- Consolidated financial statements:
- Group net profit: €7.79 billion
- Net profit from continuing operations1: €4.20 billion
- Separate financial statements:
- Net profit: €9.08 billion
- Net profit from continuing operations: €6.21 billion
- Dividend proposal: €1.08 per share
- Approval for continuation of the buyback program
San Donato Milanese, March 14, 2013 – Today, the Board of Directors approved Eni’s consolidated financial statements and the draft financial statements of the parent company for the year ended December 31, 2012. As announced on February 15, 20132, with respect to Eni’s preliminary results, consolidated net profit amounted to €7,788 million (€4,198 million excluding the contribution and gains from the disposal of Snam accounted as discontinued operations). Net profit of the parent company amounted to €9,078 million (€6,207 million excluding dividends and gains related to Snam).
The Board of Directors intends to submit a proposal for the distribution of a cash dividend of €1.08 per share (€2.16 per ADR) at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Included in this annual distribution is €0.543 per share which was paid as an interim dividend in September 2012. The balance of €0.54 per share (€1.08 per ADR) is payable to shareholders on May 23, 2013, the ex-dividend date being May 20, 2013 and the record date being May 22, 2013.
The review of the sustainability performance in 2012 has been included in the Annual Report to provide a comprehensive insight into the Company’s business model by highlighting the long-term value creation through the connections between the financial and sustainability elements of the Company’s strategy and results.
The 2012 Annual Report was submitted to the Board of Statutory Auditors and Eni’s independent auditors. In accordance with the provisions of Legislative Decree No. 58/98 (the Italian comprehensive code for exchanges and securities), the 2012 Annual Report will be made available to the public by April 8, 2013 at the Company’s headquarters and on Eni’s website eni.com and through other sources provided by the regulation in force, together with the statutory and independent auditors’ reports.
Enclosed are the 2012 IFRS consolidated statements of the companies within the Eni group as included in the approved Annual Report and the statements of the parent company Eni SpA. The Board of Directors also approved the Report on Corporate Governance and Shareholding Structure and the Remuneration Report which have been prepared in accordance with article 123-bis and ter of the Italian comprehensive code for exchanges and securities, respectively. These reports will be filed with the Italian Exchange Authority and published on Eni’s website, in the "Corporate Governance" and "Investor Relations" sections, together with the 2012 Annual Report.
Continuation of the buyback program
The Board of Directors has approved to propose to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to grant a proxy to the Board of Directors to continue the purchase program of treasury shares for a period of 18 months beginning from the date of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, up to a maximum of 363 million shares, representing approximately 10% of the share capital, for a maximum consideration of €6 billion, at a price not less than €1.102 per share and not more than 5% above the reference price registered on the trading day preceding each purchase. The maximum of shares subject to the program related to treasury shares possibly acquired after the shareholders’ resolution of July 16, 2012. The restarting of the buyback program was announced to the market on May 30, 2012. The purchases will be made in accordance with art. 144-bis, paragraph 1, lett. b) of Consob Regulation 11971/1999 and with the provisions that still apply, and then on regulated markets, according to the procedures established in the regulations of organization and management of the markets. Treasury shares held by Eni as of March 13, 2013 are No. 11,388,287 equal to 0.31% of the share capital, purchased on the basis of the previous buyback programs. Eni’s subsidiaries do not own any shares in the Company.
Convening of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 10, 2013
The Board of Directors convened the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 10, 2013 to approve the 2012 financial statements of the parent company and the dividend proposal and to authorise the new buyback program and the withdrawal, for the part not executed, of the authorization to the buyback program approved by the Shareholders’ Meeting held on July 16, 2012. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting was also convened to express its consultative vote about the remuneration policy that the Company intends to adopt in 2013 as disclosed in first section of the Remuneration Report.
Eni’s Chief Financial Officer, Massimo Mondazzi, in his capacity as manager responsible for the preparation of the Company’s financial reports, certifies pursuant to rule 154-bis paragraph 2 of Legislative Decree No. 58/1998, that data and information disclosed in this press release correspond to the Company’s evidence and accounting books and entries.
(1) Due the divestment of the Regulated Gas Businesses in Italy, Snam results have been represented as discontinued operations.
(2) The press release on Eni’s preliminary results for the year 2012, published on February 15, 2013, is available on Eni’s website, eni.com, in the Investor Relations section.
(3) Dividends are not entitled to tax credit and, depending on the receiver, are subject to a withholding tax on distribution or are partially cumulated to the receiver’s taxable income.
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This press release is also available on the Eni website eni.com.