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Development of Dividends

Our dividend policy is geared to both long-term value enhancement and to sustain the earnings strength of the Company.

Dividends and Payout Ratio

  2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Total dividend amount (million €) 19.4* 14.7 23.4 53.6 58.8 34.6
Dividends per share (€) 0.29* 0.22 0.35 0.80 0.80 0.25
EPS (€) 0.73 0.53 0.84 1.19 9.36 0.63
Number of shares (million) 66.962 66.962 66.962 66.962 73.482 138.232
Dividend payout ratio 39.7 %* 41.5 % 41.7 % 67.2 % 8.5 % 39.7 %**

  * Joint proposal of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board

** The dividend payout ratio in % of 2013 solely refers to the dividend distribution of € 34.6m as of 13 June 2014