Versarien plc (LON:VRS), the advanced materials engineering group is has confirmed that it’s annual meeting will be held on 24 September 2020 at 11.00am. The Notice of AGM and a Form of Proxy will be posted to shareholders today and are also be available on the Company’s website. Shareholders are strongly encouraged to submit their proxy votes either by post, email or vote electronically.
The Company has also noted the provisions of the recently enacted Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”) and related legislation which have altered the manner in which companies can hold general meetings until 30 September 2020 as well as the Government’s advice that non-essential travel and gatherings should be avoided.
Under the provisions of CIGA the requirements for a physical quorum to be present at the AGM and for the AGM to be held in a particular place have been suspended. The Company will ensure that the legal requirements to hold the AGM can be satisfied through the attendance of a minimum number of Directors or employee shareholders, either in person or by electronic means.
The AGM will be conducted swiftly, with no presentation by the Directors, no question and answer session, and will end immediately following the conclusion of such usual and formal business. Any Board members in attendance will not meet with any shareholders who attempt to attend the AGM. Social distancing measures will be in place and strict hygiene arrangements in force. Any shareholders that do attempt to attend will not be allowed entry.
In the light of the above, and in order to ensure the safety of its shareholders, officers and employees, the Board requests that no shareholders attend the meeting. The Company does value shareholder participation and values the votes of shareholders, so it encourages all shareholders to exercise their voting rights by completing and submitting a proxy form as soon as possible. Please note that due to restricted attendance, the chairman of the meeting will be appointed as each shareholder’s proxy.
Although shareholders are not able to attend the AGM in person this year, shareholder engagement and participation remains important to the Board. Therefore, any shareholder who has a question that they would otherwise have raised at the AGM is invited to contact the Company Secretary by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 September 2020 and the Company will post any answers on its website at www.versarien.com after 5.00pm (BST) on 16 September 2020.