The Annual General Meeting held on 22 April 2009 resolved to distribute a dividend of € 4.50 per dividend-bearing non-par share for the fiscal year from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.
The dividend will be paid out by Clearstream Banking AG, Frankfurt/Main, on 23 April 2009 via the custodian banks with deduction of 25% for capital gains tax and 5.5% for solidarity surcharge on capital gains tax (altogether 26.375%).
The deduction of capital gains tax and 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 listed 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 for reimbursement of the reduction have to be received by the German Federal Finance Office, 53225 Bonn, by 31 December 2013 at the latest.