Panalpina’s board of directors proposes to elect Thomas E. Kern as chairman of the board at the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) to be held on May 9, 2019. Furthermore, the board of directors proposes that no dividend be paid out to shareholders in 2019.
Proposal for new chairman
Thomas E. Kern currently chairs Panalpina’s independent board of directors. He headed the final phase of evaluating the company’s strategic options which then eventually led to the decision to recommend the transaction with DSV. He was elected to Panalpina’s board of directors in 2015. From 2008 to 2014 Kern was CEO of Zurich Airport AG (Switzerland), and from 2002 to 2006 CEO of Globus-Gruppe (Switzerland). He holds a master degree in law from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France).
If elected at the AGM, Kern will succeed Peter Ulber as chairman, who already in 2018 announced he would not stand for re-election at the AGM. Ulber will also not stand for re-election as a regular board member.
Proposal to refrain from dividend payment
In view of the recently announced public exchange offer submitted by DSV, which is based on a defined exchange ratio of Panalpina shares against DSV shares, Panalpina’s board of directors also proposes that no dividend be paid out to shareholders in 2019. A dividend payment would be qualified as having a dilutive effect, which would lead to an adjustment of the offered exchange ratio.
Proposal with regards to voting rights
Panalpina's board of independent directors has resolved to continue the grandfathering practice and to admit the Ernst Goehner Foundation to vote with all its shares at the upcoming AGM.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This document does not constitute or form part of any offer to exchange or acquire, or a solicitation of an offer to exchange or acquire all of the registered shares of Panalpina (the “Panalpina Shares”). This document is not a substitute for the (i) Swiss offer prospectus, (ii) listing prospectus for new DSV shares or (iii) the preliminary prospectus / offer to exchange expected to be included in the Registration Statement to be filed with the SEC if a vendor placement is not implemented with respect to the holders of the Panalpina Shares who are located in the United States and are not qualified institutional buyers (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”)) ((i) to (iii) collectively, the “Offer Documents”). The Offer referenced in this document has not yet commenced. No offering of securities shall be made in the United States except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act or pursuant to a vendor placement or another applicable exception from the registration requirements pursuant to the U.S. securities laws.
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The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products – Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics and Manufacturing – to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions for 12 core industries. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Project Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in around 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in another 100 countries. Panalpina employs approximately 14,500 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.