Annual General Meeting 2020
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (“AGM”) of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (“Ahold Delhaize” or “the Company”) was held on April 8, 2020, at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1 in Amsterdam. The meeting was broadcasted live via a webcast on this website.
The agenda and relevant documents have been published on February 26, 2020.
Below you find the agenda and other relevant documents:
• Adopted resolutions
• AGM 2020 announcement (in Dutch)
• Agenda and explanatory notes
• Annual report 2019
• Corporate Governance report
• Remuneration report
• Proxies: Company Representative Proxy / General Proxy / Independent Third Party Proxy
Outstanding shares and voting rights
On March 12, 2020, before opening of the markets, Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. had 1,079,046,986 ordinary shares outstanding. The total number of voting rights is 1,079,046,986.
Update March 30
Zaandam, the Netherlands, March 30, 2020 – Ahold Delhaize confirms that it will hold its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) on April 8, 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic develops, to mitigate health risks and comply with Dutch government health directives, the company today announces further guidance and necessary measures with respect to the meeting.
Unlike past general meetings, due to the COVID-19 health risk, the company urges shareholders not to attend this AGM in-person and to vote in advance of the meeting. If a shareholder nevertheless insists on attending the meeting in-person, he or she is requested to send an email to the Company Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 3, 2020 with the motivation to attend in-person. To ensure a safe and orderly meeting as much as possible, the company will assess each such request and it cannot admit shareholders who have not submitted a request to attend in-person. Shareholders who do attend the meeting in-person will do so at their own health risk and are responsible for maintaining the mandatory social distance at all times. Those who show symptoms of COVID-19 as referred to on the Dutch RIVM website, such as cough, shortness of breath or fever, or who have been in contact with any person suffering from COVID-19 during the previous 14 days, may not attend the meeting. Those who do not act in accordance with the mandatory social distance will be asked to leave the meeting. Visitors will not be admitted.
Update March 11
Zaandam, the Netherlands, March 11, 2020 – In light of the evolving outbreak of Coronavirus, Ahold Delhaize is providing an update on its upcoming Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) to be held on April 8.
If you are a shareholder and prefer to not attend the meeting in person, you are able to exercise your voting right through an electronic or written proxy (you are kindly referred to our original convocation for more details on how to exercise your voting right). The company will also provide the opportunity to follow the meeting through a webcast.
In order to further mitigate potential health risks, the company will limit social gatherings surrounding the meeting. Unfortunately, this means no lunch or post-meeting reception will be offered.
Ahold Delhaize will continue to closely monitor the situation and advises you to regularly check our website for any further updates.
Attending the meeting and voting
The 2020 AGM will be held on April 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM CET. The registration will start at 1:00 PM CET. Click here for a route description to the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
Shareholders will have several possibilities to cast their votes at the AGM, which are outlined below.
Registration and record date
Pursuant to Dutch law, the persons who are entitled to vote and/ or attend the AGM, are those persons who on March 11, 2020, after processing all the settlements on that date (the “Record Date”) are registered as such in a (sub)register designated by the Management Board. The (sub)registers for bearer shares are the administrations held at the Record Date, ultimately at 6:00 PM CET, by the banks and brokers which are participating institutions (aangesloten instellingen) according to the Dutch Securities Depository Act (Wet Giraal Effectenverkeer) of the Nederlands Centraal Instituut voor Giraal Effectenverkeer B.V. For holders of registered shares, the shareholders registers of the Company (or parts thereof) have been designated as (sub)registers.
Holders of bearer shares who either in person or by proxy wish to attend the meeting can register with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. via www.abnamro.com/evoting or via their own bank as from March 11, 2020, up to and including April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET. A confirmation must be submitted to ABN AMRO Bank N.V. via www.abnamro.com/intermediary, no later than April 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM CET, by the participating institution in which administration those holders are registered as holders of the shares, stating that such shares were or will be registered at the Record Date, whereupon the holder will receive an admission ticket for the general meeting.
Holders of registered shares who wish to attend the general meeting have to notify the Company in the manner set forth in the letters sent to them.
Persons without a valid admission ticket will not be admitted to the meeting. Persons entitled to attend the meeting may be asked for identification prior to being admitted and are therefore requested to carry a valid identity document (such as a passport or driver’s license).
If you will be present during the meeting you will be able to cast your vote directly on all subjects that are brought up for voting. Voting at the shareholders meeting will be done by means of an electronic voting system, so that the outcome of the vote can be determined directly.
Please note that facilities will be available for proxyholders that represent several shareholders and that wish to vote in different ratios per agenda item. Such proxyholders are requested to contact the Company at +31 88 659 5275.
Voting instruction through the internet
Shareholders may also participate in the decision-making process and cast their vote through an electronic proxy with a voting instruction. In such case you will need to register your shares in Ahold Delhaize with ABN AMRO on or before April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET. You may electronically give your voting instruction through www.abnamro.com/evoting. You will grant an electronic proxy with a voting instruction to the Company Secretary of Ahold Delhaize or to IQEQ Netherlands N.V. ("IQEQ"). You may submit your voting instruction up to and including April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET. If desired, you can also amend a previously submitted voting instruction ultimately on April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET.
Voting instruction via written proxy
The meeting and voting rights may be exercised by a written proxy. There are three different Proxy forms, which are available in the ‘meeting documents’ section above and at the offices of Ahold Delhaize.
Proxy to Company Representative
With the Proxy Company Representative form shareholders may provide any of the Ahold Delhaize representatives referred to in that form with a proxy to represent that shareholder at the AGM, in the manner set out in the Proxy Company Representative form. This written proxy must be received by the Company Secretariat ultimately on or before April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET. Anyone attending on your behalf should bring the written proof that you are a shareholder (registratiebewijs). Therefore, please send the written proof that you are a shareholder to Ahold Delhaize.
With the General Proxy form shareholders may provide any and all persons of their choice with a proxy to represent them at the AGM, in the manner set out in the General Proxy form. This written proxy must be received by the Company Secretariat on or before April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET. Please note that anyone attending on your behalf should bring the written proof that you are a shareholder (registratiebewijs), as well as a copy of the written proxy as these need to be shown at the registration for the meeting.
Proxy to Independent Third Party
It is possible to provide a proxy to IQEQ, which will perform the proxy as an independent third party. This written proxy to IQEQ, which will also contain voting instructions, must be received by IQEQ on or before April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CET. Anyone attending on your behalf should bring the written proof that you are a shareholder (registratiebewijs). Therefore, please send written proof that you are shareholder to IQEQ.
Holders of American Depository Receipts
If you are a registered holder of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), you may give your instruction through JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A., the U.S. depositary. You will receive information, including a voting instruction card. If your ADRs are held through a bank, broker or custodian, you will receive the voting instruction card from your bank, broker or custodian directly. Both registered and beneficial holders can vote on their shares, provided such holders have returned their completed proxy form prior to 12:00 Eastern Time on March 27, 2020.