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Mechelen, February 10, 2022 –Telenet Group Holding NV (“Telenet” or the “Company”) (Euronext Brussels: TNET) announces that its board of directors has decided to propose to the Annual General Shareholders' Meeting in April 2022 to approve the payment of a gross dividend of €1.375 per share (€149.4 million in total). The proposed dividend will be paid using existing cash and cash equivalents and complements the intermediate gross dividend of €1.375 per share, paid in December 2021. Together they comprise the gross dividend floor of €2.75 per share. As such, it is an integral part of the Company’s shareholder remuneration policy, as detailed during the December 2018 Capital Markets Day and as tightened in October 2020.[MI1] If and when approved, the dividend will be paid on May 4, 2022, with the Telenet shares trading ex-dividend on Euronext Brussels as of May 2, 2022. In parallel, the Company continues to execute the remainder of its Share Repurchase Program 2021, which has been approximately 76% completed.
The board of directors remains committed to deliver on the Company's shareholder remuneration policy. In the absence of any material acquisitions and/or significant changes in our business or regulatory environment, we intended to maintain Net Total Debt to Consolidated Annualized Adjusted EBITDA ("net total leverage") around the 4.0x mid-point through an attractive and sustainable level of shareholder disbursements. This includes a fixed dividend per share floor of €2.75 (gross), as mentioned above. The remainder of our Adjusted Free Cash Flow may still be considered for accretive acquisitions, extraordinary dividends, incremental share buy-backs, deleveraging or a combination thereof.
Dividend payment details2
- Gross dividend per share of €1.375 (net €0.9625 per share): The gross dividend per share was determined at €1.375, equivalent to €149.4 million on an aggregated basis (based on the number of dividend-entitled shares outstanding on February 4, 2022).
- Ex-dividend date of May 2, 2022: As of the opening of the Euronext Brussels stock exchange on May 2, 2022, the Telenet shares will trade ex-dividend.
- Record date of May 3, 2022
- Payment date of May 4, 2022: The effective payment of the dividend to both registered shareholders and holders of dematerialised shares will occur on May 4, 2022. The payment of the dividend will be subject to 30% withholding tax under Belgian law. The received net dividend per share of €0.9625 can, however, differ for foreign shareholders depending on the existence of certain double tax treaties between Belgium and certain foreign countries. In order to benefit from the reduced withholding tax, shareholders will need to formally submit a tax certificate to ING Belgium, acting as paying agent on behalf of the Company, at the latest 10 calendar days after the actual payment date.
1 On the basis of 108,659,465 dividend-entitled shares outstanding as per February 4, 2022
2 Subject to shareholder approval at the April 27, 2022 Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting