Annual General Meeting of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd
At today’s Annual General Meeting of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd, the shareholders passed all motions proposed by the Board of Directors. Among others, they agreed to the payment of a dividend of CHF 1.70 and approved the compensation report in a consultative vote. Bruno Meyenhofer was elected to join the Board of Directors, while Dr Andreas von Planta (Chairman), Dr Bruno Letsch (Vice-Chairman) and Peter E. Merian were re-elected. The Nationale Suisse Group presented shareholders with a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2013.
The Annual General Meeting of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd in Basel was attended by 214 shareholders, representing 3 529 092 registered shares. Including shares represented by proxy, a total of 8 865 188 votes were represented, which corresponds to 65.61 % of voting shares and 40.20 % of total share capital.
Dividend and 2012 reports approved
The shareholders agreed to the distribution of a cash dividend of CHF 1.70 per share with a dividend yield of 4.2 % (previous year: dividend of CHF 1.60 per share excluding CHF 0.20 from the reserve release). They also approved the Nationale Suisse Group’s annual report, the annual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements for 2012. The shareholders further approved the 2012 compensation report in a consultative vote, with 95.6 % (previous year: 96.4 %) voting in favour.
Board of Directors: re-elections and one new face
The shareholders elected Bruno Meyenhofer to join the Board of Directors. The terms in office of Dr Andreas von Planta (Chairman of the Board of Directors), Dr Bruno H. Letsch (Vice-Chairman) and Peter E. Merian were due to expire at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. All three had put themselves up for re-election and were confirmed in office by the Annual General Meeting. The term in office for both the new and the re-elected members is one year instead of three. Hans-Jörg Vetter resigned from the Board of Directors with effect from the Annual General Meeting. In addition, Dr Walter Grüebler declared himself unavailable for a further term in office.
Cautious optimism for 2013
Dr Hans Künzle, CEO of Nationale Suisse, expressed a sense of cautious optimism to the shareholders for the current financial year: “Thanks to successful renewals at the turn of the year, particularly in our target group activities, the outlook for our Swiss business is cautiously positive. In view of the difficult economic situation in Europe, growth forecasts for the specialty lines and foreign activities are generally on the conservative side.”
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Nationale Suisse is an innovative, international and independent Swiss insurance group providing first-rate risk and pension solutions in non-life and life business as well as a growing number of tailored specialty lines products. Consolidated gross premiums came to CHF 1.51 billion in 2012. The Group comprises the parent company and about 20 subsidiaries and branch offices for focused product lines in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Latin America and Turkey. The headquarters of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd are in Basel. Nationale Suisse is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (NATN). As of 31 December 2012, the Group employed 1 880 staff (full-time equivalents).
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