Articles of association
Articles of Association
The name of the company is ROCKWOOL INTERNATIONAL A/S.
The objects of the company are to carry on industrial, commercial and service
activities and associated activities in Denmark and abroad, including through
investment in other companies, and to carry on investment activities.
Capital and shares of the company
a. The share capital of the company is DKK 219,749,230;
of which class A shares constitute DKK 112,316,270 and class B shares DKK
b. The share capital is divided into shares of DKK 10 each.
c. The share capital has been fully paid up.
d. No shareholder is under an obligation to allow his shares to be redeemed
whether in whole or in part.
e. No shares carry special rights, apart from the rules laid down in article 3.i on
preferential subscription rights attaching to class A shares and class B shares
in case of capital increases and the rules laid down in article 9.b on voting
f. The shares shall be issued in the name of the holder and be recorded in the
name of the holder in the company’s register of shareholders. The acquirer of
a share cannot exercise the rights of a shareholder, unless the acquirer is
recorded in the register of shareholders or has given notice of and
documented such acquisition. This, however, shall not apply to the right to
dividend and other disbursements and the right to new shares in connection
with capital increases.
g. The shares of the company shall be registered with a central securities
h. The shares are negotiable instruments.
i. If, by resolution of the general meeting, the share capital is to be increased by
subscription of both A and B shares, A shareholders have a preferential right
of subscription for new A shares, and B shareholders have a preferential right
of subscription for new B shares. Where the increase concerns only one class
of shares, all shareholders have a preferential right of subscription in
proportion to their holding of old shares.
The shares shall be freely transferable.
Owner certificates not entered for registration with a central securities service can be
declared null and void by the board of directors without judgment pursuant to the
statutory provisions in force from time to time.
a. The general meeting is the highest authority in all the company’s business
within the limitations stipulated in the legislation and these Articles of
b. The general meeting shall be held on Zealand ("Sjælland") at the discretion of
the board of directors.
c. The annual general meeting shall be held before the end of the month of April
of each year.
d. An extraordinary general meeting shall be held when so requested by the
board of directors or the auditors or when so requested by shareholders
representing 1/20 of the share capital. The request for an extraordinary
general meeting shall be made in writing to the board of directors and shall be
accompanied by a formulated proposal to be considered at the general
meeting. The general meeting shall then be convened within 14 days of the
e. General meetings shall be convened by the board of directors not more than
five weeks and not less than three weeks prior to the general meeting. The notice
convening the meeting shall be published at the company’s website. At the same
time, a notice will be sent to all shareholders recorded in the register of
shareholders who have so requested.
f. For a period of 3 weeks prior to the general meeting up until and including the
day of the general meeting, a copy of the notice convening the general
meeting with agenda, the complete proposals, documents to be presented at
the general meeting, information on voting and capital structure at the time of
the notice as well as proxy forms and forms for postal vote will be available at
the company’s website.
g. A shareholder shall be entitled to have a specific subject listed on the agenda
for the annual general meeting provided that the shareholder has made a
request in writing to the board of directors not later than 6 weeks prior to the
general meeting. If a request has been received by the company later than 6
weeks prior to the general meeting, the board of directors may decide whether
the request has been made in such a timely fashion that the subject may be
included on the agenda anyway.
a. The general meeting shall be conducted by a chairman of the meeting, not
necessarily a shareholder, appointed by the board of directors prior to the
meeting. The chairman of the meeting shall resolve all issues on transaction of
b. Proceedings at the general meetings shall be recorded in a minute book to be
signed by the chairman of the meeting.
a. Resolutions passed at the general meeting shall be adopted by a simple
majority of votes unless otherwise provided for in Danish law or these Articles
b. Resolutions passed at the general meeting that according to Danish law or
these Articles of Association shall be adopted by at least two thirds of the votes
cast and of the share capital represented at the general meeting or by a higher
majority of votes, may only be adopted at a general meeting if more than 40 per
cent of the total number of votes in the company has been represented at the
a. Any shareholder is entitled to attend a general meeting provided that he has
requested an admission card not later than three days prior to the date of the
b. At the general meeting, each class A share of DKK 10 carries ten votes, and
each class B share of DKK 10 carries one vote.
c. A shareholder’s right to attend and vote at a general meeting shall be
determined on the basis of the shares owned by the shareholder at the record
date. The record date is one week prior to the general meeting. The shares held
by each shareholder at the record date shall be established on the basis of the
registration of the shareholder’s ownership in the register of shareholders as well
as any notifications received by the company regarding registration of shares in
the register of owners that have not been entered into the register of owners.
d. Voting rights may be exercised by a proxy that need not be a shareholder. The
proxy must substantiate his right to attend the general meeting by producing
an admission card and by presenting a dated, written proxy form.
e. Shareholders that are entitled to attend general meetings, cf. article 9.c, may
elect to cast their vote by post. Postal votes shall be cast in writing and must
reach the company not later than two days prior to the general meeting.
f. The general meetings of the company are open to the press.
The agenda of the annual general meeting shall include:
1. Directors' report on the company’s activities during the past financial year.
2. Presentation of annual report with auditors’ report.
3. Adoption of the annual report for the year under review and discharge of
liability for the board of management and the board of directors.
4. Approval of directors’ remuneration.
5. Allocation of profits or cover of losses according to the adopted accounts.
6. Election of members to the board of directors.
7. Appointment of auditors.
8. Proposals, if any, by the board of directors or the shareholders.
a. All announcements from the company to each shareholder, including notices
convening general meetings, may be submitted electronically by email.
Announcements of a general nature will be made available at the company’s
website and in accordance with the statutory provisions.
b. Notwithstanding article 11.a, the company may from time to time decide to
communicate by ordinary mail.
c. The company will obtain from shareholders on record an email address to
which communications etc. may be forwarded. It is the responsibility of the
shareholders to ensure that the company is kept informed from time to time of
the correct email address.
d. Detailed information on the requirements to the systems and procedures
applied for electronic communication is available at the company’s website.
Board of directors and management
The board of directors has the responsibility for the overall management of the
company and decide in all matters that do not concern the day-to-day operations.
a. The board of directors consists of 5-8 directors elected in general meeting, as
set out in item c. Directors are elected for one year at a time. Retiring directors
are eligible for re-election. Directors shall, however, retire from the board at
the first annual general meeting held after his seventieth birthday.
b. In addition to the directors elected in general meeting, the board of directors
may be supplemented by directors elected by the employees pursuant to the
relevant rules in the Danish Companies Act.
c. The board of directors is elected in the general meeting by a number of voting
rounds equalling the number of directors to be elected. In the event of several
proposals for the number of directors a vote to that effect will be held first.
For each round of voting, the shareholders have the number of votes
prescribed by article 9.b.
Where a candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the votes cast in the first
round of voting, the candidate will be considered elected. Where no candidate
receives more than 50 per cent of the votes cast, a new vote will be held
between the two candidates having received the highest number of votes.
Where two candidates receive the same number of votes, the election will be
determined by drawing of lots. Subsequent votes will take place in the same
Subsequent votes between the candidates not elected will take place in the
a. The board of directors elects from among its number a chairman and one or
two deputy chairmen. At its first meeting, the board of directors will decide
which of the two deputy chairmen are to replace the chairman and undertake
his responsibilities and exercise his powers in his absence. Where two deputy
chairmen have been elected, the second deputy chairman will replace the
chairman in the event that both the chairman and the first deputy chairman are
b. Board meetings that will usually be held at the company office shall be called
by the chairman. A board meeting shall be called at the request of a director or
of a registered manager.
c. The board of directors is quorate when more than half of all directors are
present. Board decisions shall be passed by simple majority of votes among
the attending directors. In the event of equality of votes, the chairman and in
his absence the deputy chairman, see item a. above, holds the casting vote.
d. The board of directors adopts specific rules of procedure governing the
exercise of their powers.
e. Proceedings at board meetings shall be recorded in a minute book to be
signed by all directors.
f. Directors receive an annual remuneration to be fixed by the general meeting.
The board of directors appoints a chief executive officer to manage the day-to-day
business of the company. The board of directors may further appoint up to seven
The company is bound by the joint signatures of two members of the board of
management, or by the joint signatures of the chairman of the board of directors and
a member of the board of management, or by the joint signatures of one of the
deputy chairmen of the board of directors and a member of the board of directors, or
by the joint signatures of five members of the board of directors. The board of
directors may grant individual or joint powers of procuration.
The company has adopted overall guidelines for incentive-based remuneration of the
company's management. These guidelines that have been approved by the
company's general meeting are made public at the company's website.
Closing of accounts, audit, etc.
The company’s accounting year is the calendar year.
The annual report shall be prepared and presented in English. The preparation thereof shall be in compliance with the rules in force from time to time.
The company’s annual report is audited by one or more state-authorised public
accountants elected for one year at a time.
Adopted on 9 April 2014 at the company’s ordinary general meeting.
Chairman of the general meeting: