Articles of Association
Articles of Association - Tele2 AB, reg. no 556410-8917
Adopted by the Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2020
N.B. This is an in-house translation of the authorised Swedish Articles of Association and for convenience only.
The business name of the company (Sw. företagsnamn) is Tele2 AB. The company is a public company (publ).
The registered office of the board of directors is in the Municipality of Stockholm.
The primary objective of the company’s operations shall be to generate profits for its shareholders. Moreover, the company shall provide services and technical expertise, broadcast and transmit radio and television programmes and carry out related operations. Furthermore, the company shall send and transmit telephony carried by radio waves and cable and carry out related operations. The company shall also be able to own and manage real property as well as shares and other chattels and carry out related operations. The company shall be entitled to give guarantees or other securities for undertakings entered into by another company in the same group.
The company’s share capital shall be not less than SEK 250,000,000 and not more than SEK 1,000,000,000.
The number of shares shall be not less than 400,000,000 and not more than 1,600,000,000.
The shares shall be of three classes, Class A, Class B and Class C. Shares of Class A may be issued up to a maximum of 1,600,000,000, shares of Class B may be issued up to a maximum of 1,600,000,000 and Class C shares may be issued up to a maximum of 1,600,000,000. Class A shares entitle to ten votes each and Class B and Class C shares entitle to one vote each.
Class C share do not entitle to dividends. Upon the company’s liquidation, Class C shares carry an equivalent right to the Company’s assets as the other classes of shares, however not to an amount exceeding up to the quota value of the share, annualised as per day of distribution with an interest rate of STIBOR 30 days with an additional 1.00 percentages calculated from the day of payment of the subscription price. STIBOR 30 days is set on the first business day of each calendar month.
If the company resolves to issue new Class A, Class B, and Class C shares by a new issue of shares, other than by an issue in kind, each holder of Class A, B and C shares has preferential rights to subscribe for new shares of the same class in proportion to the number of old shares held by such holder (primary preferential rights). Shares not subscribed for with primary preferential rights shall be offered for subscription to all shareholders in the Company (subsidiary preferential rights). If the number of shares so offered is less than the number subscribed for with subsidiary preferential rights, the shares shall be distributed among the subscribers in proportion to the number of shares already held, or, to the extent that this is not possible, by lot.
If the company resolves on an issue of new shares, other than by an issue in kind, solely of Class A, Class B or Class C shares, all shareholders, irrespective of which class of shares held, are entitled to preferential rights to subscribe for new shares in proportion to the number of shares already held.
The stipulations regarding preferential rights shall apply mutatis mutandis for new issues of warrants and convertible debt, and shall not infringe on the possibility to resolve on an issue in which the preferential rights of shareholders are waived.
If the share capital is increased by a bonus issue, where new shares are issued, new shares of Class A and Class B shall be issued in relation to the number of shares of the same classes already held. In such cases, old shares of a specific class shall entitle to new shares of the same class. Class C shares do not carry rights to participate in bonus issues. Following a requisite amendment in the Articles of Association, the aforementioned stipulation shall not infringe on the possibility to issue shares of a new class by a bonus issue.
Reduction of the share capital, however not below the minimum share capital, may on request of holders of Class C shares or as resolved by the Company’s Board of Directors or General Meeting, be made by redemption of Class C shares. A request from a shareholder shall be made in writing to the Company’s Board of Directors and the Board of Directors shall promptly act on the matter. When a resolution on reduction has been passed, an amount corresponding to the reduction amount shall be transferred to the Company’s reserves, if the required funds are available.
The redemption payment per Class C share shall correspond to the quota value of the share annualised per day with an interest rate of STIBOR 30 days with additional 1.00 percentages calculated from the day of payment of the subscription price. STIBOR 30 days shall be initially set on the day of payment of the subscription price.
Following notice of the redemption resolution, holders having requested redemption shall promptly receive payment for the share, or, if authorisation from the Swedish Companies Registration Office or a court is required, following notice that the final decision has been registered.
Upon decision by the Board of Directors, Class C shares shall be reclassified into Class B shares, provided that the shares are held by the Company. Immediately thereafter, the Board of Directors shall report the reclassification to the Swedish Companies Register (Sw. Bolagsverket) for registration. The reclassification is effected when it has been registered and the reclassification been noted in the CSD Register.
It shall be possible to reclassify Class A shares to Class B shares. Holders of Class A shares shall, during the calendar months January and July each year (the “Reclassification periods”), be entitled to request that all or part of the shareholder’s Class A shares shall be reclassified to Class B shares. The request shall be made in writing and must have been received by the Board of Directors no later than on the last day of the specific Reclassification period. The request shall state (i) the number of Class A shares that the shareholder wants to reclassify or (ii) the maximum percentage of the total number of votes in the Company, that the shareholder wants to hold, after reclassification has been completed of all Class A shares requested to be reclassified during the specific Reclassification period. When making a request according to alternative (ii) above, the shareholder shall also state the total number of Class A and Class B shares that the shareholder holds at the time of the request.
By the end of each Reclassification period, the Board of Directors shall consider the question of reclassification. Immediately thereafter, the Board of Directors shall report the reclassification to the Swedish Companies Register (Sw. Bolagsverket) for registration. The reclassification is effected when it has been registered and the reclassification been noted in the CSD Register.
The number of members of the board of directors shall amount to at least five and no more than nine members, with no more than the same number of deputies.
The Company shall as Auditor have no less than one and no more than three registered accounting firms. The auditor’s term of office shall last until the end of the Annual General Meeting that is held during the first, second, third or fourth financial year after the auditor was elected.
The company’s financial year shall be the calendar year.
Notice of a General Meeting of shareholders shall be published in the Official Swedish Gazette (Sw. Post- och Inrikes Tidningar) as well as on the company’s website. At the time of the notice, an announcement with information that the notice has been issued shall be published in Svenska Dagbladet.
To be entitled to participate in a general meeting, shareholders shall give notice to the company no later than on the day stipulated in the notice of the meeting. This day may not be a Sunday, another public holiday, a Saturday, Midsummer’s Eve, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, and may not fall before the fifth business day prior to the meeting.
A shareholder or proxy may be accompanied by one or two advisors at a General Meeting, only where the shareholder has given the company notice in the manner stated in the previous paragraph.
The Board may collect powers of attorney in accordance with the procedure described in Chapter 7, section 4, second paragraph of the Companies Act (2005:551).
The Board has the right before a General Meeting to decide that shareholders shall be able to exercise their right to vote by post before the General Meeting.
The shareholder or nominee who on the record date is registered in the share register and in a central securities depository register pursuant to Chapter 4 of the Central Securities Depositaries and Financial Instruments Accounts Act (1998:1479) or any person who is registered in a central securities depository account pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 18 first paragraph 6-8 of the mentioned Act, shall be deemed to be authorised to exercise the rights set out in Chapter 4, Section 39 of the Companies Act (2005:551).