Progressive dividend policy
Wolters Kluwer has a progressive dividend policy under which the company aims to increase the dividend per share each year. The dividend pay-out ratio will therefore vary from year to year. The annual increase is dependent on our financial performance, market conditions, and our need for financial flexibility. Our dividend policy takes into consideration the nature of our business and our expectations for future cash flow and investment needs.
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting, shareholders approved a total dividend of €0.85 per ordinary share resulting in a final dividend of €0.65 per ordinary share. The final dividend of €0.65 was paid in May 2018.
For 2018, we set the interim dividend at 40% of prior year total dividend (previously: 25%). This will result in a 2018 interim dividend of €0.34 (to be paid in September 2018).
1) Dividend declared for the year indicated. 2017 dividend subject to approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on April 19, 2018.
Dividend dates are provided in our Calendar.
Shareholders can choose to reinvest both interim and final dividends by purchasing additional Wolters Kluwer shares through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) administered by ABN AMRO Bank NV. For questions related to the DRIP, please contact: ABN AMRO Corporate Broking firstname.lastname@example.org.