13. Earnings per share

Earnings per share are determined by dividing profit or loss for the period attributable to METRO AG shareholders by the weighted number of issued shares. In the calculation of earnings per share, an additional dividend is generally deducted from profit or loss for the period attributable to METRO AG shareholders. Holders of preference shares are entitled to the retroactive payment of a preference dividend of €0.17 for the short financial year 2013 in accordance with § 140 Section 2 of the German Stock Corporation Act and § 21 Section 2 of the Articles of Association of METRO AG. There was no dilution in the reporting period or the previous year from so-called potential shares.

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9M 2013

12M 2012/13

12M 2013/14

Weighted number of no-par-value shares outstanding

326,787,529

326,787,529

326,787,529

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

−71

−35

127

Earnings per share in € (basic = diluted)

−0.22

−0.11

0.39

In financial year 2013/14, earnings per preference share amounted to €0.45 (12M 2012/13: €0.06; 9M 2013: €–0.05) and thus exceed earnings per share by the amount of the additional dividend for preference shares of €0.06. In financial years 12M 2012/13 and 9M 2013, earnings per preference share included the retroactive payment of a preference dividend of €0.17 per preference share in accordance with the Articles of Association of METRO AG.