RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Information on the most important economic transactions and balances with related parties is provided in the explanatory and supplementary notes to the consolidated financial statements, in the section entitled “Related Party Transactions”, as well as in the explanatory and supplementary notes to the statutory financial statements.
Dealings between Group companies are conducted at arm’s length, taking into account the quality and type of services rendered.
We point out that no transactions have been carried out with related parties or with entities or individuals other than related parties that, according to the definition used by Consob, are atypical or unusual, do not relate to the normal business activity or have a significant impact on the Group's results, balance and financial position.
In 2010, in accordance with Consob Resolution no. 17221 of 12 March 2010 as subsequently amended, the Company’s Board of Directors appointed the Related Party Transactions Committee, establishing that the members are to be the same as those of the Control and Risks Committee and approved the Procedure on related party transactions, which had previously received a favourable opinion of the Control and Risks Committee. The purpose of this Procedure is to establish the principles of conduct that the Company is bound to observe to guarantee the correct management of related-party transactions. This Procedure is available on the Company's website at www.sogefigroup.com, in the “Investor – Corporate Governance” section.
In accordance with Art. 2497-bis of Italian Civil Code, we point out that Sogefi S.p.A. is subject to management and coordination by its parent company CIR S.p.A.
Note that the “Annual Report on Corporate Governance” for 2016 was approved at the meeting of the Board of Directors that was called to approve the draft financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016 and is made available to Shareholders as provided for by the law. The Report will also be available on the Company's website at www.sogefigroup.com, in the “Investor – Corporate Governance” section.
The Report also contains the information prescribed by Art. 123-bis of Italian Financial Consolidated Law, including information on ownership structures and compliance with the codes of conduct that the Company has adopted. Generally speaking, the Company's Corporate Governance is in line with the recommendations and rules contained in the Code of Conduct.
As regards Italian Legislative Decree no. 231/2001, which brings domestic regulations on administrative liability of legal entities into line with the international conventions signed by Italy, in February 2003 the Board of Directors adopted a Code of Ethics for the Sogefi Group. The Code clearly defines the values that the Group believes in as the basis on which to achieve its objectives. It lays down rules of conduct which are binding on directors, employees and others who have ongoing relations with the Group.
On 26 February 2004 the Company also adopted an "Organization, Management and Control Model as per Italian Legislative Decree no. 231 of 8 June 2001" following the guidelines of the decree, with a view to ensuring conditions of fairness and transparency in the carrying on of the company's affairs and business activities.
A Supervisory Body was also set up with the task of monitoring the functioning, effectiveness and observance of the Model, as laid down in the decree.
As at 31 December 2016, the Holding Company has 2,878,451 treasury shares in its portfolio, corresponding to 2.41% of capital, at an average price of Euro 2.28 each. In 2016, treasury shares decreased after they were assigned to beneficiaries of stock-based compensation plans.
DECLARATIONS PURSUANT TO ARTICLES 36 AND 37 OF CONSOB REGULATION 16191 OF OCTOBER 29, 2007
In accordance with the obligations set forth in article 2.6.2. of the Regulations of Borsa Italiana [Italian Stock Exchange], and with reference to the requirements referred to in articles 36 and 37 of Consob Resolution no. 16191 of 29 October 2007 as subsequently amended, it is hereby stated that there are no circumstances such as to prevent the listing of Sogefi stock on the Mercato Telematico Azionario organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. insofar as: Sogefi S.p.A. (the “Company”) has obtained the articles of association and the composition and powers of the related control bodies from foreign subsidiaries based in countries that are not part of the European Union and are of material significance to the Company; the same foreign subsidiaries provide the Company’s auditor with information necessary to perform annual and interim audits of Sogefi and use an administrative/accounting system appropriate for regular reporting to the Management and to the auditors of the Company of the income statement, balance and financial data necessary for the preparation of the consolidated financial statements.
Sogefi S.p.A. will also publish the financial statements of foreign subsidiaries (based in non-European countries and with material significance to the Company), prepared for the purpose of the consolidated financial statements as at 31 December 2016, in accordance with the procedures indicated in the Consob regulation.
In consideration of the fact that Sogefi is subject to policy guidance and coordination by its parent company CIR – Compagnie Industriali Riunite S.p.A., it is also hereby stated that there are no circumstances such as to prevent the listing of Sogefi stock on the Mercato Telematico Azionario organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. insofar as the Company has fulfilled its publication obligations pursuant to article 2497-bis of Italian Civil Code; has independent decision-making powers in relations with customers and suppliers; does not hold a cash pooling system with CIR. The Company has a cash pooling system with subsidiaries that satisfies the interest of the company. This situation enables the Group’s finances to be centralised, thus reducing the need to utilise funding from banks, and therefore minimising financial expense.
On 18 April 2000, the Company set up a Control and Risks Committee and an Appointments and Remuneration Committee that at present are fully made up by independent administrators.
Lastly, it is hereby stated that as at 31 December 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors comprised 9 members, 5 of which meet the independence criteria, and therefore a sufficient number to guarantee that their contribution has an adequate weight when taking board decisions.
EXEMPTION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PUBLISH INFORMATION DOCUMENTS UNDER ARTICLE 70, PARAGRAPH 8 AND ARTICLE 71, PARAGRAPH 1-BIS OF THE RULES FOR ISSUERS.
In relation to art. 70, paragraph 8 and art. 71, paragraph 1-bis of Consob Regulation no. 11971/99, as amended by Consob Resolution no. 11971/99, on 23 October 2012, the Board of Directors resolved to make use of the exemption from the obligation to publish the information documents required for significant transactions consisting in mergers, spin-offs, capital increases by means of the conferral of assets in kind, takeovers and transfers
SOGEFI S.p.A. has its registered office in Via Ulisse Barbieri 2, Mantova (Italy) and its operating offices at Via Ciovassino 1/A, Milan (Italy) and at Parc Ariane IV- 7, Avenue du 8 May 1945, Guyancourt (France).
The Sogefi stock has been listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 1986 and has been traded on the STAR segment since January 2004.
This report, which relates to the period 1 January to 31 December 2016, was approved by the Board of Directors on 27 February 2017.
MAJOR EVENTS OCCURRED AFTER YEAR-END
No significant events occurred after the end of the reporting period.
PROPOSED ALLOCATION OF NET PROFIT FOR THE YEAR
The statutory financial statements as at 31 December 2016 that we submit for your approval show a net profit of Euro 27,720,351.72, which we propose to allocate to “Retained earnings”.
Milan, February 27, 2017
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS