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Partners Group Holding AG will hold its annual general meeting of shareholders (AGM) on 30 April 2009 at 4 pm at the Partners Group head office, Zugerstrasse 57, 6341 Baar-Zug. All shareholders registered as of 1 April 2009 will receive the invitation to the AGM by post.
Baar-Zug, 7 April 2009
The board of directors proposes the following agenda items to shareholders:
- Approval annual report 2008
Presentation of the annual report 2008 and the group and statutory auditor's reports; the board of directors proposes the approval of the annual report, the consolidated financial statements and the statutory financial statements
- Use and allocation of earnings
The board of directors proposes a dividend payment of CHF 4.25 per share on 6 May 2009.
- Management compensation report
The board of directors proposes the approval of the management compensation report.
- Share buyback and capital reduction
The board of directors proposes that the board of directors be authorized to repurchase own shares by way of a public share buyback program via a second trading line at the SIX Swiss Exchange, in a maximum value of CHF 140 million but no more than 10% of the share capital, within a period of one year as from 30 April 2009. These repurchased shares shall be canceled. The necessary amendment of the articles of association (reduction of share capital) and the special audit report will be proposed to the annual general meeting 2010.
The board of directors proposes the following decision:
The share capital of CHF 267'000 be reduced in a maximum total amount of CHF 26'700 (equivalent to 10% of the share capital) via definite cancellation of a maximum of 2'670'000 registered shares. The exact amount of the capital reduction will be determined by the amount of shares repurchased by the board of directors according to proposal 1.
- Discharge of the board of directors and executive board
The board of directors proposes that discharge be granted to the members of the board of directors and the members of the executive board for their activities during the financial year 2008.
- Elections to the board of directors
The board of directors proposes that Urs Wietlisbach and Dr. Wolfgang Zürcher be re-elected to the board of directors for further terms of three years each. Furthermore, the board of directors proposes that Dr. Peter Wuffli be elected to the board of directors for an initial term of one year to replace Robert Schenker, who has been a member of the board since 1998 and has declared his resignation from his post as of the annual general meeting.
- Election of the group and statutory auditors
The board of directors proposes that KPMG AG, Zurich, be re-elected in both functions for a further term of one year.
About Partners Group
Partners Group is a global alternative asset management firm with over CHF 24 billion in investment programs under management in private equity, private debt, private real estate, private infrastructure, absolute return strategies and listed alternatives. The firm manages a broad range of funds, structured products and customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors, private banks and other financial institutions. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and has offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. The firm employs over 340 people, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: PGHN) with a market capitalization of around CHF 2 billion and majority owned by its 38 Partners and all employees.