Shareholders accept proposal for a dividend of 0.71 euros per share.
The Annual General Meeting of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG,held today at the Austria Center Vienna, agreed on a dividend of 0.71euros per share for the 2006 financial year. Compared to the previousyear, this amount is an increase of 26 cents or 58 per cent per share.The dividend payout amounts to a maximum of 101.4 million euros. Theex-dividend date is 13 June 2007, as of which the dividend will also bepaid.
"With a market capitalization of almost 16 billion euros, RaiffeisenInternational is today among the 500 largest and most valuable listedcompanies in the world. Prior to our going public, even optimisticmarket observers would not have expected such a development. Thissupports our original statement that the Raiffeisen International shareis headed for growth," commented Herbert Stepic, RaiffeisenInternational''s Chairman of the Managing Board.
The company''s success– achieved not only in recent years – is also corroborated by the development of its share price. After experiencing a more than 70 per cent increase in 2005, the share recorded a profit gain of 108 per cent in 2006. As a result, the Raiffeisen International share wasnot only the most successful one in the ATX but also in the Dows Jones Euro STOXX Banks.
As at last year’s meeting of shareholders, which was one of the biggest in Austria’s more recent capital-market history, a large number of visitors also attended this year’s general meeting. The shareholders among the roughly 600 participants took the opportunity to exchange information and to exercise their voting rights.
The shareholders agreed on an adjustment of the nominal capital fromcompany funds from 931,108.69 euros to 435,448,500.00 euros. Theobjective of this capital adjustment– implemented by re-transferring committed capital reserves and not by issuing new shares – is to smooth out the pro-rata shares in the nominal capital.
Moreover, the shareholders'' meeting resolved to authorize the ManagingBoard to acquire own shares up to a maximum of ten per cent of thecompany''s nominal capital. Should the Managing Board make use of thisauthorization, the shares would primarily be obtained for the ShareIncentive Program for the Management of Raiffeisen International.
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Raiffeisen International operates the largest banking network in CEE. 18markets are covered by subsidiary banks, finance leasing companies andtwo representative offices. Approximately 12.5 million customers areattended to through more than 2,900 business outlets. RaiffeisenInternational is a fully consolidated subsidiary of RaiffeisenZentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 70 per cent of the commonstock. The remaining 30 per cent is free float, the shares are traded onthe Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investmentbank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian RaiffeisenBanking Group, the country''s largest banking group.