For 2019, the Board of Directors proposes a total cash return to shareholders amounting to DKK 4 billion, which is around 13% of the company’s market cap based on the time of writing.
In line with the cash distribution policy announced with the Annual Report 2016 – a stable to growing nominal dividend and all excess cash to be distributed via share buybacks – the Board of Directors proposes a dividend of DKK 18 per share (DKK 1.8 billion) and a share buyback programme of up to DKK 2.2 billion.
|Dividend (Ordinary + interim)||1.8||1.9
|Nominal dividend per share, DKK||18||18
|Share buy-back programme||2.2||4.0
|Total cash return||4.0||5.9
Dividend – 2019 maintained at DKK 18 per share
In 2018, Pandora paid out an ordinary dividend of DKK 9 per share and an interim dividend of DKK 9 per share in relation to the H1 2018 results. In total, Pandora paid out DKK 18 per share (DKK 1.9 billion) in 2018.
Based on the financial results in 2018, the Board of Directors proposes to return DKK 1.8 billion in dividend during 2019. This includes an ordinary dividend of DKK 9 per share and one additional interim dividend of DKK 9 per share in relation to the H1 2019 results
2018 share buyback programme of DKK 4 billion
In connection with the Annual Report 2017, Pandora announced its intention to buy back own shares of up to DKK 4.0 billion in a share buyback programme from 14 March 2018 to 13 March 2019. In 2018, a total of 7,437,025 shares have been bought back, corresponding to a transaction value of DKK 3.2 billion. The purpose of the programme is to reduce Pandora’s share capital and to meet obligations arising from employee incentive programmes. At the Annual General Meeting 2019, The Board of Directors will propose to reduce the company's share capital by a nominal amount of DKK 10,029,003 by cancellation of 10,029,003 own shares of DKK 1, equal to 9.1% of the company's total share capital.
2019 share buyback programme of dkk 2.2 billion proposed
The Board of Directors proposes to launch a new share buyback programme in 2019, under which Pandora will buy back own shares to a maximum consideration of DKK 2.2 billion. The shares acquired during the programme will as in previous years primarily be used to reduce Pandora’s share capital and to meet obligations arising from employee incentive programmes. The share buyback programme will run from the Annual General Meeting (13 March 2019) to 19 March 2020 at the latest.