This document is an unofficial translation from the Finnish original. In the event of any discrepancies between the Finnish and English versions, the Finnish version shall prevail.
§ 1 Business Name and Domicile
The business name of the company is KONE Oyj and in English, KONE Corporation. Its domicile is Helsinki.
§ 2 Field of Operation
The company’s field of operation is the metal industry, primarily the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering industries, trade in the products of the metal industry, and industrial and business activities related to these. In addition, the company may engage in the buying, selling, owning, and administration of property and securities.
3 § Shares
The shares of the company are divided into class A and class B shares.
In a share issue against payment, either shares of both classes or only of class B may be issued in accordance with a decision of a General Meeting of Shareholders.
In a share issue in which shares of both classes are issued, the shares shall be issued in proportion to both classes of shares and by offering to shareholders shares in both share classes in proportion to their previous holdings of shares in such class.
Dividend on class B shares
When distributing dividends, the dividend paid on class B shares is higher than that paid on class A shares. The difference between the dividends paid on the different classes of shares can be a minimum of one (1) percent and a maximum two and one-half (2.5) percent, calculated based on the amount obtained by dividing the share capital entered into the Trade Register by the number of shares entered into the Trade Register.
Right to vote pertaining to shares
In a General Meeting of Shareholders, each class A share entitles its holder to one vote and each full ten class B shares entitle their holder to one vote, but each shareholder has a minimum of one vote.
Conversion of class A shares to class B shares
Upon an offer by the Board of Directors, the holder of class A shares shall have the right to present a claim that the class A shares owned by him or her be converted to class B shares at a ratio of 1:1. The offer by the Board of Directors shall be communicated to the holders of class A shares by a letter sent to their addresses entered in the company’s shareholders’ register. Any claim regarding a conversion shall be presented in writing to the company’s Board of Directors. The claim shall specify the shares for which the conversion is desired. After the period of the offer has expired, the Board of Directors shall forthwith carry out the conversions based on the claims presented. Thereafter, a notification of the conversion shall forthwith be made to the Trade Register for registration. The conversion has been put into effect when the registration has been made.
The shares of the company are in the book-entry securities system.
§ 4 Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the company shall include a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of ten (10) regular members, as well as a maximum of three (3) deputy members.
The Board of Directors shall elect the Chair of the Board and the Deputy Chair from amongst its members.
The term of office of the Board of Directors shall expire at the end of the first Annual General Meeting of Shareholders following the election.
The Board of Directors is deemed to constitute a quorum when more than a half of its members are present.
§ 5 Managing Director
The Board of Directors of the company shall appoint the company’s Managing Director.
§ 6 Right of Representation
The company is represented by the Chair of the Board of Directors and by the Managing Director, either one of them alone, and by the members and deputy members of the Board of Directors, any two of them jointly.
The Board of Directors shall decide on the granting of powers of procuration.
§ 7 Audit
The company shall have a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) auditors. The auditors must be authorized public accountants.
The auditors are elected annually at the annual general meeting for a term that shall expire at the end of the first Annual General Meeting of Shareholders following the election.
§ 8 Summons to a General Meeting
The summons to a General Meeting of Shareholders must be published on the website of the company no earlier than three (3) months and no later than three (3) weeks prior to the General Meeting of Shareholders, but in any case at the latest nine (9) days prior to the record date of the General Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors may decide to publish the summon or the notice of the General Meeting during the same time limit in one or several newspapers.
§ 9 Declaration of Intention to Attend a General Meeting
In order to be permitted to participate in a General Meeting of Shareholders, a shareholder shall, no later than the date designated by the Board of Directors and mentioned in the summons to the Meeting, which date may be no earlier than ten (10) days before the Meeting, declare to the company her/his intention to attend.
§ 10 General Meeting of Shareholders
The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders shall be held annually within three months after the closing of the financial period, on a day designated by the Board of Directors.
At the Meeting, the following shall be:
1) the financial statements, which shall comprise the consolidated financial statements, the Board of Directors’ Report;
2) the Auditors’ Report;
3) the adoption of the financial statements;
4) the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet;
5) granting discharge from liability to the members and deputy members of the Board of Directors and to the Managing Director;
6) the number of members and deputy members of the Board of Directors and their remunerations;
7) the number of auditors, and their remunerations;
8) the Board of Directors’ regular members and, if needed, deputy members;
9) one or several Auditors.
§ 11 Financial Period
The financial period of the company is the calendar year.
§ 12 Arbitration
Any disputes between the company on the one hand, and the Board of Directors, any member of the Board of Directors, the Managing Director, any auditor, or any shareholder on the other hand, regarding the application of the Limited Liability Companies Act or the present Articles of Association, shall be settled by arbitration as prescribed in the Limited Liability Companies Act and the Arbitration Act.
Page updated on 28.3.2012