The Board of Directors of Prysmian S.p.A. met today to discuss the effects of the changed macroeconomic and market scenario resulting from the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic at a global level.
The Board of Directors confirms the assessments made at its meeting of 5 March 2020 regarding the Group’s ability to generate cash flows and sustain a balanced long-term dividend policy and believes its financial structure, liquidity and available credit lines are entirely adequate to respond to the new economic and financial situation emerging from the ongoing health emergency.
However, in the light of the spread of the pandemic and its potential duration, and given the uncertainty surrounding the terms and geographical extent of the restrictions to production and logistics around the world, as well as the slowdown that it could cause on the demand and the economic cycle, the Board of Directors deems it prudent to modify the proposed allocation of 2019 profits to be submitted in the forthcoming Shareholders’ Meeting called for 28 April 2020, reducing the dividend to €0.25 per share from the originally proposed €0.50 per share.
Once approved in the Shareholders’ Meeting, the dividend will be paid out from 20 May 2020, with record date 19 May 2020 and ex-dividend date 18 May 2020.
The Board of Directors has also resolved to withdraw — without amending the agenda of the General Shareholders’ Meeting called for 28 April 2020 — the proposal under item 3 of the agenda regarding the granting of authority to the Board of Directors to buy back and dispose of treasury shares pursuant to articles 2357 and 2357-ter of the Italian Civil Code.
The Board of Directors reserves the right to call an interim Shareholders’ Meeting, in the course of the year, to propose the possible distribution of the remaining 50% (€0.25 per share) of the originally planned amount and the request for the authorisation to buy back and dispose of treasury shares pursuant to Article 2357 and 2357-ter of the Italian Civil Code, should the uncertainty related to the development of the pandemic and its effects on the economic cycle and business appear clearer, thus increasing visibility regarding the Group’s financial performance.
The Board of Directors has therefore approved the 2019 Consolidated Financial Statements and Draft Financial Statements of Prysmian S.p.A., which replace the documents already approved on 5 March and reflect the decision to distribute approximately €66 million as dividends, while allocating the remainder of the 2019 profit of the parent company, Prysmian S.p.A., to reserves.
The Board of Directors also approved the 2019 Disclosure of Non-Financial Information, which replaces the disclosure approved on 5 March 2020.