Here we have compiled some frequently asked questions together with our answers:
Annual General Meeting 2014
What dividend will be proposed for fiscal 2013?
The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board of RWE AG will propose a dividend of €1.00 per share for fiscal 2013 to the Annual General Meeting on 16 April 2014.
Based on the 614,745,499 million dividend-bearing RWE shares at present, this results in a dividend payment of some €614.7 million. This corresponds to 27% of recurrent net income.
When was the last Annual General Meeting held? What was the dividend paid?
The last Annual General Meeting was held on 18 April 2013. The Annual General Meeting approved a dividend payment of €1.00.
How can I participate and exercise my voting rights at the Annual General Meeting?
Shareholders who would like to attend the Annual General Meeting or would like to exercise their voting rights have to register within a specific time at the company. They also have to provide proof of their share ownership and entitlement of participation. Details have been published in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting.
Shareholders who request an admission ticket for the Annual General Meeting from a custodian credit institution on time do not need to do anything else generally. In such cases, registration and proof of share ownership are handled by the custodian credit institution.
What about proxy voting?
We afford ordinary shareholders the opportunity to be represented by a proxy appointed by the company. Such proxies must be given authorisation and instructions regarding the exercise of voting rights to this end. These proxies are obliged to cast votes in accordance with the instructions they are given.
Authorisations and instructions on how to exercise voting rights may be issued to a proxy appointed by the company before the Annual General Meeting via the internet or using the appropriate forms. Authorisations and instructions may also be given via the internet during the Annual General Meeting.
To the electronic authorisation system
Further details on this procedure are described in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting. Punctual registration of the shareholder and proof of share ownership are also required if a proxy appointed by the company is authorised.
Where can I view motions to supplement the agenda, countermotions and candidate nominations?
Received admissible motions to supplement the agenda, countermotions and candidate nominations are published on our website along with the Executive Board’s position on them. Furthermore, requests for supplements to the agenda are announced in the Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette), published throughout Europe and communicated to shareholders together with the convocation of the Annual General Meeting in accordance with Section 125, Paragraph 1, Sentence 3 of the German Stock Corporation Act.
Does RWE broadcast the Annual General Meeting on the internet?
Yes. We have been broadcasting the speech by the President and CEO for several years. In 2003, we arranged for a live transmission of the entire Annual General Meeting on the internet for the first time. Moreover, a recording of the speech delivered by the President and CEO will be available up to twelve months after the AGM.
The live webcast of the Annual General Meeting of RWE AG on 16 April 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. CEST will be broadcasted here.
In addition, our shareholders had access to our web-based authorisation and instruction system.
Can I cast my votes via the internet as well?
A proxy appointed by the company or a third party can be authorised via the internet to exercise a shareholder’s voting rights at the AGM. This authorisation can also be given via the internet during the Annual General Meeting, as can the instructions for a proxy appointed by the company. Additional information can be found in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting.
When will the 2015 Annual General Meeting be held?
The next Annual General Meeting will be held in Essen, Germany, on 23 April 2015.