Progressive dividend policy
For more than 30 years, Wolters Kluwer has increased or maintained its annual dividend per share in euros (or euro equivalent). In 2007, the company established a progressive dividend policy and, since 2011, all dividends are paid in cash. In 2015, we introduced an interim dividend payment, aligning cash distributions closer to our seasonal cash flow pattern.
Wolters Kluwer remains committed to a progressive dividend policy, under which we aim to increase the dividend per share in euros each year, independent of currency fluctuations. The pay-out ratio can vary from year to year. Proposed annual increases in the dividend per share take into account our financial performance, market conditions, and our need for financial flexibility. The policy takes into consideration the characteristics of our business, our expectations for future cash flows and our plans for organic investment in innovation and productivity, or for acquisitions. We balance these factors with the objective of maintaining strong balance sheet.
2019 Interim Dividend
As announced on February 20, 2019, the interim dividend for 2019 was set at 40% of the prior year total dividend, or €0.39 per share. The interim dividend will be distributed on September 19, 2019, to holders of ordinary shares, or September 26, 2019, to holders of Wolters Kluwer ADRs.
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.