Billerud Aktiebolag, a Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer, on 24 May 2023 held its annual general meeting at 7A Posthuset in Stockholm. The meeting resolved in accordance with all proposals of the Board and the Nomination Committee.
The meeting adopted the 2022 annual report and resolved to distribute a dividend to the shareholders of SEK 5.50 per share and an extraordinary dividend of SEK 2.00 per share (SEK 7.50 in total per share). The dividend is estimated to be paid out on 31 May 2023.
The board members, chairman of the board and auditor were also elected. Florian Heiserer, Jan Svensson, Jan Åström, Magnus Nicolin and Victoria Van Camp were re-elected to the board. Regi Aalstad was elected as the new board member.
Along with the re-election of Jan Svensson as chairman of the board, accounting firm KPMG was re-elected as the company’s auditor for the period until the close of the 2024. Hök Olov Forsberg will continue as Auditor-in-charge.
Another important decision was introduction of a performance-based long-term share program for 2023, including the resolution to transfer own shares to the participants.
In order to facilitate the allotment of shares, the Annual General Meeting decided on a transfer of Billerud shares held in treasury to the participants, subject to the fulfillment of the terms and conditions in the Share Program 2023. The transfer will take place in 2026.
The board also authorized repurchase of the company’s own shares. A maximum number of shares may be repurchased so that the company’s holding does not at any time exceed 10% of all shares in Billerud. Acquisitions shall only be conducted on Nasdaq Stockholm and at a price that is within the price range for the share price prevailing at any time (the so-called spread), i.e. the range between the highest ask price and the lowest bid price.
Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting decided on discharge from personal liability for the Board members and the CEO for their administration for the year 2022, fees for the Board members and remuneration for committee work, fees for the Auditor and to approve the remuneration report for 2022.