The Annual General Meeting of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) today resolved to distribute a dividend of € 0.59 per listed Class A share. HHLA is distributing a total of € 41.3 million to the shareholders of the Port Logistics subgroup – an increase of 13.5 percent on the previous year. This corresponds to a dividend payout ratio of approximately 70 percent. The dividend proposal made by the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board was ratified by 99.98 percent of the votes cast.
In his speech at the Annual General Meeting, Klaus-Dieter Peters – Chairman of HHLA’s Executive Board – emphasised that: “Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG faced a difficult environment in the 2015 financial year. Despite challenging conditions, we managed to achieve a solid result. This once again confirms our diversification strategy of positioning and expanding the Intermodal segment as a second strong pillar alongside the Container segment. With the renewed increase in transport services in a market that is declining on the whole, our rail activities are contributing substantially to the earnings and stability of the Group. Even though we recorded a drop in container throughput in light of the challenging conditions, the dividend distributed to our shareholders is 13.5 percent higher than in the previous year due to a significant increase in profit after tax and minority interests.”
The shareholders endorsed the proposal made by the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board and today agreed to a dividend of € 0.59 per listed Class A share for the 2015 financial year. The dividend for the Port Logistics subgroup is therefore € 0.07 higher than the previous year’s figure of € 0.52 per Class A share. This represents an increase of 13.5 percent. The dividend payout ratio is equivalent to 70 percent of the profit after tax and minority interests. Distributing a large proportion – between 50 and 70 percent – of distributable net profit to shareholders remains a cornerstone of the company’s dividend policy. HHLA is distributing a total of € 41.3 million to holders of its dividend-entitled Class A shares.
The Annual General Meeting resolved to distribute € 1.75 per Class S share for the unlisted Real Estate subgroup. This is equivalent to a dividend payout ratio of 61 percent and a total of € 4.7 million – an increase of almost 17 percent on the previous year. All of the Class S shares are held by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. HHLA is distributing a total of € 46 million to the shareholders of its two subgroups.
The shareholders formally approved the actions of both the HHLA Executive Board and the Supervisory Board during the 2015 financial year with 99.93 percent and 96.93 percent of the votes cast, respectively.
Approximately 850 shareholders and guests attended the Annual General Meeting of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG on 16 June 2016 at CCH Congress Center, Hamburg. Some 84.4 percent of the share capital was represented (previous year: 82.5 percent).
The voting results of the Annual General Meeting, the speech by the Chairman of the Executive Board, Klaus-Dieter Peters, and the accompanying presentation are available on the HHLA website in the Investor Relations section under Annual General Meeting (www.hhla.de/en/investor-relations/ann-general-meeting).
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