Stichting Continuïteit PostNL (Foundation Continuity PostNL) was formed to safeguard the interests of PostNL, the undertaking connected with PostNL and all parties involved. It does this by, among other things, preventing any influences that could threaten PostNL’s continuity, independence and identity, as far as possible. Foundation Continuity PostNL is an independent legal entity and is not owned or controlled by PostNL or any other legal person.
PostNL’s articles of association provide for protective preference shares B that can be issued to Foundation Continuity PostNL. The preference shares B have a nominal value of €0.08 and have the same voting rights as PostNL’s ordinary shares.
PostNL and Foundation Continuity PostNL have entered into a call option agreement, which enables Foundation Continuity PostNL to acquire a number of preference shares B not exceeding the total issued number of shares minus one and minus any shares already issued to Foundation Continuity PostNL. The call option agreement is meant as a preventive measure against influences that might threaten the continuity, independence and identity of the company. Preference shares B will be outstanding no longer than strictly necessary. As at 31 December 2019 and at the date of this Annual Report, there were no preference shares B issued. The exercise price with respect to the call option is the nominal value of €0.08 per preference share B, although upon exercise only €0.02 per preference share B is required to be paid. The additional €0.06 is due when the Board of Management, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board, requests payment. Foundation Continuity PostNL has credit facilities in place to enable it to exercise the call option.
Six months after the issuance of preference shares B, Foundation Continuity PostNL may require PostNL to convene a General Meeting of Shareholders to discuss cancellation of these shares. However, if within these six months Foundation Continuity PostNL should receive a demand for repayment under the credit facilities referred to above, it may also require PostNL to convene a General Meeting of Shareholders. In accordance with PostNL’s articles of association, a General Meeting of Shareholders must be convened no later than 12 months after the first date of issuance of any preference shares B to Foundation Continuity PostNL. The agenda for that meeting shall include a resolution regarding the repurchase and/or cancellation of the preference shares B.
PostNL has granted Foundation Continuity PostNL the right to file an application for an inquiry into the policy and conduct of PostNL’s business with the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Ondernemingskamer). Should such an inquiry be granted, the Enterprise Chamber may impose immediate provisions.
At 31 December 2019, the members of the Board of Foundation Continuity PostNL were Mr J.H.M. Lindenbergh (chairman), Mr W. van Vonno, Mr M.P. Nieuwe Weme and Ms Y.C.M.T. van Rooy. All members of the Board of Foundation Continuity PostNL are independent from PostNL. This means that Foundation Continuity PostNL is an independent legal entity as referred to in section 5:71 paragraph 1 sub c of the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).