Combined Shareholders’ Meeting of May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

Commenting on the 2015 fiscal year and the Group’s growth outlook, Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO, stated: In 2015, the Group’s performance was strong. Air Liquide, which delivered growth above that of its market, continued to improve its competitiveness, as attested to by the increase in operating margin and net profit. The Group also pursued its investments in growing markets and initiatives in the area of innovation. Moreover, the acquisition of Airgas, which was announced in November 2015 and which might be completed soon, will be a major step in the development and transformation of the Group, ideally positioning it to capture future growth. Thanks to solid fundamentals, committed and passionate teams, the trust of our customers, and the loyalty of our shareholders, we are confident in the Group's ability to create value over the long term for all its stakeholders.

The Combined Shareholders’ Meeting of Air Liquide, chaired by Benoît Potier, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in the presence of the members of the Board of Directors, was attended by 3,928 people, on Thursday, May 12, at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The shareholders, who represented 46.8% of the voting rights, i.e. 126,052 shareholders in attendance or represented, approved all of the resolutions that were submitted.

The proposed dividend, with an ex-date of May 23 and a payment date of May 25, 2016, was approved: it has been set at 2.60€ per share, which represents a payout ratio of 52.4% in 2015.

The Shareholders approved the reappointment of Ms. Karen Katen and of Mr. Pierre Dufour and appointed Mr. Brian Gilvary to the Board, each for a term of four years. A British national who holds a PhD in mathematics, Mr. Brian Gilvary has been the CFO of BP since 2012.
The Board of Directors is now composed of 12 members, including 5 women and 6 members who are not French. 9 of the 11 members elected by the Shareholders are independent. The current composition of the Board offers a complementary mix of experience, nationalities and cultures, and reflects the diversity policy conducted by the Group.

The Shareholders reappointed the firm Ernst&Young and Others to serve for a six-year term as the incumbent independent auditors of the company, as well as Pricewaterhouse Coopers Audit.

In addition, the Shareholders expressed a favorable opinion on the remuneration of the company’s executive officers for the 2015 fiscal year in connection with two specific resolutions (“Say on Pay”).

Relive the 2016 Annual General Meeting


Air Liquide share ownership (as of December 31, 2015)

  • 36% of the capital held by individual shareholders
  • 46% of the capital held by non-French institutional investors
  • 18% of the capital held by French institutional investors

Upcoming dates

  • Dividend ex-date:
    Monday, May 23, 2016
  • Dividend payment date:
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Air Liquide share ownership (as of December 31, 2015)

  • 36% of the capital held by individual shareholders
  • 46% of the capital held by non-French institutional investors
  • 18% of the capital held by French institutional investors

Upcoming dates

  • Dividend ex-date:
    Monday, May 23, 2016
  • Dividend payment date:
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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