Shareholders of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of professional information, software solutions, and services, approved all resolutions at today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). In addition to adopting the Financial Statements for 2018 as included in the Annual Report for 2018, shareholders approved a total dividend of €0.98 per ordinary share, resulting in a final dividend of €0.64 per ordinary share. Mr. Bertrand Bodson and Mr. Chris Vogelzang were appointed as new members of the Supervisory Board.
Supervisory Board Composition and Other AGM Resolutions
Mr. Bertrand Bodson and Mr. Chris Vogelzang were appointed as members of the Supervisory Board. They will succeed Mr. Bruno Angelici and Mr. Ben Noteboom who retired after the AGM.
The composition of the Supervisory Board is in line with the preferred profile as it relates to expertise, nationality, and age. Five nationalities are represented on the Supervisory Board, with different talents and relevant areas of expertise. Three out of the seven Supervisory Board members are female, which means a female representation of 43%, which is in line with Dutch governance standards.Other AGM resolutions voted on, were also adopted, and included:
- To authorize the Executive Board, for a period of 18 months, to acquire the company’s own paid-up ordinary shares, up to a maximum of 10% of the issued share capital on April 18, 2019;
- To cancel for capital reduction purposes any or all ordinary shares in the share capital of the company held, or to be acquired by the company as authorized.
Wolters Kluwer shareholders were represented in person, by proxy voting, or by voting instruction, representing a total of 72.58% of the total issued share capital entitled to vote. The voting results by agenda item will be available on our website at www.wolterskluwer.com/agm as of close of business on April 19, 2019.
2018 Annual Report
The 2018 Annual Report reflects our key achievements in 2018, and how we delivered upon our 2016-2018 strategy, Growing Our Value. It also sets out our 2019-2021 strategy, Accelerating Our Value, designed to grow our expert solutions, advance our deep domain expertise, and drive operational agility. The 2018 Annual Report, with integrated selected sustainability information, and 2018 Sustainability Data, are available in PDF on www.wolterskluwer.com.
April 24, 2019 Ex-dividend date: 2018 final dividend
April 25, 2019 Record date: 2018 final dividend
May 8, 2019 First-Quarter 2019 Trading Update
May 16, 2019 Payment date: 2018 final dividend ordinary shares
May 23, 2019 Payment date: 2018 final dividend ADRs
July 31, 2019 Half-Year 2019 Results
August 27, 2019 Ex-dividend date: 2019 interim dividend
August 28, 2019 Record date: 2019 interim dividend
September 19, 2019 Payment date: 2019 interim dividend
September 26, 2019 Payment date: 2019 interim dividend ADRs
November 1, 2019 Nine-Month 2019 Trading Update
February 26, 2020 Full-Year 2019 Results
March 11, 2020 Publication of 2019 Annual Report
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the clinicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and tax, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services.
Wolters Kluwer reported 2018 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 18,600 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.
Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).
Forward-looking Statements and Other Important Legal Information
This report contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expect”, “should”, “could”, “shall” and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer’s businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.