LINDE announced that the Executive board has agreed the financial statements for the fiscal year 2005.
The key audited financial figures of the Group for fiscal 2005: Sales increased by 7.3 per cent to 9.501 billion euro (2004: 8.856 billion euro). Operating profit(EBITA) improved by 18.0 per cent to 913 million euro (2004: 774 million euro).Earnings before taxes on income (EBT) rose from 622 million euro to 789 million euro and net income after minority interests was 501 million euro (2004: 380 million euro). Earnings per share increased as a result to 4.19 euro (2004: 3.19 euro).
Against the background of these overall positive business trends, the Executive Board of Linde AG recommends to the Supervisory Board that it proposes a resolution at the Shareholders\\$quot; Meeting on May 4, 2006 to increase the dividend from 1.25 euro to 1.40 euro per share.
Linde will be presenting detailed information about the 2005 fiscal year and the performance of the individual business segments at its press conference on the annual results on March 6, 2006 in Frankfurt am Main.