Annual Shareholders Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting of shareholders took place in the MCH Messe Schweiz (Zürich) AG, Wallisellenstrasse 49, 8050 Zürich on Wednesday December 5, 2012.
The ordinary Annual General Meeting of Barry Callebaut AG was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in Zurich-Oerlikon under the chairmanship of Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of the Board. All motions proposed by the Board were adopted. 1,245 shareholders attended the meeting, representing 4,188,865 shares or 81.02% of the share capital.
The shareholders confirmed the re-election of Andreas Jacobs, Andreas Schmid, James L. Donald, Markus Fiechter, Jakob Baer and Ajai Puri for another term of office of one year. In addition, the shareholders elected Mr. Nicolas Jacobs, currently Senior Director for Global M&A and Development at Burger King Corporation, as a new member of the Board of Directors (see separate CV).
Stefan Pfander steps down from the Board after serving for 7 years. The Board of Directors chaired by Andreas Jacobs expressed its gratitude to Mr. Pfander for his valuable contributions to the company’s development.
Furthermore, the shareholders approved the proposed payout of CHF 15.50 per share. The payout partly consists of a dividend payment from reserves from capital contributions and partly of a capital reduction through par value repayment. The payout to shareholders will be executed as of March 4, 2013 (“ex-date”: February 27, 2013; “record date”: March 1, 2013). The redistribution of these funds to shareholders will not be subject to withholding tax and – for individuals residing in Switzerland and holding the shares as private property – income tax.
KPMG AG, Zurich, was re-elected as auditors of the company for fiscal year 2012/13.
Fiscal year 2011/12 closed on August 31, 2012.
Please note Wednesday December 11, 2013 for our next Annual General Meeting of shareholders.