6.21 Earnings per share

Basic earnings per ordinary share

Earnings after tax per weighted average share in 2022 amounted to €2.57 (2021: €2.24). The calculation is based on the result after tax attributable to the holders of ordinary shares or depositary receipts for ordinary shares and the weighted average number of ordinary shares that were outstanding during 2022.

Result attributable to holders of ordinary shares (all operations)

x € 1,000

2022

2021

Result attributable to holders of ordinary shares after tax

59,580

50,299

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

In thousands of shares

2022

2021

Ordinary shares outstanding on 1 January

22,760

21,933

Effect of share issue in May 2022/ 2021

463

482

Weighted average number of ordinary shares at 31 December

23,223

22,415

Diluted weighted average number of shares

In thousands of shares

2022

2021

Weighted average number of ordinary shares at 31 December

23,223

22,415

Dilution effect related to the award of deferred bonus shares under the Bonus Investment Share Matching Plan.

26

26

Weighted average number of ordinary shares at 31 December after dilution effects

23,249

22,441

The calculation of earnings after tax per ordinary share in 2022 is based on the weighted average number of ordinary shares during the year, which was 23,223 thousand. The calculation of diluted earnings after tax per ordinary share takes account of the dilution related to the award of 26,000 deferred bonus shares under the Bonus Investment Share Matching Plan (see note 6.29).

Dividend distributed per ordinary share in the financial year

A dividend of €0.88 per share was paid in 2022 (2021: €0.73).

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