“We are pleased to be able to offer our shareholders an online format to exercise their shareholder rights. The health and protection of our shareholders have priority for the Audi Board of Management and the Audi Supervisory Board,” said Dr. Arno Antlitz, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Finance and Legal Affairs.
In the context of the corona-related ban on large-scale events, AUDI AG is for the first time holding its Annual General Meeting online. The shareholders will be able to follow the entire virtual Annual General Meeting live via the shareholder portal. Shareholders also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance and to exercise their voting rights via the shareholder portal or by postal vote.
Among other things, the Annual General Meeting will vote on the transfer of the shares held by Audi minority shareholders to the majority shareholder Volkswagen AG; this affects approximately 0.36 percent of the share capital of AUDI AG. Volkswagen AG had requested the squeeze-out on February 28, 2020 as part of the Group-wide reorganization of competencies and responsibilities within the Volkswagen Group. The squeeze-out is intended to reduce administrative expenses, streamline structures, and prepare the way for the more agile and flexible management of future issues throughout the Group by means of an optimum job split within the Volkswagen Group. In this context, Audi is taking the lead for research and development for the Volkswagen Group. Audi is to retain the legal form of a stock corporation in the future.