Annual General Meeting approves increase in dividend

Basel, The shareholders of Bâloise Holding Ltd voted in favour of all agenda items at today’s Annual General Meeting, thereby approving the 5.6 per cent increase in the dividend to CHF 4.75 per share and the amendments to the Articles of Association. The latter ensure, among other provisions, the implementation of the Swiss Ordinance against Excessive Remuneration in Listed Companies (ERCO). Christoph B. Gloor was newly elected to replace the retiring Georg F. Krayer on the Board of Directors.

The Annual General Meeting approved the Annual Report, the annual financial statements and the 2013 consolidated financial statements. It also granted discharge to the members of the Board of Directors and the executive officers.
The shareholders elected Christoph B. Gloor as a new member of the Board of Directors. He takes over from Georg F. Krayer, who is stepping down.
Christoph B. Gloor (born 1966) is a general partner at La Roche 1787, Basel’s oldest bank. He is also Chairman of the Association of Swiss Private Banks and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Bankers Association since September 2013.
All the other members of the Board of Directors were re-elected for a one-year term of office. Andreas Burckhardt was confirmed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a one-year term. Werner Kummer was appointed as the new Vice-Chairman.
The Annual General Meeting reappointed the present members of the Remuneration Committee, Eveline Saupper (Chair), Georges-Antoine de Boccard, Karin Keller-Sutter and Thomas Pleines.
Dr Christophe Sarasin was confirmed as the independent proxy until after the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Basel, was reappointed as the statutory and Group auditor for one year.

The Board of Directors is now composed of the following:

  • Andreas Burckhardt, Chairman
  • Werner Kummer, Vice-Chairman
  • Michael Becker
  • Andreas Beerli
  • Georges-Antoine de Boccard
  • Christoph B. Gloor
  • Karin Keller-Sutter
  • Thomas Pleines
  • Eveline Saupper

Qualitative growth – safe, reliable and profitable

Baloise remained well on track in the 2013 financial year. Business volume increased significantly by 7.8 per cent to CHF 9 billion and profit rose by almost 4 per cent to CHF 453 million. This was achieved with strong capitalisation, as reflected by the high level of equity of almost CHF 5 billion and a very good solvency ratio of 267 per cent.
“Thanks to our good record of achievement, high level of profitability and strong capitalisation, we are able to increase our dividend, thereby confirming Baloise as an attractive and reliable investment. These and future successes are predicated on our agile response to market needs. Increasing regulation, however, threatens to stifle Swiss and European companies by noticeably restricting the agility required to be competitive in international markets,” said Andreas Burckhardt, Chairman of Bâloise Holding Ltd, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
The complete speech given by the Chairman, Andreas Burckhardt, is accessible in German under 'Downloads'.

The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,300 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel ‘simply safe’. Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, with Baloise Bank SoBa, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.