The Board of Management shall be authorized to determine, with the approval of the Supervisory Board, what share of profit remaining after application of the provisions of the foregoing paragraphs shall be carried to reserves. The remaining profit shall be placed at the disposal of the Annual General Meeting of shareholders, with due observance of the provisions of paragraph 7, it being provided that no further dividends shall be paid on the preferred shares.
From the remaining profit, the following distributions shall, to the extent possible, be made as follows:
(a) to the holders of priority shares: 6 percent per share or the statutory interest referred to in paragraph 1 of article 13, whichever is lower, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends;
(b) to the holders of common shares: a dividend of such an amount per share as the remaining profit, less the aforesaid dividends and less such amounts as the Annual General Meeting of shareholders may decide to carry to reserves, shall permit.
Without prejudice to the provisions of paragraph 4 of this article and of paragraph 4 of article 20, the holders of common shares shall, to the exclusion of everyone else, be entitled to distributions made from reserves accrued by virtue of the provision of paragraph 7b of this article.
Without prejudice to the provisions of article 42 and paragraph 8 of this article, the Annual General Meeting of shareholders may decide on the utilization of reserves only on the proposal of the Board of Management approved by the Supervisory Board.
Cash dividends by virtue of paragraph 4 of article 20, article 42, or article 43 that have not been collected within five years of the commencement of the second day on which they became due and payable shall revert to the company.
Proposal for result allocation
With due observance of Dutch law and the Articles of Association, it is proposed that the loss of €1,086 million is charged against the other reserves. Furthermore, with due observance of article 43, paragraph 7, it is proposed that dividend on priority shares of €1,152 and on common shares of €417 million will be distributed from the other reserves. Following the acceptance of this proposal, the holders of common shares will receive a dividend of €1.80 per share of €2, of which €0.40 was paid earlier as an interim dividend. The final dividend of €1.40 will be made available from May 7, 2009.
Special rights to holders of priority shares
The priority shares are held by “Stichting AkzoNobel” (Foundation AkzoNobel), whose board is composed of the members of the Supervisory Board who are not members of the Audit Committee. They each have one vote on the board of the Foundation.
The Meeting of Holders of Priority Shares has the right to draw up binding lists of nominees for appointment to the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management. Amendments to the Articles of Association are subject to the approval of this meeting.
Early 2009, we acquired LII Europe, which we will consolidate as from January 2009 in Specialty Chemicals. In 2008, LII’s revenue amounted to €150 million. LII Europe is located near Frankfurt and is active in the chlorine and caustic market.