The Annual Shareholders' Meeting of Accor was held today in Paris and chaired by Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO. Holders of 73.34% of the shares were present or represented by proxy.
During the Meeting, Sébastien Bazin presented the key components of AccorHotels' new strategy and highlighted the Group's achievements in 2016.
Jean-Jacques Morin, Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the Group's record financial performance in 2016, which included EBIT of €696 million, and commented on first-quarter 2017 activity.
The Shareholders' Meeting approved the payment of a €1.05 dividend per share, with each shareholder given the option of reinvesting all of the dividend in shares with a 5% discount.
The shares will trade ex-dividend from May 12, 2017 and the dividend will be paid on June 6, 2017. The dividend reinvestment option will be exercisable from May 12 to the close of business on May 26, 2017. If the option is not exercised during this period, the dividend will be paid in cash.
The shares awarded in payment of dividends will be issued at a price of €37.16, corresponding to 95% of the average of the opening prices quoted for Accor shares over the twenty trading days preceding the Shareholders' Meeting, less the amount of the dividend. The shares awarded in payment of dividends will carry dividend rights from January 1, 2017.
Also during the Meeting, shareholders re-elected Iris Knobloch and Sébastien Bazin as directors for a three-year term, and ratified the cooptation as directors of Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Vivek Badrinath and Nicolas Sarkozy.
In addition, the directorship of employee representative director Iliane Dumas was renewed for a three-year period by the trade union that obtained the most votes in the trade union elections, in accordance with Article 12 of the Company's bylaws.
All of the resolutions supported by the Board of Directors were adopted. Resolution A, which was submitted by a group of shareholders, obtained 52.36% of the votes cast and was therefore rejected.
AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator through its HotelServices and HotelInvest divisions, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman and Swissôtel; the popular midscale and boutique brands of 25hours, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the much-prized economy brands including JO&JOE, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1. AccorHotels provides innovative end-to-end services across the entire traveler experience, notably through the recent acquisition of John Paul, the world leader in concierge services.
With an unmatched collection of brands and rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world's most rewarding hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels.
AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.
Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (ISIN: FR0000120404) and traded in the United States on the OTC market (Code: ACRFY)
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