12. Earnings per share

METRO AG defines earnings per share as earnings per ordinary share. In the financial year 2011, holders of preference shares of METRO AG were entitled to a dividend of €1.485 that was €0.135 higher than that paid to holders of ordinary shares. In the calculation of earnings per share, this additional dividend is deducted from profits attributable to METRO AG shareholders.

Earnings per share are determined by dividing earnings attributable to METRO AG shareholders by the weighted number of issued shares.

There was no dilution in the financial year 2012 or the year before from so-called potential shares.

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2011

2012

Weighted number of no-par-value shares outstanding

326,787,529

326,787,529

Profit or loss attributable to shareholders of METRO AG (€ million)

631

3

Earnings per share in € (basic = diluted)

1.93

0.01

Earnings per preference share amounted to €0.07 (previous year: €2.07) in the financial year 2012 and thus exceeded earnings per share by the amount of the additional dividend of €0.06.