March 29, 2006 11:31 ET

DSM raises dividend by 15% to EUR 1.00 per ordinary share

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2006 --

In conformity with the proposal made by the DSM Managing Board, the Annual General Meeting of shareholders of Royal DSM N.V. has today resolved to declare a dividend for 2005 of EUR 1.00 per ordinary share. This represents an increase of about 15% compared with the dividends for previous years.

An interim dividend of EUR 0.29 per ordinary share having been paid in August 2005, the final dividend for 2005 amounts to EUR 0.71 per ordinary share.

The ex-dividend date is Friday, 31 March 2006, and the dividend will be made payable on Thursday, 13 April 2006.

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DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found on

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