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7.5 Earnings per share and dividend proposal

Calculation of the earnings per share 2011 2010
Group net income in EUR thousand 605,973 748,890
Weighted average of issued shares 120,596,999 120,596,877
Basic earnings per share in EUR 5.02 6.21
Diluted earnings per share in EUR 5.02 6.21

Neither in the year under review nor in the previous reporting period were there any dilutive effects. The weighted average of the issued shares was, as in the previous year, slightly lower than the value of the shares in circulation on the balance sheet date. In the context of the employee share option plan Hannover Re acquires treasury shares and sells them at a later date to eligible employees. For further details please see our comments in Section 5.13 “Shareholders’ equity, noncontrolling interests and treasury shares”.

There were no other extraordinary components of income which should have been recognised or disclosed separately in the calculation of the earnings per share.

The earnings per share could potentially be diluted in future through the issue of shares or subscription rights from the authorised or conditional capital.

Dividend per share

A dividend of EUR 277.4 million (previous year: EUR 253.3 million) was paid in the year under review for the 2010 financial year.

The Annual General Meeting on 3 May 2012 will propose that a dividend of EUR 2.10 per share should be paid for the 2011 financial year. This corresponds to a total distribution of EUR 253.3 million. The dividend proposal does not form part of this consolidated financial statement.

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