We are committed to paying a sustainable dividend. Additionally, in recent years we have returned excess cash to the financial markets in the form of share buyback programs and an extraordinary return of capital.
DIVIDENDS AND CAPITAL REPAYMENT
ASMI aims to pay a sustainable annual dividend. The proposed dividend for 2016 will mark the sixth consecutive year that we pay a dividend. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, we paid a dividend of €0.50 per common share, and in 2015 we paid a dividend of €0.60 per common share.
ASMI will propose to the forthcoming 2016 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which will be held on 25 May 2016, to declare a dividend of €0.70 per common share.
Ex-dividend date: May 27, 2016
Record date shares Euronext: May 30, 2016
Record date shares OTC US: May 31, 2016
Payment date: June 7, 2016
In July 2013, ASMI distributed €4.25 per ordinary share to its shareholders. This followed on the sale of 12% of the total shares in ASMPT in March 2013. The extraordinary return of capital in 2013 was in addition to the dividend paid that year.
On October 28, 2015, ASMI announced a new €100 million share buyback. The program started on November 26, 2015, and is to be executed within the 2015-2016 time frame. This share buyback program is part of ASMI's commitment to use excess cash for the benefit of its shareholders. As part of this program, we will purchase shares that we intend to cancel upon repurchase, as well as shares to cover employee stock and stock option plans. The buyback will be realized through a program executed by intermediaries, and will end as soon as the aggregate purchase price of the common shares acquired has reached €100 million, but ultimately by November 20, 2016. The buyback program will be executed in accordance with the conditions of the mandate given by the General Meeting of Shareholders.
By December 31, 2015, 251,979 shares had been repurchased under the 2015-2016 program at an average price of €38.55, totaling €9.1 million. We update the markets on the progress of the buyback program on a weekly basis. This information can be found on our website (www.asm.com).
The program announced in October 2015 followed on from the 2014-2015 share buyback program, announced in October 2014. This previous program started on November 24, 2014, and was completed on May 20, 2015. Under the 2014-2015 share buyback program, 2,594,420 shares were repurchased at an average price of €38.55, totaling €100 million.
During 2015 we returned €116 million in total to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. This was up from €61 million in 2014. Over the 2010-2015 period, we returned €625 million to the financial markets through dividends, share repurchases, return of capital and buyback of convertible bonds.