Between 2000 and 2012, Klaus Eberhardt (65) was Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG. The mathematician is very familiar with the automobile industry and is a seasoned technology expert. “Dürr is in an excellent strategic position and has cutting-edge products thanks to its innovative strength. Together with the Board of Management, my colleagues on the Supervisory Board and all employees, I want to make sure that the company continues its positive development”, says Eberhardt.
CEO Ralf W. Dieter thanked the outgoing Chairman of the Supervisory Board in his speech. “Heinz Dürr laid the foundation for the success of the company, supported Dürr with passion and expertise as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and is a role model for our employees.”
The proposed dividend of € 2.25 per share for 2012 was approved by a large majority of shareholders. Dürr will distribute a total of € 38.9 million. The dividend increase was 88% compared to the previous year. The shareholders are thus participating in the positive business and earnings development in 2012. With record sales of € 2.4 billion, Dürr increased its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to € 177 million, achieving an EBIT margin of 7.4%. Dürr has had a good start to 2013 and is expecting a further increase in sales and earnings for the full year provided that the economic climate does not worsen.
Dr. Herbert Müller was elected to the Supervisory Board by a large majority of shareholders. Dr. Müller was Chairman of the Board of Management of Ernst & Young Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft until 2011.
The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of Dürr AG were discharged from liability at the annual general meeting with more than 95% of the votes each, and the proposal to issue bonus shares in a ratio of 1:1 was approved. This measure is planned for summer 2013
The attendance rate at the annual general meeting was 64.6%. The results of the votes can be viewed here.