Darmstadt, Germany, April 17, 2015 – At the Annual General Meeting of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany held in Frankfurt am Main today, shareholders approved a dividend increase of 5 cents or 5.3% to € 1.00 per share. The dividend payment takes into account the 1:2 share split in 2014, corresponding to a payout ratio of around 22% based on earnings per share pre one-time items.

The Annual General Meeting approved the actions of the members of the Executive Board and of the Supervisory Board for fiscal 2014 by a significant majority and approved all of the resolutions.

More than 1,000 shareholders took part in the Annual General Meeting. When the resolutions were voted on, 83,128,668 shares were represented, corresponding to 64.32% of the approximately 129.2 million shares issued.