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Lehto Group Plc: Resolutions of Lehto Group Plc’s Annual General Meeting 2020

Lehto Group Plc
Stock exchange release, resolutions of Annual General Meeting
14 April 2020 at 16.30 (EET)

The Annual General Meeting of shareholders of Lehto Group Plc took place in Oulu in the premises of Technopolis in the address Elektronikkatie 8 on 14 April 2020. The Annual General Meeting approved the financial statements for 2019 and discharged the Members of the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the CEO from liability.

The use of profit shown on the balance sheet and the payment of dividend

The Annual General Meeting resolved in accordance with the proposal by the Board of Directors that no dividend shall be paid for the financial year that ended on 31 December 2019.

The handling of the Remuneration Policy for governing bodies

The Annual General Meeting resolved to confirm the Remuneration Policy for the governing bodies as proposed to the Annual General Meeting.

Election and remuneration of the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting resolved that the Board of Directors shall consist of five members.

Pursuant to the proposal made by the shareholders nomination committee Mikko Räsänen, Anne Korkiakoski and Seppo Laine were re-elected and Helena Säteri and Raimo Lehtiö were elected as members of the Board of directors. The term of the Board members will expire at the end of the Annual General Meeting 2021.

The Annual General Meeting resolved that the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors shall be made in Lehto Group Plc shares and in cash, with approximately 40 per cent of the remuneration paid in shares and the remainder in cash. The yearly remuneration paid to the Chairman of the Board of Directors was resolved to be EUR 69,000 and to the Deputy Chairman and the Members of the Board of Directors EUR 34,500. Should the member of the Board of Directors abstain from accepting the remuneration in shares and in cash, shall the remuneration be paid entirely in cash when it shall be EUR 55,200 for the Chairman of the Board of Directors and EUR 27,600 for the Deputy Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors. In addition, for each Board meeting other than ones held via telephone or email, EUR 750 shall be paid for the Members of the Board, and EUR 1,500 for the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

For each meeting of the Audit Committee other than ones held via telephone or email the members of the Audit Committee shall be paid a remuneration of EUR 400 for the Member of the Committee and EUR 600 for the Chairman of the Committee.

Reasonable travel expenses incurred in connection with Board meetings or Committee meetings shall be paid in accordance with the instructions of the tax authority. The per diem allowances are included in the attendance fee.

Election and remuneration of the auditor

The audit firm KPMG Oy Ab was re-elected as the auditor. KPMG Oy Ab has informed the company that C.A. Pekka Alatalo would act as the responsible auditor. The auditor’s fee shall be paid on the basis of an invoice approved by the company.

Authorisation of the Board of Directors to decide on the purchase of the company’s own shares

The Annual General Meeting authorised the Board to decide on the purchase of the company’s own shares as one or several instalments using assets belonging to the shareholders’ surplus, such that the maximum quantity purchased be 5,320,000 shares. The shares shall be purchased through public trading organised by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd in accordance with its rules or using another method. The consideration paid for the purchased shares should be based on the market price.

The authorisation also entitles the Board of Directors to decide on the purchase of shares other than in proportion to the shares owned by the shareholders (directed purchase). Then, there should be sound financial reasons for the company to purchase its own shares. Shares can be purchased to implement arrangements linked to the company’s business operations, or otherwise to transfer or invalidate. The purchased shares can also be stored by the company.

The Board of Directors is authorised to make decisions on all other conditions and circumstances pertaining to the purchase of own shares. The purchase of own shares reduces the shareholders’ surplus. The authorisation is proposed to remain valid until the end of the following annual general meeting but in any case, not longer than 30 June 2021.

Separately the Annual General Meeting authorised the Board of Directors to purchase the company’s own shares with the aforementioned terms, such that the maximum quantity purchased be 480,000 shares when the purchase is made to execute the company’s share-based incentive systems. The authorisation is valid until 30 June 2023.

Authorising the Board of Directors to decide on a share issue, in the issuance of options and other special rights to shares as well as the transfer of own shares

The Annual General Meeting decided to authorise the Board of Directors to decide on the issue of a maximum of 5,320,000 shares through a share issue or by granting rights of option or other special rights entitling to shares as one or several instalments. The authorisation includes the right to issue either new shares or own shares held by the company either against payment or without consideration. In contrast to the company’s shareholders’ privilege, new shares can be directly issued and own shares held by the company directly transferred if there is a weighty financial reason for it from the company’s point of view or, in case of an issue without consideration, a particularly weighty financial reason from the company’s point of view and the benefit of all its shareholders. The Board of Directors is authorised to decide on all other conditions and circumstances pertaining to a share issue, to the granting of special rights entitling to shares, and to the transfer of shares. Among other things, the authorisation can be used to develop the capital structure, to expand the ownership base, to use as consideration in transactions, or when the company purchases assets linked to its operations. The authorisation is proposed to be valid until the end of the following annual general meeting but in any case, no later than 30th June 2021. The authorisation shall replace the company’s previous share issue and option authorisations.

Separately the Annual General Meeting authorised the Board of Directors to decide on the issue of a maximum of 480,000 shares through a share issue or by granting rights of option or other special rights entitling to shares as one or several instalments when the issue is used to implement company’s share-based incentive systems. The authorization is valid until 30 June 2023.

The minutes of the meeting shall be made available on the Lehto Group Plc internet site no later than on 28 April 2020.

In Oulu, 14 April 2020

LEHTO GROUP PLC

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Further information:
Veli-Pekka Paloranta
Chief Financial Officer
veli-pekka.paloranta@lehto.fi
+358 400 944 074

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