The Group's dividend policy is aimed at securing long-term shareholder loyalty by regularly increasing the dividend, a dividend payout ratio of around 50% and a dividend premium for shareholders who have held their shares in registered form for an unbroken period of at least four years.

Year Total payout Number of shares eligible Dividend per share
2020 € 0 0 € 0*
2019 € 425,069,235 147,454,887 € 2,90
2018 € 405,500,939 147,454,887 € 2,75
2017 € 414,783,735 150,830,449 € 2,75
2016 € 368,978,734 153,741,139 € 2,40
2015 € 334,962,161 157,132,025 € 2,20
2014 € 275,504,402 157,132,025 € 1,80
2013 € 247,423,253 157,132,025 € 1,62
2012 € 240,067,214 157,132,025 € 1,59
2011 € 221,091,767 157,132,025 € 1,46
2010 € 208,024,389 157,132,025 € 1,35
* To protect the balance sheet given the severity of the Covid-19 downturn in activity, and the uncertainty as to the timing of recovery, and in solidarity with the teams, the Board has decided not to propose a dividend for Fiscal 2020 even if the Underlying net profit was positive.

 

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