RECOMMENDATION BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ASSA ABLOY AB
TO ISSUE CONVERTIBLE BONDS AND TO APPROVE AN EMPLOYEE
The Board of Directors has decided to recommend the General Meeting to resolve to
issue convertible bonds as set forth in Section 1 below and further to approve the
measures for the implementation of a global incentive program for employees in the
ASSA ABLOY Group as set forth in Section 2. 1.
Issue of Convertible Bonds
The Board of Directors of ASSA ABLOY AB recommends the General Meeting to resolve that
the company shall issue convertible bonds in four (4) series, each with a maximum nominal value of EUR 25 million, in series 2004/2009:1, 2004/2009:2, 2004/2009:3 and 2004/2009:4;
the subscription price for each convertible bond shall be equal to its nominal value;
with disregard to the present shareholders’ priority rights, ASSA ABLOY Incentive 2004 Holding S.A. (“InvestCo”) and a Fond Commun de Placement d’Enterprise (“FCPE”) or Société Générale on behalf of FCPE, shall be granted the right to subscribe for all four (4) series of convertible bonds;
subscription can be made for all series of convertible bonds only, or for equal parts thereof, as one
subscription and payment for the convertible bonds shall be made on 30 June 2004 at the latest;
on oversubscription, FCPE shall not be entitled to an allotment exceeding a total of EUR 10 million;
the convertible bonds shall bear an annual interest rate of 90% of “3 months’ EURIBOR plus 0.47 %”;
the interest shall become due for payment quarterly as specified in “Terms and Conditions for ASSA ABLOY AB’s Convertible Bonds Series 2004/2009:1-4”;
the convertible bonds shall become due for redemption on the date occurring five years after the date of subscription and payment for the bonds, to the extent that conversion has not occurred before then;
the convertible bonds shall be convertible into new shares of series B in ASSA ABLOY AB 90 days prior to the date when the convertible bonds are due for
redemption at the earliest and 14 days before the date when the convertible bonds are due for redemption at the latest;
the rate at which conversion can be made shall correspond to an amount totalling the following percentage of the average of the latest quoted transaction price on the Stockholm Stock Exchange for shares of series B in ASSA ABLOY AB during five banking days prior to the date of subscription and payment for the convertible bonds (the “Measure Period”):
- 100 per cent for convertible bonds of series 2004/2009:1; - 120 per cent for convertible bonds of series 2004/2009:2; - 140 per cent for convertible bonds of series 2004/2009:3; - 160 per cent for convertible bonds of series 2004/2009:4;
in the absence of a price quotation for any of the days in question, the purchase price quoted as the final rate shall be applied. A day when there is neither a buying rate nor a purchase rate available shall not be included in the calculation. The calculated conversion rate shall be rounded to the nearest whole number of Swedish ören, whereby a half öre shall be rounded downwards, and thereafter be recalculated into EUR applying the exchange fixing rate SEK/EUR quoted by the Swedish commercial banks on the date of subscription and payment for the convertible bonds, without the conversion rate being less than the par value of a share in ASSA ABLOY AB. The conversion rate thus calculated in EUR shall be rounded to the nearest whole number of 10 cents, whereby five cents shall be rounded downwards;
a share obtained due to conversion shall entitle to profit distribution for the first time on the record day for distribution occurring after the execution of the conversion;
the nominal share capital on conversion can as a maximum be increased by an amount corresponding to SEK 14 million, and should such amount be exceeded at the application of the abovementioned basis of calculation and the share and exchange prices applicable at the time of subscription and payment for the convertible bonds, the measure rate shall be increased in a way that the share capital increase on conversion will not exceed the amount indicated; and
in all other respects, the terms and conditions set out in “Terms and Conditions for ASSA ABLOY AB’s Convertible Bonds Series 2004/2009:1-4”, shall apply to the convertible bonds.
The Board of Directors, or a person authorised by the Board of Directors, shall be entitled to make such minor adjustments to the resolution passed by the General Meeting regarding the issue of convertible bonds that may be necessary in connection with the registration of the bonds with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office and VPC.
The reason for disregarding the shareholders’ rights of priority is that ASSA ABLOY AB
wishes to introduce a global incentive program for employees in the group, whereby they
can be offered the opportunity to take part in an increase in value of the ASSA ABLOY
share. This is expected to increase the interest of the employees in the profitability and the
share price development of ASSA ABLOY AB and to stimulate a continued company
loyalty over the forthcoming years.
As part of a global employee incentive program, ASSA ABLOY AB has previously issued
four (4) convertible bonds in series 2001/2006:1, 2001/2006:2, 2001/2006:3 and
2001/2006:4, each with a nominal value of EUR 25 million.
The increase of the share capital of ASSA ABLOY AB will at a full subscription and
conversion of the convertible bonds, respectively, and based on a share rate of the
company of SEK 91, a SEK-EUR-rate of 9.24 and a conversion rate determined in
accordance with what has been stated above, be approximately SEK 8.1 million, which at a
full conversion of the company’s present outstanding convertible bonds issued in 2001,
corresponds to a dilution of approximately 2.1 per cent of the share capital and
approximately 1.5 per cent of the total number of votes. The aggregate dilution that may
follow together with the outstanding convertible bonds, will be approximately 3.5 per cent
of the present share capital and approximately 2.4 per cent of the present total number of
votes. A full conversion would change the ratio earnings per share from 3.31 to 3.24. 2.
The Incentive Program
The incentive program shall be implemented mainly in accordance with what is stated below. Employees within the Group shall be offered the possibility to acquire shares (“Shares”) in InvestCo, a Special Purpose Vehicle established for the intended purpose. InvestCo is a company (Société Anonyme) having its registered seat in Luxembourg. For practical and legal reasons, the acquisition of such Shares in InvestCo by employees in some countries will be made indirectly through subsidiaries or legal entities established for this particular purpose. FCPE is such a legal entity as may be established for the benefit of the employees in France. The offer will be directed to approximately 22,000 of the Group’s employees in 15 countries. The allotment of the number of Shares in InvestCo shall be determined by the Board of Directors of ASSA ABLOY AB in accordance with the following guidelines: a)
A right to acquire the Shares shall, subject to information below and any adjustments required pursuant to local legal and regulatory requirements, be granted to all current and permanent employees in the ASSA ABLOY Group of Companies at the end of the subscription period (for the Shares in InvestCo), provided that a notice of termination of employment has not been given on or prior to such a date, and to such persons who at this time have signed employment contracts for permanent positions with companies in the ASSA
ABLOY Group of Companies. With regard to certain countries other than Sweden, such right is subject to the legality of such a transfer and, where in the opinion of the Board of Directors such a transfer may be made within reasonable administrative and financial constraints. This could mean that employees in certain countries may not be entitled to participate in the incentive program.
The employees shall be entitled to subscribe for Shares in different preset tranches. The price of each Share will be EUR 250. Each employee wishing to acquire such Shares will be guaranteed allotment of 1 Share. All employees shall have the same right to purchase Shares, however, no employee shall have the right to acquire Shares equal to an amount exceeding 50 % of his/her estimated fixed annual salary. Where there is an oversubscription and a demand for a number of Shares which exceeds the actual number of Shares in InvestCo, allotment shall take place by a proportional reduction of the number of oversubscribed Shares in relation to the number of Shares each employee wishes to acquire, the guaranteed minimum allotment excepted.
Board members of ASSA ABLOY AB, who are not employed within the ASSA ABLOY Group, shall not be entitled to acquire Shares in InvestCo or otherwise participate in the incentive program.
The sale of Shares is expected to take place from 17 May to 28 May 2004 and at all events before the end of June 2004. The purchase price for the acquired Shares shall correspond to the Shares’ arm’s length fair market value during the Measure Period, which value is expected to correspond to the material value of the Shares. The valuation of the Shares shall be performed by Société Générale as an independent valuation institute. The valuation of the Shares will be performed in accordance with standard methodologies including the application of Black & Scholes, adjusted to take into consideration specific terms for this incentive program. InvestCo will issue different series of shares. ASSA ABLOY AB will, pursuant to certain foreign legislation, hold shares in InvestCo of a series of shares that in principle will not entitle ASSA ABLOY AB to any voting right nor any right to profit from the value development in InvestCo. The Shares acquired by the employees and in accordance with the hedge arrangement as described below, will be of a series that will provide an entitlement to a voting right as well as profit from the value development in InvestCo. ASSA ABLOY AB’s share holding will be more than 10% but less than 20% of the share capital of InvestCo. The employees’ acquisition of Shares is expected to correspond to approximately 60% of the Shares while the indirect holding through the hedge arrangement is expected to correspond to 40% of the Shares. The Shares will be transferable among the circle of holders and the employees in the ASSA ABLOY Group. Further, the Shares will on transfer be subject to a contractual obligation to be offered ASSA ABLOY AB for redemption on market terms and conditions.
InvestCo intends to finance its subscription for the convertible bonds to an amount equal to ninety per cent of the value of the convertible bonds by raising a bank loan of maximum EUR 90 million (the “Loan”) and for the remaining ten per cent by the capitalization which will take place through the employees’ acquisition of Shares and the hedge arrangement described below. Consequently, InvestCo will have an equity of maximum EUR 10 million. InvestCo intends to divest its assets (including convertible bonds and/or shares) in 2009 and repay all its debts, whereupon InvestCo’s remaining proceeds, less repayment of the nominal value of the shares held by ASSA ABLOY AB, shall be distributed among such employees who, directly or indirectly, participate in the incentive program. The accrued interest from the convertible bonds is intended to cover interest paid under the Loan together with certain administrative costs. Decisions relating to conversion, sale or other management issues concerning the convertible bonds and/or shares in ASSA ABLOY AB held by InvestCo shall be taken by the Board of Directors of InvestCo, which shall consist of seven board members, whereof two ASSA ABLOY AB representatives, two employee representatives and three independent board members. ASSA ABLOY AB will not control InvestCo neither through its shareholdings nor through its board representation. ASSA ABLOY AB will issue different types of Stock Appreciation Rights to employees in certain countries, such as the United States, Canada and Australia having economic rights and obligations basically corresponding to those of the Shares in InvestCo via local subsidiaries or legal persons established specially for this purpose and in principle on the same terms as for the sale of the Shares. In order to hedge any increase in value of the Stock Appreciation Rights, ASSA ABLOY AB intends to arrange a hedge by acquiring a number of call options corresponding to the number of issued Stock Appreciation Rights from Société Générale. The call options will be cash settled, i.e. not result in any delivery of Shares. Société Générale will acquire Shares in InvestCo at the same price as the employees to the extent required in order to have a cash settlement for the issued call options. In addition, ASSA ABLOY AB intends to hedge certain social security charges arising. The total hedging costs after tax are expected to amount to an insignificant amount from an ASSA ABLOY Group perspective. It is not anticipated that the costs of the program will be materially affected by a possible increase in value, as an increase in value of the Stock Appreciation Rights and social security contributions is intended to mainly be secured by a hedge. Voting Majority The Board of Directors proposes that the resolution on the issue of convertible bonds and the approval of the measures described above for the implementation of the incentive program shall be valid only if supported by shareholders holding at least nine tenths of the
shares voted as well as nine tenths of all shares present or represented at the General Meeting, since the issue and the measures described above form part of one integrated incentive program. The Board of Directors considers the incentive program to be a reasonable proposal with regard to the persons who are entitled to subscribe, the conditions of the proposal, the size of the allotment, the existence of other share related incentive programs and other relevant factors.
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