TTA's shareholders approved cash dividend payments at 0.54 THB per share, cancelled and reaffirmed 50 million ordinary shares at Baht 1 par for future financial usage, and nominated four directors for another term
An annual cash dividend payment at 0.54 THB per share was approved at the 1/2010 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Thoresen Thai Agencies Public Company Limited ("TTA") along with the increase of TTA registered share capital for a private placement worth 50 million THB. The meeting also approved the re-appointment of four directors for another term.
M.L. Chandchutha Chandratat, TTA President and Chief Executive Officer, reported that TTA's shareholders approved cash dividends at 0.54 THB per share to the 708,004,413 shares, worth 382.3 million THB in total value.
"The dividends will be paid to shareholders whose names appear on TTA's share register book on the Record Date of 8 February 2010. The share register book closing date for collecting shareholders names under Section 225 of the Securities and Exchange Act is scheduled to be 9 February 2010. The final dividend payment shall be made on 23 February 2010," said the President & Chief Executive Officer.
"The shareholders approved the re-election of Mr. Stephen Fordham, Mrs. Pratana Mongkolkul, Mrs. Joey Horn, and Mr. Terje Schau, as directors for another term as they are highly experienced and competent."
"It also approved the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers ABAS Limited as TTA's auditor for the financial year that ended on 30 September 2010 and fix the auditors' fees at 3.16 million THB," said President & Chief Executive Officer Chandchutha.
He said the shareholders also approved the capital reduction by cancelling 50,048,452 authorized but un-issued shares at the par value of 1 THB each from the existing registered capital of 933 million THB to be the new registered capital of 883 million THB divided into 883,004,413 shares at the par value of Baht 1 each.
"The shareholders approved an increase of the registered capital of another 50 million THB by an issue of 50,000,000 new ordinary shares at the par value of Baht 1 each from the existing registered capital of 883 million THB to be the new registered capital of 933 million THB divided into 933,004,413 ordinary shares at the par value of 1 THB each," reported the President & Chief Executive Officer.
"The shareholders had approved the allotment of 50,000,000 new ordinary shares of par value at 1 THB to be reserved for private placement in 1999 and re-confirmed the amount in 2009. TTA has no immediate plan to place the private placement shares in the near future. The allotment of 50 million new shares is to maintain future financial flexibility."
The shareholders approved the issue of 4,000,000 warrants to directors and employees, including any employee(s) who is also a director, of Mermaid and its subsidiaries, under an ESOP Scheme. "The ESOP Scheme has the goal of increasing the personal stake of such directors and employees in the continued success and growth of Mermaid and motivating them to remain in the service of Mermaid on a long-term basis," he said.
Thoresen Thai Agencies Public Company Limited is amongst the top 50 companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand with high trading liquidity. Its investment strategy is to grow through a diversified business portfolio of transport, energy, and infrastructure assets, both domestically and internationally. TTA is recognised as a leader in the dry bulk shipping industry. The company has also expanded its investment into other business areas, such as offshore services through Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited, fertilisers and logistics through Baconco Co., Ltd., and coal-related businesses through Merton Group (Cyprus) Limited and Unique Mining Services Public Company Limited.
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