CorporateInvestorsMarch 14, 2012

Wolters Kluwer launches 2011 Annual Report and 2011 Sustainability Report

Agenda and convocation notice for Annual General Meeting of Shareholders available.

Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company focused on professionals, launched today its 2011 Annual Report and 2011 Sustainability Report. Also, the Agenda and convocation notice for the April 25, 2012 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders are available.

The Wolters Kluwer 2011 Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available online and in a limited print edition. These materials can also be accessed through the renewed corporate website The Report details the strategic, financial, and operational performance of Wolters Kluwer in 2011. It highlights continued growth in online and software services, enlarged global footprint in higher-growth markets, and focus on value-driven innovation in productivity solutions to help professional customers achieve their goals. The Report features the world of Wolters Kluwer’s customers through multiple articles, interviews, and compelling visual narratives, showing how the company creates value through expertise, champions innovation, and demonstrates leadership.

In addition, Wolters Kluwer’s 2011 Sustainability Report is now available. It illustrates how the essence of Wolters Kluwer’s business is creating sustainable growth by providing high-quality solutions that improve the work and life quality for its customers and communities.

Reflecting on the main driver for the company’s solid financial performance and strong market positions, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Nancy McKinstry commented:

“Customers are at the center of everything we do. The world of our professional customers keeps changing at an ever-increasing pace. Greater complexity of regulations and compliance requirements, new technologies, and a greater focus on productivity are just some of the key trends that are changing the game for our customers. Our investments in digital and mobility solutions support the transformation of our portfolio as we are working to deliver on our customers’ expectations of seamless access to information and tools anywhere and anytime.”

The Agenda with explanatory notes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) as well as the convocation notice for the AGM are also available. Agenda items include review of the 2011 performance, the dividend proposal of €0.68 per ordinary share, and the proposal to appoint Mr. D.R. Hooft Graafland, CFO and Member of the Executive Board of Heineken, as a member of the Supervisory Board. The information for the AGM also includes an update of issued share capital on which votes can be casted at the meeting and shares held by the company.

2012 Dividend calendar

April 27, 2012 Ex-dividend quotation
April 27 – May 11, 2012 Choice period stock dividend
May 2, 2012 Dividend record date
May 11, 2012
Stock dividend ratio date (after the close of trading)*
May 15, 2012
Cash distribution payable
May 22, 2012
ADR Cash distribution payable


* The stock dividend conversion rate will be set on the basis of the volume weighted average share price of the company during the period from May 7 up to and including May 11, 2012.

2012 Calendar

April 25, 2012 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
May 9, 2012 Trading update
July 25, 2012 Half-Year 2012 results
November 7, 2012
Trading update
February 22, 2013
Full-Year 2012 results


Full overview available at

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the health, tax & accounting, governance, risk & compliance, and legal & regulatory 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. 
Gerbert van Genderen Stort
Gerbert van Genderen Stort, Media Relations
Media Relations
Global Branding & Communications
Meg Geldens
Meg Geldens
Vice President, Investor Relations
Investor Relations