This high reinvestment rate allows Saint-Gobain to strengthen its equity by €474 million.
A total of nearly 16.9 million new shares will be issued, equivalent to 3.1% of outstanding shares.
The new shares will be issued and delivered on July 5. They will carry rights to the 2013 dividend and will rank pari passu to existing shares from the issue date. The new shares will be listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on July 5.
The share issue will have the effect of increasing Compagnie de Saint-Gobain's share capital as of July 5 to €2,211 million, represented by 552.7 million ordinary shares with a par value of €4 each, all fully paid and all in the same class.
Cash dividends will also be paid on July 5, for a total of €180 million.
During the Annual General Meeting of June 6, Saint-Gobain shareholders approved payment of a 2012 dividend of €1.24 per share and the option to receive the dividend in cash or in Saint-Gobain shares issued at a price of €28.12 per share. Shareholders that chose the stock dividend alternative were required to notify the Company between June 12 and June 26.