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8.5 Earnings per share and dividend proposal

Calculation of the earnings per share
  2012 2011
Group net income in EUR thousand 858,312 605,973
Weighted average of issued shares 120,596,877 120,596,999
Basic earnings per share in EUR 7.12 5.02
Diluted earnings per share in EUR 7.12 5.02

The earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net income attributable to the shareholders of Hannover Re by the weighted average number of shares outstanding within the period under review.

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 6.13 “Shareholders’ equity, non-controlling 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 253.3 million (previous year: EUR 277.4 million) was paid in the year under review for the 2011 financial year.

It will be proposed to the Annual General Meeting on 7 May 2013 that a dividend of EUR 2.60 and a bonus of EUR 0.40 per share should be paid for the 2012 financial year. This corresponds to a total distribution of EUR 361.8 million. The dividend proposal does not form part of this consolidated financial statement.


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