FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2020
Dr. Kristin Koehler
Investor Relations Director
Tel +41 61 316 8782
- 44,965,404 shareholders delegated their votes to the independent proxy, representing 60.38% of the share capital
- Shareholders re-elected all existing members of the Board of Directors who stood for re-election and elected Dorothée Deuring and Moncef Slaoui as new members of the Board of Directors
- Albert M. Baehny was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for another year
- A dividend of CHF 2.75 per share will be paid out starting from 5 May 2020
Basel, Switzerland – Today, Lonza Group Ltd hosted its Annual General Meeting, led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Albert M. Baehny. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no shareholders were admitted to attend the Annual General Meeting in person. Lonza had previously recommended that shareholders delegate their votes to the independent proxy on 20 March 2020. The independent proxy represented 100% of the 44,965,404 votes represented at the Annual General Meeting.
The Board members standing for re-election (Albert M. Baehny, Werner Bauer, Angelica Kohlmann, Christoph Mäder, Barbara Richmond, Jürgen Steinemann and Olivier Verscheure) were all elected for a further term in office of one year. Patrick Aebischer and Margot Scheltema did not stand for re-election.
The Annual General Meeting re-elected Albert M. Baehny as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a term in office of one year. The shareholders also elected Dorothée Deuring and Moncef Slaoui as new members of the Board; and Angelica Kohlmann, Christoph Mäder and Jürgen Steinemann as the three acting members of the Nomination and Compensation Committee.
The shareholders supported all other motions proposed by the Board of Directors, including among others the acceptance of the remuneration report and the binding votes on the compensation for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
A dividend of CHF 2.75 per share, as proposed by the Board of Directors and accepted by the shareholders, will be paid out starting from 5 May 2020. Fifty percent of this dividend will be paid out as repayment from reserves from capital contributions, without deduction of Swiss withholding tax, in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 1 bis of the Federal Law on Withholding Tax.
For further information please see the short-form minutes of the Lonza Annual General Meeting under the following link.
At Lonza, we combine technological innovation with world class manufacturing and process excellence. Together, these enable our customers to deliver their discoveries in the healthcare, preservation, and protection sectors.
We are a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. We work to prevent illness and promote a healthier world by enabling our customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure a wide range of diseases. We also offer a broad range of microbial control solutions, which help to create and maintain a healthy environment.
Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today operates in 120 sites and offices in more than 35 countries. With approximately 15,500 full-time employees, we are built from high-performing teams and of individual employees who make a meaningful difference to our own business, as well as the communities in which we operate. The company generated sales of CHF 5.9 billion in 2019 with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.6 billion. Find out more at www.lonza.com and follow us on Twitter @LonzaGroup or Facebook @LonzaGroupAG.
Additional Information and Disclaimer
Lonza Group Ltd has its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. It has a secondary listing on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”). Lonza Group Ltd is not subject to the SGX-ST’s continuing listing requirements but remains subject to Rules 217 and 751 of the SGX-ST Listing Manual.
Certain matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations and estimates of Lonza Group Ltd, although Lonza Group Ltd can give no assurance that these expectations and estimates will be achieved. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty and are qualified in their entirety. The actual results may differ materially in the future from the forward-looking statements included in this news release due to various factors. Furthermore, except as otherwise required by law, Lonza Group Ltd disclaims any intention or obligation to update the statements contained in this news release.
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