annual general meeting
(AGM) Under the Companies Act 1985 a company must hold a meeting of shareholders in each calendar year to deal with matters such as the adoption of the previous year's financial statements, rotation of directors and the appointment of auditors. Shareholders may also use the opportunity to ask questions of the Board.

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annual general meeting
(AGM) a compulsory general meeting of a company required under the Companies Acts; this is in addition to any other meetings in that year. The annual general meeting must be designated as such in the notices calling it.
It is at the annual general meeting that dividends are decided. The company's accounts are considered and the directors' and auditor's reports are put before the shareholders. It is the occasion when directors are appointed in place of those retiring and where their remuneration and conditions are fixed. The annual general meeting is an important safeguard for shareholders since it is the one occasion when they can be sure of having an opportunity to question directors on the accounts, on their report and on the company's condition and prospects.

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annual general meeting
(AGM)
A meeting of shareholders required to be held by a public company within six months beginning with the day following its accounting reference date (section 336, Companies Act 2006). Under the Companies Act 2006, private companies are not obliged to hold AGMs. The Companies Act 2006 does not specify what business must be transacted at an AGM, nor are there any restrictions on business. Usually the meeting is used for matters which must be dealt with each financial year, such as the re-election of directors, fixing the remuneration of auditors and consideration of the annual accounts, directors' report and auditors' report. A public company AGM requires at least 21 clear days' notice unless shorter notice is agreed by all members entitled to attend and vote.
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