A proposal to distribute a regular dividend in cash of 0.56 per ordinary share will be submitted for approval to the General Shareholders' Meeting to be held on 15 May 2017. This represents 35% of our net profit excluding one-off items. The dividend will be charged to the Corbion reserves.
In addition to the regular dividend on ordinary shares, € 25 is proposed to be distributed as an additional cash dividend of € 0.44 per ordinary share, payable at the same time as the regular dividend. The proposal additional cash dividend on ordinary shares will also be submitted to the General Shareholders' Meeting.
Timetable for payment of the regular and additional dividend:
17 May 2017 Ex-date, 18 May 2017 Record date, 22 May 2017 pay out cash dividend.
As announced on 6 March 2017 Corbion also intends to distribute € 25 million to shareholders in 2017 through a new share buyback program to be commenced in April 2017 and te be completed before the eind of 2017.
Corbion’s reservation policy is aimed at creating and retaining sufficient financial capacity and flexibility to realize its strategic objectives while maintaining healthy balance sheet ratios. Corbion intends to add the profit (or charge the loss) to the company reserves after payment of the statutory dividend on financing preference shares and after deduction of the proposed dividend on ordinary shares. Events potentially impacting our financing requirements such as acquisitions, divestments, reorganizations, or other strategic considerations can lead to adjustments in the reserves and the reservation policy.
As regards Corbion’s dividend policy, the amount and structure of dividend on ordinary shares that the company will pay to its shareholders depend on the financial results of the company, the market environment, the outlook, and other relevant factors. The current dividend policy is to pay out 35-45% of net profit adjusted for one-off items. Periodically Corbion will review its net debt position in relation to the investment plans, and decide upon potential additional distributions.
The proposed dividend for a financial year will be presented to and determined by the General Shareholder's Meeting. In addition, the Articles of Association allow for the payment of an interim dividend.