Darmstadt (pta/03.03.2023/19:43 UTC+1)
Software AG proposes dividend of €0.05
Darmstadt, Germany – March 3, 2023: The Management Board of Software AG (Frankfurt MDAX®: SOW) today decided to propose a dividend of €0.05 per share for fiscal year 2022 at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting on May 17, 2023.
Daniela Bünger, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Software AG, said:
"Our dividend proposal reflects the shareholders' interest to focus the company on long-term sustainable as well as profitable growth during this final year of our Helix transformation program. In line with our strategic objectives, we are working full speed on the expansion of our Integration business, including the completion of the StreamSets' integration, while ensuring that cost efficiency measures are in place to meet expectations of significantly improving margins and cash flow in the following years. We remain confident that the company will deliver on the 2023 guidance."
The reduced dividend proposal compared to the prior year is based on a more prudent capital allocation to strengthen the long-term profitability and financial position of the company. In fiscal year 2022, the transformation to a sustainable subscription and SaaS licensing model had a negative impact on free cash flow. The Management Board assesses this factor, which will continue to have an impact in fiscal year 2023, as temporary and is confident in its free cash flow generation from 2024 onwards at the latest.
Software AG remains committed to its communicated dividend policy and is working toward higher shareholder returns going forward.
Subject to the approval of the Annual Shareholders' Meeting and assuming 74.0 million (2021: 74.0 million) dividend-bearing shares outstanding, this would be a total payout sum of €3.7 million (2021: €56.2 million).
Annual Shareholders' Meeting
Software AG's Annual Shareholders' Meeting will be held as an in-person event at the Darmstadtium in Darmstadt, Germany, on May 17, 2023.
About Software AG
Software AG simplifies the connected world. Founded in 1969, it helps deliver the experiences that employees, partners and customers now expect. Its technology creates the digital backbone that integrates applications, devices, data and clouds; empowers streamlined processes; and connects "things" like sensors, devices and machines. It helps 10,000+ organizations to become a truly connected enterprise and make smarter decisions, faster. The Company has about 5,000 employees across more than 70 countries and annual Group revenue of more than €950 million.
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