CorporateInvestorsMay 10, 2023

Wolters Kluwer 2023 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders adopts all resolutions

Wolters Kluwer (Euronext: WKL), a global leader in professional information, software solutions and services, announces that all resolutions were adopted as proposed at today’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). “Looking back at the last year, I’m pleased to say it was a very good year for us with positive developments on many fronts,” said Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chair of the Executive Board at the AGM. “Our performance in 2022 extended our track record of delivering incremental improvements in key financial metrics.” In the context of innovation, she added: “For many years now, we have been investing in artificial intelligence such as machine learning and predictive analytics, and more recently large language models. We believe these technologies will advance our customers’ decision-making and productivity.”

Composition Supervisory Board

Mr. Vogelzang has been reappointed for a second term of four years with effect from May 10, 2023. Mr. Bertrand Bodson, whose first four-year term expired after the AGM, regretfully was not available for reappointment, due to his other commitments and he retired after the AGM. The Supervisory Board is conducting a search for replacing Mr. Bodson, to bring the number of its members back to seven, in line with the profile.

2022 Financial Statements and Dividend

The AGM adopted the Financial Statements for 2022 as included in the 2022 Annual Report and approved a total dividend of €1.81 per ordinary share, resulting in a final dividend of €1.18 per ordinary share, payable in June 2023. The cash dividend will be paid net of 15% dividend withholding tax where applicable.

Appointment new auditor

KPMG has been appointed as new external auditor for the financial years 2025 – 2028. Deloitte will remain responsible for the statutory audit of the 2023 and 2024 financial reporting years.

Other AGM resolutions

All other AGM voting items on the agenda were adopted. This included the resolutions to release the members of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board from liability for the exercise of their respective duties and the extension of the authority of the Executive Board to issue shares, to acquire shares in the company, and to cancel shares. 

Shareholders represented

Wolters Kluwer shareholders were represented in person, by proxy voting, or by voting instruction, representing a total of 79.21% of the total issued share capital entitled to vote. 

Detailed voting results by agenda item will be available on our website at shortly.

Data relevant in relation to the dividend:

May 12, 2023 Ex-dividend date: 2022 final dividend
May 15, 2023 Record date: 2022 final dividend
June 6, 2023 Payment date: 2022 final dividend ordinary shares
June 13, 2023 Payment date: 2022 final dividend ADRs
August 29, 2023 Ex-dividend date: 2023 interim dividend
August 30, 2023 Record date: 2023 interim dividend
September 21, 2023 Payment date: 2023 interim dividend
September 28, 2023 Payment date: 2023 interim dividend ADRs

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer (EURONEXT: WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the healthcare, tax and accounting, financial and corporate compliance, legal and regulatory, and corporate performance and ESG sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Forward-looking statements and other important legal information

This report contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expect”, “should”, “could”, “shall” and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer’s businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Certain trademarks referenced are owned by Wolters Kluwer N.V. and its subsidiaries and may be registered in various countries.

This press release contains information which is to be made publicly available under Regulation (EU) 596/2014.

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