LIMA, Peru--Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. (NYSE: CPAC; BVL: CPACASC1) (“the Company” or “Cementos Pacasmayo”) announced today that the Company's Board of Directors in its session held on October 26, 2017 approved a cash dividend of S/ 0.35 per common and investment share, which represents a total of S/ 162,451,570.05 related to retained earnings as of December 31, 2014, in accordance with what was authorized at the Annual Shareholder’s Meeting held on March 24, 2016. This dividend represents 23.32% of the Company’s retained earnings as of December 31, 2014 (and 44.15% of the retained earnings remaining after dividends paid during 2015 and 2016).
Since the Company holds 36,040,497 investment shares as treasury shares, the dividend per share of S/0.35 that corresponds to these shares and which totals S/12,614,173.95 as a result of the mentioned distribution will remain in the Company's equity, so that the total dividend distributed without considering such treasury shares is S/149,837,396.10.
Considering that each ADS represents five common shares, the cash dividend equivalent per ADS is S/ 1.75. For the payment of the ADSs, the Company will pay CAVALI the amount of the corresponding dividend to the ADS program in national currency. CAVALI will afterwards deposit said amount in favor of: JP MORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. FBO HOLDERS OF ADRS on the same date established for the delivery of the dividend in the domestic market. JP MORGAN CHASE BANK N.A is the entity responsible for making the payment to each of the holders of ADSs under the conditions of currency, distribution factor, stipulations and other regulations that correspond.
|The dividend will be paid as follows:|
|COMMON SHARES: CPACASC1|
|Outstanding common shares: 423,868,449|
|Dividend per common share: S/ 0.35|
|Each ADS represents five common shares|
|INVESTMENT SHARES: CPACASI1|
|Outstanding Investment shares: 40,278,894|
|Dividend per common share: S/ 0.285|
|Ex-dividend Date: November 14, 2017|
|Record Date: November 15, 2017|
|Payment Date: November 30, 2016|
Also during the Board meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously approved to submit to the next Annual General Shareholders' Meeting to be carried out in March 2018, the proposal made by the Audit Committee to appoint the firm Paredes, Burga & Asociados Civil LLC (member firm of EY), as External Independent Auditors for the 2018 - 2022 period.
This proposal was formulated by the Audit Committee as a result of an extensive evaluation process in which the four largest and most internationally renowned audit firms were invited to participate. The following aspects, among others, were considered: the economic proposals presented, the global and local support structure, the level of compliance, experience, quality control policies and processes, as well as capacity, availability and technical knowledge to provide the service. These criteria were the considerations according to our Manual of Contracting Policies and Procedures of External Audit Services and Renovation of External Auditors and Contracting of Consultancy Services and Advice.
About Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A.
Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. is a leading Peruvian cement company, and the only cement manufacturer in the Northern region of Peru. In February 2012, the Company’s shares were listed on The New York Stock Exchange - Euronext under the ticker symbol "CPAC". With more than 59 years of operating history, the Company produces, distributes and sells cement and cement-related materials, such as concrete blocks and ready-mix concrete. Cementos Pacasmayo’s products are primarily used in construction, which has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the Peruvian economy in recent years. The Company also produces and sells quicklime for use in mining operations.
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