It is important to Helvetia to generate attractive capital returns for its shareholders. Thanks to the positive and sustained profit trend and a solid capital base, it has been possible over the years to incrementally increase the dividend payments. In light of the operational and strategic successes in the financial year 2016, the Board of Directors proposed to the Shareholders’ Meeting on 28th April 2017 a dividend of CHF 21.00 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.8 percent and a payout ratio of 44 percent1). With a ratio in the target corridor of 40-50 percent, an income-oriented, continuous distribution policy can be pursued.