MMC Norilsk Nickel’s Dividend Policy aims to balance the interests of the Company and its shareholders, enhance the Company's investment case, boost its market cap, and protect shareholder rights.
The Company’s Regulations on the Dividend Policy approved by the Board of Directors seek to ensure the transparency of the mechanism for determining the amount of dividend and the dividend payout procedure.
When determining dividends, MMC Norilsk Nickel factors in the cyclical nature of the metals market and the need to maintain a high level of creditworthiness. As a result, the dividend amount may change depending on the Company’s operating profit and leverage.
The decision to pay dividends is made by the General Meeting of Shareholders based on recommendations of the Board of Directors. The General Meeting of Shareholders determines the dividend amount and record date, which, as per the Russian law, shall be set no earlier than 10 days before and no later than 20 days after the General Meeting of Shareholders.
Dividends to a nominee shareholder listed on the shareholder register shall be paid within 10 business days, while dividends to other persons listed on the shareholder register shall be paid within 25 business days after the record date.
Individuals/entities whose rights to shares are recorded in the shareholder register are paid dividends by the registrar, IRC – R.O.S.T., upon Nornickel’s instruction.
Individuals/entities whose rights to shares are recorded by a nominee shareholder are paid dividends via their nominee shareholder.
Any person who has not received the declared dividend due to the fact that their accurate address or banking details were not available to the Company or the registrar as required, or due to any other delays on the part of the creditor, may, in accordance with Clause 9 of Article 42 of Federal Law No. 208-FZ On Joint Stock Companies dated 26 December 1995, request payment of unpaid dividend within three years from the date of the resolution to pay dividends.
On 26 September 2019, the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders approved a dividend of RUB 883.93 per share (about USD 13.27 at the exchange rate of the Bank of Russia as at 20 August 2019, the date of the Board of Directors’ recommendation) for the first six months of 2019.
On 16 December 2019, the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders approved a dividend of RUB 604.09 per share (about USD 9.48 at the exchange rate of the Bank of Russia as at 11 November 2019, the date of the Board of Directors’ recommendation) for the first nine months of 2019.
On 7 April 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors recommended that the General Meeting of Shareholders approve a dividend of RUB 557.2 per share (about USD 7.29) for FY2019.
|Period||Declared dividend||Dividend per share|
|RUB mln||USD mln Calculated at the exchange rate of the Bank of Russia as at the date of the Board of Directors’ meeting.||RUB||USD Calculated at the exchange rate of the Bank of Russia as at the date of the Board of Directors’ meeting.|
|Total for 2019||323,647||4,754||1,488||22.75|
|FY2019 On 7 April 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors recommended that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders approve a dividend for FY2019.||88,174||1,154||557||7.29|
|Total for 2018||248,214||3,739||1,569||23.63|
|Total for 2017||131,689||2,162||832||13.66|
|Total for 2016||140,894||2,339||890||14.78|
|Total for 2015||135,642||2,148||857||13.57|
|Year Dividends paid in the calendar year.||Total dividends paid|
|RUB mln||USD mln|
Income from securities is taxable pursuant to the applicable tax laws of the Russian Federation Chapter 23 (Personal Income Tax) and Chapter 25 (Corporate Income Tax) of the Russian Tax Code..
|Item||Income from securities transactions||Interest income on securities||Dividend income on securities|
|Residents||13% Or 0% if by the selling date the Company shares have been held for more than five years and the requirements for the share of real estate in the Company’s assets as outlined in paragraph 2, Article 284.2 of the Russian Tax Code have been met.||13%||13%|
|Non-residents||30% If the Company shares are sold in Russia. A 0% rate is applied if by the selling date the shares have been held for more than five years and the requirements for the share of real estate in the Company’s assets as outlined in paragraph 2, Article 284.2 of the Russian Tax Code have been met.||30%||15%|
|Russian entities||20% Or 0% if by the selling date the Company shares have been held for more than five years and the requirements for the share of real estate in the Company’s assets as outlined in paragraph 2, Article 284.2 of the Russian Tax Code have been met.||20%||13% Or 0%, if as at the date of the dividend payout resolution a Russian entity has been owning an interest of 50% (and more) in the authorised capital of the entity paying dividends, for 365 days (and more).|
Tax treatment of income from securities
Reduced tax rates or exemptions may apply to individuals and foreign entities who are not tax residents of Russia pursuant to international double tax treaties. Starting from 1 January 2017, in order to apply for tax benefits under international double tax treaties, foreign entities must confirm their permanent residence in a state which has a double tax treaty signed with Russia, and also provide the income paying tax agent with a document confirming the entity’s right to receive such income (Clause 1, Article 312 of the Russian Tax Code). Should the entity fail to provide such confirmation by the date of the payout, the Russian tax agent shall withhold the tax at the standard rates stipulated by Clauses 2 and 3, Article 284 of the Russian Tax Code.