DOF ASA shall at all times provide its shareholders, the Oslo Stock Exchange and the finance market in general (through the Oslo Stock Exchange information system) timely and exact information. Such information will be given in the form of annual reports, quarterly reports, press releases, stock exchange notifications and investor presentations, as appropriate. The Company will strive to clarify its long-term potential, including strategy, value drivers and risk factors. The Company will have an open and active policy in its approach to investor relations and will make regular presentations in connection with annual and preliminary results.
In general, DOF will present all inside information.
In any event, the Company will provide information about individual events, such as resolutions adopted by the Board and the AGM concerning dividends, mergers/demergers or changes in share capital, the issue of subscription rights, convertible loans and all agreements of significance between Group companies or related parties.
The Chairman and the other Board members shall be available for discussions with major shareholders in order to achieve a balanced understanding of these shareholders’ viewpoints and focus, but under due care of the regulations in ASAL, VPHL and BØRSREG. The Chairman shall ensure that the shareholders’ views are communicated to the entire Board. The Board shall consider the interests of all shareholders and treat all shareholders equitably.
All transactions that are not of minor significance between the Company and a shareholder, a Board member or a senior employee (or related parties) shall be subject to value assessment by an independent third party. If the consideration exceed 5% of DOF’s share capital, such transactions shall be subject to the approval of the shareholders at the AGM, in so far as this is required by ASAL, section 3-8. Board members and senior employees shall inform the Board if they have any significant interest in a transaction to which the Company is a party.
There are no restrictions in the trade of shares in DOF, and DOF shall not establish mechanisms designed to prevent or repel takeover bids, unless this has been approved by the general meeting with a two thirds majority (of votes cast and of the share capital represented). However, in the event of a takeover bid, the Board may take steps that are clearly in the best interest of the shareholders, for example by offering the shareholders advice on the offer, or, where relevant, by finding an alternative buyer (”white knight”).