The Annual General Meeting of 03 May 2011 decided the distribution of the balance sheet profit for the 2010 financial year of EUR 274,762,543.20 to pay a dividend of EUR 0.60 per no par-value registered share.
The dividend will be paid out by the depositary banks on 04 May 2011 after the deduction of 25 per cent capital gains tax as well as 5.5 per cent solidarity surcharge on the capital gains tax (total 26.375 per cent) and, if applicable, church tax on the capital gains tax as follows:
In the case of registered shares in collective custody, the dividend will be paid out via Clearstream Banking AG, Frankfurt to the depositary banks at which the shareholders' accounts are held.
The payout for those shares which are still held in certificate form will be made on presentation of the dividend warrant No. 12 at the Company's cashier's office or at any of the branches of Commerzbank AG.
In the case of shareholders resident in Germany, the dividend will be paid out without any deduction for capital gains tax and the solidarity surcharge if share-holders have submitted a certificate of non-assessment issued by their local tax office to their depositary bank. The same applies in full or in part to shareholders who have submitted a withholding exemption certificate to their depositary bank, as long as the exemption amount stipulated on the form has not already been exhausted by other capital gains.
In the case of non-German shareholders, the investment income tax withheld, incl solidarity charge, can be lowered in accordance with the terms of existing agreements on the avoidance of double taxation between the Federal Republic of Germany and other countries. Applications for refunds of the reduction amount must be addressed to the Federal Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern) in Bonn.