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Rapala VMC Corporation
Stock Exchange Release
March 14, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
The shareholders of Rapala VMC Corporation are invited to the Annual General
Meeting to be held on April 11, 2013 at 12.00 a.m. at the address Arabiankatu
12, FI-00560 Helsinki, Finland.
A. Matters on the Agenda of the Annual General Meeting
1. Opening of the meeting
2. Calling the meeting to order
3. Election of persons to scrutinize the minutes and to supervise the counting
4. Recording the legality of the meeting
5. Adoption of the list of votes
6. Presentation of the annual accounts, the report of the Board of Directors and
the Auditor's report for the year 2012
7. Adoption of the annual accounts
8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and the
The Board of Directors proposes that a dividend of EUR 0.23 per share be paid on
the basis of the adopted balance sheet for the financial year 2012. Dividends
will be paid to shareholders who are registered in the list of shareholders kept
by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the dividend record date, April 16, 2013. The date
of payment of dividends is April 23, 2013.
9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the
CEO from liability
10. Resolution on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors
Shareholders who represent approximately 51 per cent of the shares and votes
have announced that they will propose that the annual fees of the Board Members
be EUR 45 000 and EUR 100 000 to the Chairman.
11. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors
Shareholders who represent approximately 51 per cent of the company's shares and
votes have announced that they will propose that the number of the board members
12. Election of members of the Board of Directors
Shareholders who represent approximately 51 per cent of the company's shares and
votes have announced that they will propose that the current board members
Emmanuel Viellard, Jorma Kasslin, Eero Makkonen, Jan-Henrik Schauman, Christophe
Viellard, Marc Speeckaert and Isabelle de Bardies be re-elected.
13. Resolution on the remuneration of the Auditor
The Board of Directors proposes that the reimbursements to the Auditor be paid
on the basis of invoicing.
14. Election of Auditor
The Board of Directors proposes that Ernst & Young Oy, corporation of Authorized
Public Accountants, be appointed as the company's Auditor for a term until the
end of the next Annual General Meeting.
15. 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 shall authorize
the Board of Directors to resolve on the acquisition of up to 2 000 000 own
shares by using funds in the unrestricted equity taking into account, however,
the provisions of the Finnish Companies Act on the maximum amount of own shares
held by a company. The proposed number of shares corresponds to less than 10 per
cent of all shares in the company. The shares may be repurchased to develop the
company's capital structure. In addition, the shares may be repurchased to
finance or carry out business acquisitions or other arrangements, to settle the
company's equity-based incentive plans, to be transferred for other purposes or
to be cancelled. The shares may be repurchased in deviation from the proportion
of the shares held by the shareholders. The shares will be repurchased through
public trading arranged by NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Oy at the market price of the
acquisition date. The shares will be acquired and paid in pursuance of the rules
of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Oy and applicable rules regarding the payment period and
other terms of the payment. It is proposed that the authorization be effective
until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.
16. Closing of the meeting
B. Documents of the Annual General Meeting
The proposals of the Board of Directors relating to the agenda of the Annual
General Meeting, this notice as well as Rapala VMC Corporation's Financial
Statements, including the company's annual accounts, the report of the Board of
Directors and the Auditor's report, are available on Rapala VMC Corporation's
website at www.rapalavmc.com. The proposals of the Board of Directors and the
annual accounts are also available at the meeting. The minutes of the meeting
will be available on the above-mentioned website as from April 25, 2013.
C. Instructions for the participants in the Annual General Meeting
1. The right to participate and registration
The right to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting is afforded to a
shareholder who has been entered as a shareholder in the list of shareholders
kept by Euroclear Finland Ltd by March 28, 2013. A shareholder, whose shares are
registered on his/her personal Finnish book-entry account, is registered in the
shareholder register of the company.
A shareholder who wishes to participate in the Annual General Meeting shall
register for the meeting no later than April,4 2013 by 4 p.m. either in writing
to the address Rapala VMC Corporation, Arabiankatu 12, FI-00560 Helsinki,
Finland, by telephone on the number +358 9 7562 5436 / Susanne Leppänen, or by
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. In connection with the registration, a
shareholder shall notify his/her name, address, telephone number and the name of
a possible assistant or proxy representative. The registration shall arrive
before the registration deadline.
Pursuant to chapter 5, section 25 of the Finnish Companies Act, a shareholder
who is present at the Annual General Meeting has the right to request
information with respect to the matters to be considered at the meeting.
2. 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 shareholder may have
several proxy representatives, who represent the shareholder with shares booked
on different book-entry accounts. In such case the shares represented by each
proxy representative shall be notified in connection with the registration. A
proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy document or otherwise in a
reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the shareholder at the
meeting. Possible proxy documents should be delivered in originals to Rapala VMC
Corporation, Arabiankatu 12, FI-00560 Helsinki, Finland, by the end of the
3. Holders of nominee registered shares
A holder of nominee registered shares and wishing to participate in the Annual
General Meeting shall be temporarily registered into the shareholders' register
of the company kept by Euroclear Finland Ltd by April 4, 2013 by 10.00 a.m. A
holder of nominee registered shares is advised to request without delay
necessary instructions regarding the registration in the shareholders' register,
the issuing of proxy documents and registration for the Annual General Meeting
from his/her custodian bank.
Other instructions and information
On the date of this notice to the Annual General Meeting, the total number of
shares and votes in Rapala VMC Corporation is 39 468 449 and the company holds
745 240 own shares.
RAPALA VMC CORPORATION
Board of Directors
For further information:
Olli Aho, Company Counsel and Investor Relations, tel. +358 9 7562 540
Distribution: NASDAQ OMX Helsinki and Main Media
Rapala VMC Corporation ("the Group") is a leading fishing tackle company and the
global market leader in fishing lures, treble hooks and fishing related knives
and tools. The Group also has a strong global position in other fishing
categories and it is one of the leading distributors of outdoor, hunting and
winter sport products in the Nordic countries. The Group has the largest
distribution network in the industry. The main manufacturing facilities are
located in Finland, France, Estonia, Russia, China, Indonesia and the UK. The
Group brand portfolio includes the leading brand in the industry, Rapala, and
other global brands like VMC, Sufix, Storm, Blue Fox, Luhr Jensen, Williamson,
Dynamite Baits, Mora Ice, StrikeMaster, Marttiini and Peltonen. The Group, with
net sales of EUR 291 million in 2012, employs some 2 000 people in 38 countries.
Rapala VMC Corporation's share is listed and traded on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki
stock exchange since 1998.
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