In 2017, the Board approved dividend policy which provides that the Company must maintain the net debt to EBITDA ratio not higher than 1.5 and to pay out up to 80 per cent of free cash flow as dividend. Each year the Company pays dividends although there was no officially approved dividend policy until 2017.
Following the Law, dividends shall be paid to the shareholders who at the end of the 10th business day following the Annual General Meeting that adopts a decision on dividend payment are on the Shareholders’ List of the company.
Dividends are to be paid within one month from the day of making a decision on profit allocation.
On 26 April 2019, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Telia Lietuva, AB (code 121215434, registered address: Lvovo str. 25, Vilnius, Lithuania) decided to allocate the Company’s profit for the year 2018 and to pay out 0.08 euro dividend per share.
Dividends will be paid to the shareholders who at the end of the tenth business day following the day of the Annual General Meeting that adopted a decision on dividend payment, i.e. on 13 May 2019 are shareholders of Telia Lietuva, AB.
The Ex-Date or the first day from when on regulated market (i.e. on stock exchange) with settlement period of T+2 acquired shares of Telia Lietuva, AB do not entitle to the dividends for the year 2018 is 10 May 2019.
From 23 May 2019 the dividends are paid out in the following order:
- to the shareholders, whose Telia Lietuva, AB shares are accounted by a financial brokerage company or credit institutions, which provide securities accounting services, the dividend amount, after deduction of Personal or Corporate withholding income tax applicable by the laws of Lithuania, will be transferred to the shareholders’ accounts held with a respective financial brokerage company or credit institution;
- to the shareholders, whose Telia Lietuva, AB shares on behalf of the Company are accounted by the authorised custodian AB SEB bankas, the dividend amount, after deduction of Personal or Corporate withholding income tax applicable by the laws of Lithuania, will be transferred to the shareholders’ accounts with AB SEB bankas or the accounts (IBAN) with other bank or financial institution as indicated by the shareholders (requests with account indications should be submitted to any branch of SEB bankas).
Dividends paid in 2018 will be taxed as follows:
- dividends paid to natural persons–residents of the Republic of Lithuania and natural persons–residents of foreign countries are subject to withholding Personal income tax of 15 per cent;
- dividends paid to legal entities of the Republic of Lithuania and legal entities–residents of foreign countries are subject to withholding Corporate income tax of 15 per cent, unless otherwise provided for by the laws.
Residents of the foreign countries, which have concluded agreements on Avoidance of Double Taxation with the Republic of Lithuania, could take advantage of reduced tariffs provided by such agreements by submitting Claim for Reduction or Exemption from the Anticipatory Tax Withheld at Source, form FR0021 (DAS-1). The form should be completed following the law requirements and presented to SEB bankas together with the broker’s confirmation by 20 May 2019.
For additional information on payout of the dividends please contact AB SEB bankas by phone +370 5 268 1528
After Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2000 amount allocated for dividend payment amounted to 50-70 per cent of yearly net profit.
In 2003, the Company suffered a loss, but dividend where paid out. Starting from 2003 each year paid out dividend per share was higher than consolidated earnings per share for the respective year. That was because according to the provisions of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Companies, dividends should be paid from retained earnings of the Parent company of the Group.
Since 2006, the Company was paying almost maximum allowed by the laws amount of dividends – 96-98 per cent of retained earnings of the Parent company.
On 17 November 2014, an amount of 0.25 litas (0.072 euro) per share due to reduction of the authorised capital was paid to the shareholders.
Shareholders decided to pay 0.01 euro dividend per share for the year 2015, 0.03 euro for the year 2016, 0.07 euro for the year 2017 and 0.08 euro for the year 2018.