PRESS RELEASE Stockholm, Sweden, August 22, 2006 Shareholders in Elekta AB (publ) are hereby invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. at Polstjärnan Konferens, Sveavägen 77, Stockholm.
Shareholders who wish to participate in the Meeting must be listed in the register of shareholders maintained by VPC AB (the Swedish Securities Register Center) not later than Thursday, September 14, 2006 and notify the Company of their intent to participate in the Meeting (including the number of any assistants) not later than Thursday, September 14, 2006, at 4:00 p.m.
Notification of participation at the Annual General Meeting may be forwarded in writing to Elekta AB (publ), Attn: Corporate Communications, Box 7593, SE-103 93 Stockholm, by telefax: +46 8 587 255 00, or by telephone +46 8 587 254 00. Notification can also be made by e-mail to email@example.com.
Notification forms will be forwarded with the Company’s Annual Report. In providing notification in any other manner, shareholders must state their name/company name, national registration/corporate registration number, address and the registered number of shares held.
Shareholders whose shares are registered in the names of nominees, through the trust department of a bank or other trustee, must temporarily re-register the shares in their own names in order to participate in the Annual General Meeting. Such re-registration must be completed not later than September 14, 2006, which means that shareholders in sufficient time prior to this date must instruct the nominee to carry out such action.
The financial statements and auditor’s report will be available at the Company’s head office at Kungstensgatan 18 in Stockholm as of Wednesday, September 6, 2006, and will be forwarded at that time to the shareholders. The Board’s complete proposal for decision in accordance with all items will be available at the same address as of Wednesday, September 6. The proposals will be forwarded at that time to the shareholders who so request and provide their mailing address. The complete proposal for a decision as per item 19 below will be automatically sent to all shareholders who notify the Company of their intent to participate in the AGM. All of the above documentation will also be presented at the General Meeting and will be available on the Company’s website, www.elekta.com.
1. Opening of the Meeting;
2. Election of the Chairman of the Meeting;
3. Preparation and approval of the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Meeting;
4. Approval of the agenda;
5. Election of one or two minutes-checkers;
6. Determination of whether the Meeting has been duly convened;
7. Presentation of the Annual Report and the Auditors’ Report for the Parent Company and the consolidated accounts and the Auditors’ Report for the Group;
8. Motion concerning adoption of the balance sheet and income statement and the consolidated balance sheet and consolidated income statement;
9. Motion concerning approval of the disposition of the Company’s earnings as shown in the balance sheet adopted by the Meeting;
10. Motion concerning the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from personal liability;
11. Report on the work of the election committee;
12. Determination of the number of members and any deputy members of the Board of Directors;
13. Determination of the fees to be paid to the members of the Board of Directors and the auditors;
14. Election of Board members and any deputy Board members;
15. Adoption of principles for executive compensation;
16. Question of amendment of the articles of association;
17. Question of reduction of the share capital;
18. Question of authorization for the Board to acquire and transfer own shares;
19. Decision on an incentive program;
20. Question regarding the nomination of the election committee.
PROPOSALS BY THE BOARD AND THE ELECTION COMMITTEE
Point 2 – Proposal for Chairman of the Meeting
The election committee proposes advokat Bertil Villard to be Chairman of the Meeting.
Point 9 – Disposition of the Company’s earnings
The Board of directors proposes that of the Company’s unappropriated earnings, SEK 678,949,828, an amount representing SEK 1 per share should be distributed as dividend to the shareholders and that the remaining unappropriated earnings be carried forward. Record day for the dividends is proposed to be September 25, 2006.
Points 12 to 14 – Proposal for election of Board of Directors and remuneration to the Board and the auditors.
The Board is proposed to consist of 7 members, without deputy members. It is proposed that each of Akbar Seddigh, Magnus Schmidt, Carl G. Palmstierna, Tommy H. Karlsson, Laurent Leksell, Hans Barella and Birgitta Stymne Göransson are re-elected as members of the Board. Akbar Seddigh is proposed to be chairman of the Board.
It is proposed that remuneration shall be paid to the Board at a total of SEK 1,840,000 of which SEK 500,000 paid to the chairman of the Board and SEK 250,000 to each of the external members of the Board. In addition thereto SEK 60,000 shall be paid to the chairman of the Company’s compensation committee and SEK 30,000 to any other member of said committee. No remuneration shall be paid to members of the Boards that are employed by the Company.
Remuneration to the auditor is proposed to be paid according to an approved account. The proposals in this point have been put together by the Company’s election committee which as per May 31, 2006, represented shareholders holding a little over 44 percent of the votes in the Company.
Point 15 – Adoption of principles for executive compensation
The Board of Directors proposes that the meeting approves the following principles for remuneration and other terms of employment for the executive management of the group. The principles will be valid for employment agreements entered into after the meeting and for any changes made to existing employment agreements thereafter.
The Board’s proposal of principles for remuneration and other employment terms for the executive management of the group aims to attract and retain competent employees that work towards achieving maximum shareholder and customer value. To obtain this goal, it is important to ensure fairness and internal equity, while maintaining the market competitiveness of the structure, scope and level of executive compensation within Elekta. The total compensation package for relevant individuals should comprise a balanced mix of fixed salary, annual incentives, long term incentives, pension and other benefits as well as notice and severance payments.
Fixed salary - The fixed salary shall be individual and based on the content and responsibility of the role as well as the individual’s competence and experience in relation to the role held.
Annual incentive – The annual incentive shall be structured as a variable component of the total cash remuneration package and shall be primarily related to common group financial performance goals. The goals for the annual incentive are reviewed annually so as to sustain the business strategy. In addition, non-financial key performance indicators may be used to create focus on issues of particular interest at the functional level. The size of the annual incentive is dependent on the role held and may amount to between 30 and 100% of base salary at target performance. At over-performance, the level of pay out against the annual incentive is capped at a maximum of 150% of target. The plan shall also contain a minimum performance level under which no bonus will be paid out.
In order to maintain overall competitiveness of the compensation package in the current growth phase of the company, the Board also proposes that the AGM approve an additional annual incentive with a deferred payment by 12-24 months, so as to encourage continued employment while not increasing fixed salary costs in an unmeasured fashion. The deferred bonus should never exceed 50% of the normal annual incentive and shall in other aspects follow the structure of annual incentives.
Market competitiveness - Total target cash compensation, i.e. fixed salary and variable incentives, should be competitive in the geographic market where the employee is resident. The level of total cash should be reviewed annually to ensure that it is in line with the median for similar positions in the relevant market. Compensation should be highly performance driven and therefore the target annual incentive should be a relatively high portion of the total target compensation.
Long Term Incentive – On a yearly basis, the Board of Directors shall evaluate whether a share based or share value related long term incentive program should be proposed to the AGM or not. The main content of the Board’s proposal to this year’s Annual General Meeting can be found under point 19 of the summons. Any other types of cash long term incentives will be subject to the decision of the Board. The level of the cash and share based long term incentives should be in line with market practice.
Pension – Those senior executives that are entitled to pension benefits should have defined contribution schemes. The pensionable age for Swedish citizens is 65 years while other executives follow the rules of their respective countries of residence. The main guideline is that the size of pension contributions is based only on the fixed part of cash compensation. Certain individual adjustments will occur based on market practice. The final value of this benefit will be driven by the results of the insurance investments.
Other benefits - Other benefits, such as company cars and medical schemes, should be of a more limited value compared to other items of the compensation package and in line with the market practice for the respective geographic market.
Notice periods and severance agreements – The President and CEO has a notice period of 24 months. Other senior executives have notice periods between 6 and 12 months. Severance agreements will in principle not be signed. In a redundancy situation, the current practice in the geographic market where the executive is resident will apply.
The Board proposes that the Board be given authority to deviate from the above principles if, in individual cases, specific or extraordinary reasons exist.
Point 16 – Amendment of the Articles of Association
The Board’s proposal is meant to adjust the Articles of Association to the new Companies Act which entered into force on January 1, 2006. The Board’s proposal contains the following essential proposals:
§ 5 Is amended to delete the nominal share amount from the articles of association and replace it with the statement that the number of shares shall be at least 40,000,000 and at most 160,000,000 and so that the shareholders’ right of first refusal shall also include set off issues and issues of warrants and convertibles.
§ 6 Is amended to remove the term of service for the Board Members.
§ 7 Is amended so that the company may have at least one and at most two auditors with the corresponding amount of deputies or one or two audit companies.
§ 8 Is amended to that summons to the Annual General Meeting shall be published in Post- och Inrikes Tidningar and Svenska Dagbladet and that the right to participate in the AGM shall belong to the shareholders that are listed as such in the share register on the day which is five weekdays before the AGM.
§ 9 Is amended to adjust the record day provision to the definition of VPC Companies in Chapter 1, Section 10, of the Companies Act.
§ 10 Is amended to include a new item 13 in the agenda for the Annual General Meeting to read as follows: “Adoption of principles for executive compensation.” Current item 13 is consequently renumbered to item 14.
§ 12 Is deleted in its entirety and the following current paragraph 13 is now renumbered to be paragraph 12.
In addition to this, the Board proposes certain minor adjustments, mainly language adjustments to fit the new wordings in the Companies Act, e.g. the replacement of “ordinary general shareholders’ meeting” with “annual meeting”. A complete proposal for new articles of association is available at www.elekta.com.
Point 17 – Reduction of share capital
In accordance with the authorization given at the latest Annual General Meeting, Elekta has during the last financial year acquired 801,700 of its own B-shares. The Board has previously announced that the intention is to cancel the acquired B-shares. The Board therefore proposes that the shareholders’ meeting decides to reduce the Company’s share capital by SEK 1,603,400 through retirement of these 801,700 shares without any repayment. The reduction amount shall be allocated to the Company’s disposition fund to be used in accordance with resolutions passed by the shareholders’ meeting.
The resolution of the Meeting in accordance with the Board’s proposal pursuant to point 17 must be supported by shareholders holding at least two-thirds of the votes cast as well as two-thirds of all shares present or represented at the Meeting.
Point 18 - Authorization for the Board to acquire and transfer own shares
The Board proposes that the Meeting authorize the Board during the period until the next Annual General Meeting, on one or more occasions, to decide on acquisition of a maximum number of own shares to the extent that after purchase the Company holds not more than ten percent of the total number of shares in the Company. The repurchase shall be carried out on Stockholmsbörsen (the Stockholm Stock Exchange) at a price within the registered price interval (spread) at any given time, that is the interval between the highest bid price and the lowest ask price, and in other respects taking into consideration the recommendations issued by the Swedish Industry and Commerce Stock Exchange Committee at any given time. The purpose of the repurchase of own shares is firstly to align the Company’s capital structure to the Company’s capital requirements and where appropriate to be able to transfer shares in conjunction with the financing of company acquisitions and other types of strategic investments and acquisitions.
The Board proposes that the Meeting authorize the Board during the period until the next Annual General Meeting, on one or more occasions, to decide on the transfer of shares in the Company. The transfer of shares may be carried out in the maximum amount of own shares that the Company holds at any given time. In conjunction with the acquisition of companies, the transfer may be effected with waiver of the shareholders preferential rights and to a price within the so-called spread (see above) at the time of the decision on transfer and where appropriate taking into account the recommendations issued by the Industry and Commerce Stock Exchange Committee at any given time. The payment for the transferred shares may be made in cash or through non-cash issue or offsetting of claims against the Company, or on specific terms. The reason for the Board’s authorization to waive the shareholders’ preferential rights is to, where appropriate, be able to transfer shares in conjunction with the financing of any company acquisitions and other types of strategic investments and acquisitions in a cost-efficient manner.
The resolution of the Meeting in accordance with the Board’s proposal pursuant to point 18 must be supported by shareholders holding at least two-thirds of the votes cast as well as two-thirds of all shares present or represented at the Meeting.
Point 19 – Decision on an incentive program
Calculations of dilution are based on the number of shares outstanding at the time this notice was drafted with adjustment for the number of shares proposed to be cancelled in accordance with point 17.
A. The Board’s proposal to decision on granting employee options in accordance with the Elekta AB 2004 Share Unit Plan
The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting decides on the grant of employee options (allotment 2006) in accordance with the Elekta AB 2004 Share Unit Plan (the “Plan”) which was adopted by the Annual General Meeting 2004. The main terms of the Plan are i) it is required that, for an employee to receive employee options and retain the possibility to acquire shares, the employee shall acquire a certain number of shares in the Company on the market and hold these shares until exercise of the option; (ii) the number of shares that will be possible to acquire based on the employee options is determined based on the fulfillment of a collectively established performance goal; (iii) it shall be possible to exercise one third of the options annually; (iv) the options are nontransferable; (v) the options are dependent upon continued employment; (vi) the price that shall be paid to receive shares on exercise of the option shall amount to not less than 110 percent of the share’s market value at the time of the option offer; (vii) the lifetime of the option shall be a maximum of four years, and (viii) the financial gain that the employee could receive on the granted options is maximized to 400% of the price that shall be paid for the shares.
For this year’s grant of employee options the following shall additionally be applied.
Employee options shall be offered to around 70 key personnel divided into five levels: the executive management, other senior executives, senior managers, middle managers and other key personnel. Upon attainment of the performance goal, the allotted options shall provide the possibility to acquire a maximum of 1,600,000 class B shares. If the performance goal is exceeded, a possibility shall arise to acquire an additional maximum of 600,000 shares. The performance goal is based on the operating margin during the financial year of 2006/07 and fulfillment shall be determined by April 30, 2007.
The employee options shall have a lifetime through and including July 31, 2010. In the event that there are obstacles allotting employee options to the employees in certain countries, the Board shall instead have the right to issue synthetic employee options to these persons. Such synthetic employee options shall be issued in accordance with the comparable terms as the employee options, but with the exception that they only carry rights to cash settlement.
Employee options granted 2005 does not give right to any shares since set performance goals were not fulfilled. Outstanding employee options granted 2004 can at the time of this notice result in an issuance of 1,337,110 new class B share meaning a dilution of the total number of outstanding shares of app. 1.37 percent (app. 1.05 percent of the votes). At maximum performance and full exercise of employee options proposed to be allotted this year, could result in an issuance of 2,200,000 class B shares meaning a dilution of the total number of outstanding shares with app. 2.30 percent (app. 1.72 percent of the votes). Including outstanding employee options granted 2004, the total dilution of outstanding shares can at maximum amount to app. 3.62 percent (app. 2.74 percent of the votes).
The purpose of the incentive program is to create involvement by key personnel in the Company’s development and to ensure that they share the objective to generate profitable growth. It is also intended to motivate key personnel to continued employment in the Company. The need for an equity based incentive program should be viewed with the perspective that the Group is active in a global market and that a majority of the eligible employees are active in markets where equity based incentives are a normal component in the total compensation package.
Decision in accordance with this point A can be made with a simple majority. However, the decision on issuance of employee options pursuant to point A shall be conditional upon the Meeting also deciding on the issue of warrants in accordance with point B below.
B. Board’s proposal to issue warrants and the approval of the transfer of warrants
To ensure that the Company can fulfill its obligation to deliver shares when the holders of employee options request exercise, the Board proposes that the Meeting shall decide that the Company shall issue free of charge a maximum of 2,200,000 warrants, each entitling to subscription of one Series B shares in the Company. As a result thereof, the Company’s share capital could increase by a maximum of SEK 4,400,000. The dilution of outstanding shares and votes which would be a consequence of such an increase of the share capital has been stated above in point A.
With deviation of the shareholders’ preferential rights, the Company’s subsidiary Elekta Instrument AB, shall be entitled to subscribe, with the right and obligation for the subsidiary after subscription and at the employees’ request for exercise of the employee options issued by the Company (or synthetic options if applicable) fulfill the Company’s obligation through transfer of the warrants.
The price at which subscription of a new Series B share shall be carried out will be 105% of the average closing price during the 10 trading days directly after the Annual General Meeting, but can not be below the quota value of the share. Subscription of Series B shares through the warrants, whereby one (1) warrant carries the right to subscribe for one (1) Series B share, can be carried out during the period from and including November 1, 2006 to and including July 31, 2010.
The usual terms and conditions apply with regard to the adjustment terms, etc. Subscription of warrants shall be carried out not later than October 31, 2006.
The reason for the deviation of the shareholders’ preferential rights is that the Board proposed to the Meeting to issue employee options in accordance with point A. A condition for the decision regarding the issuance of employee options – in the form stated in point A – is that the proposed issue of warrants is made to the subsidiary.
The President or the person authorized by the President shall have the right to make such minor changes to the decision of the Meeting that may be required in conjunction with registration of the issue and any registration of the warrants with VPC (Swedish Securities Register Center).
The decision by the Meeting in accordance with the Board’s proposal pursuant to this point B requires that the Meeting’s decision is supported by shareholders representing at least nine tenths of the votes cast as well the shares represented at the Meeting.
The Board further proposes that the Meeting decides that the warrants issued in accordance with point B and which the Board considers are not necessary to secure the Company’s obligation in accordance with the issued employee options shall be cancelled as soon as possible. It is proposed that the Meeting assign the Board to carry out such cancellation.
Point 20 – Question regarding the election of the election committee
The election committee proposes that an election committee should be appointed through a procedure whereby the chairman of the Board, before the end of the second quarter of the financial year, contacts three to five representatives for the, at that time, largest holders of A and B shares. Those representatives shall together with the chairman of the Board constitute the election committee and fulfill its obligations in accordance with the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance (sw. Koden för bolagsstyrning). The names of the members of the election committee shall be published as soon as they have been appointed, however, not later than six months before the next Annual General Meeting. The election committee is appointed until a new election committee has been appointed. No remuneration shall be paid for the performance of the work in the election committee, however, the election committee shall be entitled to be reimbursed for such necessary costs which may arise in the performance of the assignment. Such reimbursement shall be paid by the Company.
If any of the larger shareholders sell their shares in the Company before the election committee has fulfilled its assignment, the member that has been appointed by such a shareholder shall, if the election committee so decides, be replaced by a representative of the largest share holder after those who are already represented in the election committee. If a member of the election committee no longer represents the shareholder that appointed him/her, before the assignment of the election committee has been fulfilled, then he/she should be replaced, if the election committee so decides, by a new representative appointed by that shareholder.
Stockholm, August 2006
The Board of Directors of Elekta AB (publ)