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22/05/2020
16:43
Virtual Uniper Annual General Meeting approves dividend proposal, enabling on-time payout of about ?421 million dividend to shareholders

May 20 Uniper held its first-ever entirely virtual annual general meeting, as it was informed on the official site of the Company.

Resolutions on agenda items were all adopted with a large majority of votes cast by the Annual General Meeting.

The positive performance enabled Uniper to raise its dividend proposal relative to the previous year. The Annual General Meeting approved a dividend payout of about?421 million (?1.15 per share) for fiscal 2019. This represents an increase of about28 percent compared with the previous year. The company thus surpassed its target of average dividend growth of 25 percent in the period 2016 to 2020. In its forecast for full-year 2020 Uniper expects adjusted EBIT of between ?750 million and ?1 billion and adjusted net income of between ?550 to ?800 million. The company aims for a dividend payout of about ?500 million for the 2020 financial year. Despite the uncertainties triggered by Corona, Uniper plans to continue to be a reliable dividend payer.

Under its new strategy ?Empower Energy Evolution?, which the company presented this past March, Uniper will become one of the most important architects of the new energy future. Uniper's Management Board today presented to shareholders the ambitious program for decarbonization and reduction of greenhouse gases in Europe.

Besides, the holders approved election of Supervisory Board members,

Uniper is a leading international energy company with around 11,500 employees and activities in more than 40 countries. With about 34 GW of installed generation capacity, Uniper is among the largest global power generators. Its main activities include power generation in Europe and Russia as well as global energy trading, including a diversified gas portfolio that makes Uniper one of Europe?s leading gas companies. In 2019, Uniper sold a gas volume of 220 bcm. The company is headquartered in D?sseldorf, being the third-largest listed German utility. Under its new strategy, Uniper aims to become carbon-neutral in Europe by 2035.

Uniper posted adjusted EBIT of ?863 million in the 2019 financial year, which was at the prior-year level (2018: ?865 million). Adjusted EBIT benefited from the fact that higher power prices and output enabled the company?s hydro and nuclear power stations to earn more. Another positive contribution came from the business in Russia and from the reinstatement of the U.K. capacity market. Uniper recorded IFRS net income of ?644 million in the 2019 financial year, which was significantly higher than the previous year?s figure of -?442 million.

"AK&M", 21.05.2020 16:07

 

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