At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on 15 April 2014, the shareholders of GAM Holding AG approved a dividend distribution of CHF 0.65 per share for 2013, an increase of 30% over previous dividends. Shareholders also re-elected all members of the Board of Directors for a new term of office ending with the 2015 AGM.
The annual report, parent company financial statements and the consolidated financial statements for 2013 were all approved at the AGM, and shareholders discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the Group Management Board for the 2013 financial year.
Shareholders approved the proposed dividend of CHF 0.65 per share for 2013, an increase of 30% over the CHF 0.50 per share paid for the previous three financial years. Shareholders agreed that the dividend would be distributed from capital contribution reserves (which totalled CHF 1,537.4 million as at 31 December 2013) rather than from retained earnings, making it exempt from Swiss federal withholding tax for all shareholders. For shareholders resident in Switzerland who hold the shares as part of their private assets, the dividend will also be exempt from income tax. In total, the dividend distribution will amount to around CHF 105 million, corresponding to approximately half of the underlying net profit achieved by the Group in 2013.
At the AGM, shareholders approved the cancellation of the shares bought back during 2013 under the current buy-back programme (6,567,929 shares repurchased at an average price of CHF 16.63 per share) and the corresponding reduction in share capital. This programme will expire on 17 April 2014, as planned, and will be followed by a new programme, also with the purpose of capital reduction. As announced, the new programme will allow for the buy-back of up to 10% of shares in issue at inception (a maximum of around 17 million shares) and is scheduled to run over a maximum period of three years. These repurchases are intended to add flexibility in returning excess cash to shareholders, and to complement future dividend payments which will represent the preferred means for cash returns to shareholders.
In accordance with new legislation for Swiss-domiciled companies listed on a stock exchange, effective since 1 January 2014, elections for the members of the Board of Directors, its Compensation Committee and the Chairman of the Board were held individually, for a term of office ending at the 2015 AGM.
Shareholders re-elected all current Board members – Daniel Daeniker, Dieter A. Enkelmann, Diego du Monceau, Hugh Scott-Barrett and Tanja Weiher. They also re-elected Johannes A. de Gier and confirmed him as Chairman. The current members of the Compensation Committee (Dieter A. Enkelmann, Daniel Daeniker and Diego du Monceau) were also confirmed.
Further information relating to the AGM of GAM Holding AG can be found at www.gamholding.com/agm2014.
|17 Apr 2014||Ex-dividend date|
|23 Apr 2014||Dividend record date|
|24 Apr 2014||Dividend payment date|
|12 Aug 2014||Half-year results 2014|
|21 Oct 2014||Interim management statement Q3 2014|
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GAM Holding AG is an independent, pure-play asset management group with a focus on active investing. With global distribution networks and investment teams based in five investment centres in Europe, the US and Asia, it delivers investment solutions to institutions, intermediaries and private clients through two leading brands – Julius Baer Funds (distributed by Swiss & Global Asset Management) and GAM. The Group’s investment management business is complemented by a private labelling unit (operated by Swiss & Global), which provides outsourcing solutions for third parties.
Headquartered in Zurich, GAM Holding AG is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol “GAM”. The Group has assets under management of CHF 115.3 billion (as at 31 March 2014) and employs over 1,000 staff in 10 countries.
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