In his address, Olof Faxander, President and CEO, commented on the 2012 financial year and the trend for the first quarter of 2013. The presentation comprised a report on Sandvik's results per Business Area as well as geographically. Olof Faxander also reported on a number of important events during the year, such as improved co-ordination and use of group resources and strategic focus on growth markets. He also emphasized how research and development is a precondition for success and that Sandvik has been named one of the world's 100 most innovative companies by Thomson Reuters.
Adoption of the Profit and Loss Accounts and Balance Sheets
The General Meeting adopted the Profit and Loss Account and Balance Sheet for the parent company as well as the Consolidated Profit and Loss Account and Consolidated Balance Sheet for 2012. The Board members and the President were discharged from liability for the financial year 2012.
The General Meeting resolved on a dividend of SEK 3.50 per share. The record date for payment of the dividend was set at Tuesday, 30 April 2013. The dividend is expected to be sent by Euroclear Sweden AB on Monday, 6 May 2013.
Board of Directors
Pursuant to the Nomination Committee's proposal, Olof Faxander, Jürgen M Geissinger, Johan Karlström, Fredrik Lundberg, Hanne de Mora, Anders Nyrén, Simon Thompson and Lars Westerberg were re-elected members of the Board. Anders Nyrén was re-elected Chairman of the Board.
The employee unions have appointed Jan Kjellgren and Tomas Kärnström as members of the Board and Thomas Andersson and Alicia Espinosa as deputy members of the Board.