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Jehanne Leroy
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Worldline - 30 Novembre 2018

Les actionnaires sont réunis afin d’approuver l’opération d’apport par SIX Group AG des actions de son Services de Paiement et la rémunération de cette apport par l’émission d’actions Worldline, ainsi qu’un montant en numéraire. Tant d’un point de vue stratégique que financier, cette opération semble justifiée et acceptable. Du point de vue de la gouvernance, bien que le taux d’indépendance du conseil ne s’améliore pas, il est appréciable qu’il ne se détériore pas. Aussi, nous soutenons l’opération.

Cependant, il est fort regrettable que la société n’ait pas saisi l’occasion pour supprimer le droit de vote double puisque d’ici 2 ans, SIX Group AG aura des droits de vote double, ce qui diluera d’autant plus les actionnaires minoritaires. Ce point est sanctionné dans le cadre de la résolution 3 qui propose l’approbation des nouveaux statuts.

Concernant la nomination de a administrateurs représentant SIX, Proxinvest ne soutient qu’une seule des candidatures proposées au regard du fait que le conseil n’est pas majoritairement indépendant.

Underlying
Worldline

Worldline is a financial transaction processing company based in France. Co's operations are organized along three segments covering payments and digital services: Merchant Services & Terminals (facilitating consumer engagement around end-to-end e-payment transactional services on any device – before, during and after the point of sale); eMobility and eTransactional Services (assists businesses and governments in developing new digital services enabling strategic digital transformation); and Financial Processing & Software Licensing (provides processing services to banks and financial institutions for managing card-based and online cashless payments).

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Proxinvest
Proxinvest

Founded in 1995, Proxinvest is an independent proxy firm supporting the engagement and proxy analysis processes of investors. Proxinvest mission is to analyse corporate governance practices and resolutions proposed at general meetings of listed firms.

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Proxinvest has been a pioneer and champion of good corporate governance and has grown into a recognised expert in the field.

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Jehanne Leroy

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