OSLO, NORWAY - 24 April 2023 - The Board of Directors of Zwipe AS (the "Company") call for the Annual General Meeting ("AGM") to be held on 11 May 2023 at 10:00 CEST. The general meeting will be held as a digital meeting on Microsoft Teams.
Please find enclosed the notice of the AGM. The notice and Zwipe's Annual Report for 2022 are available on the Company's website, https://zwipe.com/investors.
Shareholders who wish to attend the AGM in person or by proxy or vote in advance are encouraged to register this electronically by following the link on the Company’s website https://zwipe.com/investors/general-meetings, via VPS Investor Services, by sending a signed version of the form attached to the notice by e-mail to email@example.com, or by ordinary mail to: DNB Bank ASA, Registrars Department, Postboks 1600 Sentrum, NO-0021 Oslo. Notification of attendance, proxy or advance votes must be registered online or received by DNB Bank ASA, Registrars Department by 16:00 hours CEST on 10 May 2023.
In order to be invited to the meeting, Zwipe's administration will need to have the shareholder's email address in advance. Shareholders must after having registered their attendance also register their email address by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 16:00 hours CEST on 10 May 2023.
The Board of Directors (the "Board") has proposed the following agenda:
1. Opening of the annual general meeting by the chair. Registration of meeting shareholders
2. Election of a meeting chairperson and person to co-sign the minutes together with the chairperson
3. Approval of the notice and the agenda
4. Report by the management on the Company
5. Approval of the annual report and financial statements for 2022 for the Company and the group
6. Remuneration to the auditor
7. Election of members to the Board
8. Remuneration to the Board and the members of the nomination committee
9. Proposal on implementing a new incentive program towards the Company's employees and key personnel
10. Proposals on authorizations to the Board on capital increase
Proposed decisions from the Board
Matter no. 5: Approval of the annual report and financial statements for 2022 for the Company and the Group
The Board proposes that the annual report and financial statements for 2022 for the Company and the Group are approved.
Matter no. 6: Remuneration to the auditor
The Board proposes that the auditor's fees are paid as per accounts rendered.
Matter no. 7: Election of members to the Board
Subject to the AGM's approval, the Board for the period from the AGM in 2023 until the AGM in 2025 will comprise:
- Jörgen Lantto, Chair of the Board
- Dennis Jones
- Tanya Juul Kjaer
- Christina Örn
- David Chew
Mini-CVs for Christina Örn and David Chew have been included in the report from the Nomination Committee.
Matter no. 8: Remuneration to the members of the Board and the members of the Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee makes the following recommendation:
Fees to the Board for the period from the AGM in 2022 until the AGM in 2022 were resolved by the AGM on 23 May 2022.
Fees to the Board for the period from the AGM in 2023 until the AGM in 2024 is suggested as follows:
- Chair of the Board: NOK 260,000
- Members of the Board: NOK 130,000
As to remuneration, the Nomination Committee proposes that no remuneration is paid to the members of the Nomination Committee.
Matter no. 9: Proposal on implementing a new incentive program towards the Company's employees and key personnel
The Company's compensation committee has in cooperation with specialists on incentive programmes in the Swedish company Novare Pay Consulting assessed the various aspects of the current SIP program, including the taxation of the options. Based on its assessments and input from Novare, the Compensation Committee has presented a new proposal for a long-term incentive scheme directed towards the Company's leading employees and other key personnel in the form of so-called restricted share units ("RSUs").
The main rationale behind the proposal of the RSU plan is to create a long-term ownership, being expected to stimulate an increased interest in the business and performance development. The Board believes that it is in the interests of all shareholders that executive personnel and other key employees who are important for the Company's development, have a long-term interest in a positive development of the Company's share price.
The vesting period for the RSUs is four years from award. RSUs will only vest if the average annual total shareholder return during the vesting period exceeds 10%. Vested RSUs will be settled in shares at vesting, where one RSU gives the right to one share. The Company will be entitled to settle vested RSUs in each instance with a cash settlement. The Board proposes that a maximum of 1,076,230 RSUs may be granted to participants in the RSU plan, which corresponds to a maximum dilution of approximately 1.8% percent of outstanding shares in the Company.
Based on the assumptions that all RSUs under RSU plan are granted and vested, a share price of NOK 10.4 at the time of settlement of the RSUs and an average percentage for social security contributions of 20%, the total costs for the program including social security contributions, is expected to amount to approximately NOK 6.3 million whereof NOK 2.2 million refers to social security contributions.
The RSU plan is suggested to replace the current option plan. Following resolution to adopt the RSU plan, no more options will be granted to employees. However, already granted stock options may be exercised.
Matter no. 10: Proposal on authorizations to the Board on capital increase
The Board proposes that two new authorizations for the Board on capital increases are issued, (i) to fulfil the Company's incentive programs and (ii) to strengthen the Company's equity.
The Board proposes that the AGM adopts the following resolution:
1. Authorization for capital increase to fulfill the Company's incentive programs
The Board is hereby granted authorization to increase the share capital of the company on one or several occasions, with up to NOK 293,038.80 (2 930 388 new shares), equivalent to approximately 5.0% of the registered share capital at the time of this resolution.
2. Authorization for capital increase to strengthen the Company's equity
The Board proposes that the AGM renews the authorization to the Board to issue shares corresponding to up to 15% of the share capital, and the new authorization shall be restricted to issue shares to strengthen the Company's equity to the extent the Board considers this to be in the Company's best interest at the given time.
The Board is hereby granted authorization to increase the share capital of Zwipe AS with up to NOK 876,206.00 (8,762,060 new shares) on one or several occasions. The authorization may be used to issue shares to strengthen the Company's equity to the extent the Board considers this to be in the Company's best interest at the given time.
For more information, please contact:
Danielle Glenn, CFO and Head of IR
Tel: +47 909 98 201 and e-mail: email@example.com
Zwipe believes the inherent uniqueness of every person is the key to a safer future. We work with great passion across networks of international organizations, industries and cultures to make convenience safe and secure. We are pioneering next-generation biometric card and wearables technology for payment and physical & logical access control and identification solutions. We promise our customers and partners deep insight and frictionless solutions, ensuring a seamless user experience with our innovative biometric products and services. Zwipe is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with a global presence.
To learn more, visit http://www.zwipe.com.
This is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo (Euronext Growth Oslo Rule Book – Part II) and on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, firstname.lastname@example.org. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 19:00 CEST on 24 April 2023.