The shareholders' rights of co-determination are based exclusively on the Swiss Code of Obligations and the Articles of Association. The Articles of Association can be downloaded from the HOCHDORF website under «Investor Relations»: www.hochdorf.com/en/investors/corporate-governance/.
All shareholders recorded in the shareholder register with voting rights are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting. The restriction on voting rights amounts to 15% of the share capital. Any shareholder can give written authority to a fellow shareholder or appoint an independent proxy to vote at the Annual General Meeting on his or her behalf. There is no statutory quorum.
Art. 12 of the Articles of Association addresses the assignment of the voting right to an independent proxy, as well as the ability to electronically cast a vote to the independent proxy.
The Annual General Meeting adopts its resolutions and conducts its elections by relative majority of the votes cast, with abstentions being left out of consideration in determining the majority and excluding blank and invalid votes, unless the law provides otherwise.
The Annual General Meeting takes place annually, at the latest six months after the end of the financial year. It is convened by the Board of Directors. The statutory provisions apply to the convening of extraordinary Annual General Meetings. Personal invitations to the Annual General Meeting are sent out in writing at least 20 days before the meeting.
Invitations to submit items for the agenda and questions about the annual report are included with the invitation to the Annual General Meeting. Shareholders who represent shares with a nominal value of at least CHF 1 million may request that an item be added to the agenda. One or more shareholders who collectively represent at least 10% of the share capital may request that the Board of Directors calls a General Meeting and/or that an item be added to the agenda.
The shareholder register is closed ten days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Upon request, the Board of Directors can approve exceptions for late submissions. The effective date of closure is published in the notice of the Annual General Meeting and is also published in a timely manner in the financial calendar on the HOCHDORF website: https://www.hochdorf.com/en/investors/financial-calendar/.