ASMI aims to pay a sustainable annual dividend. Annually, the Supervisory Board, upon proposal of the Management Board, will assess the amount of dividend that will be proposed to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). The decision that a dividend be proposed to the AGM will be subject to the availability of distributable profits as well as retained earnings and may be affected by our potential future funding requirements. Accordingly, dividend payments may fluctuate and could decline or be omitted in any year.
The regular dividend paid over 2019 increased to €1.50 per common share, up 50% compared to the dividend paid over 2018. After the payment of the interim dividend of €1.00 per common share on November 12, 2019, the remaining regular dividend paid on May 28, 2020, was €0.50 per common share. In addition, as part of its commitment to use excess cash for the benefit of its shareholders, ASMI paid an extra-ordinary dividend of €1.50 per common share, which was also paid on May 28, 2020. This brought the total dividend paid over 2019 to €3.00 per common share.
The dividend paid over 2019 marks the tenth consecutive year that ASMI has paid a dividend. Our dividend has steadily increased over time. Over 2011, 2012 and 2013, we paid a dividend of €0.50 per common share. The dividend increased to €0.60 over 2014, €0.70 over 2015 and 2016, €0.80 over 2017 and €1.00 per common over 2018.
In addition to the regular dividend, on August 10, 2018, ASMI distributed €4.00 per common share to its shareholders through a tax efficient repayment of capital. The ex-date of the distribution was August 7, 2018.
The proposal for this capital repayment was initially announced on February 28, 2018, and approved by the 2018 AGM.
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.