Stock exchange release
February 5, 2015 02:00 PM EEST
Invitation to the Annual General Meeting
Invitation to the Annual General Meeting
Metso Corporation's stock exchange release on February 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Notice is given to the shareholders of Metso Corporation to the Annual General
Meeting to be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 13.00 o'clock at Messukeskus
Conference Centre at the address Messuaukio 1, FI-00520 Helsinki, Finland. The
reception of persons who have registered for the meeting and the distribution of
voting tickets will commence at 12.00 o'clock.
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. Recording the attendance at the meeting and adoption of the list of votes
6. Presentation of the Financial Statements, the Consolidated Financial
Statements, the Report of the Board of Directors and the Auditor's report for
the year 2014
- Review by the CEO
7. Adoption of the Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial
8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and the
payment of dividend
The Company's distributable funds totaled EUR 588,695,696.41 on December
31, 2014, of which the net profit for the year 2014 was EUR 73,702,572.61.
The Board of Directors proposes that a dividend of EUR 1.05 per share be paid
based on the balance sheet to be adopted for the financial year, which ended
December 31, 2014 and the remaining part of the profit be retained and carried
further in the Company's unrestricted equity.
The dividend shall be paid to shareholders who on the dividend record date March
31, 2015 are registered in the Company's shareholders' register held by
Euroclear Finland Ltd. The dividend shall be paid on April 9, 2015. All the
shares in the Company are entitled to a dividend with the exception of own
shares held by the Company on the dividend record date.
In addition, the Board of Directors proposes that the Board of Directors be
authorized to decide, within its discretion, on the payment of dividend in
addition to the dividend of EUR 1.05 per share decided in the Annual General
Meeting. The amount of such dividend would be up to EUR 0.40 per share and the
authorization could be used if the sale of Metso Corporation's Process
Automation Systems business to Valmet Corporation is completed. The
authorization shall be effective until December 31, 2015. The dividend paid on
the basis of the decision of the Board of Directors will be paid to the
shareholders registered in the Company's shareholders' register held by
Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date decided by the Board of Directors. The
Board of Directors shall decide the record date for dividend and the date of
payment of the dividend that is usually the fifth banking day from the record
9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the
CEO from liability
10. Resolution on the remuneration of members of the Board of Directors
The Nomination Board proposes to the General Meeting that the members of the
Board of Directors to be elected for a term of office ending at the end of the
Annual General Meeting of 2016 be paid the following annual remuneration: to the
Chairman of the Board of Directors EUR 110,000; to the Vice-Chairman of the
Board of Directors EUR 62,000; to the other members of the Board of Directors
EUR 50,000 each; to the member of the Board of Directors to be elected in the
position of Chairman of Audit Committee an additional remuneration of EUR
15,000; and to the member of the Board of Directors to be elected in the
position of Chairman of HR and Remuneration Committee an additional remuneration
of EUR 5,000. The Nomination Board furthermore proposes that for each meeting of
the Board of Directors or the committees of the Board of Directors a fee of EUR
700 is paid to the members of the Board of Directors that reside in the Nordic
countries, a fee of EUR 1,400 is paid to the members of the Board of Directors
that reside in other European countries and a fee of EUR 2,800 is paid to the
members of the Board of Directors that reside outside Europe. The Nomination
Board proposes that, as a condition for the annual remuneration, the members of
the Board of Directors are obliged, directly based on the General Meeting's
decision, to use 40% of the fixed total annual remuneration for purchasing Metso
Corporation's shares from the market at a price formed in public trading and
that the purchase will be carried out within two weeks from the publication of
the interim review for the period January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015.
11. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors
The Nomination Board proposes that the number of members of the Board of
Directors shall be seven.
12. Election of members of the Board of Directors
The Nomination Board proposes that the following current members of the Board of
Directors be re-elected as members of the Board of Directors: Mr. Mikael Lilius,
Mr. Christer Gardell, Mr. Wilson Brumer, Mr. Ozey K. Horton, Jr., Mr. Lars
Josefsson, Ms. Nina Kopola and Ms. Eeva Sipilä. Mr. Mikael Lilius is proposed to
be re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Mr. Christer Gardell as
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. According to Section 4 of the Articles
of Association, the term of office of a member of the Board of Directors expires
at the end of the first Annual General Meeting following the election.
Personal information and positions of trust of the proposed individuals is
available on Metso's website (www.metso.com). All candidates have given their
consent to the appointments.
In addition, the Nomination Board notes that, also during the commencing term of
office of the Board of Directors, a personnel representative will participate as
an external expert in meetings of the Board of Directors within the limitations
imposed by the Finnish law. The new Board of Directors will invite the personnel
representative as its external expert in its organizing meeting after the Annual
13. Resolution on the remuneration of the Auditor
Based on the proposal of the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes
that the remuneration to the Auditor be paid against the invoice approved by the
14. Election of the Auditor
Based on the proposal of the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes
that Ernst & Young Oy, authorized public accountants, be elected Auditor of the
Company. Ernst & Young Oy has notified that Mr. Roger Rejström, APA, would act
as responsible auditor.
15. Authorizing the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the
Company's own shares
The Board of Directors proposes to the General Meeting that the Board of
Directors be authorized to decide on the repurchase of the Company's own shares
The amount of own shares to be repurchased shall not exceed 10,000,000 shares,
which corresponds to approximately 6.7 percent of all the shares in the Company.
Own shares can be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shareholdings
of the shareholders (directed repurchase). Own shares can be repurchased using
the unrestricted equity of the Company at a price formed in public trading on
the date of the repurchase or otherwise at a price determined by the markets.
Own shares may be repurchased in order to develop the Company's capital
structure, in order to finance or carry out acquisitions, investments or other
business transactions, or in order to use the shares as part of the Company's
The repurchased shares may be held for reissue, canceled or transferred further.
The Board of Directors decides on all other matters related to the repurchase of
own shares. The authorization is effective until June 30, 2016 and it cancels
the authorization given to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting
on March 26, 2014 to decide on the repurchase of the Company's own shares.
16. Closing of the meeting
B. Documents of the General Meeting
The proposals for decisions on the matters on the agenda of the General Meeting
as well as this notice are available on Metso Corporation's website at the
address www.metso.com. The Annual Report of Metso Corporation, including the
Financial Statements, Consolidated Financial Statements, the Report of the Board
of Directors and the Auditor's report, are available on the above-mentioned
website no later than March 6, 2015. The proposals for decisions and the
Financial Statements and Consolidated Financial Statements are also available at
the General Meeting and copies of said documents and of this notice will be
delivered to shareholders upon request. The minutes of the General Meeting will
be available on the above-mentioned website from April 10, 2015 at the latest.
C. Instruction for the participants in the General Meeting
1. The right to participate in the General Meeting and registration
Each shareholder who is registered on March 17, 2015 in the shareholders'
register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd has the right to
participate in the 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 is registered in the shareholders' register of the Company and
who wants to participate in the General Meeting has to register for the meeting
no later than on March 24, 2015 at 10.00 o'clock by giving a prior notice of
participation. The notice has to be received by the Company before the end of
the registration period. Such notice can be given:
a) at the address www.metso.com/agm;
b) by telephone at the number +358 10 808 300 (on weekdays between 8.00 and
c) by telefax at the number +358 20 484 3125; or
d) by sending a written notification to the address Metso Corporation, Ritva
Tyventö-Saari, POB 1220, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland.
In connection with the registration, a shareholder shall notify his/her name,
personal identification number or business identity code, address, telephone
number and the name of a possible assistant, proxy representative or statutory
representative as well as the personal identification number of the proxy
representative or statutory representative. The personal data given to Metso
Corporation by shareholders is used only in connection with the General Meeting
and with the processing of related registrations.
The shareholder, his/her authorized representative or proxy representative
shall, where necessary, be able to prove his/her identity and/or right of
representation at the General Meeting.
2. Holders of nominee registered shares
A holder of nominee registered shares has the right to participate in the
General Meeting by virtue of such shares based on which he/she on the General
Meeting record date, March 17, 2015, would be entitled to be registered in the
shareholders' register of the Company held by Euroclear Finland Ltd. The right
to participate in the 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 March
24, 2015 at 10.00 o'clock. As regards nominee registered shares, this
constitutes due registration for the General Meeting.
A holder of nominee registered shares is advised to request well in advance the
necessary instructions regarding the registration in the shareholders' register,
the issuing of proxy documents and participation in the General Meeting from
his/her custodian bank.
The account management organization of the custodian bank has to register a
holder of nominee registered shares who wants to participate in the General
Meeting temporarily into the shareholders' register of the Company at the latest
by the time stated above.
3. Proxy representative and powers of attorney
A shareholder may participate in the General Meeting by way of proxy
representation. The proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy document or
otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate his/her right to represent the
When a shareholder participates in the General Meeting by means of several proxy
representatives representing the shareholder with shares held at different
securities accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents
the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration for the
Possible proxy documents should be delivered in original to the address Metso
Corporation, Ritva Tyventö-Saari, POB 1220, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland, before
the last date for registration.
4. Other information
Pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Companies Act, a shareholder who is
present at the General Meeting has the right to request information with respect
to the matters to be considered at the meeting.
On the date of the notice, February 5, 2015, the total number of shares and
votes in Metso Corporation is 150,348,256. The total amount includes 458 988 own
shares held by the Company. Such own shares held by the Company do not have
In Helsinki, February 5, 2015
Board of Directors
Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining,
oil and gas, and aggregates industries. Metso's cutting-edge services and
solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing and flow
control, providing sustainable process and profit improvements. Metso is listed
on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2014, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.7
billion. Metso employs approximately 16,000 industry experts in 50 countries.
Further information, please contact:
Aleksanteri Lebedeff, SVP, General Counsel, Metso Corporation, tel
+358 20 484 3240
VP, Investor Relations
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd