The dividend increase takes account of the fact that Group earnings before tax rose from €85 million to €134 million in 2022. “We want to offer our shareholders an attractive dividend and enable them to benefit appropriately from our earnings increase”, said Dr. Jochen Weyrauch, CEO of Dürr AG, in his speech.
The head of Dürr emphasized the new all-time highs in order intake and sales, achieved in 2022 despite the challenging economic environment, and gave thanks to the employees: “Without the impressive commitment by the 18,500-plus people in the Group, these records would not have been possible. Our employees pulled out all the stops to execute projects successfully despite supply chain problems and coronavirus restrictions.”
The CEO put the high order intake down to the product range being aligned with the topics of the future: sustainability, electromobility, and automation. “These trends are being prioritized by customers. Therefore, they invest in our technologies even in the face of economic headwinds. This gives our business model stability and secures our growth.” Weyrauch underlined in particular the expertise in climate-friendly production processes: “Many customers want to reduce the ecological footprint of their plants and are seeking alternatives to the use of fossil fuels. For this transformation we are an important pioneer.”
Dr. Markus Kerber joins the Supervisory Board
At the annual general meeting, Dr. Markus Kerber was newly elected to the Supervisory Board as a shareholder representative. The economist and political coordinator succeeds Richard Bauer, who left the Supervisory Board at his own request after six years.
With 74% of the share capital present at the annual general meeting, the Board of Management was discharged from liability with 99% and the Supervisory Board with 95% of the votes. All other resolutions proposed by the company were also passed. These include the approval of the new system for Board of Management remuneration and various capital resolutions.
The voting results are available → here.