The Helvetia Group once again presented a solid year-end result to the 1630 shareholders who were present with voting rights (representing 68.28 per cent of the share capital). The Group increased its profit by 9.2 per cent to CHF 363.8 million in 2013. The business volume of CHF 7,476.8 million increased by 6.3 per cent. Both segments – life and non-life – rose strongly. Besides the robust Swiss home market, profit growth in the foreign markets was also impressive. The Shareholders’ Meeting acknowledged these results and approved the Director’s Report, the Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements 2013.
As a result of the strong balance sheet and favourable business development, the Shareholders’ Meeting adopted a 2.9 per cent higher dividend of CHF 17.50 per share. The Group is maintaining its attractive dividend policy with a payout ratio of 44.3 per cent.
The Shareholders’ Meeting approved the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation for compliance with the Ordinance Against Excessive Pay in Stock Exchange Listed Companies (VegüV). All current members of the Board of Directors were re-elected for a further one-year period in office. The auditors, KPMG AG, Zurich, were also re-elected for the same period. For the first time, the shareholders elected the President and the members of the Remuneration Committee for one year respectively and voted on the fixed and variable remuneration of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management. All the proposals were approved. Helvetia has thus already complied with the new requirements under the Minder Initiative one year before the end of the implementation period.
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. An infokit on the Shareholders’ Meeting is available at www.helvetia.com/gvinfokit