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Dividend and treasury shares

Over time, Orkla's shareholders will receive a competitive return on their investment through a combination of the cash dividend that is paid out and the increase in the share price.

Orkla has a programme for share buybacks and a employee share purchase programme.

Dividend

Over time, Orkla has pursued a dividend strategy that focuses on predictability and stability. As long as Orkla's underlying performance is satisfactory, shareholders will experience a steady, stable increase in the dividend pay out.

Dividend
for year
Dividend
proposal
Dividend
(NOK)
Dividend
basis rate
Dividend
paid out
1999 10.02.2000 0,50 04.05.2000 25.05.2000
2000 15.02.2001 0,60 03.05.2001 22.05.2001
2001 14.02.2002 0,65 02.05.2002 23.05.2002
2002 20.02.2003 0,68 30.04.2003 22.05.2003
2003 19.02.2004 5,80* 29.04.2004 19.05.2004
2004 09.02.2005 1,90** 14.04.2005 03.05.2005
2005 20.02.2006 1,50 27.04.2006 11.05.2006
2006 14.02.2007 2,00 19.04.2007 03.05.2007
2007 14.02.2008 2,25 24.04.2008 07.05.2008
2008 19.02.2009 2,25 23.04.2009 06.05.2009
2009 11.02.2010 2,25 22.04.2010 04.05.2010
2010 10.02.2011 2,50 14.04.2011 29.04.2011
2010 14.09.2011 5,00*** 03.11.2011 15.11.2011
2011  09.02.2012  2,50  19.04.2012  03.05.2012 
2012  06.02.2013  2,50 18.04.2013  30.04.2013 
* Ordinary dividend NOK 0.80 and additional dividend NOK 5.00 in 2003
**Ordinary dividend of NOK 0.90 and additional dividend NOK 1.00 in 2004
***Additional dividend for the accounting year 2010

Share buybacks

Through the allocation of shareholder capital, Orkla will be able to undertake share buybacks, in addition to paying out a dividend. At the Annual General Meeting in 2013, the Board of Directors was granted authorisation to buy back up to 100,000,000 Orkla shares. The authorisation is limited to specified purposes (option programmes and employees shares programme) and must be implemented at the latest by the Annual General Meeting in 2014. The tablet below shows Orkla's share buybacks per year:

Share buy-backs

 Year No of shares
 2000 2 543 000
 2001 3 750 200
 2002 13 156 000
 2003 11 541 255
 2004 5 385 675
 2005 0
 2006 5 000 000
 2007 7 500 000
 2008 10 000 000
 2009 0
 2010 0
 2011 3 800 000
 2012 10 188 000