Private Shareholders Airbus

The Airbus Investor Relations and Financial Communications team aims to keep investors and shareholders fully informed about the strategy, operations, financial results and perspectives of Airbus.

Being a pure Airbus registered shareholder

What does it mean to be a registered shareholder?

Being a 'registered' shareholder means that Airbus is aware of your personal details, including your name. If you hold your Airbus shares through a financial intermediary, you can transfer them into the 'registered form*' and consequently be identified by Airbus. Registered shares accounts are divided into two categories:

  • Pure registered shares: your shares are held and managed directly by Airbus. So you can enjoy many advantages and services. BNP Paribas Securities Services has been commissioned by Airbus to provide 'registered share' services on behalf of Airbus and is your contact for the management of your Airbus shares
  • Administrated registered shares: your shares are held and managed by your financial intermediary but are also registered with Airbus. You get some advantages without changing your intermediary and your financial intermediary remains your contact for the management of your Airbus shares.

What are the advantages and services available for a pure registered shareholder?

  • No custodial fees and no management fees**
  • Use of the secure Planetshares website (www.planetshares.bnpparibas.com), allowing you to:
    - review your securities holdings and the current Airbus share price
    - review and update your personal detail information
    - download all useful documents for the management of your registered shares account
    - simulate stock market transactions
    - transmit your stock exchange orders in real time and monitor their execution
    - review the history of your transactions and amount of your disposals
  • A stock exchange transaction service for the purchase and sale of your Airbus shares by internet, phone, fax or mail
  • Possibility to receive by email the communication on your registered shares and all information published by Airbus to the attention of its shareholders (if the shareholder has not chosen this option, information will be sent by post)
  • Direct dividend payment
  • According to your instructions and free of charge, fulfilment of securities transactions or any other financial transactions relating to your shares during capital increases

How to contact the Airbus Securities Services?

  • Phone:       +33 (0)1 57 43 35 00
  • Fax:           +33 (0)1 55 77 98 61
  • E-mail:       airbusgroup-registre@bnpparibas.com
  • Mail:           BNP PARIBAS Securities Services
                      Service Titres Airbus Group (anciennement EADS)
                      Les Grands Moulins de Pantin
                      9, rue du débarcadère
                      93761 PANTIN CEDEX
                      France

* Your financial intermediary may charge a fee for the transfer of your shares into registered form. To find out details, you should contact the relevant intermediary.

** Brokerage fees are still due by shareholders.

Airbus dividends

The Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting the payment of a 2016 dividend of € 1.35 per share on 20 April 2017 (FY 2015: € 1.30 per share). The date of record is 19 April 2017.

Airbus dividend policy

In 2013, Airbus formalised a dividend policy demonstrating a strong commitment to shareholders’ returns. This policy targets a sustainable growth in the dividend within a payout ratio of 30%-40%.

For 2016 the pay-out ratio proposal increased exceptionally to deliver sustained dividend growth despite 2016 charges impacting EPS.

Dividends and cash distributions paid since the incorporation of the company

* subject to AGM approval

Dividend taxation

A new tax reform has been implemented in the Netherlands per January 1, 2007. One of the key reasons for this reform was to make the Netherlands a more attractive country to invest in. An important modification in the Dutch Dividend Tax Act is that the interest withholding tax rate has been decreased from 25% to 15%. This implies that per January 1, 2007, based on Dutch tax law, all dividend distributions, independent of the origin/ home country of the shareholder, are subject to a 15% dividend withholding tax. Should a tax treaty between the Netherlands and the country of a Dutch company's shareholder offer a withholding tax rate lower than 15%, the lower percentage will prevail.

Unclaimed dividends

Pursuant to Article 31 of the Articles of Association, the claim for payment of a dividend or other distribution approved by the general meeting shall lapse 5 years after the day on which such claim becomes due and payable. The claim for payment of interim dividends shall lapse 5 years after the day on which the claim for payment of the dividend against which the dividend could be distributed becomes due and payable.

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A

AFM - Autoriteit Financiële Markten

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten - AFM) is the responsible body to regulate the behaviour of all parties on the financial markets in the Netherlands. It was set up on 1 March 2002 as the successor to the Securities Board of the Netherlands (Stichting Toezicht Effectenverkeer - STE). The AFM office is located in Amsterdam, the centre of the Dutch financial community.

 

AMF - Autorité des marchés financiers

The AMF (Financial Market Authority) is an independent French State body which was created in August 2003, from the merger of the Commission des opérations de bourse (COB), the Conseil des marchés financiers (CMF) and the Conseil de discipline de la gestion financière (CDGF). It is charged, in France, with protecting investors, ensuring that operations are fair and that information provided by issuers is also reliable. It also regulates investment markets.

See also CNMV and BaFin.

B

BaFin

The BaFin (German Supervisory Authority for the Financial Services) was founded on 1 May 2002. It was created on the basis of the Law on the Supervision of Financial Services ('Finanzdienstleistungsaufsichtsgesetz - FinDAG') dated 22 April 2002. The Federal Supervisory Authority for Financial Services Industry combines under one roof the three former federal supervisory authorities for credit institutions (BAKred), the insurance industry (BAV) and securities trading (BAWe).

Thus, for the first time, Germany has a single state supervisory authority for credit institutions, financial-services providers, insurance enterprises and securities trading houses. This makes it possible to register and manage capital-market interdependencies, inter-company relationships and risks. In this way the Federal Supervisory Authority makes an important contribution towards the stability of the German financial centre and towards strengthening its competitiveness.

 

Brokerage fees

The fees charged by the financial intermediary to pay for trading of shares.

C

CAC 40 (index)

The CAC 40 is the benchmark index of the Paris Bourse (stock exchange), comprising the 40 largest and most actively traded stocks. Using a base value of 1,000 at 31 December 1987, it is weighted by the stock market capitalisation of each of its constituent companies. The Conseil Scientifique des Bourses de Valeurs decides which companies to include in the index, based on a number of criteria, including liquidity and economic weight of the sector in which the companies operate. CAC stands for 'Cotation Assistée en Continu'.

Cash market

A market requiring that deliveries and payments take place on the day of transaction.

Clearstream

See below clearing agencies.

Consensus

A forecasting method established by a sample group of financial analysts. Consensus opinions provide a good reflection of the financial market’s opinion of a company and its potential at a given moment in time.

Capital gain/capital loss

The difference, negative or positive, between the sale price and purchase price of a share.

Clearing Agencies

A clearing agency centralises all stock market transactions. It facilitates the circulation of securities between affiliated establishments by over-the-counter operations and other capital operations. It is also offers custody services (CSD-Central Securities Depository). Clearing agencies are Euroclear France in France, Clearstream in Germany and Iberclear in Spain.

CNMV - Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores

The CNMV (National Commission of the Stock market) is in charge of the supervision and inspection of the Spanish stock markets and of the activity of all its actors. It was created in 1988. The aim of the CNMV is to ensure transparency of the Spanish stock markets as well as the protection of the investors. It also controls the information given by issuers and investment services companies (incl. collective instrument).

See also AMF and BaFin.

Consolidation

An accounting method used to show the financial position of different companies in a corporation as though they were a single company. 'Consolidated sales' or 'consolidated income' designate the results of a group comprising several subsidiaries.

D

Dilution

For a given company income, if the number of shares increases (through a capital increase, or payment of dividend in shares), the net income per share decreases. This is called dilution.

 

Dividend

The share of the company’s profit distributed to each shareholder as a proportion of the number of shares held. This is the return on capital invested by the shareholders. The proposed total dividend is submitted to the General Meeting of Shareholders, which examines and approves the financial statements for the year.

E

EBIT*

Airbus uses EBIT pre goodwill amortisation and exceptionals as a key indicator to measure its economic performance. The term 'exceptionals' refers to income or expenses of a non-recurring nature, such as amortization expenses of fair value adjustments relating to the EADS merger, the Airbus combination and the formation of MBDA, as well as impairment charges.

 

EMTN programme

An EMTN programme is a contractual framework which allows the company to raise debt from capital markets through successive issues of bonds governed by the same terms, bearing different maturities (from 1 month up to 30 years) and different rates.

 

EUROCLEAR France

See clearing agencies.

 

 

 

 

F

Financial analyst

A person working in a bank or brokerage firm that writes investor reports analysing listed companies. The analyst analyses the company’s business environment, strategy, accounts, and earnings outlook. Based on these elements, the analyst projects the company’s results, generally for the next 3 years.

 

Free float

The number of shares available for trading. For example, shares held by the government or within a shareholders’ pact are not part of the float. The larger the float, the greater the liquidity of the security.

 

Free share

New shares created and allocated free of charge to shareholders, on a prorata basis according to the number of shares they hold. They are created by withdrawing from the company’s reserves an amount representing the par value of the shares to be created.

G

General meeting of shareholders

A meeting to which all shareholders of a corporation are invited at least once a year, within 6 months following the closure of the accounts for the financial year. In particular, the meeting approves the financial statements and elects members of the Supervisory Board. A special meeting may also be called to approve specific decisions (merger, capital increase, etc.).

H

Home Member State

The home Member State is an important starting point for determining under which competent authority an issuer of securities falls with respect to its transparency obligations. Following the Transparency Directive, it is required for issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on an EU regulated market, to disclose their home Member State. The home Member State of Airbus Group SE is The Netherlands. Please click here to download the associated notification.

I

Iberclear

See clearing agencies.


Institutional investor

An entity such as a pension fund, insurance company, investment company, mutual fund, etc. that invests in the securities market, either for itself or on behalf of third parties.

 

M

Market capitalisation

A company’s value, calculated by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by the market price at a given moment.

N

Net income per share (earnings per share)

The consolidated net income of the company divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period in question.

P

Par value

The par value of a share is the proportion of the share capital represented by a single share. For Airbus the par value is €1.

Payout ratio

The ratio between the amount of dividends distributed and net income.

R

Rating agency

A private company that grades the quality of a public or private borrower. A strong rating allows the borrower to borrow at the best rates, while a low rating forces it to pay higher rates, in addition to the unfavourable psychological effect of the rating.

Risk (shareholder)

No matter what debts are contracted by the company, the shareholder’s risk is limited to his or her contribution. This is the principle behind joint stock companies.

S

Security

A negotiable instrument, issued by a company or the government, representing a debt or associated right. The 2 main types of securities are stocks and bonds.
 

Share price

The price of a share at a given moment, as determined by supply and demand.
 

Stock market index

In the stock market, an index is an indicator that measures changes in the prices of a defined basket of stocks, and represents the development in this particular market segment.
The main indices are, for example, CAC40 in France, DAX30 in Germany, IBEX35 in Spain and FTSE 100 in the UK. In the US the best known indices are DowJones and NASDAQ.
 

Share/Stock

An investment security with variable revenue; a single unit of a class of ownership in a corporation, representing a fraction of the share capital.
 

Shareholders’ pact

An agreement signed by major shareholders in a company to consult each other, especially if one decides to sell his stake. In general, these pacts are signed for a given period. The members of a pact have a right of first refusal.

T

TPI (Titre au Porteur Identifiable)

French abbreviation for 'Identifiable Bearer Shares'. A TPI inquiry enables any company that files a request with Euroclear to know its shareholders’ identity.
 

Treasury stock

Shares in a company owned by that company. These shares do not give voting rights or the right to a dividend.

Y

Yield

The percentage return on an investment; i.e., the ratio between the dividend paid and the price of the share. In France, yield is generally calculated using the overall dividend (including tax credit).