ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced that its Supervisory Board has authorized the company's Management Board to declare a special dividend of $2.75 per share to be paid Dec. 11, 2012 to shareholders of record Nov. 19, 2012, subject to the adoption of a resolution by the Management Board, which is expected to occur Nov. 19, 2012. The special dividend of approximately $1.6 billion will return value to shareholders and will be paid with existing cash on hand.
The special dividend is separate from and in addition to the company's interim dividend of $0.40 per share, which is anticipated to be authorized by the Supervisory Board and approved by the Management Board for payment to shareholders of record at the same time as the special dividend.
Important Notice for U.S. Taxpayers: Dividends paid on ordinary shares generally are taxable to shareholders as dividend income to the extent those distributions are paid out of our current or accumulated earnings and profits. Dividends on our ordinary shares not paid out of our current or accumulated earnings and profits will be treated as a return of capital to the extent of your basis in our ordinary shares. We currently expect that a portion of the dividends paid or expected to be paid by LyondellBasell Industries N.V. during 2012 will represent a return of capital distribution to recipients for U.S. federal income tax purposes. It is our expectation that at least two-thirds of our total projected dividend payments in 2012 will be paid out of earnings and profits and therefore treated as dividend income for U.S. federal income tax purposes. However, the determination of the actual characterization of distributions made during 2012 cannot be finally determined until after the close of the year, and will be reflected in the 2012 Forms 1099-DIV that are issued in early 2013.
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