The shareholders of AcadeMedia AB (publ), reg, no. 556846-0231, with its registered office in Stockholm, are summoned to the annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 2 p.m. at Näringslivets Hus, Storgatan 19, Stockholm. Registration starts at 1.30 p.m.
Record Date 18 November 2020
Last day to notify attendance 20 November 2020
Last day to re-register nominee-registered shares 20 November 2020
Last day for postal voting 20 November 2020
Date of the AGM 26 November 2020
AcadeMedia carefully monitors the development of the situation regarding the corona virus and strives to contribute to the work of limiting the spread of the virus in the best possible way. As part of this, AcadeMedia will comply with current restrictions and recommendations from the authorities.
As a safety and risk minimizing measure for its shareholders, AcadeMedia has decided to take, inter alia, the following precautions in connection with the AGM:
Considering the recommendations from the authorities, AcadeMedia would like to urge all shareholders to use the option of postal voting instead of physically attending the AGM.
If the number of shareholders that intend to attend the AGM in person would exceed what is prescribed or recommended by the relevant authorities or if the board of directors otherwise considers that the AGM cannot be conducted in a sufficiently safe manner, the AGM may be cancelled at very short notice.
Shareholders who wish to attend the AGM must
Shareholders whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee through a bank or a securities institution must re-register their shares in their own names in order to be entitled to attend the AGM. Such registration, which may be temporary, must be duly effected in the share register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB no later than Friday 20 November 2020. The shareholders must advise their nominees well in advance of this date.
The notification could be made in writing by post to AcadeMedia AB (publ), c/o Euroclear Sweden, âAGMâ, Box 191, 101 23 Stockholm, or by telephone +46 (0)8 402 92 17, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shareholders who are physical persons may also submit their notification via the companyâs webpage, https://corporate.academedia.se/en/corporate-governance/general-meeting/arsstamma-2020/.
The notification must state the shareholderâs name, personal identity number/registration number, shareholding, address, telephone number and information about the attendance of any assistants (maximum two) and, if applicable, information about any proxies.
The board of directors of AcadeMedia has decided that shareholders shall be able to, according to Â§ 3 of the temporary law for general meetings (2020:198), exercise their voting rights by post and urges shareholders to use this opportunity. A specific form for the postal voting must be used. Forms and additional information on postal voting is available on AcadeMediaâs webpage, https://corporate.academedia.se/en/corporate-governance/general-meeting/arsstamma-2020/.
Please note that the postal votes must be received by AcadeMedia no later than 20 November 2020 at 11.59 p.m., by post to AcadeMedia AB (publ), c/o Euroclear Sweden, âAGMâ, Box 191, SE-101 23 Stockholm, or electronically to GeneralMeetingServices@euroclear.eu.
Shareholders who are natural persons can cast a postal vote electronically through verification using a BankID, via the link available on AcadeMediaâs webpage, https://corporate.academedia.se/en/corporate-governance/general-meeting/arsstamma-2020/.
Shareholders who use the possibility of postal voting and whose postal vote has been received by AcadeMedia by 20 November 2020 do not have to register separately for the AGM since such postal vote will also be considered as a notification.
Shareholders represented by proxy must submit a written, dated power of attorney. If the power of attorney is executed by a legal person, a certified copy of the certificate of registration or equivalent should be attached. The power of attorney and the certificate of registration may not be older than one year, however, the power of attorney may be older provided that the power of attorney according to its wording is valid for a longer period, although, not more than five years. A proxy form is available at https://corporate.academedia.se/en/corporate-governance/general-meeting/arsstamma-2020/. The original power of attorney and, if applicable, the certificate of registration, should be sent to the company well in advance of the AGM, to the address mentioned above.
In order to keep the AGM concise, a general Q&A-session will not be held at the AGM. Shareholders will be allowed to ask questions only in relation to the specific decision points. Considering this, AcadeMedia encourages its shareholders to submit written questions to the board of directors/CEO in advance of the AGM, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, at the latest on 20 November 2020. The CEO of AcadeMedia will address these questions in the CEO statement that will be published on AcadeMediasâs webpage on the day of the AGM or, alternatively, written answers will be published on the companyâs webpage.
Provided that the AGM resolves in accordance with the board of directorsâ proposal, the AGM will be broadcasted over web link, which will be published on https://corporate.academedia.se/en/corporate-governance/general-meeting/arsstamma-2020/.
As per the date of this notice there are a total of 105,300,103 ordinary shares outstanding in the company that entitle to one vote per share at the annual general meeting. Further, the company holds 248 242 own shares of series C, which entitle to one tenth of a vote per share, which cannot be represented at the annual general meeting. Thus, there are a total of 105,548,345 shares and 105,324,927.2 votes in the company, of which 105,300,103 shares and votes can be represented at the AGM.
The nomination committee of AcadeMedia AB (publ), consisting of Rune Andersson (Mellby Gård and the chairman of the nomination committee), Erik Durhan (Nordea Fonder), Malin Björkmo (Handelsbanken Fonder) and Anders Bülow (chairman of the board of directors, co-opted) proposes the following:
The board of directors proposes to the annual general meeting that a dividend of 1.50 SEK per share shall be distributed for the financial year 2019/20. The proposed record date for the dividend is Monday 30 November 2020. If the annual general meeting resolves in accordance with the proposal, the dividend is expected to be paid out on Thursday 3 December 2020, through the agency of Euroclear Sweden AB.
The nomination committee proposes that the annual general meeting adopts the following instruction to the nomination committee, which shall apply until an annual general meeting resolves otherwise:
AcadeMedia AB (publ) (the âCompanyâ) is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (Mid Cap) and shall, according to the Swedish Corporate Governance Code (the âCodeâ), have a nomination committee. The purpose of the nomination committee is to ensure that the election and remuneration of the board of directors and the auditor are prepared in a structured, clearly stated, shareholder-governed process, which provides conditions for well-informed decision-making.
References herein to annual general meetings shall apply mutatis mutandis to extraordinary general meetings where elections of the board of directors and/or the auditor are to take place.
The nomination committee shall comprise one representative for each of the three largest shareholders based on ownership of the Company as per the end of the financial yearâs third quarter as it appears in Euroclearâs ownership list and other reliable ownership information provided to the Company at this time. The chairman of the board of directors shall be a co-opted member (Sw. adjungerad). Should one of the three largest shareholders refrain from appointing a representative to the nomination committee, the right shall pass to the shareholder that, excluding these three shareholders, has the largest shareholding in the Company.
The chairman of the board of directors shall convene the nomination committee. The chairman of the nomination committee shall be the member representing the largest shareholder, unless the nomination committee unanimously appoints another member. Neither the chairman nor any other member of the board of directors of the Company may be the chairman of the nomination committee.
If an ownership change occurs after the end of the third quarter and no later than 31 August, which determines that a shareholder that appointed a member of the nomination committee is no longer one of the three largest shareholders, the member appointed by such owner shall offer to leave the nomination committee and the shareholder that has become one of the three largest shareholders shall have the right to appoint a member of the nomination committee. In the event that a member leaves the nomination committee before its work is concluded, the shareholder who appointed the member shall appoint a new member. If this shareholder is no longer one of the three largest shareholders, a new member shall be appointed in accordance with the above procedure. Shareholders who have appointed a member of the nomination committee have the right to dismiss such member and appoint a new representative as a member of the nomination committee.
Changes in the nomination committeeâs composition shall be announced immediately. The nomination committeeâs term of office shall extend until a new nomination committee is appointed.
The nomination committee shall perform the duty of the nomination committee in accordance with the Code and this instruction. Without any limitation of the foregoing, this shall include preparing:
a) motivated proposals regarding (i) the number of members of the board of directors, (ii) election of a chairman and other members of the board of directors, and (ii) fees and other remuneration to each member of the board of directors (including remuneration for committee work);
b) with the support of the Companyâs audit committee, a proposal regarding the election of and remuneration to the external auditor;
c) a proposal regarding the chairman of the annual general meeting; and
d) when applicable, a proposal of the instruction to the nomination committee.
The proposals shall include the information required in accordance with the Code and be presented to the Company well in advance in order for the proposals to be included in the notice convening the annual general meeting and at the same time to be presented on the Company's website. When the notice has been issued, the nomination committee shall also issue a statement on the Companyâs website explaining the reasons for its proposals regarding the board of directors, with regards to the requirements of the composition of the board in section 4.1. of the Code, and particularly with respect to the requirement to strive for gender balance. In this statement, the nomination committee shall also provide an account of how its work has been conducted and a description of the diversity policy applied by the nomination committee.
At the annual general meeting, the chairman of the nomination committee, or the person appointed by the chairman, shall make a presentation and explain the reasons for its proposals, with regards to the information required in accordance with the Code.
When performing its duties, the nomination committee shall maintain an effective working relationship with the board of directors. Each member of the nomination committee shall develop and maintain his or her knowledge and understanding of the nomination committeeâs responsibilities and of AcadeMediaâs operations.
The nomination committee shall meet as often as necessary in order to perform its duties and responsibilities. Meetings shall be convened by the chairman of the nomination committee, however, that the first meeting shall be convened by the chairman of the board of directors. If a member requests that the nomination committee shall be convened, this request shall be complied with.
The nomination committee shall form a quorum when more than half of the members are present. No decisions may be reached unless all members have been offered the opportunity to be involved in dealing with the matter. A decision by the nomination committee shall be passed by a simple majority. In the event of a tied vote, the opinion supported by the chairman of the nomination committee shall apply.
Minutes of meetings shall be signed and verified by the chairman of the nomination committee and a committee member appointed by the nomination committee. The minutes shall be taken and filed in the same manner as minutes from the Company board meetings.
All information which is provided to the members of the nomination committee by the Company and/or its candidates, or which information the members of the nomination committee otherwise receive within the scope of their duties as members of the nomination committee, shall be treated as strictly confidential and may not be disclosed to third parties without the prior approval of the Company.
Reimbursement of reasonable, confirmed costs incurred in the discharge of the assignment are payable to the members of the nomination committee. No other fees shall be paid to the members of the nomination committee.
If needed, the Company shall assist the nomination committee with reasonable costs for external consultancy services that the nomination committee deems necessary in order for the nomination committee to be able to complete its assignment.
The nomination committee shall evaluate this instruction and the work of the nomination committee on an ongoing basis and, when necessary, present a proposal to the annual general meeting for changes to this instruction that the nomination committee has deemed appropriate.
The board of directors proposes that the annual general meeting shall adopt the following guidelines for remuneration to the members of the management of AcadeMedia (âsenior executivesâ). The guidelines apply to agreements entered into following the resolution of the annual general meeting 2020 and also where amendments are made to existing agreements after such point in time. These guidelines do not apply to remuneration decided or approved by the general meeting.
The guidelinesâ promotion of the companyâs business strategy, long-term interests and sustainability
AcadeMediaâs business strategy is, in short, to develop and provide leading and distinct educational operations throughout the entire education chain. AcadeMediaâs strategies for achieveing this are based on the following elements (Roadmap 2023):
For more information regarding the business strategy and sustainability work, see the annual report 2019/20, and https://corporate.academedia.se/en/about-academedia/strategies/. Read more about Roadmap 2023 at https://medarbetare.academedia.se/om-academedia/academedias-fardplan-2023/ (in Swedish only) and the AcadeMedia Model at https://utbildning.academedia.se/kvalitet/academediamodellen/ (in Swedish only).
A prerequisite for the successful implementation of AcadeMediaâs business strategy and safeguarding of the companyâs long-term interests, including its sustainability, is that the company is able to recruit and retain qualified personnel. To this end, it is necessary that the company is able to offer competitive remuneration. The objective of these guidelines is to enable AcadeMedia to attract, motivate and retain qualified personnel.
AcadeMedia has implemented long-term share-related incentive programs that include a number of senior executives and certain key employees within the group. The performance criteria used to assess the outcome of the plans are distinctly linked to the business strategy and thereby to the companyâs long-term value creation, including its sustainability. These performance criteria comprise, inter alia, that AcadeMedia must have maintained a good quality of its education services and that the total return of the AcadeMedia share (return to the shareholders in the form of stock price increase and reinvestments of potential dividend payments during the term) shall be positive. The plans are further conditional upon the participantâs own investment and certain holding periods of several years.
Additionally, a long-term incentive program in the form of a convertible program has been implemented and convertibles have been offered to employees of the AcadeMedia group, excluding the management. The senior executives have also been offered a stock option program of cash-settled options, resolved and issued by Mellby Gård, the principal owner of AcadeMedia.
The long-term share-related plans have been resolved by the general meeting and are therefore excluded from these guidelines.
Further information regarding the incentive programs is available in the annual report 2019/20 Note K5 and
Types of remuneration, etc.
The remuneration to the senior executives shall be on market terms and may consist of fixed cash salary, variable cash compensation, pension benefits and other benefits. Additionally, the general meeting may â irrespective of these guidelines â resolve on, among other things, share-related and share price-related remuneration.
The fixed cash remuneration forms the basis of the total marketable remuneration, which is required to attract senior executives. The fixed cash remuneration shall be determined based on the responsibilities and performance of the individual.
The variable cash remuneration may amount to not more than fifty (50) per cent of the total fixed cash remuneration for the measurement period. The satisfaction of criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration shall be measured over a period of one year.
For the CEO, pension benefits and other insurances shall be premium defined. Variable cash remuneration shall not qualify for pension benefits, but could, if agreed, be converted to pension. The pension premiums for premium defined pension shall amount to not more than thirty (30) per cent of the fixed annual cash salary.
For other executives, pension benefits, including health insurance (Sw. sjukförsäkring), shall be premium defined unless the individual is subject to defined benefit pension under mandatory collective agreement provisions. Variable cash remuneration shall qualify for pension benefits to the extent required by mandatory collective agreement provisions applicable for the employee. The pension premiums for premium defined pension shall amount to not more than twenty five (25) per cent of the fixed annual cash salary.
If deemed to be market customs, other benefits may include, for example, life insurance, medical insurance (Sw. sjukvårdsförsäkring) and/or company car and shall constitute only a minor part of the total remuneration. Such benefits may amount to not more than ten (10) per cent of the fixed annual cash salary.
For employments governed by rules other than Swedish, pension benefits and other benefits may be
duly adjusted for compliance with mandatory rules or established local practice, taking into account,
to the extent possible, the overall purpose of these guidelines.
Termination of employment
If notice of termination of employment is made by the company, the notice period may not exceed twelve months. Fixed cash salary during the period of notice and severance pay may together not exceed an amount equivalent to the CEOâs fixed cash salary for two years, and one year for other executives. When termination is made by the executive, the period of notice may not exceed six months, without any right to severance pay.
Furthermore, remuneration may be paid for non-compete undertakings. Such remuneration shall compensate for loss of income and shall only be paid in so far as the previously employed executive is not entitled to severance pay. The remuneration shall amount to not more than 60 per cent of the fixed cash salary at the time of termination of employment, unless otherwise provided by mandatory collective agreement provisions, and be paid during the time the non-compete undertaking applies, however not for more than six months following termination of employment.
Criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration, etc.
The purpose of the variable cash remuneration is to promote Academediaâs business strategy, long-term interests and sustainability, by means of:
Consequently, the variable cash remuneration shall be linked to predetermined and measurable criteria, which can be financial or non-financial. They may also be individualized, quantitative or qualitative objectives. The criteria shall be designed to contribute to the companyâs business strategy and long-term interests, including its sustainability, by for example being clearly linked to the business strategy or promote the executiveâs long-term development.
To which extent the criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration has been satisfied shall be determined when the measurement period has ended. The remuneration committee is responsible for the evaluation of the variable cash remuneration to the CEO. For variable cash remuneration to other executives, the CEO is responsible for the evaluation, and the remuneration committee determines whether the remuneration is to be paid. The board of directors and, where applicable, the CEO may decide to withdraw or reduce the variable compensation for an individual, if the individual has shown a lack of judgment and disregarded negative consequences regarding quality in order to maximize the financial goals. For financial objectives, the evaluation shall be based on the financial information established for the relevant period.
The board of directors shall have the possibility, under applicable law or contractual provisions, subject to the restrictions that may apply, to in whole or in part reclaim variable remuneration paid on incorrect grounds.
Salary and employment conditions for employees
In the preparation of the board of directorsâ proposal for these remuneration guidelines, salary and employment conditions for AcadeMediaâs employees have been taken into account by including information on the employeesâ total income, the components of the remuneration and increase and growth rate over time, in the remuneration committeeâs and the board of directorsâ basis of decision
when evaluating whether the guidelines and the limitations set out herein are reasonable.
Remuneration to board members
To the extent a board member conducts services for Academedia in addition to the board work, consultancy fees and other compensation for such work may be payable. The compensation shall be on market terms and be put in relation to the benefit for AcadeMedia. Compensation to a board member, including other terms, shall be resolved by the board of directors.
The decision-making process to determine, review and implement the guidelines
The board of directors has established a remuneration committee. The committeeâs tasks include preparing the board of directorsâ decision to propose guidelines for remuneration to senior executives. The board of directors shall prepare a proposal for new guidelines at least every fourth year and submit it to the general meeting. The guidelines shall be in force until new guidelines are adopted by the general meeting. The remuneration committee shall also monitor and evaluate programs for variable remuneration for the executive management, the application of the guidelines for remuneration to senior executives as well as the current remuneration structures and compensation levels in AcadeMedia. The members of the remuneration committee are independent of the company and its executive management. The CEO and other members of the executive management do not participate in the board of directorsâ processing of and resolutions regarding remuneration-related matters in so far as they are affected by such matters.
Derogation from the guidelines
The board of directors may temporarily resolve to derogate from the guidelines, in whole or in part, if in a certain case there is special cause for the derogation and a derogation is necessary to serve the companyâs long-term interests, including its sustainability, or to ensure AcadeMediaâs financial viability. As set out above, the remuneration committeeâs tasks include preparing the board of directorsâ resolutions in remuneration-related matters, which also includes any resolutions to derogate from the guidelines.
Information on remuneration resolved but not yet due / Information on derogations from the remuneration guidelines resolved by the annual general meeting 2019
Information on remuneration etc. to senior executives during the financial year 2019/20, including any resolved but not yet due remuneration, is set out in note K5 of the annual report 2019/20.
There have been no derogations from the remuneration guidelines resolved by the annual general meeting 2019.
The board of directors proposes that the annual general meeting resolves to amend the articles of association. A new section is proposed to be inserted in the articles of association allowing the board of directors to collect proxy forms ahead of a general meeting and allowing the board of directors to decide that shareholders shall be able to exercise their voting rights by post prior to a general meeting. Further, a number of editorial amendments and amendments to reflect changes in legislation are proposed. The proposed amendments are set out below. Due to the proposed new 10 Â§, the subsequent numbering changes.
The board of directors proposes that the annual general meeting authorises the board to resolve, at one or several occasions and for the time period until the end of the next annual general meeting, to increase the companyâs share capital by new issues of ordinary shares, to the extent that it corresponds to a dilution of not more than 5 percent of the number of shares outstanding at the time of the general meetingâs resolution on the proposed authorisation, after full exercise of the proposed authorisation.
New issues of ordinary shares may be made with or without deviation from the shareholdersâ preferential rights and with or without provisions for contribution in kind, set-off or other conditions. The purpose of the authorisation is to increase the financial flexibility of the company and the acting scope of the board. Should the board resolve on an issue with deviation from the shareholdersâ preferential rights, the reason for this must be to provide the company with new owners of strategic importance or in connection with acquisition agreements, or, alternatively, to raise capital for such acquisitions. Upon such deviation from the shareholdersâ preferential rights, the new issue shall be made at market terms and conditions. This authorisation to issue new shares may not be used for incentive programs in the company.
The CEO is authorised to make such minor adjustments to this resolution that may be necessary in connection with the registration of the authorisation.
Resolutions in accordance with item 17 and 18 above requires approval of at least two thirds (2/3) of the shares represented and votes cast at the annual general meeting.
The annual report and the auditorâs report for the financial year 2019/20, and other documentation for resolutions, including the statement from the auditor pursuant to Chapter 8 Section 54 of the Swedish Companies Act will be available to the shareholders for inspection at the companyâs office at Adolf Fredriks Kyrkogata 2, SE-101 24 Stockholm and on the companyâs webpage https://corporate.academedia.se/en/corporate-governance/general-meeting/arsstamma-2020/, at the latest on 5 November 2020, and will be sent to shareholders who so request and state their postal address.
For information on how your personal data is processed, see the integrity policy that is available at Euroclearâs webpage www.euroclear.com/dam/ESw/Legal/Privacy-notice-bolagsstammor-engelska.pdf.
Stockholm, October 2020
AcadeMedia AB (publ)
The board of directors