acquisitions or other arrangements related to the Company’s business, as financing for investments or as part of the Company’s incentive program or to be held by the Company, to be conveyed by other means or to be cancelled.

The Board of Directors shall decide on other terms and conditions related to the repurchase of the Company’s own shares.

The repurchase authorization shall be valid for 18 months from the resolution of the Annual General Meeting.

17 § Closing of the meeting

 

B.Documents of the Annual General Meeting

The proposals of the Board of Directors on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting referred to above as well as this notice of meeting are available on Teleste Corporation’s website at www.teleste.com/AGM and at the Company’s headquarters at the address Telestenkatu 1, 20660 Littoinen, Finland. Teleste Corporation’s financial statements, consolidated financial statements, the report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report are available on the aforementioned website on 17 March 2016 at the latest. The proposals of the Board of Directors as well as the other abovementioned documents are also available at the Annual General Meeting. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be available on the website as from 21 April 2016 at the latest.

 

C.Instructions for the participants in the Annual General Meeting

1.Shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register

Each shareholder, who is registered on Thursday, 24 March 2016 in the shareholders’ register of the Company maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd, has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting. A shareholder, whose shares are registered on his/her personal Finnish book-entry account, is registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company.

A shareholder, who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting, shall register for the meeting no later than Friday 1 April 2016 at 4 p.m. by giving a prior notice of participation to the Company. Such notice can be given

a) by email investor.relations@teleste.com;
b) by telephone +358 (0)2 2605 611, from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
c) by telefax +358 (0)2 2605 812; or
d) by regular mail to the address Teleste Corporation, Tiina Vuorinen, P.O.Box 323, FI-20101 Turku, Finland.

The notice of participation shall be delivered to the Company before the deadline for registration. In connection with the registration, a shareholder shall notify his/her name, personal identification number, address, telephone number and the name of a possible assistant or proxy representative and the personal identification number of the proxy representative. The personal data given to Teleste Corporation is used only in connection with the Annual General Meeting and with the processing of thereto related necessary registrations.

 

2.Holders of nominee registered shares

A holder of nominee registered shares has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting by virtue of such shares, based on which he/she on the record date of the Annual General Meeting, i.e. on 24 March 2016, would be entitled to be registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. The right to participate in the Annual General Meeting requires, in addition, that the shareholder on the basis of such shares has been temporarily registered into the shareholders’ register held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. at the latest by 4 April 2016, by 10 a.m. As regards nominee registered shares this constitutes due registration for the Annual General Meeting.

A holder of nominee registered shares is advised without delay to request necessary instructions regarding the temporary registration in the shareholders’ register of the Company, the issuing of proxy documents and the registration for the Annual General Meeting from his/her custodian bank. The account manager of the custodian bank has to register a holder of nominee registered shares, who wants to participate in the Annual General Meeting, to be temporarily entered in the shareholders’ register of the Company at the latest by the time stated above.

Further information on these matters can also be found on the Company’s website www.teleste.com/AGM.

 

3.Proxy representative and powers of attorney

A shareholder may participate in the Annual General Meeting and exercise his/her rights at the meeting by way of proxy representation.

A proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy document or otherwise in reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the shareholder. Should a shareholder participate in the meeting by means of several proxy representatives representing the shareholder with shares in different book-entry accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration.

Possible proxy documents should be delivered in originals to the address Teleste Corporation, Tiina Vuorinen, P.O.Box 323, FI-20101 Turku, Finland by Friday 1 April 2016 at 4 p.m. at the latest.

 

4.Other information

Pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act, a shareholder who is present at the shareholders’ meeting has the right to request information with respect to the matters to be considered at the meeting.

On the date of this notice of meeting, the total number of shares and votes in Teleste Corporation is 18,985,588.

 

In Turku, 9 March 2016

 

TELESTE CORPORATION

The Board of Directors

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
CEO Jukka Rinnevaara, phone +358 2 2605 611 or +358 400 747 488 

DISTRIBUTION:
Nasdaq Helsinki
Main Media
www.teleste.com