Proposed distribution to shareholders
Pursuant to article 34 of the articles of association of Royal Philips, a dividend will first be declared on preference shares out of net income. The remainder of the net income, after reservations made with the approval of the Supervisory Board, shall be available for distribution to holders of common shares subject to shareholder approval after year-end. As of December 31, 2014, the issued share capital consists only of common shares; no preference shares have been issued. Article 33 of the articles of association of Royal Philips gives the Board of Management the power to determine what portion of the net income shall be retained by way of reserve, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board.
A proposal will be submitted to the 2015 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to declare a dividend of EUR 0.80 per common share (up to EUR 735 million), in cash or in shares at the option of the shareholder, against the net income for 2014 and retained earnings.
Shareholders will be given the opportunity to make their choice between cash and shares between May 13, 2015 and June 5, 2015. If no choice is made during this election period the dividend will be paid in shares. On June 5, 2015 after close of trading, the number of share dividend rights entitled to one new common share will be determined based on the volume weighted average price of all traded common shares Koninklijke Philips N.V. at Euronext Amsterdam on June 3,4 and 5, 2015. The Company will calculate the number of share dividend rights entitled to one new common share (the ‘ratio’), such that the gross dividend in shares will be approximately equal to the gross dividend in cash. On June 9, 2015 the ratio and the number of shares to be issued will be announced. Payment of the dividend and delivery of new common shares, with settlement of fractions in cash, if required, will take place from June 10, 2015. The distribution of dividend in cash to holders of New York Registry shares will be made in USD at the USD/EUR rate fixed by the European Central Bank on June 8, 2015.
Dividend in cash is in principle subject to 15% Dutch dividend withholding tax, which will be deducted from the dividend in cash paid to the shareholders. Dividend in shares paid out of net income and retained earnings is subject to 15% dividend withholding tax, but only in respect of the par value of the shares (EUR 0.20 per share).
In 2014, a dividend of EUR 0.80 per common share was paid in cash or shares, at the option of the shareholder. For 60% of the shares, the shareholders elected for a share dividend resulting in the issue of 18,811,534 new common shares, leading to a 2.1% percent dilution. EUR 292 million was paid in cash. For additional information, see Investor Relations.
The balance sheet presented in this report, as part of the Company financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2014, is before appropriation of the result for the financial year 2014.