An interim dividend may be distributed by the board of directors in the current year on condition that the articles of association (bylaws) empower them to do so.
The Companies Code (NL / FR) provides specific procedures to be followed in the case of public limited liability companies, private limited liability companies or cooperative limited liability companies.
The only profit available for distribution is the profit of the current financial year, decreased by any losses brought forward or increased by the profits brought forward, without drawing on any the statutory or legal reserves and taking into account the reserves that need to be set up according to bylaws or legal requirements, if any.
The board of directors needs to prepare a report and a statement of assets and liabilities, which has to be reviewed by the statutory auditor. As prescribed by the IBR/IRE, this appointment represents a limited review and not an audit. The auditor will not express an opinion on the fair view of the equity, the financial position and the results of the company.
The decision of the board may not be taken later than 2 months after the date of the statement of assets and liabilities referred to above.
Furthermore, no distribution may be decided earlier than:
If the interim dividend is higher than the amount of profit of the dividend subsequently decided by the shareholders' meeting, the difference is considered as an advance on the dividend of the succeeding period or periods.