The Bank of Greece, with a view to providing timely information to investors in general and to its shareholders in particular, pursuant to Law 3556/2007 and Article 188.8.131.52 of the Athens Exchange Rulebook, hereby announces that:
The 77th Annual Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of the Bank of Greece held on 27 April 2010, decided, inter alia, to distribute a €2.40 dividend per share for the financial year 2009. Dividends are subject to withholding tax of 10%, in accordance with Article 18 of Law 3697/2008.
The cut-off date for exercising the right to this dividend payment will be the 30th of April 2010. As from the same date, the Bank of Greece shares will be tradable on the Athens Exchange, carrying no right to participate in this dividend payment.
Dividend beneficiaries will be shareholders registered with the Dematerialised Securities System (DSS) as at 4 May 2010 [record date].
The dividend shall be paid from 10 May 2010 onwards, according to the procedure laid down in Article 5.5 of the Athens Exchange Rulebook and the specific provisions of the Operating Regulations of the DSS, as follows:
a) through the operators, namely the securities companies selected by shareholders and authorised for the collection of the dividend.
On 10 May 2010, the Bank of Greece will credit the accounts of the operators, who will then pay the beneficiaries. It should be noted that investors may revoke their authorisations to the operators by an application to Hellenic Exchanges S.A. (HELEX S.A.), which should be lodged at least five business days before the date of payment of the dividend.
b) directly by the Bank of Greece, either by crediting the bank account designated by shareholders or by cheque, when investors:
- have not authorised their operators,
- have revoked, by an application to HELEX S.A., the authorisation granted to their operators for the collection of the dividend;
- hold their shares in a Special Account of their Investor Share.
The payor Bank shall be the Bank of Greece.
In the event that bank accounts cannot be credited for any reason, beneficiaries may collect their dividends at the Bank of Greece as from 19 May 2010.
For any information or clarification, you may contact the Shares Service of the Secretariat Section:
Tel.: 210-3202051, 210-3202064, 210-3203288