Fininvest: announcement of voting intention on the dividend for 2019 of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. in relation to the COVID-19 emergency

With regard to the proposal of the Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Ame) adopted on 17 March 2020 on the allocation of profit for 2019 and the distribution of dividends, having acknowledged the Ame Board of Directors’ assessment on its ability to generate cash flows and to support a balanced dividend policy, Fininvest takes note, however, of the current developments of the COVID-19 emergency and the continuing uncertainty on the slowdown that may impact on demand and the economic cycle, also as a result of the measures adopted in Italy and at international level to contain and restrict production activities.
While confirming its agreement with the reasons underlying the proposal, given the scenario that has materialized in the meantime, Fininvest believes that it is in Ame’s paramount interest at this moment to have all the operating and financial resources at disposal to counter the emergency. For a timely disclosure to the market, Fininvest accordingly announces that, at the Shareholders’ Meeting of Ame, called on 22 April, and for this reason alone, it will decide not to accept the original proposal of the Board of Directors on the distribution of the dividend, thus leaving it up to the subsequent assessment of the Board to call a Shareholders’ Meeting in the second half of 2020 to propose the possible distribution of reserves, should the economic scenario allow so as a result of greater visibility on the impact of the COVID-19 emergency.