Item 4 on the agenda: Remuneration and own shares.
a) Remuneration policies in respect of Board Directors. The Shareholders approved the remuneration policies in respect of the Board Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo - specifically as regards the general criteria concerning the definition of remuneration, the specific criteria concerning the fixed remuneration for special offices, the insurance coverage and the rules regulating employment termination indemnities - in accordance with the terms described in Section I, 2 of the Report on Remuneration - “Remuneration of Board Directors”.
b) Determination of the remuneration of Board Directors pursuant to Articles 16.2 - 16.3 of the Articles of Association. The Shareholders set the gross annual remuneration of Board Directors. The amounts are shown below and cover the entire term of their office.
- €120,000, as remuneration for each Board Director who is not a member of the Management Control Committee;
- €800,000, as additional remuneration for the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors;
- €150,000, as additional remuneration for the post of Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors;
- €260,000, as specific remuneration for each Board Director who is also a member of the Management Control Committee, without payment of attendance fees in relation to the actual participation in the meetings of the Committee;
- €65,000, as additional remuneration for the Chairman of the Management Control Committee;
all the above being without prejudice to the reimbursement of expenses incurred in connection with the office held.
c) Remuneration and incentive policies of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group for 2019. The Shareholders approved the remuneration and incentive policies for 2019 as described in Section I, 4 of the Report on Remuneration - “Group Remuneration and incentive policies”. The Shareholders also voted in favour of the procedures used to adopt and implement the remuneration and incentive policies, as described in Section I, 1 of the Report on Remuneration - “Procedures for adoption and implementation of the Group remuneration and incentive policies”.
d) Increase in the cap on the variable-to-fixed remuneration to certain categories of personnel belonging to Asset Management Companies (Società di Gestione del Risparmio) of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group. The Shareholders approved the proposed increase in the variable-to-fixed remuneration cap up to a maximum of 4:1 for personnel operating exclusively in the Investment Management units belonging to Intesa Sanpaolo Group Asset Management entities, both in Italy and abroad
e) Integration to the criteria for the determination of the compensation to be granted in the event of early termination of the employment agreement or early termination of office. The Shareholders approved the formula for the determination of the compensation defined through an agreement reached in order to settle a current or prospective litigation ahead or in the event of termination of the employment agreement or early termination of office.
f) Approval of the 2018 Annual Incentive Plan based on financial instruments. The Shareholders approved the Incentive Plan for 2018 reserved for Risk Takers who accrue a bonus in excess of the “materiality threshold”, and those who, among Managers or Professionals who are not Risk Takers, accrue “relevant bonuses”. The Plan provides for the free assignment of Intesa Sanpaolo ordinary shares to be purchased on the market.
g) Authorisation to purchase and dispose of own shares to service the 2018 Annual Incentive Plan. In accordance with this authorisation:
- Intesa Sanpaolo ordinary shares will be purchased, in one or more tranches, up to a maximum number and a maximum percentage of the Intesa Sanpaolo share capital calculated by dividing the comprehensive amount of approximately €40,000,000 by the official price recorded today by the Intesa Sanpaolo share. As the official price recorded today by the Intesa Sanpaolo ordinary shares was €2.334, the maximum number of shares to be purchased on the market to meet the total requirement of the aforementioned Incentive Plan of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group as a whole amounts to 17,137,961. This represents around 0.10% of the share capital.
- the purchase of shares will be executed in compliance with the provisions included in Articles 2357 and following of the Italian Civil Code, within the limits of distributable income and available reserves, as determined in the financial statements most recently approved. Pursuant to Article 132 of Legislative Decree no. 58 of 24 February 1998 and Article 144-bis of the Issuers’ Regulation and subsequent amendments, purchases will be executed on regulated markets in accordance with trading methods laid down in market rules, in full accordance with the regulatory requirements as to equality of treatment among shareholders, the measures preventing market abuse, as well as the market practices permitted by CONSOB. By the date the Group-level purchase programme begins – disclosure of which will be made to the market as required by the regulations – the subsidiaries will have completed the procedure for seeking equivalent authorisation at their shareholders’ meetings, or from the bodies with jurisdiction over such matters within their structures;
- in accordance with the authorisation obtained at the Shareholders’ Meeting today, which is effective for up to 18 months, purchases will be executed at a price identified on a case-by-case basis, net of accessory charges, within a minimum and maximum price range. This price will be determined using the following criteria: the minimum purchase price will not be lower than the reference price of the share recorded in the stock market session on the day prior to each single purchase transaction, less 10 per cent; the maximum purchase price will not be higher than the reference price the share recorded in the stock market session on the day prior to each single purchase transaction, plus 10 per cent. At any rate, the purchase price will not be higher than the higher of the price of the last independent trade and the highest current independent bid on the market;
- furthermore, pursuant to Article 2357-ter of the Italian Civil Code, the Shareholders authorised the disposal on the regulated market of own ordinary shares exceeding the Incentive Plan’s requirements under the same conditions as those applied to the purchases and at a price no lower than the reference price of the share in the stock market session on the day prior to each single transaction, less 10 per cent. Alternatively, these shares may be retained to service possible future incentive plans and/or possible remuneration granted in the event of early termination of the employment relationship (Severance).