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Payment of interim cash dividend of € 0.61 per share on 7 July 2010

06/25/2010

The Board of Directors, meeting on 24 June under the chairmanship of Patrick Ricard, decided to distribute an interim cash dividend of €0.61 per share for the current 2009/10 financial year. The ex-dividend date will be Friday 2 July and the interim dividend will be paid on Wednesday 7 July 2010.

Payment of interim cash dividend of € 0.61 per share on 7 July 2010

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Pernod Ricard traditionally pays out an interim dividend equivalent to 50% of the dividend of the previous year. In 2008/09, a year marked by the global crisis, a dividend exceptionally reduced to € 0.50 per share was paid.

The current interim dividend was thus determined as being half the dividend paid in respect of the 2007/08 financial year, adjusted for both the preferential subscription rights granted as part of the capital increase of 12 May 2009 and the bonus share issue of 16 November 2009.

As previously announced, the Group intends to resume from this year its past policy of distributing about one third of Net Profit from Recurring Operations.  The dividend will be submitted by the Board of Directors for approval by the Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Wednesday 10 November next.  The final dividend will be paid after the AGM.


Shareholders’ calendar: 2009/10 Full-year trading update: Thursday 22 July 2010 after close of trading.

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