Frequently asked questions on K+S share

How can I buy K+S shares?

Essentially, you can buy K+S shares on Germany's stock exchanges through any bank or through your custodian bank. K+S American Depositary Receipts can be purchased or sold via your U.S. broker, the relevant OTC code is KPLUY. For further information, please follow this link.

Where are K+S shares traded?

The shares of K+S Aktiengesellschaft are traded on all seven German stock exchanges (i.e. in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart), and in the XETRA electronic trading system. They are not listed on foreign stock exchanges. K+S American Depositary Receipts are listed on the OTCQX, a listing service that provides ADR issuers with an efficient platform to enhance liquidity in their ADRs. The OTC market is not an organized marketplace or exchange, but rather it is a network of securities dealers that make markets in many different securities.

What is the K+S securities identification number (German: Wertpapierkennnummer)?

The Wertpapierkennnummer (WKN) is KSAG88; the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) is DE000KSAG888.

In which indices does the K+S share appear?

The K+S share is quoted on the following stock market indices:

  • MDAX 
  • DJ STOXX 600
  • DJ  Euro STOXX 
  • MSCI World Standard
  • MSCI Europe Standard
  • MSCI Germany Standard 
  • S&P Euro Index

What par value do K+S shares have?

K+S shares are no par value bearer shares.

How many shares is the nominal capital of K+S AG divided into?

The nominal capital of K+S AG amounts to € 191.4 million and is currently divided into 191,400,000 no par value shares. Each share carries one vote.

Does K+S buy its own shares?

The Board of Executive Directors is authorised until 11 May 2020 to acquire own shares in the Company representing up to 10 % of the Company’s share capital at the time of adopting the resolution.

What was the last dividend payment?

Dividend for financial year 2015 at € 1.15 per share

On 12 May 2016, the dividend of € 220.1 million for 2015 was paid out of the accumulated profit of K+S Aktiengesellschaft of € 273.4 million available at the end of 2015. Retained earnings amounted to € 53.4 million.

Adjusted earnings per share of the K+S Group, which serve as the basis for the dividend payment, reached € 2.83. K+S pursues an essentially earnings-based dividend policy. According to this, a dividend payout ratio of between 40% and 50% of adjusted Group earnings after taxes (including discontinued operations) forms the basis for the amount of future dividend recommendations to be determined by the Board of Executive Directors and the Supervisory Board. The dividend payment for financial year 2015 was € 1.15 per share (previous year: € 0.90 per share), which equals to a payout ratio of 40.6%.

 

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