GOETTINGEN,Germany--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At today’s Sartorius AG Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in Goettingen, Germany, shareholders approved the board's proposals by a large majority. The Annual Shareholders' Meeting thus passed the resolution to pay dividends of 0.46 euros per preference share (previous year 0.381 euros) and 0.45 euros per ordinary share (previous year 0.371 euros). The total amount disbursed will rise by 20.5 % year over year from 25.8 million euros to 31.1 million euros. At 23.5 %, the payout ratio is at the level of the previous years (2015: 24.0 %).
During the regular election of shareholder representatives to the Supervisory Board, shareholders re-elected Dr. Lothar Kappich, Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Arnold Picot, Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheper and Prof. Dr. Klaus Rüdiger Trützschler. Dr. Daniela Favoccia, Partner of the lawyer’s office Hengeler Mueller, and Ilke Hildegard Panzer, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of the US-based Health Care-company Versiti Inc., were elected for the first time. The new Supervisory Board will serve for a term of five years.
Furthermore, the Annual Shareholders' Meeting granted discharge to the Supervisory Board and to the Executive Board by a considerable majority. On the whole, more than 500 share owners representing over 96 % of the voting share capital attended this year's Annual Shareholders' Meeting.
1 Adjusted for stock split; rounded values
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Presentation Held by Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting
You will find this presentation and further information on the ASM at: https://www.sartorius.com/sartorius/en/EUR/company/investor-relations/sartorius-ag/shareholders-meeting/2017
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Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO and Executive Board Chairman of Sartorius AG
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April 24, 2017 Publication of first-quarter figures (January to March 2017)
July 25, 2017 Publication of the first-half figures (January to June 2017)
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A Profile of Sartorius
The Sartorius Group is a leading international pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment provider with two divisions: Bioprocess Solutions and Lab Products & Services. Bioprocess Solutions with its broad product portfolio focusing on single-use solutions helps customers produce biotech medications and vaccines safely and efficiently. Lab Products & Services, with its premium laboratory instruments, consumables and services, concentrates on serving the needs of laboratories performing research and quality assurance at pharma and biopharma companies and on those of academic research institutes. Founded in 1870, the company earned sales revenue of more than 1.3 billion euros in 2016. Approximately 7,000 people work at the Group's approximately 50 manufacturing and sales sites, serving customers around the globe.