Valby, Denmark, 26 March 2019 - H. Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) announced today that the report by the Board of Directors was adopted and the annual report was approved at the annual general meeting.
The proposal to distribute a dividend of 61% of the net profit for the accounting year 2018, corresponding to DKK 12.00 per share, or a total dividend of DKK 2,389 million, was adopted.
Lars Søren Rasmussen, Lene Skole-Sørensen, Lars Erik Holmqvist, Jeremy Max Levin, Jeffrey Berkowitz and Henrik Andersen were re-elected to the Board of Directors. Immediately after the general meeting, the Board of Directors elected Lars Søren Rasmussen as Chairman and Lene Skole-Sørensen as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of Lundbeck will hereafter comprise:
- Lars Søren Rasmussen (Chairman)
- Lene Skole-Sørensen (Deputy Chairman)
- Lars Erik Holmqvist
- Jeremy Max Levin
- Jeffrey Berkowitz
- Henrik Andersen
- Ludovic Tranholm Otterbein (employee representative)
- Henrik Sindal Jensen (employee representative)
- Rikke Kruse Andreasen (employee representative)
After having elected its Chairman and Deputy Chairman, the Board of Directors appointed members for the Audit Committee, the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Scientific Committee.
Henrik Andersen (chairman), Lars Søren Rasmussen and Lars Erik Holmqvist were elected as members of the Audit Committee. Lars Søren Rasmussen (chairman), Lene Skole-Sørensen and Jeffrey Berkowitz were elected as members of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Jeremy Max Levin (chairman), Lene Skole-Sørensen and Jeffrey Berkowitz were elected as members of the Scientific Committee.
The general meeting approved the remuneration for the Board of Directors for the year 2019.
Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab was re-elected as the company's auditor.
The proposal to give the Board of Directors authorization until the next annual general meeting to let the company acquire own shares of a total nominal value of up to 10% of the share capital was adopted. The purchase price for the relevant shares may not deviate by more than 10% from the price quoted on NASDAQ Copenhagen A/S at the time of the acquisition.
The proposal from the Board of Directors to adopt amended Remuneration Guidelines for the Board of Directors and Executive Management was adopted.
The proposal from the Board of Directors to remove the age limit for members of the Board of Directors and thereby amend Article 5.1 of the Company’s Articles of Association was adopted.
The proposal from the shareholder Kritiske Aktionærer (a Danish association), that if the return on equity in the company exceeds 7%, then the company must reduce the prices on the medicine sold by the company, was not adopted.
The Chairman of the general meeting was authorised to file for registration the resolutions passed at the general meeting with the Danish Business Authority.
No other business was on the agenda at the annual general meeting.
The Board of Directors
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About H. Lundbeck A/S
H. Lundbeck A/S (LUN.CO, LUN DC, HLUYY) is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.
An estimated 700 million people worldwide are living with brain diseases and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.
Read more at www.lundbeck.com/global/about-us/progress-in-mind.
Our approximately 5,000 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing and sales. Our pipeline consists of several late-stage development programs and our products are available in more than 100 countries. Our research center is based in Denmark and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 18,1 billion in 2018 (EUR 2,4 billion; USD 2,8 billion).
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