Slovak Telekom's majority shareholder Deutsche Telekom decided at a shareholders' meeting held on Thursday, January 19, to again refuse to pay dividends worth €258 million. It was the latest in a protracted series of general meetings in which representatives of the state, which owns 49 percent of the company, have tried to secure payment of an extraordinary dividend from retained earnings. The Slovak Economy Ministry, which holds part of the state's share, said the continued refusal was not justified.
"Deutsche Telekom approaches Slovak Telekom differently to its shareholdings in other countries. Slovak Telekom has great economic results, no debt, and enough cash for immediate payment of dividends to the Slovak government. Deutsche Telekom's decision is therefore completely beyond all understanding," the Economy Ministry stated, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Slovak representatives at the shareholders' meeting filed a complaint against the decision.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Jan 2012 at 10:00