Dividend dates and payments
As of 1 January 2019, new rules concerning the application of a lower withholding tax rate than 25 percent will apply on dividend distributions from Norwegian companies to foreign shareholders.
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From and including the third quarter of 2015, dividend is declared in USD, and the NOK dividend will be calculated and communicated four business days after the record date for Oslo Børs shareholders. The NOK dividend will be based on average USD/NOK fixing rates from Norges Bank in the period plus/minus three business days from record date, in total seven business days.
The dividend for the second quarter of 2015 is declared in USD in order to achieve exact NOK 1.80, using the official USD/NOK fixing rate from Norges Bank on 27 July 2015.
We carry out share buybacks as an integrated part of our dividend policy.
The Annual General Meeting in Equinor ASA on 15 May 2019 authorised the board of directors to acquire own shares in the market. According to the authorisation, the maximum number of shares to be purchased in the market is 75,000,000, the minimum price that can be paid for shares is NOK 50, and the maximum price is NOK 500. The authorisation is valid until the earlier of 30 June 2020 and the annual general meeting in 2020.
Equinor ASA and the Norwegian State represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy have entered into an agreement which regulates the redemption and annulment of a proportional share of the State's shares, ensuring that the State's owner interest in Equinor ASA remains unchanged.
On redemption of the shares, Equinor ASA will pay a price to the State for each share corresponding to a volume-weighted average of the prices paid by Equinor ASA for shares purchased in the market, plus an agreed interest compensation calculated from the date of the individual repurchases.
Any buyback transactions will be disclosed to the Oslo Stock Exchange and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and on this website.
The scrip dividend programme (2015—2017)
In May 2016, the AAGM approved the introduction of a two-year scrip dividend programme commencing from the fourth quarter of 2015. In May 2017, the AGM approved to continue the programme until the end of the third quarter of 2017. The programme has now been concluded.
In 2015, the Board of Directors proposed to introduce a two-year scrip dividend programme commencing from the fourth quarter of 2015. The scrip dividend programme offered shareholders the option to receive all or part of the quarterly dividends in cash or in newly issued shares in Statoil. The scrip dividend programme covered all distributions of dividend up to and including the third quarter of 2017.
The scrip dividend programme was intended to strengthen Statoil’s financial robustness in a low price environment. This initiative was in addition to other measures, such as strict financial discipline and significant efficiency improvements. The scrip dividend programme was a tool intended to strengthen Statoil's financial capacity to invest in profitable projects in a low, volatile and uncertain price environment.
The programme has now been concluded. For details of the scrip programme dividend issues, see below.