Wolters Kluwer NV
amsterdam : WLSN

April 24, 2013 08:37 ET

Wolters Kluwer Shareholders Approve Dividend and New Executive Board Appointment

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwired - Apr 24, 2013) -



2013 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Wolters Kluwer held today

Alphen aan den Rijn (April 24, 2013) - Wolters Kluwer, a global leader in professional information services, held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Amsterdam earlier today. The shareholders adopted, among others, the company's 2012 financial statements and approved the dividend increase to EUR0.69 per ordinary share. Mr. K. B. Entricken was appointed as a new member of Wolters Kluwer's Executive Board. Mr. P.N. Wakkie, Ms. B.M. Dalibard and Mr. L.P. Forman were re-appointed as members of the company's Supervisory Board.

In her address to the AGM, Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, shared details about Wolters Kluwer's 2012 financial accomplishments, highlighted the new brand strategy and tagline "When You Have to Be Right," and reviewed the company's strategic priorities for the coming years.

Ms. McKinstry stated, "We are proud that Wolters Kluwer is recognized by our customers as an essential partner that helps them make critical decisions with confidence. Our solutions provide professionals with actionable knowledge and insights, specialized software, and services that raise their productivity."

Resolutions by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders The shareholders of Wolters Kluwer were represented in person, by proxy voting, or by voting instruction, representing a total of approximately 68% of the total issued share capital entitled to vote. All voting items on the agenda were adopted. These items included, among others:

* Shareholders appointed Mr. K.B. Entricken as member of the Executive
  Board. Mr. Entricken has been appointed as the new CFO of Wolters Kluwer,
  Replacing Boudewijn Beerkens, who will resign as CFO and member of the
  Executive Board on May 1, 2013.

* Shareholders adopted the 2012 financial statements and approved the
  proposal to distribute a dividend of EUR0.69 per ordinary share,
  maintaining the company's progressive dividend policy. The company also
  announced it is abolishing its scrip dividend policy and will pay
  dividend in cash only, starting with the 2012 dividend.

* The Shareholders re-appointed Mr. P.N. Wakkie, Ms. B.M. Dalibard and Mr.
  L.P. Forman as members of the company's Supervisory Board.

Details on the agenda items are available on the company's website www.wolterskluwer.com.

Resources on the company

The AGM presentation can be found at www.wolterskluwer.com. In addition to that, the 2012 Annual Report is available online and as an iPad app. The 2012 Sustainability Report and Wolters Kluwer's Intelligent Solutions Blog provide further insight into Wolters Kluwer's strategy, priorities, and achievements.

2013 Dividend calendar
  * April 26, 2013 Ex-dividend date
  * April 30, 2013 Dividend record date
  * May 16, 2013 Dividend payment date (ordinary shares)
  * May 23, 2013 ADR dividend payment date
2013 Calendar
  * May 8, 2013 Trading update
  * July 31, 2013 Half-Year 2013 results
  * November 6, 2013 Trading update
  * February 19, 2014 Full-Year 2013 results
Full overview available at  www.wolterskluwer.com 

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and solutions company. It provides information, software, and services that help legal, tax, finance, and healthcare professionals make their most critical decisions effectively and with confidence. Customers depend on Wolters Kluwer services and solutions to successfully move through the complex layers of data and regulation that define modern business and government.

Wolters Kluwer had 2012 annual revenues of EUR3.6 billion. The group employs over 19,000 people worldwide and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (symbol: WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

Visit our website, YouTube, follow @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, or look up Wolters Kluwer on Facebook for more for information about our customers, market positions, brands, and organization.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as "expect", "should", "could", "shall" and similar expressions. Wolters Kluwer cautions that such forward-looking statements are qualified by certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward- looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, general economic conditions; conditions in the markets in which Wolters Kluwer is engaged; behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors; technological developments; the implementation and execution of new ICT systems or outsourcing; and legal, tax, and regulatory rules affecting Wolters Kluwer's businesses, as well as risks related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. In addition, financial risks such as currency movements, interest rate fluctuations, liquidity, and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Wolters Kluwer disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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