"For the first time in the Company's history, the Annual General Meeting was held exclusively online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shareholders were able to submit questions beforehand, watch the entire AGM on screen and exercise their voting rights electronically", as the reinsurer pointed out in a statement.
MUNICH Re informed that during the AGM, the following resolutions were passed:
- Munich Re will pay a dividend of EUR 9.80 per share for the 2019 financial year (2018: EUR 9.25). The overall dividend payout amounts to about EUR 1.37 billion.
- Carsten SPOHR, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, was elected to the Supervisory Board. SPOHR succeeds Kurt Wilhelm BOCK, who retired from the Supervisory Board upon conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 29 April 2020. SPOHR was elected for Bock's remaining term of office until the end of the AGM in 2024.
- Furthermore, the AGM granted renewed authorisation to buy back shares. The authorisation granted on 25 April 2018 has been replaced, as it had been substantially exhausted by the share buy-back programmes for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.
- In addition, authorisation was granted to issue convertible bonds, bonds with warrants, profit participation rights or profit participation certificates, and hybrid financial instruments. To this end, there will be a contingent increase in the share capital - up to 28 April 2025 - totalling as much as EUR 117 million through the issue of new registered no-par-value shares (Contingent Capital Increase 2020). The total nominal amount of the bonds to be issued under this authorisation may not exceed EUR 5 billion. The new authorisation replaces an existing authorisation, which expired unused on 22 April 2020. As a result, MUNICH Re will have the option in coming years as well, if necessary, of using the above-mentioned financial instruments to strengthen capital.