5 Compensation, shareholdings and loans
5.1 Content and procedure for the determination of compensation and shareholding programs
Regarding compensation and shareholdings of members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, along with the content of, responsibility for, and the procedures for the determination of the compensation and shareholding programs and any loans, credit, or retirement benefits, please refer to the Compensation Report.
5.2 Rules contained in the Articles of Association
According to Art. 25 of the Articles of Association of Bystronic AG, the company may pay the members of the Executive Board a performance-related remuneration in addition to their fixed remuneration. The performance-related remuneration paid in any given year may not exceed 150% of the fixed remuneration for that year.
The performance-related remuneration is determined in accordance with company targets. In particular, it takes account of:
a. the achievement of planned targets within the area of responsibility;
b. the further development of the company;
c. staff management and development.
The remuneration of the Board of Directors and the performance-related remuneration of the Executive Board may be paid out in cash or by the allocation of shares or options. The shares must be acquired on the market.
The remuneration may be paid out by the company or by companies controlled by it.
According to Art. 24 of the Articles of Association of Bystronic AG, the company or the companies controlled by it are empowered to pay an additional amount of up to 35% of the relevant approved total amount for the duration of the remuneration periods already approved to any member who joins the Executive Board or is promoted within the Executive Board after remuneration has been approved by the General Meeting.
According to Art. 27 of the Articles of Association of Bystronic AG, the company or companies controlled by it may arrange for alternative retirement benefits for members of the Executive Board who do not or who only partially benefit from Swiss pension funds.
The company or companies controlled by it may grant members of the Executive Board loans up to the value of their annual remuneration.
The Articles of Association do not contain any rules on loans, credits, or retirement benefits with respect to members of the Board of Directors.
The General Meeting has the non-transferable power to approve the remuneration of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board (Art. 9 sec. 5 of the Articles of Association of Bystronic AG). According to Art. 23 of the Articles of Association, the General Meeting approves the proposals of the Board of Directors concerning the maximum total amounts a) of the direct and indirect remuneration of the Board of Directors for the period until the next Annual General Meeting; b) of the direct and indirect remuneration of the Executive Board for the following financial year.
The Board of Directors may present additional or differing proposals relating to the same period or other periods for approval by the General Meeting.