Today Bekaert's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders took place, with Baron Buysse, Chairman of the Board of Directors, in the chair. The following main subjects were considered.
The meeting approved the balance sheet and the income statement as at 31 December 2012, as submitted by the Board of Directors, including the distribution of a gross dividend of € 0.85 per share (compared with € 1.17 for 2011).
The dividend ex-date is 10 May 2013. The dividend will be payable on 15 May 2013 by the following banks: ING Belgium, Bank Degroof, BNP Paribas Fortis, KBC Bank and Belfius Bank in Belgium, Société Générale in France, ABN-AMRO Bank in the Netherlands and UBS in Switzerland.
The meeting approved the remuneration report for the year 2012, which is part of the 2012 annual report of the Board of Directors. The meeting discharged the Directors and the Statutory Auditor for the performance of their duties during the financial year 2012 and approved the remuneration of the Directors and the Statutory Auditor.
The meeting accepted the recommendations:
- to re-appoint Mr Roger Dalle as Director for a term of two years, until the Annual General Meeting to be held in 2015;
- to re-appoint Messrs François de Visscher, Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke and Baudouin Velge as Directors for a term of three years, until the Annual General Meeting to be held in 2016;
- to re-appoint Lady Barbara Thomas Judge as independent Director for a term of three years, until the Annual General Meeting to be held in 2016.
The meeting re-appointed Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren as Statutory Auditor for a term of three years, until the Annual General Meeting to be held in 2016.