On Jun. 30, 2015, 9am, the 2015 THSRC Annual General Meeting (AGM) was launched. The meeting was hosted by THSRC Chairman Victor W. Liu and BOHSR was represented by Chief Secretary Lu leading associates and legal consultants. The attendance rate of common stock shareholders was 81.15%, conforming to attendance regulations.
THSRC reported one general issue (management and execution of the company) and two recognition issues (2014 Recognition of Annual Operation Report and Financial Statements; 2014 Annual Deficit Recognition). All issues were unanimously approved and passed as originally proposed. In addition, election of the 7th board directors and supervisors, including 3 independent directors, 12 non-independent directors and 2 supervisors, took place in this meeting.
Chairman Liu reported to shareholders that growth has been stable throughout the 8 years of operation. Regarding the performance in 2014, revenue has grown 6.68% comparing to 36.1 billion in 2013 reaching 38.51 billion NT dollars this year. In 2014, the annual gross profit reached 12.8 billion, operation profit was 11.88 billion and pre-tax net profit was 2.66 billion dollars. Regarding operation loading, a total of 50,467 trains have been distributed during 2014 which resulted in an increase of 3.29% in ridership comparing to 2013. For transport amount, the average passenger loading was 57.12%, which was a slight 0.38% decrease comparing to 2013. The total passenger count in 2014 reached 48.02 million which increased 1.12% comparing to 2013. Furthermore, the average punctuality rate in 2014 was 99.61% and there were zero operational safety incidents throughout 2014.
Aside from 2014 statistics, Chairman Liu indicated that THSRC will put all efforts to provide passengers the safest, most convenient and most efficient services. Two actions of "Free HSR Transport for Paramedics Treating Formosa Fun Coast Patients" and "ticket payment & pick-up services in convenience stores for student discount tickets" are now initiated. On the other hand, the financial resolution project has been evaluated and passed by the Legislative Yuan and the Board so will be submitted to shareholder's provisional meeting for further discussion.
In the meeting, multiple shareholders raised inquiries and opinions regarding financial crisis issues such as capitol reduction and increase, returning the superficies of station districts, extension of concession period, decreasing ticket fare, withdrawing the arbitration case and the stability mechanism. Additionally, other subjects including the possible deficit of three additional stations, THSRC marketing strategies (eg. collaborations with other industries, family discounts, car rental discounts, early-bird tickets), employee salary raise and overseas projects (such as international exports) were raised during discussion and the subjects were individually responded by Chairman Liu and CEO, Mr. Cheng, for record. Moreover, Chairman Liu expressed gratitude to the shareholders who raised suggestions regarding E&M procurement and switch monitoring system and indicated that these ideas will be put to further discussion.
The AGM came to a successful end at 1:40pm.