Dividend policy



Policy on profit appropriation

It is the policy of the Board of Directors to propose a profit appropriation to the General Meeting of Shareholders which, insofar as the profit permits, provides a stable or growing dividend while maintaining an adequate level of cash flow in the company for investment and self-financing in order to support growth. In practice, this means that the company seeks to maintain a pay-out ratio of around 40% of the result for the period attributable to the Group over the longer term.

Profit appropriation

Based on the strong financial performance of 2020 and the confidence in the set direction, the Board of Directors of Bekaert has decided to propose to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 12 May 2021 to pay a dividend of € 1.00, up 65 eurocent from last year.

Payment will be made at the offices of the following financial institutions:

  • BNP Paribas Fortis (Principal Paying Agent), ING Belgium, Bank Degroof Petercam, KBC Bank, Belfius Bank in Belgium;
  • Société Générale in France;
  • ABN AMRO Bank in The Netherlands;
  • UBS in Switzerland.

Dates

  • Ex date: 14 May 2021
  • Record date: 17 May 2021
  • Payment date: 18 May 2021

Per share*

in € 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Gross dividend 1.000 0.350 0.700 1.100 1.100 0.900 0.850 0.850 0.850
Net dividend** 0.700 0.245 0.490 0.770 0.770 0.657 0.638 0.638 0.638
Coupon number 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4

* The dividend is subject to approval by the General Meeting of Shareholders 2021.
** Subjectto the applicable tax legislatuion.

Valuation

in % 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Dividend yield 3.68 1.3 3.3 3.0 2.9 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.9
Dividend yield (average) 5.02 1.5 2.5 2.6 3.0 3.4 3.1 3.4 3.8
Dividend pay-out ratio 42.0 47.9 99.5 33.8 59.0 49.5 54.4 202 N.A.
Dividend growth 285.7 -50.0 -36.4 0.0 22.2 5.9 - - -27.4

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