Even though Fugro reported a positive net result in 2021, the company will only resume dividend payments once leverage structurally allows.
Through an ongoing focus on cash flow generation, a gradual improvement in profitability and disciplined asset management, Fugro targets an annual positive free cash flow resulting in a further reduction of net debt, deleveraging of the balance sheet, and consequently net leverage of 1.5 times.
Fugro’s dividend policy is a pay-out ratio of 35% to 55% of net result. Shareholders have the choice between cash or shares. In case no choice is made, the dividend will be paid in shares. Fugro offsets dilution resulting from the optional dividend (cash or shares). Fugro will repurchase the number of shares issued as stock dividend and these shares will be cancelled after having obtained shareholder approval. This way, dilution is being offset while the tax advantage for a substantial part of the shareholders related to stock dividend is retained.