In coherence with Aperam’s Financial Policy (Link), Aperam’s dividend policy consists of a base dividend, anticipated to progressively increase over time. The Company targets a Net Financial Debt/EBITDA ratio of <1x (through the cycle). In the (unlikely) event that Net Financial Debt/EBITDA exceeds 1x, then the Company will review the dividend policy.
On 10 February 2021 Aperam announced its detailed dividend payment schedule for 2021.
The Company proposes to maintain its base dividend at EUR 1.75/share, subject to shareholders approval at the next Annual General Meeting.
The dividend payments would occur in four equal quarterly installments of EUR 0.4375 (gross) per share in 2021 as described below in the detailed dividend schedule.
Dividends are announced in Euros. Dividends are paid in Euros for shares listed on the European Stock Exchanges (Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg). Dividends are paid in US dollars for shares traded in the United States on the over-the-counter market in the form of New York registry shares and converted from Euros to US dollars based on the European Central Bank exchange rate at the date mentioned in the table below. A Luxembourg withholding tax of 15% is applied on the gross dividend amounts.
Table: Detailed dividend schedule 2021
|1st Quarterly Payment (interim)||2nd Quarterly Payment||3rd Quarterly Payment||4th Quarterly Payment|
|Announcement Date||February 25, 2021||May 11, 2021||August 13, 2021||November 09, 2021|
|Ex-Dividend||March 02, 2021||May 14, 2021||August 18, 2021||November 12, 2021|
|Record Date||March 03, 2021||May 17, 2021||August 19, 2021||November 15, 2021|
|Payment Date||March 25, 2021||June 11, 2021||September 13, 2021||December 09, 2021|
|FX Exchange rate||February 26, 2021||May 12, 2021||August 16, 2021||November 10, 2021|
In order to benefit from exemption of Luxembourg dividend withholding tax at source, an “Informative Memorandum” describing the procedure to obtain an exemption at source of the Luxembourg dividend withholding tax is available HERE.