Axel Springer SE shareholders to receive a dividend of EUR 1.80 per share – Annual General Meeting elects new Supervisory Board




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16.04.14

Axel Springer SE shareholders to receive a dividend of EUR 1.80 per share – Annual General Meeting elects new Supervisory Board

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On April 16, 2014, the Annual General Meeting of Axel Springer SE in Berlin resolved to pay the company’s shareholders an increased dividend of EUR 1.80 per qualifying share for the 2013 financial year (previous year: EUR 1.70), thereby approving the draft resolutions of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board. This corresponds to a dividend pay-out of EUR 178.1 million from the distributable profit.

In the 2013 financial year Axel Springer achieved an EBITDA of EUR 454.3 million and an EBITDA margin of 16.2 percent. The adjusted earnings per share came to EUR 1.81.

In his speech to the company’s shareholders, Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer SE, said: “After a year of transformation and extensive investment in the future, we are once again concentrating on earnings growth and profitability.”

According to schedule, a new nine-person Supervisory Board was elected at the Annual General Meeting. Dr. Giuseppe Vita was re-elected as Chairman. Dr. h.c. Friede Springer remains Vice Chairwoman. Oliver Heine, Dr. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller and Prof. Dr. Wolf Lepenies, who were already members, also remain on the board. The newly elected members are Rudolf Knepper, member of the Axel Springer Executive Board until the end of 2011 and member of the Axel Springer Supervisory Board from January to April 2013; Lothar Lanz, Chief Financial Officer of Axel Springer SE until the end of the 2014 Annual General Meeting; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG; and the Argentinian entrepreneur and investor Martin Varsavsky. Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Klaus Krone and Dr. Michael Otto have left the Supervisory Board.

Dr. Giuseppe Vita recognized the work of the former Supervisory Board members: “I want to thank them in the name of the entire Supervisory Board and Executive Board for the excellent work they have accomplished in their long relationship with this company.”

This press release, along with pictures, the agenda for the Annual General Meeting, a webcast replay of the speech by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mathias Döpfner and other documents are available at www.axelspringer.de/agm-2014.

Press Contact Axel Springer SE: Michael Schneider
Tel: +49 30 2591 77644