Wolters Kluwer 2022 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders adopts all resolutions
Wolters Kluwer 2022 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders adopts all resolutions
Shareholders approve a total dividend of €1.57 per ordinary share
April 21, 2022 – Wolters Kluwer (AEX: WKL), a leading global provider of expert solutions, insights and services for professionals, announces that all resolutions were adopted as proposed at today’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM).
“In 2021, Wolters Kluwer delivered strong financial results and advanced on several ESG fronts,” said Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chair of the Executive Board at the AGM. “We developed our new three-year strategic plan which will see us take steps in coming years to accelerate our expert solutions, expand our reach and evolve our core capabilities.”
Changes in the Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board has appointed Ms. Ann Ziegler as new Chair of the Supervisory Board. She will succeed Mr. Frans Cremers, who has retired from the Supervisory Board at the end of this Annual General Meeting. Mr. Jack de Kreij will succeed Ms. Ziegler as Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board. Ms. Heleen Kersten has been appointed as new member of the Supervisory Board for a term of four years. She will succeed Mr. Cremers as member of the Selection and Remuneration Committee.
The Supervisory Board members represent a diversity of nationality, experience, talent, and expertise. Four (57%) of the seven Supervisory Board members are female.
2021 Financial Statements and Dividend
Shareholders voted to adopt the Financial Statements for 2021 as included in the 2021 Annual Report and approved a total dividend of €1.57 per ordinary share, resulting in a final dividend of €1.03 per ordinary share, payable in May 2022. The cash dividend will be paid net of 15% dividend withholding tax where applicable.
The 2021 remuneration report, including an overview of remuneration to individual members
of the Executive Board and of the Supervisory Board, was adopted with 98.91% of votes in favor.
Other AGM resolutions
All other AGM resolutions were adopted, including the resolution to release the members of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board from liability for the exercise of their respective duties; to extend the authority of the Executive Board to issue shares; to authorize the Executive Board to acquire shares in the company, and to cancel shares; and the re-appointment of the external auditor for a term of two years.
Wolters Kluwer shareholders were represented by proxy voting or by voting instruction, representing a total of 78.90% of the total issued share capital entitled to vote.
Detailed voting results by agenda item will be available on our website at www.wolterskluwer.com/agm shortly.
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the healthcare; tax and accounting; governance, risk and compliance; and legal and regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.
Wolters Kluwer reported 2021 annual revenues of €4.8 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 19,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.
Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).
Data relevant in relation to the dividend:
April 25, 2022 Ex-dividend date: 2021 final dividend
April 26, 2022 Record date: 2021 final dividend
May 18, 2022 Payment date: 2021 final dividend ordinary shares
May 25, 2022 Payment date: 2021 final dividend ADRs
August 30, 2022 Ex-dividend date: 2022 interim dividend
August 31, 2022 Record date: 2022 interim dividend
September 22, 2022 Payment date: 2022 interim dividend
September 29, 2022 Payment date: 2022 interim dividend ADRs
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Forward-looking statements and other important legal information
This report contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expect”, “should”, “could”, “shall” and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer’s businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Certain trademarks referenced are owned by Wolters Kluwer N.V. and its subsidiaries and may be registered in various countries.
This press release contains information which is to be made publicly available under Regulation (EU) 596/2014.
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