We believe that a company listed on 2 markets should therefore comply with both local corporate governance best practices. Although Nokia complies with the Finnish governance code, it fails to adhere to fundamental tenets of the French code. Notably, the company does not provide shareholders with the opportunity to vote on executive remuneration nor does it allow for directors to be elected individually. For the former
shareholders of Alcatel-Lucent, this is a significant departure from best practices and hence we voice our concerns in resolutions 9 and 12.
Nokia is an Internet and communications technology company based in Finland. Co.'s operations are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which Co. offers through Networks; location intelligence, which Co. provides through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which Co. pursues through Technologies. Co. maintains a global presence with operations and Researh & Development facilities located in Europe, North America and Asia, and sales in approximately 130 countries. Co. has an installed base of around 600 customers worldwide and these operators serve over 4 billion subscribers.
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The general evaluation of NOKIA OYJ (FI), a company active in the Telecommunications Equipment industry, has been upgraded by the independent financial analyst theScreener with the addition of a star. Its fundamental valuation now shows 4 out of 4 possible stars while its market behaviour can be considered as moderately risky. theScreener believes that the additional star(s) merits the upgrade of its general evaluation to Slightly Positive. As of the analysis date July 16, 2019, the closing price was EUR 4.58 and its potential was estimated at EUR 5.07.
While the 2019 Paris Air Show ended on a lacklustre note in terms of orders, it was marked by the launch of the A321XLR (which complicates the equation for the NMA) and the shelving of a rapid increase in production rates to 70 aircraft per month (a relief for the supply chain). Our hierarchy of recommendations is unchanged and we continue to prefer engine makers with MTU our Top Pick (Buy - € 220). Cf. report published this morning. - ...
Item 3: Approve the Remuneration ReportThe remuneration structure is satisfactory, though accelerated vesting is possible. Potential and actual total variable remuneration exceed guidelines, but not very much. They are moderate in comparison with UK market practice. Overall, the quantum during the year was not excessive. We recommend shareholders vote in favor.
Item 3: Approve the Remuneration Report The structure is weighted more heavily towards short-term performance. One of the performance metrics for the LTI is the payment of sustainable dividends, which is not considered appropriate as executives can potentially influence the payout level. The LTI also includes relative TSR as a performance metric. Nevertheless, the quantum is not excessive and even maximum potential amounts are moderate. On balance, we recommend shareholders vote in favor. Item 4: Approve the Remuneration PolicyThe main concern with the Company's remuneration policy is that pa...
Item 2: Approve the Remuneration ReportThe remuneration structure is unsatisfactory. The main concern at the Company is that the potential maximum incentive pay including the bonus, matching shares on the deferred portion of the bonus and the LTI amounts to 1000% of base salary, which is considered grossly excessive. Actual incentive pay during the year was1.6 times the ECGS limit. Furthermore, variable remuneration is overly reliant on a single performance metric, benchmark profit before tax. A second performance criteria will be used in the coming year. We note that the Company has adjusted ...
GOUVERNANCELa société n’est pas contrôlée ; pourtant, son conseil ne présente un taux d’indépendance que de 25% selon Proxinvest (33,33% selon la société). Cette situation est principalement due au pacte d’actionnaires conclu entre la société et ses 3 principaux actionnaires, BPIfrance, NSIG et CEA qui ont chacun 2 sièges au conseil (soit 17% du conseil chacun). Or, ils ne détiennent chacun que 11% du capital. Ils sont donc tous les 3 en surreprésentation. C’est cette surreprésentation et le manque d’indépendance du conseil qui explique que Proxinvest ne soutienne, pour chacun de ces 3 actionn...
RémunérationsAu titre de l’exercice 2018-2019, une rémunération exceptionnelle sous forme d’actions gratuites a été attribuée au Directeur Général. S’il est compréhensible que le conseil ait souhaité récompenser son DG pour avoir su gérer au mieux la crise du prix du liège, il semble cependant, très généreux de lui octroyer une rémunération exceptionnelle supérieure à son bonus (111% du bonus annuel précisément). De plus, cette rémunération exceptionnelle représente 35% de son fixe, alors que la politique approuvée par les actionnaires lors de la précédente assemblée générale prévoyait un plaf...
Résolution 7 : la société propose la mise en place d’une clause de non-concurrence, d’une durée identique à celle proposée en 2018 dans le cadre de l’opération avec Siemens (clause qui n’a pas pu être mise en place suite à l’échec de l’opération), mais d’un montant moindre (18 mois contre 24 mois précédemment). Proxinvest apprécie vivement la baisse du montant. Cependant, il excède toujours notre plafond de 12 mois de rémunération fixe + variable annuel ; aussi, nous ne soutenons pas cet engagement. Résolution 9 : La rémunération attribuée au titre de 2018/19 au PDG aurait pu être acceptable ...
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