Digia Plc's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 12 March 2015. The AGM adopted the financial statements for 2014, released the Board members and the CEO from liability, determined the Board and auditor fees, resolved to keep the number of Board members at seven (7), elected the company’s Board of Directors for a new term, and elected a new auditor.
With regard to profit distribution for 2014, the AGM approved the Board's proposal to pay a dividend of EUR 0.05 per share to all shareholders listed in the shareholder register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the reconciliation date of 16 March 2015. The dividend payment date was set at 23 March 2015.
The AGM authorised the Board to decide on the buyback and/or acceptance as collateral of no more than 2,000,000 shares in the company. This buyback can only be executed by means of the company’s unrestricted equity. The Board shall decide on how these shares are to be bought. Own shares may be bought back in disproportion to the holdings of the shareholders. The authorisation also includes acquisition of shares through public trading organised by NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Oy in accordance with the rules and instructions of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki and Euroclear Finland Ltd, or through offers made to shareholders. Shares may be acquired in order to improve the company's capital structure, to fund acquisitions or other business transactions, for offering share-based incentive schemes, to sell on, or to be annulled. The shares must be acquired at the market price in public trading. This authorisation supersedes that granted by the AGM of 11 March 2014 and is valid for 18 months, i.e. until 12 September 2016.
The AGM authorised the Board to decide on an ordinary or bonus issue of shares and the granting of special rights (as defined in Section 1, Chapter 10 of the Limited Liability Companies Act) in one or more instalments, as follows: The issue may total 4,000,000 shares at a maximum. The authorisation applies both to new shares and to treasury shares held by the company. By virtue of the authorisation, the Board has the right to decide on share issues and the granting of special rights, in deviation from the pre-emptive subscription rights of the shareholders (a directed issue). The authorisation may be used to fund or complete acquisitions or other business transactions, for offering share-based incentive schemes, to develop the company’s capital structure, or for other purposes. The Board was authorised to decide on all terms related to the share issue or special rights, including the subscription price, its payment in cash or (partly or wholly) in capital contributed in kind or its being written off against the subscriber's receivables, and its recognition in the company's balance sheet. This authorisation supersedes that granted by the AGM of 11 March 2014 and is valid for 18 months, i.e. until 12 September 2016.
On 28 August 2015, Digia Plc announced that its Board of Directors had decided to explore a possible spin-off that would separate its domestic and Qt businesses and create two distinct companies, with identical ownership, listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
The purpose of the arrangement is to enable both businesses to focus on maximising their business potential in line with their strategy, thereby creating further added value for shareholders.
On 16 December 2015, Digia's Board of Directors approved the plan concerning the company's partial demerger. According to the plan, Digia will be divided so that all assets, liabilities and responsibilities related to Digia's Qt operations are transferred to the new company created by the division, to be called Qt Group Plc. Digia's Domestic operations will remain with Digia.
The demerger and demerger plan will be presented for approval at the Digia Plc Annual General Meeting, to be held on 16 March 2016.
The demerger will enter into force after the Annual General Meeting approves the demerger and the demerger plan, and the implementation is recorded in the trade register. The planned registration date is 1 May 2016. If the demerger enters into force, Digia's President and CEO Juha Varelius will become the President and CEO of Qt Group Plc. Digia Plc's new CEO will be Timo Levoranta (b. 1965), M.Sc. (Tech.), B.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.).