Today, SMA Solar Technology AG (FWB: S92) held its Annual General Meeting at Kongress Palais Kassel. The shareholders granted discharge to SMA's Managing Board and Supervisory Board for the 2009 fiscal year by a large majority and again expressed their great satisfaction with the work of the management and the control body.
The Annual General Meeting followed the proposal made by the Managing and Supervisory Boards and resolved to pay out a dividend of € 1.30 per qualifying bearer share. Accordingly, the dividend per share increased significantly compared to the previous year (€ 1.00 per share). This reflects the Company’s excellent results in 2009, which are sales of € 934 million and operating profit (EBIT) of € 228.4 million. The dividend will be paid out starting from May 28, 2010 by the depository banks. The dividend payout ratio is 30 percent.
In addition, the Annual General Meeting resolved to expand the Supervisory Board from six to twelve members and a parity-based composition of the body with six shareholder representatives and six employee representatives. This has become necessary in line with statutory provisions as a result of the higher number of SMA staff. Dr. jur. Erik Ehrentraut, Dr. Winfried Hoffmann, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Kleinkauf and Reiner Wettlaufer were reelected as the shareholders’ Supervisory Board members. In addition, the shareholders elected Siegfried L. Drueker and Dr.-Ing. Martin Hoppe-Kilpper as new Supervisory Board members.
Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting approved the remuneration system for the Supervisory Board members by a large majority. The remuneration is determined in accordance with the principles of the German Corporate Governance Code.
About 600 shareholders attended the 2010 Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG.
The speech held by the CEO at the Annual General Meeting as well as additional information materials can be downloaded from SMA’s website at www.SMA.de/Hauptversammlung.
After the Annual General Meeting, the constituent meeting of the new Supervisory Board took place, where the previous Chairman Dr. jur. Erik Ehrentraut was confirmed in office.
The SMA Group generated sales of c. 934 million Euro in 2009 and is the worldwide market leader for photovoltaic inverters, a key component of all solar power plants. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented on four continents by 13 foreign subsidiaries. The Group employs a staff of over 4,500 (incl. temporary workers). SMA’s product portfolio includes the most comprehensive range of inverters on the market, offering a compatible inverter for every type of photovoltaic module and for all plant sizes. The product range covers both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company SMA Solar Technology AG has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for its excellence as an employer.
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