Dividend Policy

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.

Dividend technicalities

On 10 February 2021 Aperam announced its detailed dividend payment schedule for 2021.

The Company proposed to maintain its base dividend at EUR 1.75/share, as approved at the Annual General Meeting of June 8, 2021.

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 Payment3rd Quarterly Payment4th Quarterly Payment
Announcement DateFebruary 25, 2021May 11, 2021August 13, 2021November 09, 2021
Ex-DividendMarch 02, 2021May 14, 2021August 18, 2021November 12, 2021
Record DateMarch 03, 2021May 17, 2021August 19, 2021November 15, 2021
Payment DateMarch 25, 2021June 11, 2021September 13, 2021December 09, 2021
FX Exchange rateFebruary 26, 2021May 12, 2021August 16, 2021November 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.

With respect to the shares held via Euroclear Nederland, ABN AMRO is offering a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) Shareholders have the opportunity to reinvest their net dividend in ordinary shares Aperam. Shareholders should make the election to participate in the DRIP via their own bank, broker, custodian or financial institution.