1 Disclosure policy
This Disclosure Policy of Kreate Group Plc (“Kreate” or the “Company“) describes the general principles and procedures that the Company adheres to in its communication with capital markets. The company adheres to this Disclosure Policy also in its financial reporting.
Kreate complies with applicable EU and Finnish legislation, the Nordic Main Market Rulebook for Issuers of Shares and guidelines (including Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. – Guidelines for Insiders) of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. (the “Nasdaq Helsinki“), the regulations and guidelines of the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) and the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority, the Finnish Corporate Governance Code as well as Company’s principles of management and other internal guidelines in its communications.
2 Key principles of disclosure
The key principles of Kreate’s communications are consistency, accuracy, transparency, activeness and fairness. Kreate communicates information, whether positive or negative, consistently and simultaneously to the capital markets and stakeholders.
The aim of Kreate’s communications is to support the accuracy of the pricing of Kreate’s shares and other possible financial instruments issued by the company by providing the capital markets with timely, reliable, accurate and relevant information on the operations, operational environment, strategy, targets and financial position of the company.
Kreate shall disclose as soon as possible information required to be disclosed by disclosure obligations. All releases are published on Kreate’s website in addition to other applicable distribution channels. Information is disclosed in Finnish and in English.
3 Organisation and responsibilities
At Kreate, communication with capital markets is the responsibility of the company’s CEO and CFO. The CEO or other officers shall not comment on matters related to the Board of Directors of Kreate. The Board of Directors shall in the ordinary course be represented by the Chairman.
Kreate’s CEO and CFO are the principal persons for issuing statements and are primarily responsible for contacts with investors, shareholders and analysts. Kreate’s CEO acts as an investor liaison and coordinates investor relations and investor communications.
No other person, including persons responsible for Kreate’s business functions, may address the capital markets on behalf of the company without the prior approval of the CEO or CFO.
4 Communications with investors and analysts
4.1 General principles for investor and analyst communications
Kreate meets and actively pursues dialogue with representatives of the capital markets and media. Kreate responds to queries from the company’s shareholders, investors, analysts and the media without undue delay when responding is in the best interest of the company.
The objective of the meetings is to provide information on Kreate and its operating environment. Any material matters discussed in the meetings shall already have been made public before and may not provide new information affecting the value of the company’s share and other financial instruments. Materials of the meetings with investors and analysts will be published on Company’s website.
Kreate does not comment on the market value of the company or stock price development, favour individual analysts or distribute analysts’ reports to investors.
4.2 Silent period
Kreate observes a 30-day silent period in its communication with investors and the media. The silent period precedes the publication of financial statements release, half-yearly report and quarterly financial report. During the silent period, results or factors affecting it are not discussed with the representatives of capital markets or media. The silent period ends when financial statements release, half-yearly report or quarterly financial report is published.
Should an event requiring immediate disclosure occur during the silent period, Kreate shall disclose said information without delay in accordance with applicable disclosure obligations and may, after the disclosure, comment on said event.
5 Releases and channels of communication
The primary channels of communication of Kreate are stock exchange releases, press releases and other releases and news, materials on the Company’s website as well as various meetings and events.
The company’s stock exchange releases are the method of publishing regulated disclosure concerning Kreate. Inside information as well as other information required by applicable legislation and Rules of Nasdaq Helsinki shall be disclosed through stock exchange release.
The company’s website www.kreate.fi/investors is the principal source of other information on Kreate. Kreate may also use other channels of publication for the sharing of information concerning the company.
5.1 Stock exchange releases
Kreate will as soon as possible disclose inside information concerning the company through a stock exchange release (see section 7 in more detail), as well as any other information which is to be disclosed through a stock exchange release under applicable regulations. Inside information can relate to, for example:
- material changes in the company’s performance or financial position;
- material M&A transactions or other material changes in the company’s business;
- any decisions or transactions material to the company, such as decisions on investments or divestments, agreements on acquisitions of companies or businesses, co-operation agreements or other material agreements that the company is about to enter into;
- information regarding the company’s share issues, share repurchases or other changes in its shares; and
- material decisions made by the authorities concerning the company, and in respect of legal proceedings, their outcome or settlement.
In addition, the company shall disclose through stock exchange releases any decisions, information and events as required by law and the Rules of Nasdaq Helsinki, including the following:
- financial reports (see section 6 in more detail);
- notices of general meetings of shareholders and decisions of general meetings of shareholders;
- changes in the Board of Directors or top management or change of auditor;
- proposals and decisions on changing the company’s share capital or number of shares or other financial instruments relating to Kreate’s shares and issued by the company, unless the proposal or decision is insignificant;
- possible decisions on the introduction of a share-based incentive scheme;
- transactions between the company and its related parties;
- significant changes in the company’s operations;
- decisions on listing company’s financial instruments;
- managers’ transactions (see section 10 in more detail);
- notifications of major holdings; and
- information on special situations or circumstances that generate significant uncertainty regarding fair trading in the company’s financial instrument or the reliable price formation of the financial instrument on Nasdaq Helsinki.
Stock exchange releases are delivered to the Nasdaq Helsinki and key media and published on Kreate’s website. In addition, the stock exchange releases are delivered to the national storage mechanism of Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority.
5.2 Other releases
News that do not meet the requirements set for stock exchange releases but which the company considers newsworthy or in other ways of interest to the company’s stakeholders are published on Kreate’s website by means of a press release or other release or as news.
6 Financial reporting
Before the start of each financial year, Kreate publishes a stock exchange release listing the dates on which it aims to disclose financial reports and the date of the Annual General Meeting. The financial calendar is also available on Kreate’s website.
Kreate publishes quarterly financial reports, half-yearly reports, the financial statements release, the financial statement and the report of Board of Directors as well as the audit report. The aforementioned documents are prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Kreate may also publish an annual report that includes, along with the financial statement, the report of Board of Directors and the audit report, more extensive information on the company’s business activities. In addition, the company discloses all other financial information as required by applicable legislation and regulations that the company must comply with.
In addition, the company publishes its Corporate Governance Statement and Remuneration Report for Governing Bodies on its website. Other content required by the Finnish Corporate Governance Code is also available on Kreate’s website.
7 Insider administration and disclosure of inside information
Kreate complies with the requirements of the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU, “MAR“), the regulations and guidelines of ESMA and the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority, Finnish legislation, Rules of the Nasdaq Helsinki, Guidelines for Insiders of Nasdaq Helsinki as well as the company’s own insider policy approved by the Board of Directors in its insider instructions and administration.
The insider administration of Kreate is described more thoroughly on the company’s website and in the insider policy.
Kreate will as soon as possible publicly disclose inside information, which directly concerns the company, by means of a stock exchange release unless the Company resolves to delay the disclosure of inside information. In accordance with Article 17 of the MAR, Kreate may, on its own responsibility, delay the disclosure of inside information provided that all of the following conditions are met:
- immediate disclosure of the information is likely to prejudice the legitimate interests of Kreate;
- delay of disclosure of the information is not likely to mislead the public; and
- Kreate is able to ensure the confidentiality of the information.
The company shall assess on a case-by-case basis whether the aforementioned conditions for delaying the disclosure are met. Assessment of whether the conditions for the delay are met and decision to delay the disclosure of inside information are made by the company’s Board of Directors.
In connection with delaying the disclosure of inside information, Kreate shall document the conditions for delaying the disclosure and actively monitor that the conditions for delaying the disclosure are met. The company shall publicly disclose the piece of inside information as soon as possible after the conditions for the delay are no longer met. The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority shall be notified of the decision to delay the disclosure of information immediately following the public disclosure of the information by using the form provided by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority.
8 Future outlook
Kreate discloses estimates of its outlook for the current financial year in the connection of financial statement releases, half-yearly reports and quarterly financial reports.
The statements and estimates made shall be based on management’s view of the outlook for the Company and its operations at the time of their issuance. No other forward-looking estimates are given to any party outside of the said estimates.
9 Special situations
9.1 Rumours, leaks and market views
Kreate does not comment on market rumours, speculations, valuation or price performance of the Company’s share, or actions of competitors or customers. The company may publicly disclose a stock exchange release to correct clearly incorrect or misleading information that is likely to have a significant effect on the price of Kreate’s financial instruments
If undisclosed inside information has fallen into the hands of someone who is not, by virtue of the regulations concerning insiders or other rules, authorised to receive such information, Kreate shall make the information public by means of a stock exchange release as soon as possible. The same applies to inside information regarding which there are rumours based on which it may be concluded that the confidentiality of such inside information can no longer be ensured.
9.2 Profit warnings
Kreate issues a profit warning by means of a stock exchange release if it is likely that the company’s development during the reporting period will deviate from assessments that have previously been issued publicly and from what can be justifiably concluded based on previously published information.
Any decision on issuing a profit warning is made by the Board of Directors of Kreate.
Kreate has set up a whistle-blowing procedure in order for the persons employed by the company to have means of notifying cases in which there is reasonable doubt that someone employed by the company would have violated laws and regulations concerning securities markets.
The notifications are reviewed by a person authorised by the company. If there reason to suspect an infringement based on such report or if the infringement can be proven, the company shall take the case to the competent authorities.
9.4 Crisis communications
Kreate has made preparations for situations of exceptional communication needs by properly instructing its relevant personnel. The company has also prepared a crisis communications plan that specifies the principles and responsibilities of Kreate’s communications during crisis situations.
The CEO of Kreate is responsible for the management of the company’s crisis communications. Kreate’s crisis group is formed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kreate, the CEO and the CFO.
9.5 Interpretations and deviations
The Board of Directors of Kreate is responsible for the supervision and interpretation of the company’s Disclosure Policy. The CEO and the CFO of Kreate give further instructions regarding the execution of the Disclosure Policy.
In individual cases, for weighty reasons and within the limits of applicable laws and regulations, the CEO or the CFO of Kreate may to deviate from the disclosure policy.
10 Managers’ transactions
In accordance with Article 19 of the MAR, persons discharging managerial responsibilities within the company and persons closely associated with them are obliged to notify Kreate and the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority of transactions conducted on their own account in Kreate’s financial instruments. The notifications must be made promptly and no later than three business days from the date of the transaction. Kreate will publish the notification it has received as a stock exchange release within two business days from receiving the notification.
Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team of Kreate as well as certain other company staff members may not execute transactions on their own account or for the account of a third party, directly or indirectly, in Kreate’s financial instruments during a period of 30 days before the disclosure of financial statements release, half-yearly report or quarterly financial report, the day of the disclosure included.
11 Policy changes, exceptional situations and maintenance
Kreate’s Board of Directors decides on the amendments of this Disclosure Policy. However, minor or technical amendments to this Disclosure Policy may be approved by the Executive Team of Kreate.
 The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority will not be notified of the decision to delay the disclosure of information if the inside information has ceased to constitute inside information without publicly disclosing it by means of a stock exchange release.