21. Dividend per share

The dividend entitlement for the share classes is based on the portion of the distributable profit attributable to the relevant division. This is calculated in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB).

A resolution was passed at the Annual General Meeting held on 20 August 2020 to distribute a portion of the distributable profit for the 2019 financial year through the payment of a dividend to holders of common shares in the amount of € 0.70 per Class A share and € 2.10 per Class S share. On the basis of a subscription offer to all holders of Class A shares, Class A shareholders were granted the right to assert the dividend entitlements arising from the resolution on the appropriation of net income on a pro rata basis in the amount of € 0.49 (pro rata dividend entitlement) as a contribution in kind for the granting of new Class A shares from a capital increase from Authorised Capital I (Section 3 [4] of the articles of association) (share dividend). The remaining portion of the dividend in the amount of € 0.21 was paid in cash – irrespective of the exercise of the option right by Class A shareholders. No corresponding option right was granted to holders of Class S shares.

The option right in favour of the share dividend was exercised for a total of 51,357,949 Class A shares. On the basis of the subscription ratio, the subscription price and further regulations governing the share dividend, a total of 1,651,381 new Class A shares, each representing € 1.00 of the company’s share capital, were issued from Authorised Capital I. The share capital of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA) now amounts to 74,404,715 shares: 71,700,215 Class A shares and an unchanged 2,704,500 Class S shares. For further information, please refer to Note 35. The cash payment of the dividend totalling € 23,869 thousand was made following expiry of the subscription period on 15 September 2020.

The remaining undistributed profit was carried forward to new account.

For the reporting period, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting on 10 June 2021 the distribution of a scrip dividend of € 0.45 (previous year: € 0.70) per dividend-entitled listed Class A share and a cash dividend of € 2.10 (previous year: € 2.10) per non-listed Class S share. Based on the number of dividend-entitled shares as of 31 December 2020, this is equivalent to a distribution of € 32,265 thousand for the Port Logistics subgroup and € 5,679 thousand for the Real Estate subgroup.