Investor relations: strengthening trust
For MLP, open dialogue with its shareholders plays an important part within the company’s value-driven management. We aim to provide value-driven reporting and offer all shareholders, whether institutional or private, comprehensible information quickly. We give the capital market and its protagonists regular reports with clear information on important events in the Group as a way of creating trust and making it easier for investors to gain a clear picture of our company value. Alongside the central publications, such as annual and quarterly reports, we also offer a continuous dialogue via our website at www.mlp-ag.de. Investors, and indeed anyone interested, can find up-to-date information on our company together with personal contacts from the Investor Relations department. Investors can also get in touch with us in writing or directly on the phone. The staff in the Investor Relations department are happy to answer questions on the MLP share, the Annual General Meeting or any other topics in and around our share and the company.
Last year, more than 1,000 shareholders took up our invitation to the Annual General Meeting at the Mannheim Rosengarten. The Annual General Meeting has approved all items on the agenda with a large majority. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board were discharged with 99.88 % and 91.66 % respectively. The shareholders present represented 58.40 % of the share capital.
In the course of the year we again offered many opportunities for dialogue and attended numerous capital market conferences and roadshows. Indeed, in 2008 it was particularly important for us to be in continuous contact with our investors, especially in light of the stock market turbulence. For example, at the end of September we informed around 150 private investors in the share forum at “Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V.” of MLP’s business model and discussed current stock market events with the investors.
High-quality Annual Report
We were also delighted to hear that our 2007 annual report again reached third place in the “Best Annual Reports” competition of the German “Manager” magazine in the sector with banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. The MLP Annual Report was also able to secure 8th position among all companies listed in the MDAX. The focus of requirements stipulated by the jury, made up of renowned scientists, was the usefulness of the information in the annual reports for investors. The jury analysed around 200 annual reports for 2007 from companies on the stock indexes DAX, MDAX, SDAX, TecDAX and Stoxx 50.