Basic Policy on Shareholder Return:

The Company works aggressively towards increasing enterprise value on a continual basis and, as a consequence, improves its return to shareholders. While putting priority on business investment to assure future growth, the Company strives to increase dividend payments stably and continuously based on its medium- to long-term profit growth on a consolidated basis. Further, the Company flexibly acquires its own shares whenever necessary to increase capital efficiency and shareholder return.

Dividend

Record Date for Dividend:

Year-end dividend - March 31    Interim dividend - September 30

Historical Data of Dividend and DOE

IFRS
  Dividend (Unit: Yen / share) DOE (%)
  Interim
dividend
Year-end
dividend
Annual
dividend
Annual
DOE
FY2019 20
(planned)
20
(planned)
40
(planned)
 
FY2018 19 19 38 5.8
FY2017 18 18 36 5.7
FY2016 17 17 34 5.6
FY2015 16 16 32 5.4

 

Notes: The Astellas Group has adopted the International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), effective from the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

Notes: In accordance with the Company's Articles of Incorporation, if cash dividends are not claimed for three (3) full years from the day of commencement of payment, the Company shall be relieved of the obligation to make such payment.

Share Buyback and Cancellation of Treasury Stock

Share Buyback
Acquisition
period
Shares acquired Total acquisition cost
(thousand yen)
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Feb. 1 -
Mar. 20 2019
35,368,900 59,999,863
Jun. 1 -
Sep. 20 2018
55,475,800 99,999,960
Feb. 1 -
Mar. 23 2018
39,577,500 59,999,993
Jul. 31 -
Oct. 31 2017
49,298,000 69,999,960
Feb. 1 -
Mar. 22 2017
30,000,000 45,525,514
Oct. 31 -
Dec. 22 2016
30,000,000 45,895,995
Feb. 1 -
Mar. 1 2016
17,000,000 27,455,199
Nov. 2 -
Dec. 1 2015
16,000,000 27,979,393
Aug. 3 -
Aug. 26 2015
15,000,000 28,211,012
May. 28 -
Jul. 10 2015
20,000,000 35,619,462
Feb. 3 -
Mar. 13 2015
15,000,000 28,214,129
Nov. 5 -
Dec. 12 2013
5,037,500 29,999,950
Feb. 4 -
Mar. 18 2013
6,000,000 29,847,367
Nov. 5 -
Dec. 10 2012
4,800,000 19,524,140
Nov. 9 -
Dec. 11 2009
8,200,000 26,961,398
Nov. 7 -
Dec. 12 2008
9,000,000 35,068,665
Aug. 4 -
Aug. 21 2008
10,000,000 48,351,108
May. 15 -
Jun. 20 2008
9,085,500 39,999,735
Dec. 3 -
Jan. 18 2008
8,000,000 38,684,248
Aug. 29 -
Sep. 10 2007
8,300,000 43,088,442
Oct. 5 -
Dec. 19 2006
29,046,300 149,999,577
Aug. 2 -
Sep. 20 2006
14,985,400 69,911,303
Nov. 8 -
Dec. 8 2005
5,979,300 26,999,916
Aug. 3 -
Aug. 31 2005
5,000,000 19,172,363

 

Cancellation of Treasury Stock
Date of cancellation Shares cancelled Shares cancelled as a percentage of
all outstanding shares
issued prior to the cancellation
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May 31, 2019 91,000,000 4.60%
May 31, 2018 89,000,000 4.30%
May 31, 2017 85,000,000 3.95%
June 20, 2016 68,000,000 3.06%
May 29, 2015 38,000,000 1.68%
May 30, 2014 25,000,000 1.09%
May 31, 2013 11,000,000 2.40%
May 31, 2010 8,000,000 1.68%
June 23, 2009 28,000,000 5.56%
June 24, 2008 15,000,000 2.89%
June 26, 2007 45,000,000 7.98%
May 31, 2006 10,000,000 1.74%