The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Instone Real Estate Group SE ("Instone") was held today, Thursday 14 June 2023, for the first time since 2019 as an in-person event in Essen, Germany. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM was held as a virtual shareholders' meeting for the past three years. Despite much more challenging market conditions, the company has maintained its position and continued to achieve decent profitability with a clearly positive cash flow, stressed Kruno Crepulja, CEO. The Annual General Meeting resolved to distribute a dividend of EUR 0.35 per share. All other resolutions proposed by the Management Board and the Supervisory Board were also approved by a large majority at the AGM.
CEO Crepulja stated during the Annual General Meeting: "The market situation also changed markedly for the German residential real estate sector in 2022. The sharp rise in construction costs, a substantial decline in demand resulting from the historic rise in interest rates, and the reduced speed of construction due to the temporary shortage of materials have had an adverse impact on the residential development sector. Nevertheless, despite these challenges we have been able to reach our margin targets and are in a strong financial position to pay out the planned dividend. We are making an active contribution to mitigating the housing shortage in Germany thanks to approx. 6,000 residential units under construction, of which around 90% have already been sold and we are acting from a position of strength in the current crisis.” Crepulja added: “The significant increases in rents that can be observed in many regions are the result of the housing shortage, which is exacerbated by continuously stricter requirements for building standards and the withdrawal of government support schemes. We are involved in discussions with policymakers in our respective associations in order to work out solutions together."
Shareholders voted by a large majority in favour of all the resolutions proposed by the Boards and also approved the proposed changes to the Supervisory Board. As already announced last year, the Supervisory Board has been enlarged by one female member to six persons. The new member is Sabine Georgi, Executive Director of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and responsible for Germany Austria and Switzerland. In addition, Stefan Mohr, Partner and Head of Corporate Investments at Activum SG Capital, succeeds Thomas Hegel, long-standing member of the Supervisory Board. As well as the Chairman Stefan Brendgen and these two members, initially elected for three years, the remaining members of the Board are Dr Jochen Scharpe, Christiane Jansen and Dietmar P. Binkowska. Brendgen lauded the resigning member Hegel as an "important driving force" and thanked him for his commitment and excellent collaboration over the past four years.
All the voting results of the Annual General Meeting on 14 June 2023 are available on the Company's website at: Annual General Meeting:Instone Real Estate Group SE
caption (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Foruhar Madjlessi (CFO), Stefan Brendgen (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Kruno Crepulja (CEO), Andreas Gräf (COO)