MMC Norilsk Nickel’s Dividend Policy aims to balance the interests of the Company and its shareholders, enhance the Company's investment case and market capitalisation, and ensure respect of shareholder rights.
The Company has put in place the Regulations on the Dividend Policy to ensure transparency on how dividends are calculated and paid out.
When calculating 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 amount of dividends 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 not earlier than 10 days before and not 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 er the record date.
Individuals/entities whose rights to shares are recorded in the shareholder register are paid dividends by Independent Registrar Company upon Nornickel’s instruction.
Individuals/entities whose rights to shares are recorded by a nominee shareholder are paid dividends via their nominee shareholder.
In accordance with Clause 9 of Article 42 of Federal Law No. 208-FZ On Joint-Stock Companies dated 26 December 1995, any person who has not received the declared dividends 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 request payment of such dividends (unpaid dividends) during the period of three years the date of the resolution to pay the same.
|Period||Declared dividends||Dividend per share/ADR Calculated at the Bank of Russia's exchange rate as at the date of the Board of Directors’ meeting.|
|RUB mln||USD mln||RUB||USD|
|Total for 2018||248,214||3,739||1,569||23.63|
|FY2018 On 26 April 2019, the Company's Board of Directors recommended that the General Meeting of Shareholders approve dividends for 2018.||125,413||1,939||793||12.25|
|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|
|Total for 2014||226,668||4,798||1,432||30.32|
Over the last five years, Nornickel has been developing its Tier 1 assets and providing a consistently high dividend yield to its shareholders. We expect the trend to continue.
|Year Dividends paid during the periods, excluding payouts on treasury stock.||Dividend amount|
|RUB mln||USD mln|
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 organisations 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 right of the organisation to receive such income (Clause 1, Article 312 of the Russian Tax Code).
Should the organisation 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.
|Item||Income from securities transactions||Interest income on securities||Dividend income on securities|
|Residents||13 Or 0%, if shares (interests) of Russian entities acquired on or after 1 January 2011 are sold, provided that as at the date of their sale the shares (interests) have been owned for over five years and subject to (in respect of shares) one of the conditions stipulated by Clause 2, Article 284.2 of the Russian Tax Code. The condition of being acquired on or after 1 January 2011 does not apply to shares (interests) sold on or after 27 November 2018.||13||13|
|Non-residents||30 If shares or other securities are sold in Russia.||30||15|
|Russian companies||20 Or 0%, if shares (interests) of Russian entities acquired on or after 1 January 2011 are sold, provided that as at the date of their sale the shares (interests) have been owned for over five years and subject to (in respect of shares) one of the conditions stipulated by Clause 2, Article 284.2 of the Russian Tax Code. The condition of being acquired on or after 1 January 2011 does not apply to shares (interests) sold on or after 27 November 2018.||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).|
|Non-resident companies||20 Provided the income is classified as income of a foreign entity from sources in the Russian Federation in accordance with Clause 1, Article 309 of the Russian Tax Code.||20||15|
Dividend tax formula The formula is not applicable to dividends paid to foreign entities and/or individuals who are not tax residents of Russia.
AT = P × TR × (D1 – D2)
AT — amount of tax to be withheld from the income of the recipient of dividends;
P — proportion of the dividend amount payable to one recipient to the total dividend amount to be distributed;
TR — tax rate for Russian entities (0% or 13%);
D1 — dividend amount to be distributed among all recipients;
D2 — dividend amount receivedExcluding the dividend amount eligible for a zero tax rate pursuant to Subclause 1, Clause 3, Article 284 of the Russian Tax Code. by the entity paying dividends, provided that previously these amounts were not included in the taxable income.