|Nokia's Annual Dividend|
<< Just recently bought a little NOK; anyone think that the dividend is endangered...I know NOK has a bunch of cash >>
Yes. While Nokia's margins are significantly compressed and they have had back to back tough years since the global recession struck they are still nicely profitable, hold a bundle of cash, and generate more cash each quarter. As this hedgefund manager noted Monday ...
When all interest-bearing liabilities are deducted from the December 31 balance of cash, liquid cash equivalents and 80% of the long-term cash-like assets, each diluted share is entitled to $2.12, assuming (i) the EUR / USD rate of 1.3546 on February 13 and (ii) the minority interest’s right to 27.4% of assets. Looking back at 2010, Nokia generated $285M of cash per month from operations, net of capital expenditures and dividends. For the year, this came out to $0.92 per diluted share. - Jx Capital Management -
I seriously doubt that the propsed dividend of €0.40 per share ($0.54/share at yesterday's exchange rate) is endagered BUT that proposed dividend does need to be approved at Nokia's AGM which is scheduled for May 3.
>> Nokia Board of Directors Convenes Annual General Meeting 2011
Dividend of EUR 0.40 per share will be proposed for 2010 (EUR 0.40 for 2009)
Stock Exchange Release
January 27, 2011
• Nokia announced today that its Board of Directors has resolved to convene the Annual General Meeting on May 3, 2011 and that the Board and its Committees will submit the below proposals to the Annual General Meeting.
• Proposal to pay a dividend of EUR 0.40 per share
• Proposals on the Board composition and remuneration
• Proposal for a new stock option plan as part of Nokia Equity Program 2011
• Proposal to authorize the Board to repurchase shares to maintain flexibility but with no current plans to repurchase shares in 2011
• Proposal to re-elect the external auditor
Proposal to pay a dividend
The Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.40 per share be paid for the fiscal year 2010. The dividend ex-date would be May 4, 2011, the record date May 6, 2011 and the payment date on or about May 20, 2011.
Proposals on Board composition and remuneration
Nokia Board members, Lalita Gupte and Keijo Suila, have informed that they will no longer be available for the Nokia Board of Directors. Ms Gupte was first appointed to Nokia Board in 2007 and she has been a member of the Audit Committee during her entire directorship. Mr Suila has been Nokia Board member since 2006 and he is currently also a member of the Personnel Committee.
The Board's Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee will propose to the Annual General Meeting that the number of Board members be eleven (11) and that the following current Nokia Board members be re-elected as members of the Nokia Board of Directors for a term ending at the Annual General Meeting in 2012: Bengt Holmström, Henning Kagermann, Per Karlsson, Isabel Marey-Semper, Jorma Ollila, Marjorie Scardino and Risto Siilasmaa.
In addition, the Committee will propose that Jouko Karvinen, CEO of Stora Enso Oyj, Helge Lund, President and CEO of Statoil Group, and Kari Stadigh, Group CEO and President of Sampo plc, be elected as members of the Nokia Board of Directors for a term ending at the Annual General Meeting in 2012. Also, the Committee will propose election of Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia Corporation, to Nokia Board of Directors for the same term.
Additional information about the Board member candidates will be available in the Committee proposal.
As to the Board remuneration, the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee will propose that the annual fee payable to the Board members elected at the Annual General Meeting on May 3, 2011 for a term ending at the Annual General Meeting in 2012, remain at the same level than during the past three years as follows: EUR 440 000 for the Chairman, EUR 150 000 for the Vice Chairman, and EUR 130 000 for each member, excluding the President and CEO of Nokia if elected to the Nokia Board; for the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Personnel Committee an additional annual fee of EUR 25 000; and for each member of the Audit Committee an additional annual fee of EUR 10 000. Further, the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee will propose that, as in the past, approximately 40% of the remuneration be paid in Nokia Corporation shares purchased from the market, which shares shall be retained until the end of the board membership in line with the Nokia policy (except for those shares needed to offset any costs relating to the acquisition of the shares, including taxes).
New stock option plan as part of Nokia Equity Program 2011
As part of Nokia Equity Program 2011, the Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that selected personnel of Nokia Group be granted a maximum of 35 million stock options until the end of 2013. The planned maximum annual grant for the year 2011 under this Stock Option Plan 2011 is approximately 12 million stock options, with the remaining stock options available through the end of 2013. The proposed 2011 Stock Option Plan will succeed the previous 2007 Stock Option Plan approved by the Annual General Meeting 2007 which has not been available for further grants of stock since the end of 2010. The stock options entitle recipients to subscribe for a maximum of 35 million Nokia shares over the life of the plan. The sub-categories of stock options to be granted under the plan will have a term of approximately six years. The vesting periods of the stock options are as follows: 50% of shares granted under each subcategory vesting after three years from grant date and remaining 50% vesting four years after the relevant grant date. The exercise period for the first sub-category will commence on July 1, 2014 and the exercise period for the last sub-categories will expire on December 27, 2019. The exercise prices (i.e., share subscription prices) shall be determined on a quarterly basis at grant and will be equal to the market price of the Nokia share quoted in public trading at the time of the pricing, as determined in the plan's terms and conditions.
The overall Nokia Equity Program 2011, following previous years' practice, has the below structure as approved by the Board of Directors and subject to the approval of the Stock Option Plan 2011 by the Annual General Meeting:
• Performance Shares - offered as the main equity-based incentive to approximately 4 700 employees, who receive shares only upon the achievement of threshold level for the two independent performance criteria: Average Annual Net Sales Growth and Average Annual EPS;
• Stock options - a more limited plan, used in conjunction with performance shares on a selective basis for senior managers, to better align with a focus on Nokia share price appreciation; and
- Restricted Shares - granted on a very selective basis to retain our high potential and critical talent, vital to the future success of Nokia.
As Nokia clarifies its strategic directions, the Equity Program 2011 will support employee focus and alignment with the company's targets. The Equity Program 2011, like Nokia equity programs of previous years, will attract, retain and motivate critical talent. Similarly, it intends to align the potential value participants receive directly with the long-term performance of the company, thus aligning the participants' interests with Nokia shareholders' interests. Nokia's balanced approach and use of the performance-based plan as the main long-term incentive vehicle effectively contributes to the long-term value creation and sustainability of the company and ensures that compensation is based on performance.
Under the Nokia Performance Share Plan 2011, Nokia shares will be delivered provided that the Company's performance reaches at least one of the required threshold levels measured by two independent performance criteria:
(1) Average annual net sales growth during the performance period; and
(2) Average annual earnings per share (EPS) (diluted, non-IFRS) during the performance period.
The threshold and maximum levels for the Performance Share Plan 2011 are scheduled to be determined and disclosed during the first quarter of 2011. No Performance Shares will be granted under the plan prior to that.
The Performance Share Plan 2011 has a three-year performance period (2011-2013). The grant of Performance Shares in 2011 may result in an aggregate maximum payout of 28 million Nokia shares, should the maximum level for both performance criteria be met. Nokia intends to continue to grant performance shares also in 2012-2013 up to a total maximum payout of approximately 56 million Nokia shares, should the maximum level for both performance criteria be met.
The Restricted Share Plan 2011 has a three-year restriction period. The grant of Restricted Shares in 2011 may result in an aggregate maximum payout of 9 million Nokia shares. Nokia intends to continue to grant restricted shares also in 2012-2013 up to total payout of approximately 18 million Nokia shares.
As of December 31, 2010, the total maximum dilution effect of Nokia's equity program currently outstanding, assuming that the performance shares are delivered at maximum level, is approximately 1.5 %. The potential maximum effect of the Nokia Equity Program 2011 will be approximately another 1.3 %.
The performance period for the Performance Share Plan 2008 ended on December 31, 2010, and there will be no settlement under the plan as the threshold performance criteria of EPS and Average Annual Net Sales Growth were not met. To fulfill the Company's obligations under other, considerably more limited equity incentive plans, Nokia's Board of Directors has resolved to issue a total amount of 1 315 000 Nokia shares (NOK1V) held by the Company to settle its commitment to approximately 500 participants, employees of the Nokia Group.
Proposals to authorize the Board to repurchase shares
The Board will propose that the Annual General Meeting authorize the Board to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 360 million Nokia shares. The proposed maximum number of shares is the same as in the Board's current share repurchase authorization and it represents less than 10 % of all the shares of the Company. The shares may be repurchased in order to develop the capital structure of the Company, finance or carry out acquisitions or other arrangements, settle the Company's equity-based incentive plans, be transferred for other purposes, or be cancelled. The shares may be repurchased either through a tender offer made to all shareholders on equal terms, or through public trading from the stock market. The authorization would be effective until June 30, 2012 and terminate the current authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2010.
The repurchase authorization is proposed to maintain flexibility, but the Board has no current plans for repurchases during 2011. [Underline mine: EL]
Election Of External Auditor
In addition, the Board's Audit Committee will propose to the Annual General Meeting that PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy be re-elected as the Company's auditor, and that the auditor be reimbursed according to the invoice and in compliance with the purchase policy approved by the Audit Committee.
The notice to the Annual General Meeting and the complete proposals by the Board and its Committees to the Annual General Meeting are scheduled to be published on Nokia's website at nokia.com on February 2, 2011. [See Link Below] ###
>> Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Nokia Corporation
Stock exchange release
February 2, 2011
February 02, 2011
Notice is given to the shareholders of Nokia Corporation (the "Company") of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Helsinki Fair Centre, Amfi Hall, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, Finland. ... <Snip> ... The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting a dividend of EUR 0.40 per share for the fiscal year 2010. The dividend would be paid to shareholders registered in the Register of Shareholders of the Company on the record date of the dividend payment, May 6, 2011. The Board proposes that the dividend will be paid on or about May 20, 2011. ... <Snip Rest: full text at link above >
- Eric -