In general, Volvo is in compliance with the Swedish regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Annual General Meeting.
Under ITEMS 14.1-14.10, the (re-)election of the board of directors is proposed.In light of concerns over aggregate time commitments, ECGS recommends to vote OPPOSE to the (re-)election of: Ms. Martina Merz (ITEM 14.7).
Under ITEM 18, the board of directors seeks approval of the Company's executive remuneration guidelines. Although no (material) changes are proposed, ECGS is missing an actual LT component (with a performance measurement period of at least 3 years) under the guidelines. ECGS therefore recommends to vote OPPOSE.
ITEM 19 is a proposal made by a shareholder. ECGS does not support the proposal and accordingly recommends to vote OPPOSE.Finally, ECGS notes that Volvo announced in October 2018 that it had detected that an emissions control component used in certain markets is degrading more quickly than expected, which could cause the engines to exceed emissions limits for nitrogen oxides (NOX). The degradation is due to a materials issue that occurs over time. In connection with the detection the Company made a provision of SEK 7 billion relating to the estimated costs to address the issue.
Volvo is a manufacturer of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. Co.'s activities are organized into six areas: Group Trucks, which sells and markets trucks under Eicher, Mack, Renault Trucks, UD Trucks and Volvo brands; Construction Equipment, which includes equipment for construction and related industries; Buses, which includes buses and bus chassis for city, intercity and coach traffic; Volvo Penta, which manufactures engines and drive systems for boats and commercial craft; Governmental Sales, which manufactures special-purpose vehicles; and Volvo Financial Services, providing customer financing and leasing, dealer financing and fee based products.
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Q2 surprised positively, adj. EBIT 44% was above expectations. On average, we left 2020-2021e EBIT unchanged, with good upgrades in Volvo, ABB, Alfa Laval. PMI’s are indicating a return to organic growth in Q4’20, we see upside to forecasts in some of the short-cycle names. The stronger SEK is a headwind and a risk to 2021e adj. EBIT of 4-7% for most companies. We continue to see attraction in mining equipment. Our key long ideas are: Sandvik, Volvo, Metso Outotec, Electrolux We are cautious on: Assa Abloy, Kone, Wärtsilä
We are impressed by Volvo’s operational performance in Q2, as it proved the company’s resilience. This, combined with improving order intake and the prospect of continued strong cash flow generation in the coming quarters, should lift valuation multiples in our view. We believe Q3 could be a share price catalyst, as we expect high truck deliveries following strong orders in June and Volvo executing on its backlog. We reiterate our BUY with a new SEK180 (170) target price.
ECGS notes that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM will be held as an electronic meeting only. Consequently, it will not be possible to attend the AGM in person. In general, Prosus is in compliance with the Dutch regulations relating to the organization and procedures of the AGM. Under ITEM 2 an advisory vote on the Company’s executive remuneration report is requested. ECGS notes that the total variable salary granted in the year under review, corresponding to 1062% of annual base salary, exceeds the maximum threshold under its guidelines. Accordingly, ECGS recommends to vote OPPOS...
The general meeting is convened to approve a sale of Direct Energy, Centricans North American energy supply, services and trading business, to NRG Energy for $3.625 billion in cash (equivalent to approximately £2.85 billion) on a debt free, cash free basis. We agree that the proposed cash offer is reasonable considering the current market circumstances and the group’s needs in urgent action in light of the Covid-19 impact on earnings and unbearable indebtedness. The disposal of Direct Energy will simplify the group’s structure and will allow focusing on a new strategy enabling the transition t...
Le rapport spécial des commissaires aux comptes ne comporte aucune convention, ni nouvelle, ni ancienne. L'absence de conventions au rapport spécial est, sauf opéra on non signalée aux commissaires aux comptes, le signe d'une bonne autonomie du projet de l'entreprise et d'une meilleure intégrité économique du groupe, surtout pour un groupe familial (résolution 4). Proxinvest estime que le taux d'indépendance du Conseil est très insuﬃsant (23%). Notons toutefois qu'André Delion, membre libre de conﬂits d'intérêts potentiels, assure désormais la présidence du Conseil depuis le 22 août 2019.Quan...
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