1.1 This Dividend Policy (hereinafter the “Policy”) of Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC “Etisalat Group” (hereinafter the “Company”) has been developed in accordance with the Applicable Laws of the United Arab Emirates, regulations governed by the Securities and Commodities Authority (hereinafter ”SCA”) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (hereinafter the “ADX”) and the Articles of Association of the Company (hereinafter the “Articles”), such Articles as applied currently by the Company.
1.2 The purpose of this Policy is to identify the basic principles of the Company’s procedures on all matters relating to dividends, including decisions on determination of dividend amounts, dividend declaration and dividend payments.
For the purpose of this Policy, the following terms and definitions shall apply:
“Annual Dividends” shall mean together the Interim Dividends and the Final Dividends.
“Applicable Laws” shall mean any law, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, order or resolution issued by the Government of the United Arab Emirates including, but not limited to, the rules and regulations of SCA and ADX and Cabinet Resolution No. 29 of 2015 Regarding the Issuance of the Articles.
“Board of Directors” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
“Bonus Shares” shall mean any non-cash dividends issued by the Company to the Shareholders in the form of shares in the Company.
“Business Day” shall mean a day (other than a Friday and Saturday) on which banks are open for general business in the United Arab Emirates.
“Earnings” shall mean the profit attributable to the owners of the Company.
“Final Dividend Declaration Date” shall mean the date on which the Shareholders resolve in a General Meeting to approve the distribution of annual dividends.
“Final Dividends” shall mean the dividends declared by the Company in respect of the last six months of the relevant Fiscal Year.
“Fiscal Year” shall mean in relation to the Company, the twelve months period starting from 1st of January of a given year and ending on 31st of December of that year.
“General Meeting” shall mean the shareholder meeting of the Company.
“Interim Dividend Declaration Date” shall mean the date on which the Board of Directors resolve to approve the distribution of Interim Dividends.
“Interim Dividends” shall mean the dividends related to the first six months of the Fiscal Year of the Company.
“Net Profit” shall mean the annual net profit of the Company calculated in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and as stated in the profit and loss statement of the Company’s financial statements for the relevant Reporting Period, that are distributable to the Shareholders of the Company.
“Payment Date” shall be any date on or before thirtieth day after the Interim Dividend Declaration Date or the Final Dividend Declaration Date, as the case may be.
“Record Date” shall mean the tenth day following the Interim Dividend Declaration Date or the Final Dividend Declaration Date, as the case may be. The Record Date must be a Business Day. In the event that the Record Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day, the Record Date shall be the day that is the next Business Day following such day.
“Reporting Period” shall mean in relation to the Fiscal Year of the Company quarterly or annually, as the case may be.
“Shareholder” shall mean a natural or legal person or institution who is an owner of equity shares in the Company as at the relevant Record Date.
3.1 Shareholders may pass a resolution to approve dividends, as recommended by the Board of Directors, at the General Meeting of the Company. Each of the Interim Dividends and the Final Dividends shall be paid within the relevant Payment Date but only after: (i) in respect of the Interim Dividends the Board of Directors have approved the financial statements of the Company for the first six months of the Fiscal Year and resolved to pay Interim Dividend; and (ii) in respect of the Final dividends, following approval of the financial statements of the Company for the relevant Fiscal Year and approval of the Annual Dividends at the General Meeting of the Company.
3.2 As per the Articles, dividends may either be paid in cash or Bonus Shares or a combination of both. In specific situations where the Company issues Bonus Shares, such Bonus Shares will be entitled to future cash dividend declared by the Company.
3.3 At the General Meeting, the Shareholders shall approve, upon recommendation of the Board of Directors, the proportion of Net Profits to be declared for distribution to the Shareholders as dividends.
Under this Policy, the Company will consider the following key principles in determining the amount of the Annual Dividends to be declared:
5-1 The Board of Directors will recommend dividend amounts to be distributed to the Shareholders after evaluating the impact of the principles set out above and based on each of the criteria described in this section.
5-2 The Annual Dividend amount payable per each share (“DPS”) shall be AED 0.80 (80 fils).
5-3 The Board of Directors may increase or decrease DPS after evaluating the impact of a range of factors, including but not limited to:
5-4 The DPS amount shall only be determined upon completion and issuance of the audited year-end financial statements of the Company for the relevant Fiscal Year.
5-5 At all times, the Company will comply with the mechanism set by the ADX in coordination with SCA for distribution of cash dividends. The Company will deposit the amount of cash dividends within five Business Days of the Interim Dividend Declaration Date or the Final Dividend Declaration Date, as the case may be, with the ADX and payment of the cash dividends due to the Shareholders shall be within the relevant Payment Date.
6.1 This Policy has been updated and approved by the Board of Directors in its meeting on February 18, 2020 and shall take effect from the fiscal year starting January 1, 2020.
6.2 This Policy will be valid for the fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022 unless amended by the Board of Directors.
6.3 The Board of Directors will review this policy after a period of not longer than three years and has the right to amend, add and/or delete provisions of this Policy or make it void.
6.4 Any replacement, abolishment or amendment to the Applicable Laws, that is in contradiction with any provision(s) of this Policy or invalidating such provision(s) shall prevail. The Company shall arrange for the Policy to be amended in full compliance with the Applicable Laws.
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