9 May 2012
General Meeting of Shareholders
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Today Bekaert's Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders took
place, with Baron Buysse, Chairman of the Board of Directors,
in the chair. The following main subjects were
The meeting approved the balance sheet and the income
statement as at 31 December 2011, as submitted by the Board
of Directors, including the distribution of a gross dividend
of € 0.50 per share. This will bring the total gross dividend
for 2011 (including the interim dividend of € 0.67 paid
17 October 2011) to € 1.17 compared with € 1.67 for 2010.
The dividend ex-date is 11 May 2012. The dividend will be
payable on 16 May 2012 at 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 2011 annual report of the Board of
Directors, including the remuneration report for the year
2011. The meeting discharged the Directors and the Statutory
Auditor for the performance of their duties during the
financial year 2011 and approved the remuneration of the
Directors and the Statutory Auditor.
The meeting accepted the recommendations:
- to re-appoint Baron Buysse and Sir Anthony Galsworthy as
Directors for a term of two years, until the Ordinary General
Meeting to be held in 2014;
- to re-appoint Baron Bekaert, Mr Bert De Graeve, Count
Charles de Liedekerke, and Messrs Hubert Jacobs van Merlen
and Maxime Jadot as Directors for a term of three years,
until the Ordinary General Meeting to be held in 2015;
- to re-appoint Mr Manfred Wennemer as independent Director
for a term of three years, until the
Ordinary General Meeting to be held in 2015.
Today an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders took
place as well. The meeting extended the authorizations
granted to the Board of Directors to buy back company shares
and to increase the registered capital (authorized capital).
Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a global technological and
market leader in advanced solutions based on metal
transformation and coatings, and the world's largest
independent manufacturer of drawn steel wire products.
Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with
headquarters in Belgium, employing 28 000 people worldwide.
Serving customers in 120 countries, Bekaert pursues
sustainable profitable growth in all its activities and
generated combined sales of € 4.6 billion in 2011.