Dividend Announcement

 

ISINDE 0007037129
DE 0007037145


The Annual General Meeting held on 20 April 2011 resolved to distribute a dividend of € 3.50 per common share and per preferred share for the fiscal year from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.

The dividend will be paid out by Clearstream Banking AG, Frankfurt/Main, on 21 April 2011 via the custodian banks with deduction of 25 % for capital gains tax and 5,5 % for solidarity surcharge on capital gains tax (all together 26,375 %) and (if applicable) church tax.

The deduction of the capital gains tax and the solidarity surcharge will not be applicable to shareholders who have filed a "non-assessment certificate" (Nicht-Veranlagungsbescheinigung) issued by their local tax office with their custodian bank. The same applies in full or in part to shareholders who have filed an application for tax exemption (Freistellungsauftrag) with their custodian bank, provided that the exemption volume in their application has not already been used up by other income from capital assets.

For foreign shareholders the withheld capital gains tax including solidarity surcharge can be reduced as specified by existing agreements concluded between the Federal Republic of Germany and the respective country to avoid double taxation. The applications have to be sent to the German Federal Finance Office in due time. It is therefore recommended to foreign shareholders to take advice regarding the fiscal treatment of dividends.