Metro AG announces dividend of €1.35 per share, changes its financial year to Oct. 1-Sept. 30 beginning in 2013 to segregate its Christmas business
May 24, 2012
– Dr. Florian Funck elected member of the Supervisory Board
Change of financial year adopted effective from 2013
Stable dividend of € 1.35 per share of common stock
Franz Markus Haniel has been confirmed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG.Following his election as member of the Supervisory Board at the Annual General Meeting held today, the panel elected Haniel as its Chairman after the General Meeting. Haniel, who at the same time also serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, has been chairing METRO AG'sSupervisory Board since 18 November 2011 and already served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AGduring the period from November 2007 to May 2010.
In addition, the Annual General Meeting elected Dr. Florian Funck as new member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG.In this function Funck, who has been serving as CFO of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH since September 2011, is following Dr.-Ing. e.h.Bernd Pischetsrieder who resigned from his position on the Supervisory Board one year ahead of the expiry of his term of office to allow for an organised rejuvenation of this panel.
The Annual General Meeting also approved the proposed dividend for financial year 2011 in the amount of € 1.35 per common share and € 1.485 per preferred share. At the same time, it also adopted the change of the financial year. Starting from 2013, the new financial year is to run from 1 October to 30 September. With this change, the important Christmas business is to be segregated from impacts resulting from closing date inventory counts or planning activities for the upcoming financial year. Moreover, this change will improve the planning quality for the full year already in the first quarter.
As a result, the company will have a one-time short financial year for the period from 1 January 2013 to 30 September 2013.