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Shareholders’ Meeting a success at Helvetia Holding AG

At the 17th Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of Helvetia Holding AG the shareholders were informed of a solid year-end result for 2012. The Shareholders’ Meeting voted in favour of all the applications of the Board of Directors. The directors Prof. Dr. Christoph Lechner, Herbert J. Scheidt and Erich Walser (Chairman) were confirmed in office for a further period.
The Helvetia Group once again presented the 1591 shareholders who were present with voting rights (representing 65.54 per cent of the share capital) and a solid year-end result. Helvetia boosted its profit by 18.0 per cent to CHF 342.2 million in 2012. The business volume of CHF 6,978.5 million remained unchanged year-on-year. While its Swiss home market was as strong as usual, foreign markets posted vastly improved results. The Shareholders’ Meeting acknowledged these results and approved the Annual Report, the Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements 2012.

Thanks to the strong balance sheet and favourable business development, the Shareholders' Meeting approved a 6.25 per cent higher dividend of CHF 17.00 per share. Helvetia will make the upcoming dividend payout by using almost all of the remaining capital contributions of CHF 122.1 million (CHF 14.00 per share), which are tax-exempt for individuals in Switzerland. The Group is maintaining its attractive dividend policy with a payout ratio of 44 per cent.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lechner, Herbert J. Scheidt and Erich Walser, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Helvetia since 2003, duly stood for re-election to the Board of Directors for a further period in office. The Shareholders’ Meeting confirmed all three directors in their office with a large majority.

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Helvetia Group
Susanne Tengler
Head of Investor Relations
Dufourstrasse 40
9001 St.Gallen

Tel.: +41 58 280 57 79
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89
Helvetia Group
Martin Nellen
Head of Corporate Communications
and Brand Management
Dufourstrasse 40
9001 St.Gallen

Tel.: +41 58 280 56 88
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89
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