BASF on the capital market

Dividend increase, good credit ratings

  • After positive first quarter, uncertainty in eurozone leads to decline in share prices; recovery begins in the third quarter; strong share-price gains at end of year
  • BASF share outperforms the most important benchmark and industry indices
  • Proposed dividend of €2.60 per share; increase of 4.0% compared with previous year

Stock markets in 2012 were characterized by widespread uncertainty due primarily to the debt crisis in the eurozone. In this difficult environment, the BASF share performed well and traded at €71.15 at the end of 2012, 32.0% above the previous year’s closing price.

We stand by our ambitious dividend policy and will propose a dividend of €2.60 per share at the Annual Meeting – an increase of 4.0% compared with the previous year. BASF has solid financing and good credit ratings.

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Key BASF share data 1

 

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

1

All values adjusted for two-for-one stock split conducted in the second quarter of 2008

2

Average, Xetra trading

3

After deduction of shares earmarked for cancellation

4

Based on year-end share price

Year-end price

27.73

43.46

59.70

53.89

71.15

Year high

52.41

43.95

61.73

69.40

73.09

Year low

19.95

20.71

39.43

43.66

51.89

Year average

38.88

31.62

46.97

57.02

62.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily trade in shares 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

million €

282.1

157.4

197.5

265.7

205.6

 

million shares

7.3

5.0

4.2

4.7

3.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares December 31 3

million shares

918.5

918.5

918.5

918.5

918.5

Market capitalization December 31

billion €

25.5

39.9

54.8

49.5

65.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

3.13

1.54

4.96

6.74

5.31

Adjusted earnings per share

3.85

3.01

5.73

6.26

5.71

Dividend per share

1.95

1.70

2.20

2.50

2.60

Dividend yield 4

%

7.03

3.91

3.69

4.64

3.65

Payout ratio

%

62

111

44

37

49

Price-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) 4

 

8.9

28.2

12.0

8.0

13.4