WALLDORF — The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) recommend that shareholders approve a dividend of €1.10 per share for the fiscal year 2014 at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. This represents a year-over-year increase of €0.10, or 10% compared to last year’s dividend of €1.00. If the shareholders approve this recommendation, the total amount of dividends to be distributed will be approximately €1.3 billion (2013: €1.2 billion), representing a pay-out ratio of 40% (2013: 36%).
SAP is also amending its dividend policy going forward to pay a dividend totaling more than 35% of profit after tax, which is an increase from the previous policy to pay more than 30%.
“Our sustainable strategy and our continued profitable growth in 2014 give us the confidence to do both, further increase the dividend by 10% and amend our dividend policy to a target payout ratio of more than 35% to highlight that the higher dividend is meant as a sustainable rather than a one-time effort”, said Luka Mucic, CFO at SAP. “Despite a mixed economic environment, the compelling business benefits of solutions like SAP S/4HANA, our unique industry expertise and global reach continue to be differentiators.”
The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders is scheduled for May 20, 2015 in Mannheim, Germany. The 2014 fiscal year dividend is scheduled to be paid on or after May 21, 2015.
Note to holders of SAP ADRs (American Depositary Receipts): One SAP ADR represents one SAP SE share. The final dividend amount per ADR is dependent upon the euro/US dollar exchange rate. Since SAP SE pays cash dividends on the ordinary shares in euro, the exchange rate fluctuations will affect the US dollar amounts received by holders of ADRs. The final dividend payment by SAP SE to the depositary bank is scheduled for May 22, 2015. The depositary bank will then convert the dividend payment from euro into US dollars as promptly as practicable.
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