Remuneration

A clear and up-to-date description of the Group’s remuneration policy supports the shareholder’s access to information. For this reason, the company has drawn up this remuneration report. The company’s corporate governance guidelines, Corporate Governance Statement and Remuneration report are available on Lehto Group’s website.

Remuneration report 2019

  1. Introduction

The governance of Lehto Group Plc (hereinafter the “Company”) is determined by the Company’s Articles of Association, the laws of Finland (such as the Limited Liability Companies Act and the Securities Market Act) and the Company’s corporate governance guidelines. The Company complies with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code (hereinafter the “Governance Code”) published by the Finnish Securities Market Association. The Corporate Governance Code is available in its entirety on the website of the Securities Market Association at www.cgfinland.fi.

The Remuneration Report, in accordance with the new Governance Code 2020, must be published for the first time from the financial year 1 January – 31 December 2020 and shall be discussed in the Company’s annual general meeting of 2021. To enhance transparency regarding the financial year 2019, the Company publishes a Remuneration report in accordance with the old governance code of 2015.

The statutory governing bodies of the Company are the shareholders’ meeting, the Board of Directors, the CEO and the auditor. They are supported by the Group Executive Board and the Group’s administrative services units. The Group Executive Board supports the CEO in duties falling within the CEO’s competence, as well as their implementation and monitoring, particularly as regards business development, financing, asset management, internal control and risk management. The company has no Supervisory Board. The company is domiciled in Kempele, Finland.

The Lehto Group’s parent company Lehto Group Plc is responsible for the Group’s administration and for the provision of certain Group services. Lehto Group’s operative business is handled by its subsidiaries which in 2019 operate in one of the Group’s three service areas: Business Premises, Housing, and Social Care and Educational Premises. Each service area has an EVP in charge of its business and a steering group which steers the service areas’ operations and draws up a strategy for it, develops its business operations, controls and monitors the achievement of the targets set for it, supports management in the approval of major investments and handles personnel matters, among its other duties. The service area steering group comprises the service area management, Group CEO, EVP of Business Support Services and CFO.

A clear and up-to-date description of the Group’s remuneration policy supports the shareholder’s access to information. For this reason, the company has drawn up this remuneration report. The company’s corporate governance guidelines, corporate governance statement and remuneration report year are available on the company’s website at Lehto Group’s website.

  1. Remuneration

Decision-making procedure for remuneration

The Annual General Meeting decides on the remuneration payable for work in the Board of Directors and its Committees and determines the grounds for remuneration. The administrative organ nominating a person to a position typically decides on his/her remuneration. Since the Board of Directors nominates the CEO, it also decides on his/her remuneration. Furthermore, the Board of Directors decides on the remuneration payable to the CEO in the event of termination of employment. The Board of Directors also decides on the principles and structure of the company’s remuneration system proposed by the CEO.

  1. Remuneration of the Board of Directors

Remuneration and other benefits of the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting decides on the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors. As a general rule, no extra remuneration is paid to Board members employed by the company for attending meetings. The Annual General Meeting of 29 March 2019 decided that the following remunerations will be paid to members of the Board of Directors to be elected, for a term that will expire at the end of the next Annual General Meeting (figures in brackets refer to comparable information from the year 2018):

  • to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, a yearly remuneration of EUR 69,000 (monthly 4,600); and
  • to the other members of the Board of Directors, a yearly remuneration of EUR 34,500 (monthly 2,300) for each.

The annual general meeting in 2019 resolved that approximately 40 per cent of the remuneration of the board of directors shall be paid in the Company shares, if the board member refrains from notifying the CFO of the Company that s/he wishes the remuneration to be paid in cash. If a board member would have given the notification, the remuneration of the said member would have been:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors EUR 55,200
  • Deputy Chairman and members of the Board of Directors EUR 27,600

All the members of the board of directors accepted the remuneration to be paid in Company shares and in cash.

Furthermore, an attendance allowance of EUR 750 (750) will be paid to the members of the Board of Directors and EUR 1,500 (1,500) to the Chairman of the Board of Directors for each Board meeting that they attend excluding phone or email meetings.

The Board members are also entitled to a remuneration for attending the meetings of Board Committees as follows:

  • to the Chairman of a Committee, EUR 600 (600) per meeting; and
  • to other members of the Committee, EUR 400 (400) per meeting.

The travel costs of the members of the Board of Directors will be reimbursed in accordance with the company’s travel rules.

The Board of Directors 31 December 2019, the remuneration paid (1000 EUR) and shareholdings

    2019 2018
Name Position in the company Yearly remune-ration Meeting remune-rations Committee remune-rations Remuneration paid, total Share-holdings, shares Remuneration paid, total Share-holdings, shares
Martti Karppinen Chairman of the Board of Directors 83 14  – 96 14,568 58 2,000
Pertti Korhonen Member of the Board of Directors 41 7 2 50 11,284 26 5,000
Mikko Räsänen Member of the Board of Directors 41 6 1 49 6,284 33
Anne Korkiakoski Member of the Board of Directors 35 5 40 21,284
Seppo Laine Member of the Board of Directors 35 5 2 41 27,284

Financial benefits of the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors who are in an employment relationship with the Company, if any

The members of the Board of Directors elected by the Annual General Meeting of 2019 are not in an employment relationship with the company.

  1. Remuneration of the CEO and other Group Management

Information on the CEO’s employment relationship

The Board of Directors determines and approves the key terms of employment of the CEO, including his/her remuneration. According to the Executive Employment Agreement concluded with the CEO Hannu Lehto, his remuneration comprises a fixed monthly salary of EUR 10,000. The terms of his employment are stated in a written employment agreement. The employment agreement of CEO Hannu Lehto is in force until further notice and can be terminated by either party giving six (6) months’ notice, for which period the CEO is entitled to receive his monthly salary and fringe benefits. If the company terminates Lehto’s employment agreement without a reason attributable to him, he is entitled to a remuneration corresponding to a salary of six (6) months, providing that Lehto has not entered into an employment relationship with a third party during the said period.

The CEO is entitled to a pension in accordance with the Employment Contracts Act and other legislation regulating pensions. The company has not provided him with additional pension arrangements. The pension scheme is contribution-based.

The company’s present CEO has neither participated in a share-based remuneration system nor received remuneration in the form of the company’s shares or option rights. Any performance bonuses and other incentives are determined on the basis of principles defined and communicated annually in advance by the Lehto Group’s Board of Directors. According to his Executive Employment Agreement, CEO Hannu Lehto is entitled to a payment of performance bonus, the grounds of which shall be determined by the Board of Directors on an annual basis.

In 2019, the remunerations paid to the CEO totalled approximately EUR 126 thousand (EUR 126 thousand in 2018).

Key remuneration principles of other Group Management

The company’s other Group Management include the Group Executive Board.

The employment agreements concluded with the members of Group Executive Board contain ordinary conditions related to the determination of remuneration, employee benefits and the period of notice.  The remunerations paid to the members of Group Executive Board in 2018 totalled approximately EUR 1,091 thousand (EUR 936 thousand in 2017).

Performance bonus system

The company’s other Group Management include the Group Executive Board.

The employment agreements concluded with the members of Group Executive Board contain ordinary conditions related to the determination of remuneration, employee benefits and the period of notice.  The remunerations paid to the members of Group Executive Board in 2019 totalled approximately EUR 1,336 thousand (EUR 1,091 thousand in 2018).

Long-term remuneration systems

On December 2016, The Board of Directors of Lehto Group Plc has resolved to launch two new share-based incentive plans for the Group key employees. On February 2019, The Board of Directors decided to continue the share-based incentive plan. The aim of the plans is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the key employees in order to increase the value of the Company in the long-term, to commit the key employees to the Company, and to offer them competitive reward plans based on earning the Company’s shares.

The long-term incentive plan is directed to 70 key employees, in the maximum, including the members of the Group Management. The rewards to be paid on the basis of the performance periods 2017-2019 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 1,200,000 Lehto Group Plc shares including also the proportion to be paid in cash, on the share price level on the date of the plan resolution, if all key employees belonging to the target group decide to convert their performance bonuses entirely into the shares.

Furthermore, the Board of Directors resolved on the Group’s new restricted share plan. The reward from the restricted share plan is based on a key employee’s valid and continuing employment or service during the restriction period. The reward will be paid after a restriction period lasting for one to three years, partly in the Company’s shares and partly in cash. The cash proportion is meant for covering taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the key employee.

The restricted share plan is directed to selected key employees only. The rewards to be paid on the basis of the restricted share plan correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 50,000 Lehto Group Plc shares including also the proportion to be paid in cash.