Stock exchange listing
Accell Group shares have been listed on the official market of Euronext Amsterdam since 1998 and are included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index (AScX). The listing contributes to disciplined and transparent operations and gives us improved access to external capital for growth financing and consequently contributes to the realisation of our ambitions.
Each ordinary share entitles the holder to one vote. To protect the continuity of (the strategy of) Accell Group and its stakeholders, the Stichting Preferente Aandelen Accell Group has the option to acquire the number of cumulative preference shares B required to make the Stichting, once it has acquired said shares, the holder of one half, less one share, of the (increased) issued and paid-up capital. We refer you to Chapter 4 Corporate governance for more detailed information.
Share price movement and tradability
In 2018, the share price fell by 19.6%. In the period year-end 2014 through year-end 2018, the overall increase in the share price was 38.5%. Share turnover increased by 6% in 2018 and by 517% compared with 2014. Market capitalisation declined by 19% in 2018 to €501.1 million at year-end.
Overview shareholder base
Accell Group strives for a stable dividend policy, with the aim of paying out at least 40% of its net profit. Historically speaking, the dividend pay-out percentage has been around 50%. Accell Group proposes to pay an optional dividend of € 0.50 for the financial year 2018 (2017: € 0.50), in cash or shares. The dividend proposal is based on the net profit excluding exceptional income (related to the revaluation profit on the acquisition of Velosophy and Beeline, which amounted to € 9.2 million) and expenses (related to € 1.4 million extra pension expenses in the United Kingdom and € 3.5 million largely related to restructuring) in 2018, and is equivalent to a pay-out ratio of 83%. Over the past five years (period 2014 through 2018) Accell Group has paid out a combined cash and stock dividend to shareholders with a value of € 78.4 million.
An optional dividend enables Accell Group to realise a higher pay-out while maintaining a strong balance sheet for the roll-out of our strategy and possible future acquisitions. This is an excellent fit with our growth strategy. In addition to a high dividend return for the shareholders, the optional dividend also enables Accell Group to improve its solvency ratio. Our dividend return and the type of dividend we pay out are competitive compared to other listed companies. In the previous four years (2014 through 2017), an average of around 51% of our shareholders opted for a stock dividend.
Accell Group strives to provide its shareholders, potential shareholders, analysts and other financial stakeholders with all relevant strategic, financial and other material information, accurately, meticulously and in a timely fashion, to improve insight into the company, current developments and the market in which it operates.
Accell Group’s financial year is the same as the calendar year and runs from January through December. Accell Group publishes its full financial results annually and semi-annually. From 2017 onwards, Accell Group only publishes interim trading updates on the company’s financial and operational developments when there is reason to do so. Such publications, as well as other (non-financial) announcements, appointments and reports will always be made in accordance with the prevailing regulations and the guidelines of Euronext Amsterdam and the Dutch Financial Markets Authority (AFM).
The company organises meetings and conference calls with (institutional) investors, analysts and gives interviews to the media for the presentation and explanation of the annual and interim results. Prior to the publication of annual and interim results, Accell Group maintains closed periods of 30 days. We have no meetings or conversations with (potential) shareholders, analysts or other financial stakeholders during these closed periods.
In the course of the year and outside the closed periods, members of the Board of Directors have regular one-on-one meetings with (major) shareholders and interested institutional investors. It is worth noting that there is increasing awareness of and interest in Accell Group among foreign investors. The same is true for the interest shown by investors with a focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, themes Accell Group also focuses on via its products and strategy.
You will find more information on the policy regarding bilateral contacts with shareholders on Accell Group’s corporate website.