Haselünne, May 13, 2020 – The Executive Board of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft, which is listed on the regulated market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE0005201602) today passed a resolution with the approval of the Supervisory Board to hold the Annual General Meeting on July 2, 2020 as a virtual general meeting. The original date for the Annual General Meeting was May 13, 2020, but this date was postponed indefinitely at the end of March in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
The top priority for the corporate group is the health of its shareholders and employees as well as of its service providers and guests. As a result, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board have decided to hold the general meeting as a virtual event – without the shareholders or their authorised representatives or any guests being physically present. Furthermore, it is not yet clear whether it would be legally possible to hold an event with the physical presence of the corresponding number of participants within the statutory 8-month period, which ends on August 31, 2020.
The general meeting will livestreamed. Invitations will be extended to shareholders in compliance with the customary statutory formal and deadline-related requirements. They will have the opportunity to take part in the general meeting online through a special shareholder portal and to exercise their rights accordingly. Further details regarding the procedure for the virtual general meeting as well as information on exercising shareholder rights will be provided when the meeting is convened by formal announcement. This is expected to happen on May 20, 2020.
As already communicated, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of EUR 0.28 per share to the upcoming general meeting. This means that roughly 53 percent of the consolidated profit for the 2019 financial year is to be distributed.