Fresenius remains on track to continue strong growth. At the Annual General meeting in Frankfurt today, Stephan Sturm, CEO of Fresenius, confirmed the global health care group’s 2018 targets, which foresee increases of 5 to 8 percent in sales and 6 to 9 percent in net income1,2, both in constant currency. Excluding the investments for the development of the biosimilars business, net income1 is expected to increase by about 10 to 13 percent in constant currency.
“Fresenius has been highly successful over many years. And Fresenius will continue to be highly successful in the coming years,” Sturm said in his speech to shareholders. “Our entry into biosimilars. The expansion of our home dialysis activities. The internationalization of Fresenius Helios. And our huge investments to secure even more quality and efficiency in our production. These are all examples of how we are shaping our business, today, to stay successful in the future. The dynamic growth of Fresenius continues.”
Shareholders approved with a majority of 89.2 percent the proposal of the General Partner and the Supervisory Board to increase the dividend for the 25th consecutive time. It was raised by 21 percent, to €0.75 per share.
With a majority of 94.3 percent, the shareholders approved a new Authorized Capital I in the amount of €125 million. New authorizations to issue convertible bonds, to repurchase own shares, and to use equity derivatives for repurchasing own shares were also approved. In addition, the shareholders approved the revised compensation system for the members of the Management Board of the General Partner.
Shareholder majorities of 97.5 percent and 89.0 percent, respectively, approved the actions of the Management and Supervisory Boards in 2017.
At the Annual General Meeting, 73 percent of the subscribed capital was represented.
1 Net income attributable to shareholders of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA; 2017 base: €1,859 million; 2018 before special items (i.e., transaction-related effects)
2 including expenditures for further development of biosimilars business (€43 million after tax in FY/17 and ~€120 million after tax in FY/18)