Hellenic Exchanges announces dividend payment, capital return to shareholders

Hellenic Exchanges SA - the operator of Athens Stock Exchange, Athens Derivatives Exchange and Alternative Market -- on Wednesday said it would seek shareholders’ approval to a plan to pay a 0.15 euros dividend to shareholders and capital return totaling 0.10 euros per share.

The Group said after tax and before an extra tax charge earnings totaled 29.2 million euros last year, from 41.6 million euros in 2009, for a decline of 30 pct. Including an extra tax charge, consolidated net earnings totaled 21.3 million euros.

Group turnover fell 21 pct to 61.7 million euros, from 78.3 million euros in 2009, reflecting a decline in listed companies’ share prices. The average capitalisation of the market fell 20 pct to 65.4 billion euros last year, from 81.7 billion in 2009, while average daily turnover was 139 million euros in 2010, down 32 pct from the previous year. Operating expenses fell for the sixth consecutive year to 22.2 million euros in 2010, from 23.1 million euros in 2009, a decline of 4.0 pct. EBIT fell 31 pct to 34.7 million euros, while net earnings per share -after tax- was 0.32 euros from 0.45 euros in 2009.

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