The shareholders of HMS Networks AB (publ), Reg. no. 556661-8954, are hereby invited to the Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 10.30 a.m on Tuesday April 25, 2023 at the HMS head office, Stationsgatan 37, Halmstad. Registration for the Annual General Meeting will begin at 9.30 a.m.
Right to participate in the Annual General Meeting
Shareholders who wish to participate in the Annual General Meeting must be registered in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB (the Swedish Central Securities Depository) on Monday April 17, 2023 and give notice of their intention to participate in the Annual General Meeting no later than on Wednesday April 19, 2023 preferably before 4 p.m.
Notification shall be made by phone +46 (0)8 402 92 16, in writing to HMS Networks AB, ”Annual General Meeting”, c/o Euroclear Sweden AB, P.O. Box 191, SE-101 23 Stockholm, Sweden or via the website: www.hms-networks.com. The notification should include name, personal ID number/CIN, address, daytime telephone number and, when applicable, information on assistants (no more than two).
If a shareholder is represented by a proxy, a proxy should be issued with a power of attorney for the proxy. Anyone representing a legal entity must present a copy of the registration certificate, or other document demonstrating the signatory’s authority to sign for the legal entity. The power of attorney may not be more than one year old, unless a longer period of validity is stated in the power of attorney (no more than five years). The power of attorney in original and, if applicable, registration certificate must be sent to HMS Networks AB, ”Annual General Meeting”, c/o Euroclear Sweden AB, P.O. Box 191, SE-101 23 Stockholm, Sweden or by email to email@example.com, well in advance of the Annual General Meeting. A form of power of attorney is available on the HMS website www.hms-networks.com and at the company’s head office.
Nominee registered shares
In order to be entitled to participate in the Annual General Meeting, a shareholder whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee must, in addition to giving notice of participation in the Annual General Meeting, register its shares in its own name so that the shareholder is listed in the presentation of the share register as of Monday April 17, 2023. Such registration may be temporary (so-called voting rights registration), and request for such voting rights registration shall be made to the nominee in accordance with the nominee’s routines at such a time in advance as decided by the nominee. Voting rights registrations that have been made by the nominee no later than Wednesday April 19, 2023, will be taken into account in the presentation of the share register.
Opening of the Meeting
Election of Chairman of the Meeting
Preparation and approval of the voting list
Approval of the Agenda
Election of one or two persons to approve the minutes
Determination as to whether the Meeting has been duly convened
the Annual Report, Auditors’ Report and the Consolidated Accounts and Consolidated Auditors’ Report
the statement by the auditor on the compliance with the current guidelines for remuneration to senior executives
the Board of Directors’ proposals according to items 14-16
Report by the CEO
the adoption of the Income Statement and Balance Sheet, and of the Consolidated Income Statement and Consolidated Balance Sheet
the allocation of the company's profit as set forth in the adopted Balance Sheet
the discharge of liability for Board Members and CEO
Determination of the number of Board Members and Deputies and Auditors
Determination of fees payable to Board Members and Auditor
Election of Board Members
Election of Auditor
Resolution on approval of remuneration report
Resolution on the Board of Directors’ proposal for authorisation of the Board of Directors to resolve on new share issues
Resolution on the Board of Directors’ proposal for (a) implementation of a performance-based Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 for all employees, (b) authorisation of the Board of Directors to resolve on repurchase of own shares within Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 and (c) transfer of own shares to participants in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027
Closing of the Meeting
The Nomination Committee’s proposals
Election of Chairman of the Meeting, determination of the number of Board Members and Deputies and Auditors, determination of fees payable to Board Members and Auditor and election of Board Members and election of Auditor (item 2 and 10-13)
The Nomination Committee for 2023, comprising Chairman Johan Menckel (Investment AB Latour), Staffan Dahlström (own holding), Tomas Risbecker (AMF Funds), Patrik Jönsson (SEB Funds) and Charlotte Brogren (Chairman of the Board) proposes:
that Charlotte Brogren shall be appointed Chairman of the Annual General Meeting (item 2);
that the Board of Directors shall consist of six Board Members elected by the General Meeting, without any deputies and that a registered public accounting firm shall be elected as Auditor (item 10);
that fees to the Board Members shall amount to a total of SEK 2,085,000 (2,025,000), excluding committee fees, of which SEK 695,000 (675,000) shall be paid to the Chairman, and SEK 278,000 (270,000) to each other Board Member elected by the General Meeting, that the fee for work in the Audit Committee shall amount to SEK 114,000 (110,000) to the Chairman and SEK 57,000 (55,000) to each other member in the Audit Committee and that no fees shall be paid for work in other committees. The fees to the Auditor shall be paid according to approved invoices (item 11);
that the Board Members Charlotte Brogren, Fredrik Hansson, Anders Mörck, Cecilia Wachtmeister, Niklas Edling and Anna Kleine shall be re-elected as Board Members and that Charlotte Brogren shall be re-elected as Chairman of the Board (item 12); and
that, in accordance with the Audit Committee’s recommendation, Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB is re-elected as the company’s auditor, with Johan Palmgren as auditor in charge for a mandate period of one year (item 13).
Proposals from the Board of Directors
Resolution concerning the allocation of the company's profit as set forth in the adopted Balance Sheet (item 9b)
The Board of Directors proposes a dividend for the 2022 financial year of SEK 4.00 per share. The proposed record date for the dividend is Thursday April 27, 2023. If the Annual General Meeting resolves in accordance with the proposal, the estimated date for payment of the dividend from Euroclear Sweden is Wednesday May 3, 2023.
Resolution on the Board of Directors’ proposal for authorisation of the Board of Directors to resolve on new share issues (item 15)
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves to authorise the Board of Directors to resolve on new share issues in accordance with the following conditions:
The authorisation may be exercised on one or several occasions up to the Annual General Meeting 2024.
Maximum 2,340,943 shares, corresponding to approximately 5 per cent of the company’s share capital, may be issued.
An issue may be made with or without deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right.
An issue may be made against cash payment, by set-off or by contribution in kind.
The subscription price shall, at deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right, be determined in accordance with market practice. The Board of Directors shall be entitled to determine other terms of the issue.
The purpose of the authorisation, and the reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right, is to enable the company to finance or carry out, in whole or in part, company acquisitions with the company’s own shares. There have been requests from sellers of companies to receive shares in HMS Networks as payment in conjunction with acquisitions and in case of acquisitions of smaller entrepreneurial companies it might work as an important incentive for the seller to receive shares in HMS Networks.
Under the Swedish Companies Act, the resolution of the General Meeting on authorisation for the Board of Directors to resolve on new share issues requires the support of shareholders representing at least two-thirds of both the number of votes cast and the shares represented at the Meeting in order to be valid.
Resolution on the Board of Directors’ proposal on (a) implementation of a performance-based Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 for all employees, (b) authorisation of the Board of Directors to resolve on repurchase of own shares within Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 and (c) transfer of own shares to participants in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 (item 16)
A. Implementation of performance-based Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 for all employees
The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves on implementation of the below described Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 to all employees, comprising a maximum of 70,000 shares in the company, according to the following principal conditions:
All permanent employees within the group as per 31 December 2023 (approximately 830 persons) will be offered to participate in the program. In order to participate in the program, the participant must, with own funds, make an investment of minimum 1% and maximum between 3% and 6% (depending on position, se item 2 below) of his or her annual fixed gross salary in shares in the company at market price over Nasdaq Stockholm (“Saving Shares”). Notification of participation in Share Saving Program 2024-2027 shall be made no later than 31 December 2023. The investment shall take place during 2024 and shall be made to an amount corresponding to minimum 1% of the gross salary for 2023, with the possibility to further investment up to the fixed maximum amount.
For senior executives (approximately 100 persons), it is required that the own investment amounts to a minimum of 1% and a maximum of 6% of the gross salary for 2023. For other employees (approximately 730 persons), it is required that the own investment amounts to a minimum of 1% and maximum of 3% of the gross salary for 2023.
Each Saving Share entitles the participant to receive free of charge a maximum of two (2) shares in the company, based on the achievement of certain performance conditions (“Performance Share”). The performance conditions are based on the development of earnings per share according to determined objectives by the Board of Directors during the financial years 2025-2027 (the “Measurement Period”). The performance condition that has to be achieved of exceeded relates to average annual growth of the company’s earnings per share during the Measurement Period, whereby Performance Shares is received linearly between the interval 0-20% and an average annual growth during the Measurement Period of 20% corresponds to maximum allotment, i.e. two (2) Performance Shares. Through the connection to earnings per share throughout the measurement period, the performance conditions contribute to the company’s long-term value creation.
Upon achievement of the performance conditions, Performance Shares will be received within 60 days after the day of the publishing of the year-end report regarding the financial year 2027. Subject to customary exceptions, the participant does not receive Performance Shares if the participant does not acquire Saving Shares according to determined minimum level, does not hold all of his or her Saving Shares up to and including 31 December 2027, or does not remain in his or her employment or equivalent within the group as per this date.
A small number of selected consultants with assignments of essential importance for the company should be offered to, on comparable terms and conditions, participate in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027.
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the detailed terms and conditions of Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 within the scope the above stated principal terms and conditions, as well as such reasonable adjustments of the program which are deemed appropriate or efficient due to legal or administrative conditions. In addition, the Board of Directors shall have the right to make minor adjustments to the terms and conditions and the administration of the share saving plan, in order to comply with local rules, market practice and administrative circumstances, in a cost-effective manner in some of the group's jurisdictions other than Sweden.
B. Authorisation for the Board of Directors to resolve on repurchase of own shares within Share Saving Plan 2024-2027
To enable the company’s delivery of Performance Shares according to Share Saving Plan 2024-2027, the Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves to authorise the Board of Directors to resolve on repurchase of own shares in accordance with the following conditions:
The repurchase of shares shall take place on Nasdaq Stockholm.
The authorisation may be exercised on one or several occasions until the Annual General Meeting 2024.
The repurchase shall as a maximum comprise the number of shares required for delivery of Matching and Performance Shares to the participants in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027, however no more than 70,000 shares.
Repurchase shall be made at a price within the share price interval registered from time to time, where share price interval means the difference between the highest buying price and the lowest selling price.
Payment of the repurchased shares shall be made in cash.
The Board of Directors shall have the right to resolve on other terms and conditions for the repurchase.
The repurchase is expected to take place on one or several occasions in conjunction with the notification and investment periods during 2023 and 2024. To the extent that repurchase must be made after the Annual General Meeting 2024 in order to ensure delivery of shares according to the program’s maximum amount, a new authorisation for repurchase of shares is required by the next Annual General Meeting.
C. Transfer of own shares to participants in the Share Saving Plan 2024-2027
To be able to deliver Performance Shares under Share Saving Plan 2024-2027, the Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves on transfer of own shares in accordance with the following conditions:
A maximum number of 70,000 shares may be transferred free of charge to participants in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027.
With deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights, the right to acquire shares free of charge shall comprise persons within the group participating in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027, with a right for each of the participant to acquire the maximum number of shares stipulated in the terms and conditions of the Share Saving Plan 2024-2027.
Transfer of shares shall be made free of charge at the time for, and according to the terms for, the allotment of shares to participants in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027.
The number of shares that may be transferred under Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 may be recalculated due to any intervening split or reverse share split, bonus issue, preferential issue and/or similar corporate actions.
The reason for deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights is to enable the company to transfer Performance Shares to the participants in Share Saving Plan 2024-2027.
Shares that have been acquired by the company, and which are not transferred to participants in the Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 may be transferred to participants in previous share saving plans or future share saving plans decided on by the General Meeting of the company. Also such shares acquired by the company within previous years' share saving plans may be transferred to participants in the Share Saving Plan 2024-2027, previous share saving plans or future share saving plans decided on by the General Meeting. Transfer shall take place in accordance with applicable rules for the current share saving plan.
The program will generate costs related to the application of IFRS 2 “Share-related remuneration” amounting to approximately MSEK 26 and costs for social security contributions of approximately MSEK 9 for the shares which are allotted free of charge. The total effect on the income statement is estimated to amount to approximately MSEK 35, distributed over the years 2024-2027.
Costs according to IFRS 2 do not affect the cash flow or equity during the duration of the Share Saving Plan. The acquisition cost of the shares is estimated to approximately MSEK 26 and will affect the cash flow and equity in connection with acquisition of the shares. The social security contributions effect the equity continuously, but the cash flow only in 2028, after that the shares has been allotted. Administrative costs for the program are estimated to amount to MSEK 0.8 during the duration of the program.
The above cost-estimate is based on assumptions that just over half of the employees participate in the program, that all participants remain until the end of the program, an investment level per participant based on historical outcome and a maximum outcome on the performance conditions corresponding to two (2) Performance Shares per Saving Share. For the share price at the end of the program, a development corresponding to the outcome of the performance condition earnings per share has been assumed.
Reason for the proposal
The Board of Directors’ reason for the abovementioned proposal on Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 is that a personal long-term owner commitment in the company by the employees is expected to stimulate an increased interest for the company’s operation and earnings, and to increase the motivation and affinity with the company. The offering and participation in the Share Saving Plan shall be considered as a part of the total remuneration package. Therefore, the Board of Directors assesses that the Share Saving Plan is favourably for both the company and its shareholders. It is the Board of Directors’ intention to annually return to the Annual General Meeting with proposals for share saving plans with equivalent conditions and effects. In case the conditions for the assumptions on number of employees that may be offered to participate in the share saving program or otherwise that is the basis for the calculations of the maximum size of the program change, the Board of Directors’ intends to return with a supplementary proposal to the Annual General Meeting 2024 regarding repurchase and transfer of own shares within Share Saving Plan 2024-2027, in order to ensure that all employees as per 31 December 2023 who wish to participate in the program can do so.
Effects on key ratios
As per the date of the Board of Directors’ proposal, the number of shares in the company amounts to 46,818,868. The Share Saving Plan 2024-2027 is expected to result in acquisition and transfer of a total of approximately 70,000 shares, which corresponds to approximately 0.15% of the total number of outstanding shares and votes. The key ratio earnings per share is not expected to be affected substantially.
Decision on the Board of Directors’ proposal under items A, B and C shall be made as a joint decision. The proposal, to be valid, must be supported by shareholders holding at least nine-tenths of both the number of votes cast, as well as of the number of shares represented at the meeting.
Shareholders’ right to receive information
The Board of Directors and CEO shall at the Annual General Meeting, if any shareholder so requests and the Board of Directors believes that it can be done without material harm to the company, provide information regarding circumstances that may affect the assessment of an item on the agenda, circumstances that may affect the assessment of the company’s or its subsidiaries’ financial situation and the company’s relation to another company within the group.
The Nomination Committee’s reasoned statement and form of power of attorney are available at the company and on the company’s website, www.hms-networks.com .
The Annual Report and Auditor’s Report for the parent company and the group for the 2022 financial year, the Board of Directors reasoned statement regarding the proposal for dividend and the Board of Directors complete proposal regarding items 14-16 and the auditors’ statement on whether the current guidelines for remuneration to senior executives have been complied with, will be available at the company and on the company’s website, www.hms-networks.com , no later than April 4, 2023.
The documents will be sent free of charge to shareholders who so request and state their postal address. A printed version of the Annual Report may be received by sending address details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of shares and votes in the company
As per March 10, 2023, the total number of shares and votes in the company amounts to 46,818,868. As of the same date, the company’s holding of own shares amounts to 162,880 which do not entitle to any voting right as long as the company is the holder of the shares.
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Halmstad, March 2023
HMS Networks AB (publ)
The Board of Directors
For more information please contact:
CEO Staffan Dahlström, phone: +46-35-17 29 01
CFO Joakim Nideborn, phone: +46-35-710 69 83
HMS Networks AB (publ) is a market-leading provider of solutions in industrial information and communication technology (Industrial ICT). HMS develops and manufactures products under the Anybus®, Ixxat®, Ewon® and Intesis® brands. Development takes place at the headquarter in Halmstad and also in Ravensburg, Nivelles, Igualada, Wetzlar, Buchen, Delft, Sibiu, Rotterdam and Bilbao. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in Germany, USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, India, UK, Sweden, South Korea, Australia and UAE, as well as through a worldwide network of distributors and partners. HMS employs over 780 people and reported sales of SEK 2,506 million in 2022. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm in the Large Cap segment and Telecommunications sector.