The Annual General Meeting held on 24 April 2017 resolved to distribute a dividend of €1.60 per dividend-bearing share for the fiscal year from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
The dividend will be paid via Clearstream Banking AG, Frankfurt/Main, on 27 April 2017 through the custodian Banks.
The deduction of the withholding tax and the solidarity surcharge will not be applicable to shareholders, as the dividend will be paid from the tax contribution account due to §27 of the Corporation Tax Act (Körperschaftssteuergesetz – KStG). Dividends paid to domestic shareholders will not be subject to taxation.
Dividends do not entail tax refunds or tax credits., In the German tax authorities view, the dividend payment reduces the acquisition costs of the shares for tax purposes.
Essen, April 2017
The Executive Board