On 30 June 2015, PZU’s Ordinary Shareholder Meeting adopted a resolution to split all PZU shares by decreasing the par value of each PZU share from PLN 1 to PLN 0.10 and increasing the number of PZU shares making up the share capital from 86,352,300 to 863,523,000 shares. The split was effected by exchanging all the shares at a ratio of 1:10 and did not affect the amount of PZU’s share capital.
On 3 November 2015 the District Court for the capital city of Warsaw, 12th Commercial Division of the National Court Register registered the pertinent amendment to PZU’s Articles of Association.
On 24 November 2015 the Management Board of the National Depository for Securities (Krajowy Depozyt Papierów Wartościowych, “KDPW”) adopted Resolution No. 789/15 on setting 30 November 2015 as the date for splitting 86,348,289 PZU shares with a par value of PLN 1 each into 863,482,890 PZU shares with a par value of PLN 0.10 each.
Accordingly, PZU’s share capital is divided into 863,523,000 ordinary shares with a par value of PLN 0.10 each carrying the right to 863,523,000 votes at the Shareholder Meeting.
As at 31 December 2020 and as at the date of publication of this report, PZU shareholders holding significant equity stakes were:
- State Treasury of the Republic of Poland, which holds 295,217,300 shares representing 34.19% of PZU’s share capital giving the right to 295,217,300 votes at the Shareholder Meeting;
- Funds managed by Nationale-Nederlanden Powszechne Towarzystwo Emerytalne SA: Nationale-Nederlanden Otwarty Fundusz Emerytalny, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2025, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2030, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2035, NationaleNederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2040, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2045, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2050, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2055, Nationale-Nederlanden Dobrowolny Fundusz Emerytalny Nasze Jutro 2060, which hold a total of 44,260,638 shares representing 5.13% of PZU’s share capital giving the right to 44,260,638 votes at the Shareholder Meeting, of which Nationale-Nederlanden Otwarty Fundusz Emerytalny holds 43,670,336 shares representing 5.06% of PZU’s share capital giving the right to 43,670,336 votes at the Shareholder Meeting.
The data on the equity stakes held by funds managed by Nationale-Nederlanden Powszechne Towarzystwo Emerytalne S.A. were provided in its notification received by PZU on 28 December 2020.
According to this notification, the said funds increased their shareholding in PZU as a result of a transaction executed on 16 December 2020, whereby they exceeded the 5% threshold of votes at the PZU Shareholder Meeting.
Moreover, according to the same notification, as a result of the transaction executed on 17 December 2020, NationaleNederlanden Otwarty Fundusz Emerytalny exceeded the 5% threshold of votes at the PZU Shareholder Meeting.
PZU’s shareholder structure as at 31 December 2019
Source: Current Report 19/2019 (data rounded to the nearest integer)
PZU’s shareholder structure as at 31 December 2020
Source: Current Report 38/2020 (data rounded to the nearest integer)
The PZU Management Board does not have any information about executed agreements as a result of which changes may transpire in the future in the equity stakes held by its shareholders to date.
PZU did not issue, redeem or repay any debt or equity securities and did not issue any securities that would provide its shareholders with special control rights.
In 2013-2020, PZU did not have any employee stock programs in place.
All PZU shares are ordinary shares with no preferential rights attached to them, in particular no special control rights. However, certain rights have been granted to some PZU shareholders by the Company’s Articles of Association:
- in accordance with § 20 sec. 5 of the Articles of Association, half of Supervisory Board Members appointed by the Shareholder Meeting are elected from among persons proposed by the shareholder specified in § 37 sec. 2 of the Articles of Association, that is the shareholder who, on the date of adoption of the Shareholder Meeting resolution introducing this right holds the largest stake in the Company’s share capital; this right is vested in the shareholder until its stake in the Company’s share capital drops below 20%; in accordance with § 37 sec. 4 of the Articles of Association, upon expiration of the shareholder’s right referred to in § 37 sec. 2 of the Articles of Association, this right is shifted to another shareholder then holding the largest stake in the Company’s share capital, provided that this shareholder holds at least 20% of the share capital;
- in accordance with § 20 sec. 7 of the Articles of Association, the State Treasury has the right, in line with Article 354 § 1 of the Commercial Company Code, to appoint and dismiss one Supervisory Board Member by way of a written statement submitted to the Company’s Management Board; such appointment or dismissal is effective upon delivery of the pertinent statement to the Company’s Management Board and does not require a resolution of the Shareholder Meeting; this right of the State Treasury expires when the State Treasury ceases to be a shareholder of the Company; in accordance with § 20 sec. 12 sentence 2 of the Articles of Association, in the event of expiration of the mandate of at least one Supervisory Board Member elected by group voting, the State Treasury regains the individual right referred to in § 20 sec. 7.
Moreover, according to § 16 sec. 5 of the Articles of Association, the shareholders’ voting rights have been limited in such a manner that no shareholder may exercise more than 10% of the total number of votes in existence in PZU at its Shareholder Meeting on the date of holding a Shareholder Meeting subject to the reservation that for the purposes of determining the obligations of the buyers of significant equity stakes contemplated by the Act on Public Offerings and the Insurance Activity Act, such limitation of voting rights shall be deemed not to exist.
The restriction on voting rights does not apply to the following:
- shareholders who on the date of adopting the Shareholder Meeting resolution implementing this limitation were entitled to shares representing more than 10% of the total number of votes;
- shareholders acting with the shareholders specified in the item above pursuant to executed agreements pertaining to jointly exercising the voting rights attached to shares.
For the purpose of limiting voting rights, the votes of shareholders among whom there is a parent or subsidiary relationship are totaled in accordance with the rules described in the Articles of Association.
In the event of doubt, the provisions regarding the restriction on voting rights are subject to interpretation according to Article 65 § 2 of the Civil Code.
Pursuant to PZU’s Articles of Association, these voting restrictions will expire starting from the moment when the equity stake held by the shareholder who held shares giving the right to more than 10% of the total number of votes in PZU when the Shareholder Meeting adopted the resolution drops below 5% of the Company’s share capital.
Shares or rights to shares held by members of management or supervisory bodies and PZU Group Directors
As at the date of publication of this Activity Report, only Tomasz Kulik, Member of the PZU Management Board held PZU shares numbering 2,847, which the Company reported in current report 23/2018. No changes transpired from the date of conveying the 2019 consolidated financial statements (i.e. 12 March 2020) with respect to Members of the Management Board and Supervisory Board or Group Directors holding PZU shares or rights to shares.
Limitations on transferring the title to the issuer’s securities
The PZU Articles of Association contain no provisions restricting the transfer of the title to the issuer’s securities. Nor are there any other known limitations arising from documents other than the Articles of Association that would be applicable in this context, except for limitations resulting from generally applicable laws in precisely defined situations, in particular
- limitations resulting from the provisions of the Act of 29 July 2005 on Public Offerings and the Conditions for Offering Financial Instruments in an Organized Trading System and on Public Companies (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 2080), namely:
- from Article 75(4) – shares encumbered with a pledge, until the date of its expiration, may not be traded, except in a situation where the acquisition of such shares takes place in the performance of an agreement on the establishment of financial security within the meaning of the Act of 2 April 2004 on Certain Forms of Financial Security,
- from Article 77(4) – temporary limitations on the acquisition or disposal of shares in the period between the notification of the intention to announce a public tender offer and the end of the public tender offer, applicable to the entities and to the extent specified therein,
- from Article 88a – temporary limitations on the direct or indirect acquisition of or subscription for shares in a public company by an entity required to perform the obligations specified in Article 73(2) and (3) of the Act or Article 74(2) and (5) of the Act, which in the company in question exceeded the threshold of the total number of votes specified in these regulations – until the date of fulfillment of such obligations;
- limitations arising from Article 362 of the Commercial Companies Code, regarding the prohibition of the acquisition of treasury shares by the issuer, except for the cases specified therein and limitations on the acquisition of the parent company’s treasury shares by a subsidiary company or a subsidiary cooperative and persons acting on their behalf;
- limitations pertaining to the closed period referred to in Article 19 of the Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and repealing Directive 2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directives 2003/124/EC, 2003/125/EC and 2004/72/EC (MAR) and insider dealing within the meaning of the provisions of MAR;
- possible objection by the regulatory authority, in the form of a decision, to the acquisition of or subscription for shares or rights attaching to shares in a domestic insurance undertaking in a quantity ensuring the achievement or exceeding of, as the case may be, one-tenth, one-fifth, one-third, one-second of the total number of votes at the Shareholder Meeting or of a stake in share capital – in accordance with Article 90(1) of the Act of 11 September 2015 on Insurance and Reinsurance Activity (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 895, as amended), if:
- the entity submitting the notification referred to in Article 82(1) failed to remove the deficiencies in its notification or in the documents or information attached to the notification within the prescribed time limit,
- the entity submitting the notification referred to in Article 82(1) failed to provide additional information or documents required by the regulatory authority within the prescribed time limit,
- it is justified by the need of prudent and stable management of the domestic insurance undertaking due to a possible impact of the entity submitting the notification referred to in Article 82(1) on the domestic insurance undertaking or due to the assessment of the financial standing of the entity submitting the notification;
- possible setting of a time limit for the acquisition of or subscription for shares or rights attaching to shares, by the regulatory authority, in accordance with Article 90(4) and (5) of the Act referred to in item 4, in a decision declaring the absence of grounds for filing an objection;
- possible issuance, by the regulatory authority, in accordance with Article 98(5) of the Act referred to in item 4, of a decision requiring the disposal of shares within the prescribed time limit in the event that the authority issues a decision prohibiting the exercise of voting rights attaching to shares in a domestic insurance undertaking for the reasons specified in Article 98(1) of this Act;
- prohibition to sell shares or rights attaching to shares held by the State Treasury under Article 13(1)(27) of the Act of 16 December 2016 on Rules for Managing State Property (consolidated text: Journal of Laws of 2020, item 735, as amended); which prohibition, pursuant to Article 13(2)(2) of this Act, does not apply to the case referred to in Article 73(2)(2) of the Act referred to in item 1 (disposal of shares in a quantity resulting in the achievement of no more than 33% of the total number of votes).