The Board's authorizations

Authorizing the Board to decide on the repurchase the company’s own shares (AGM 2016)

The AGM of Shareholders authorized the Board of Directors to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 5,000,000 shares in the Company by using funds in the unrestricted shareholders’ equity. The proposed number of shares corresponds 3.7 per cent of all shares of the Company.

The shares may be repurchased in order to improve the capital structure of the Company, to carry out acquisitions or other arrangements related to the Company’s business, to be transferred for other purposes, or to be cancelled, for the Company’s incentive plans, or if according to the Board of Directors’ comprehension, it is the interest of shareholders.

The price paid for the shares repurchased under the authorization shall be based on the market price of the Company’s share in public trading. The minimum price to be paid would be the lowest market price of the share quoted in public trading during the authorization period and the maximum price the highest market price quoted during the authorization period.

Company’s own shares can be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shareholdings of the shareholders (directed repurchase).

The authorization will be effective until the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, however, at most until 12 October 2017. 

Board authorized to resolve to repurchase treasury shares (AGM 2013)

The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders authorized the Board of Directors to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 300,000 shares in the Company by using funds in the unrestricted shareholders’ equity. The proposed number of shares corresponds 0.2 per cent of all shares of the Company.

The price paid for the shares repurchased under the authorization shall be based on the market price of the Company’s share in public trading. The minimum price to be paid would be the lowest market price of the share quoted in public trading during the authorization period and the maximum price the highest market price quoted during the authorization period.

The Board decides how treasury shares will be repurchased. Treasury shares can be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shareholdings of the shareholders (directed repurchase).

It is proposed that the authorization be used for purposes determined by the Board of Directors, among other things, for the Company’s incentive plans.

It is proposed that the authorization be effective until the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, however, at most until 11 October 2014.

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Authorization for a share issue (AGM 2012)

The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to make a decision to offer no more than 25,000,000 shares through a share issue, or by granting special rights under chapter 10 section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act that entitle to shares (including convertible bonds) on one or more occasions. The Board may decide to issue new shares or shares held by the company. The maximum number of shares included in the authorization accounts for approximately 19% of the company’s entire share capital.

The authorization includes the right to issue shares or special rights through private offering, in other words to deviate from the shareholders’ pre-emptive right subject to provisions of the law. Under the authorization, the Board of Directors will be entitled to decide on the terms and conditions of a share issue, or the granting of special rights under chapter 10, section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act, including the recipients of shares or special rights entitling to shares, and the compensation to be paid. This authorization was given to be exercised for purposes determined by the Board of Directors.

The subscription price of new shares shall be recognized under unrestricted equity reserve. The consideration payable for Company’s own shares shall be recognized under unrestricted equity reserve.

The authorization will be effective for five years from the decision made at the Annual General Meeting. This authorization invalidates all other Board authorizations regarding share issues and convertible bonds.