Dividend information

On April 13, 2017 the Board of Directors' proposal to pay a dividend of 0.76 Swiss francs per share was approved by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting. 

ABB’s dividend policy is to pay a steadily rising, sustainable dividend over time

The Board of Directors proposes the amount of dividends to the shareholders for approval at the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM). At ABB's AGM on April 13, 2017 the shareholders have approved the Board's proposal to increase the dividend for 2016 by CHF 0.02 to CHF 0.76 per share, in line with the company's dividend policy to pay a steadily rising, sustainable dividend over time.

The dividend for 2016 in the amount of 0.76 Swiss francs has been paid as an ordinary dividend. 
Since the dividend is paid out of retained earnings, it is subject to Swiss withholding tax.

Expected dates for dividend

Cum date1


Record date

 Payout date

SIX Swiss Exchange April 18 April 19  April 20  April 21
New York
Stock Exchange
April 17 April 18  April 20  May 30
OMX Stockholm2
April 18 April 19  April 20  April 25

1 Cum-date is the last day shares can be purchased in order to receive the dividend;
2 DAF is offered this year
Shareholders that are tax-resident in Sweden and hold shares of ABB Ltd registered with Euroclear Sweden had the option to participate in a facility thatl allows them to receive the dividend relating to those shares in Swedish Kronor free of Swiss withholding tax. Further information is available on the attached documents below as well as on www.ABB.se/aktie.

Share buy back program is offering additional returns to shareholders

ABB announced on October 4, 2016 its plans for a new share buyback program of up to $3 billion from 2017 through 2019. This reflects the company’s confidence and the continued strength of ABB’s cash generation and financial position. On September 30, 2016, ABB announced the completion of its recent share buyback program in which it returned $3.5bn to its shareholders. Over the last three years, ABB has returned $8.7bn to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. (share-buyback-program).


Historical information ABB dividend per share


Payment date 

Dividend per share 

2016 April 21, 2017 CHF 0.76
2015 July 20, 2016 CHF 0.74
2014  July 29, 2015  CHF 0.72 (split payment - CHF 0.55 and CHF 0.17)
2013 May 8, 2014 CHF 0.70
2012 May 3, 2013 CHF 0.68
2011 May 4, 2012 CHF 0.65
2010 May 6, 2011 CHF 0.60
2009 July 15, 2010 CHF 0.51
2008 July 27, 2009 CHF 0.48
2007 July 28, 2008 CHF 0.48
2006 May 8, 2007 CHF 0.24