24 November 2023
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners plc
Update statement on 2023 Annual General Meeting voting results
At the Company's 2023 Annual General Meeting ("AGM") held on 24 May 2023, all resolutions were successfully passed with the requisite majority of votes. However, in respect of resolution 24 ("Rule 9 Waiver Resolution"), we acknowledge that a number of our shareholders did not support the resolution (of votes cast, 78.07% voted in favour)
The Rule 9 Waiver Resolution related to the approval by independent shareholders of a waiver obtained from the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers in respect of an obligation that could arise on Olive Partners, S.A. ("Olive"), or any persons acting in concert with Olive, to make a general offer for all the issued ordinary share capital of the Company following any increase in the percentage of shares held by Olive, or any persons acting in concert with Olive, resulting from the exercise by the Company of the authority to purchase its own shares pursuant to resolutions 28 and 29 (which received approval from 99.78% and 98.42% of those voting respectively). The Board believes that it is in the best interests of shareholders that the Company has the flexibility to return value to shareholders through a possible future buyback programme. If the Rule 9 Waiver Resolution had not been approved, the Company would not be able to effect such buyback programmes as explained in the 2023 Notice of AGM.
Since the AGM, the Company has continued to engage where appropriate with its shareholders to address any concerns they may have. The Company has also communicated with Institutional Shareholder Services on their standing policy to recommend a vote against a Rule 9 waiver which we believe may be influencing investor decisions in this regard.
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