2021 Annual General Meeting

2021 AGM

 2021 Annual General Meeting

BBVA provides you with all documents related to the 2021 Annual General Meeting, the means to exercise your attendance, voting/delegation and information rights, as well as the link to access the Online Shareholders Forum.

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Attendance card

The Company will provide a personalised attendance card—indicating the number of shares held—for each shareholder entitled to attend who so requests one. This card will indicate the number of shares they hold.

Requests may be sent by writing  to the Shareholders Helpdesk (Oficina de Atención al Accionista) at C/ Azul 4, 28050 Madrid, through the mailbox to accionistas@bbva.com or at any BBVA branch office in Spain.

 

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Notice of Meeting

The Board of Directors of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. at its meeting on 15 March 2021, has resolved to call the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting of the Company to be held, in light of the exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to protect the health and safety of shareholders, employees and all other individuals involved, fully remotely (without the in-person attendance of neither shareholders nor their representatives) on 19 April 2021, at 12 noon, on first call, and, at the same time on 20 April 2021, on second call, according to the agenda shown on this website.

Shareholders are advised that the AGM will foreseeably be held on second call on 20 April 2021, at the time given and exclusively via remote means, unless they are otherwise notified on this website or through the daily press.

Notice of Meeting

Modalities of remote participation

ATTENDANCE (EXCLUSIVELY BY REMOTE MEANS)

In light of the exceptional circumstances brought about by COVID-19, and in order to protect the health and safety of shareholders, employees and all other individuals involved in the General Meeting, the Company has agreed, in accordance with the Royal Decree-Law 34/2020, of 17 November, on urgent measures to support business solvency and the energy sector, and on tax matters, that attendance at the 2021 Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting will be fully remote, i.e. with no in-person attendance by shareholders or their representatives.

Attendance at the General Meeting will take place via the “Remote Attendance Portal”, which will be activated, in accordance with the schedule and channels described below, with the exclusive purpose of facilitating the remote exercise, by shareholders entitled to attend, of the rights granted to them by the Corporate Enterprises Act.

In accordance with the Bylaws, holders of 500 or more shares that have been recorded in the corresponding accounting registry at least five days before the scheduled date of the General Meeting will be entitled to attend the Meeting.

As the Meeting is likely to be held on second call, pursuant to Article 517 of the Corporate Enterprises Act, shareholders must have the shares registered in their name no later than 15 April 2021 in order to be able to participate in and vote at the Meeting.

The Company will provide a personalized attendance card—indicating the number of shares held—for each shareholder entitled to attend who so requests one. Requests may be sent to the Shareholder Helpdesk or made via this corporate website or at any BBVA branch in Spain.

Holders of fewer shares may group together until they have, at least, that number and appoint a representative. To do this, shareholders must request the relevant group card, available at any BBVA branch in Spain.

In order to verify the identity of attendees at the General Meeting, and to guarantee that shareholders can properly exercise their rights, shareholders—or their valid proxies—who wish to attend the General Meeting must confirm their identity—and that of their proxy, where applicable—through the Remote Attendance Portal, prior to the start of the Meeting (hereinafter, the “Accreditation process”), as follows:

a.                   through the online banking website (www.bbva.es) for attendees who are BBVA online banking users (who have a Multichannel Contract with the Bank);

b.                   through the 2021 Annual General Meeting/Remote Attendance section of this corporate website for attendees who are not BBVA online banking users.

The Accreditation process on the Remote Attendance Portal will be made available on 6 April 2021 and will close at 11 am on the day of the General Meeting. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for the purpose of the correct processing of the supporting documentation confirming proxy delegation, attendees who wish to attend on behalf of other shareholders must have completed the Accreditation process 24 hours before the scheduled date of the Meeting as scheduled on first calling, i.e. no later than 12 noon on 18 April 2021, which coincides with the scheduled closing time for exercising voting and/or delegation electronically prior to the Meeting.

To complete the Accreditation process in the Remote Attendance Portal, it is necessary to follow the instructions and complete the forms provided in the Portal, in order to validly confirm the identity—and, if applicable, that of their proxies—and for shareholders or their proxies to attend on the day of the Meeting.

In order for the General Meeting to take place in an orderly manner and for the proper management of the remote attendance, the attendees, once the Accreditation process is completed in good time and in an appropriate manner, must access the Remote Attendance Portal between 7 am and 11.30 am on the scheduled day of the Meeting, as follows:

a.                   via the online banking website (www.bbva.es) for attendees who are BBVA online banking users, using their online banking access password;

b.                   via the 2021 Annual General Meeting/Remote Attendance section of this corporate website for attendees who are not BBVA online banking users, using the codes generated in the Accreditation process.

Only attendees who have completed the Accreditation process in good time and in an appropriate manner and who have accessed the Remote Attendance Portal in the indicated time slot may exercise their rights remotely on the day of the General Meeting.

PRIOR REMOTE VOTING AND PROXIES

Shareholders who do not wish to attend the General Meeting may remotely cast their vote or grant proxy delegation prior to the Meeting by electronic or written means, as specified below.

ELECTRONIC VOTING AND DELEGATION PROXIES

Shareholders can exercise their voting and proxy delegation rights electronically via the specific link in the “2021 Annual General Meeting” section on this corporate website, the online banking website (www.bbva.es) or the most up-to-date version of the mobile banking application BBVA España (hereinafter, the “BBVA España app”), which is available free of charge at the Play Store and App Store.

In order to prove their identity, shareholders who wish to vote or delegate a proxy electronically must have a passcode.

Shareholders who use BBVA electronic banking can vote or delegate proxies electronically by using the passcode they use to access and perform transactions in the online banking website (www.bbva.es) or the BBVA España app.

Shareholders who do not use BBVA electronic banking and shareholders who are legal persons must obtain a valid passcode, through this corporate website, to access the computer applications available for the 2021 General Meeting on this same corporate website. To do this, shareholders must follow the instructions in the “Electronic Vote and Proxy” section of the “2020 Annual General Meeting” page on this corporate website.

Shareholders may exercise their voting and/or delegation rights electronically, prior to the General Meeting, as follows:

a) For shareholders who use BBVA electronic banking, through the Internet banking website (www.bbva.es) or the BBVA España app; and

b) Shareholders who do not use electronic banking and shareholders who are legal entities, via the “2021 Annual General Meeting/Electronic Vote and Proxy” section on this corporate website, once they have the passcode

In both cases, shareholders must fill in the relevant forms and follow the instructions provided in each case in order to exercise each of these rights.

Likewise, shareholders holding less than 500 shares may group together by electronic means following the instructions in the sections “Electronic Vote and Proxy” of each of the channels available for the exercise of voting and proxy rights by electronic means referred to above.

Electronic voting and proxy may be exercised from 23 March 2021 and until 12:00 noon on 18 April 2021.

WRITTEN VOTING AND DELEGATION OF PROXIES

Shareholders who do not wish to attend the General Meeting may also remotely cast their vote or submit a proxy delegation in writing using the voting form included on the attendance card, which can be requested and submitted at any BBVA branch in Spain.

Shareholders holding 500 or more shares will receive at their addresses, on the call of the Annual General Meeting, the Attendance card/Remote voting form/Proxy, together with the agenda, a letter from the Secretary of the Board and a pre-paid envelope. Once the card has been completed and signed, it may be handed at any BBVA branch office in Spain or sent by post using the pre-paid envelope.

Shareholders holding less than 500 shares may vote by requesting the remote voting form at any BBVA branch office in Spain. Once it is completed and signed, the remote voting form may be handed at any BBVA branch office in Spain or sent by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt to the Shareholders Helpdesk (Oficina de Atención al Accionista) at C/ Azul 4, 28050 Madrid.

Holders of more than 500 shares may be represented at the AGM by another person, who need not necessarily be a shareholder. Proxy must be conferred using the proxy form included on the attendance card and may be sent to the Company via any of the means set out in this section.

Holders of fewer than 500 shares may group together with other shareholders to reach the minimum number of shares required to attend and shall name a representative to attend the meeting. To do this, shareholders, they must request the corresponding group card, available at any BBVA branch office in Spain.

Shareholders wishing to vote by post may request, from the date of publication of the notice of the call of the AGM, through the Shareholders Helpdesk or any BBVA branch office in Spain the issue of a document for postal voting in their name. Once completed by the established deadline and according to instructions therein, it must be sent by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt to the Shareholders Helpdesk (Oficina de Atención al Accionista) at C/ Azul 4, 28050 Madrid, to be processed and counted.

In order to be processed, remotely casted votes must be received, at least, 24 hours prior to the scheduled date of the General Meeting on first call. Any votes that arrive after this time will not be counted.

REVOCATION OF VOTE OR PROXY

Shareholders’ attendance at the General Meeting will revoke any vote or proxy previously submitted.

Additionally, proxies may be revoked at any time by the same means used to delegate them.

SUSPENSION OF ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

The Company will not be liable for any damages that may be incurred by shareholders or their representatives as a result of any breakdowns, overloads, line failures, connection faults or similar events, beyond the Bank’s control, that may prevent the use of the tools created for shareholders to exercise their rights regarding the General Meeting.

The foregoing applies notwithstanding the adoption of the measures required in each situation, including the potential suspension or restriction of the mechanisms provided for attending and participating at the Meeting through the Remote Attendance Portal or for electronically voting or nominating a proxy prior to the General Meeting being held, when this is advisable or necessary for technical or security reasons, or even the temporary suspension or extension of the General Meeting if necessary to ensure that shareholders or their representatives can fully exercise their rights.

PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA

In accordance with the provisions of Spanish Organic Law 3/2018, of 5 December, on Personal Data Protection and digital rights guarantee, BBVA will process the personal data of the shareholder and, where applicable, his or her representative, in accordance with the provisions of the processing of personal data which can be consulted here.

Online Shareholders Forum

Under article 539.2 of the Corporate Enterprises Act, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. has set up an Online Forum for its shareholders. It is exclusively intended to facilitate communication between shareholders to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) until the day on which the AGM is held. Once shareholders are duly registered, they may send in communications for publication on the Forum.

  • Proposals intended for presentation as supplements to the agenda announced in the call to meeting.
  • Requests to second such proposals.
  • Initiatives to reach the threshold percentage for minority rights established by law.
  • Offers and requests for voluntary proxies.

 

Access and use of the Forum is reserved exclusively for individual BBVA shareholders and voluntary associations of shareholders, validly constituted and registered in the Commercial Register and in a special registry established for such purpose by Spain’s National Securities Market Commission in compliance with article 539.4 of the Corporate Enterprises Act.

To access the site with all due guarantees, individual users and the voluntary Associations of shareholders must have a password and register as Online Forum Users.

Shareholders may use any of the following options to register as Forum users:

Users of electronic banking (www.bbva.es and App BBVA España)

Users of electronic banking (www.bbva.es and App BBVA España)

Shareholders who are electronic banking users (shareholders who have previously signed a Multi-channel contract (Contrato Multicanal) with BBVA) may access the Forum using the same password that they hold so as to access and operate on the internet banking website (www.bbva.es) or the banking app "BBVA España" (App BBVA España).

Non users of electronic banking and legal entities

Non users of electronic banking and legal entities

Shareholders who do not use BBVA electronic banking and legal entities may obtain their password through the accreditation process designed for such purposes.

To consult the Forum’s standards, press here

Total number of shares and voting rights 

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Electronic Vote and Proxy

To facilitate shareholders’ participation in the General Meeting, BBVA has made it possible for them to vote or confer Proxy over Internet. Shareholders may vote or confer Proxy by e-mail, pursuant to the Corporate Enterprises Act, article 31 of the Company Bylaws and article 8 of the General Meeting Regulations. In order to guarantee the identity of shareholders wishing to vote, shareholders must have a password. Shareholders may access the Electronic Vote and Proxy through the following ways:

Electronic banking users (www.bbva.es and App BBVA España)

Electronic banking users (www.bbva.es and App BBVA España)

Shareholders who are electronic banking users (shareholders who have a Multichannel Contract with the Bank may vote or delegate proxies electronically through the internet banking website (www.bbva.es) or the most up-to-date version of the mobile banking application BBVA España App which is available free of charge from Play Store and App Store, using the same password that they hold so as to access and operate in those channels.

Non users of electronic banking and legal entities

Non users of electronic banking and legal entities

Shareholders who do not use BBVA electronic banking and legal entities may obtain their password through the following accreditation process designed for such purposes.

BBVA shareholders who hold their BBVA stock as American Depositary Shares (ADS) may vote and confer proxy via The Bank of New York Mellon or the broker or financial entity with which they have deposited their BBVA ADS’s. These shareholders will receive the agenda, the proxy card and the instructions for voting or conferring proxy by post.

  • Shareholders who are non-resident in Spain may vote or confer proxy by e-mail from here.

 

 

 

 

 

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2021 General Meeting Documents

From publication of the announcement to the date of the General Meeting, all documents and information regarding the General Meeting will be available to shareholders via the links shown on this screen from where they may be downloaded for printing

 

In addition, shareholders may consult this documentation at the Bank´s registered office at Plaza de San Nicolás 4, Bilbao and submit a request for it to be delivered or sent to them immediately and free of charge by sending an e-mail to accionistas@bbva.com, by calling the Shareholder Helpline on +34 912 249 821, or by writing to the Shareholders Helpdesk (Oficina de Atención al Accionista) at C/ Azul 4, 28050 Madrid.

Annual Financial Report

Information on the Issuance of Convertible Securities since 2020 AGM

Additional information on Corporate Governance

Remote attendance at the 2021 Annual General Meeting

In light of the exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to protect the health and safety of shareholders, employees and all other individuals involved in the General Meeting, the Meeting will (exceptionally) be held fully remotely, i.e., without the in-person attendance of neither shareholders nor their representatives.

Attendance at the General Meeting will take place via the Remote Attendance Portal, which is enabled with the exclusive purpose of facilitating the remote exercise, by shareholders entitled to attend (i.e. holders of 500 or more shares), of the rights granted to them by the Corporate Enterprises Act.
Shareholders or, where applicable, their proxies, will have to accredit in the Remote Attendance Portal, through the following mechanisms:

Electronic Banking users (www.bbva.es)

Electronic Banking users (www.bbva.es)

Shareholders or proxies who are electronic banking users (with a Multichannel Contract with the Bank) should access the Portal through the internet banking website (www.bbva.es), using the same password that they hold so as to access and operate in said channel.

Non-users of electronic banking

Non-users of electronic banking

Shareholders or proxies who do not use BBVA electronic banking (without a Multichannel Contract) should enter and accredit through the following link

Remote Attendance Documents

Notice of Meeting

The Board of Directors of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. at its meeting on 15 March 2021, has resolved to call the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting of the Company to be held, in light of the exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to protect the health and safety of shareholders, employees and all other individuals involved, fully remotely (without the in-person attendance of neither shareholders nor their representatives) on 19 April 2021, at 12 noon, on first call, and, at the same time on 20 April 2021, on second call, according to the agenda shown on this website.

Shareholders are advised that the AGM will foreseeably be held on second call on 20 April 2021, at the time given and exclusively via remote means, unless they are otherwise notified on this website or through the daily press.

Notice of Meeting

Updated page 15 March 2021