CorporateInvestorsApril 24, 2013

Wolters Kluwer Shareholders approve dividend and new Executive Board appointment, April 2013

2013 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Wolters Kluwer held today.

Wolters Kluwer, a global leader in professional information services, held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Amsterdam earlier today. The shareholders adopted, among others, the company’s 2012 financial statements and approved the dividend increase to €0.69 per ordinary share. Mr. K. B. Entricken was appointed as a new member of Wolters Kluwer’s Executive Board. Mr. P.N. Wakkie, Ms. B.M. Dalibard and Mr. L.P. Forman were re-appointed as members of the company’s Supervisory Board.

In her address to the AGM, Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, shared details about Wolters Kluwer’s 2012 financial accomplishments, highlighted the new brand strategy and tagline “When You Have to Be Right,” and reviewed the company’s strategic priorities for the coming years.

Ms. McKinstry stated, “We are proud that Wolters Kluwer is recognized by our customers as an essential partner that helps them make critical decisions with confidence. Our solutions provide professionals with actionable knowledge and insights, specialized software, and services that raise their productivity.”

Resolutions by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

The shareholders of Wolters Kluwer were represented in person, by proxy voting, or by voting instruction, representing a total of approximately 68% of the total issued share capital entitled to vote. All voting items on the agenda were adopted. These items included, among others:

  • Shareholders appointed Mr. K.B. Entricken as member of the Executive Board. Mr. Entricken has been appointed as the new CFO of Wolters Kluwer, replacing Boudewijn Beerkens, who will resign as CFO and member of the Executive Board on May 1, 2013.

  • Shareholders adopted the 2012 financial statements and approved the proposal to distribute a dividend of €0.69 per ordinary share, maintaining the company’s progressive dividend policy. The company also announced it is abolishing its scrip dividend policy and will pay dividend in cash only, starting with the 2012 dividend.

  • The shareholders re-appointed Mr. P.N. Wakkie, Ms. B.M. Dalibard and Mr. L.P. Forman as members of the company’s Supervisory Board.

Details on the agenda items, the 2012 Annual Report, and the 2012 Sustainability Report are available on the company’s website.

2013 Dividend calendar

April 26, 2013
Ex-dividend date
April 30, 2013
Dividend record date
May 16, 2013
Dividend payment date (ordinary shares)
May 23, 2013 ADR dividend payment date

2013 Calendar

May 8, 2013
Trading update
July 31, 2013
Half-Year 2013 results
November 6, 2013
Trading update
February 19, 2014 Full-Year 2013 results
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