The dividend increases provided by Fresenius in the last 28 years show impressive continuity. Our dividend policy aims to align dividends with earnings-per-share growth (before special itemsBefore special itemsIn order to measure the operating performance extending over several periods, key performance measures are adjusted by special items, where applicable. Adjusted measures are labelled with “before special items”. A reconciliation table is available within the respective quarterly or annual report and presents the composition of special items.). The payout ratio is expected to be in the range of approximately 20% to 25%. Fresenius intends to increase the dividend for 2022.