Based on the Group’s excellent financial results, we intend to increase the dividend for 2010 and thus continue our earnings-linked dividend policy. For the 18th consecutive year, we are proposing to our shareholders a dividend increase to €0.86 (2009: €0.75) per ordinary share, an increase of 15% per share. The total proposed dividend distribution will be €139.7 million, equivalent to 21% of Group net income before special items. Based on the proposed dividend and the closing price of our ordinary share at the end of 2010, the dividend yield would be approximately 1.4%.

Fresenius shares are an attractive investment, especially for long-term investors. Anyone who invested about €1,000 in Fresenius ordinary shares five years ago and reinvested the dividends would have increased their capital to €1,877 as of December 31, 2010. That is an average annual return of 14%. We have added a total return calculator as a service on our website at www.fresenius.com under Investor Relations – The Fresenius Shares – Share Price. You can use the value calculator to determine the total return on your Fresenius shares, including dividend payments.

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