Information about the DSM share
Shares and listings
Ordinary shares in Koninklijke DSM N.V. are listed on the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam (Netherlands) (Stock code 00982, ISIN code NL0000009827). Options on ordinary DSM shares are traded on the European Option Exchange in Amsterdam (Euronext.liffe). In the US, a sponsored unlisted American Depositary Receipts (ADR) program is offered by Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas (Cusip 780249108), with four ADRs representing the value of one ordinary DSM share.
Besides the ordinary shares, 44.04 million cumulative preference shares A (cumprefs A) are in issue, which are not listed on the stock exchange; these have been placed with institutional investors. The cumprefs A have the same voting rights as ordinary shares, as their nominal value of €1.50 per share is equal to the nominal value of the ordinary shares. Transfer of the cumprefs A requires the approval of the Managing Board, unless the shareholder is obliged by law to transfer his shares to a previous shareholder.
The average number of ordinary shares outstanding in 2017 was 174,794,656. All shares in issue are fully paid. On 31 December 2017, the company had 174,643,475 ordinary shares outstanding.
Reset dividend on Cumulative Preference Shares A
As it is DSM's policy to offer a fair dividend to all its shareholders by providing a stable, and preferably rising dividend, it was proposed to, and approved by the AGM in May 2017 to modify the Articles of Association such that the dividend percentage of the Cumulative Preference Shares A every year will be based upon the dividend yield of the ordinary shares in the preceding year (dividend as a percentage of the average share price). This percentage may be increased or decreased by a markup or discount of no more than one hundred (100) basis points, to be determined by the Managing Board in consultation with the Supervisory Board. The basis of computation of the dividend on the Preference Shares remained fixed at €5.2942 (Article 32 section 3 of the Articles of Association). This amendment aligns the interests of the Preference Shareholders with the interest of ordinary shareholders in terms of dividend yield.
Issue of shares
The issue of shares takes place by a decision of the Managing Board. The decision is subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board. The scope of this power of the Managing Board shall be determined by a resolution of the General Meeting of Shareholders and shall relate to at most all unissued shares of the authorized capital, as applicable now or at any time in the future. In the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 3 May 2017 this power was extended up to and including 3 November 2018, on the understanding that this authorization of the Managing Board is limited to a number of ordinary shares with a nominal value amounting to 10% of the issued capital at the time of issue, and to an additional 10% of the issued capital at the time of issue if the issue takes place within the context of a merger or acquisition within the scope of DSM's strategy as published on the company website. The issue price will be determined by the Managing Board and shall as much as possible be calculated on the basis of the trading prices of ordinary shares on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
Distribution of shares
Under the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act, shareholdings of 3% or more in any Dutch company must be disclosed to the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). According to the register kept by the AFM the following shareholders had disclosed that they have a direct or indirect (potential) interest between 3% and 10% in DSM's total share capital on 31 December 2017:
- ASR Nederland N.V.
- BlackRock, Inc.
- Capital Research and Management Company and Capital Group International Inc.
- NN Group N.V.
- Rabobank Nederland Participatie B.V.
Repurchase of own shares
The company may acquire paid-up own shares by virtue of a decision of the Managing Board, provided that the par value of the acquired shares in its capital amounts to no more than one tenth of the issued capital. Such a decision is subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board. In the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 3 May 2017 the Managing Board was authorized to acquire own shares for a period of 18 months from said date (i.e. up to and including 3 November 2018), up to a maximum of 10% of the issued capital, provided that the company will hold no more shares in stock than at maximum 10% of the issued capital.
DSM repurchased a number of its own shares during 2017 for the purpose of covering the company's commitments under existing management and employee option plans, share (unit) plans and stock dividend. Two programs were run for this purpose during the year, the first from 13 March to 13 July 2017 and the second from 14 August to 14 November 2017. In total DSM repurchased 4,500,000 shares for a combined consideration of €297 million.
Development of the number of ordinary DSM shares
Balance at 1 January
Reissue of shares in connection with exercise of option rights
Repurchase of shares
Dividend in the form of ordinary shares
Balance at 31 December
DSM share prices on Euronext Amsterdam (€ per ordinary share):
Highest closing price
Lowest closing price
At 31 December
Market capitalization at 31 December (€ million)1
Geographical spread of DSM shares outstanding
in % (excl. cumprefs A)
Article 10 of Directive 2004/25
With regard to the information referred to in the Resolution of article 10 of the EC Directive pertaining to a takeover bid which is required to be provided according to Dutch law, the following can be reported:
- Information on major shareholdings can be found above (Distribution of shares).
- There are no special statutory rights attached to the shares of the company.
- There are no restrictions on the voting rights of the company's shares. When convening a General Meeting of Shareholders, the Managing Board is entitled to determine a registration date in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Dutch Civil Code.
- The applicable provisions regarding the appointment and dismissal of members of the Managing Board and the Supervisory Board and amendments to the Articles of Association can be found in the chapter Corporate governance and risk management.
- The powers of the Managing Board regarding the issue and repurchase of shares in the company can be found in the sections Issue of shares and Repurchase of own shares above.
- Other information can be found in the 'Notes to the consolidated financial statements' (16 'Equity', 19 'Borrowings', 27 'Share-based compensation').
DSM's dividend policy is to provide a stable and preferably rising dividend. DSM proposes to increase the dividend to €1.85 per ordinary share for 2017. This will be proposed to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on 9 May 2018. An interim dividend of €0.58 per ordinary share having been paid in August 2017, the final dividend would then amount to €1.27 per ordinary share. The dividend will be payable in cash or in the form of ordinary shares at the option of the shareholder, with a maximum of 40% of the dividend amount available for stock dividend. If more than 40% of the total dividend is requested by the shareholders to be paid out in shares, those shareholders who have chosen to receive their dividend in shares will receive their stock dividend on a pro-rata basis, the remainder being paid out in cash. Dividend in cash will be paid after deduction of 15% Dutch dividend withholding tax. The ex-dividend date is 11 May 2018.