2018 Interim Dividend of 19.6 cent per Ordinary Share – paid on 26 September 2018:

Letter to Shareholders (PDF)    
Electronic Payments Leaflet (PDF)

2017 Final Dividend of 48.8 cent per Ordinary Share – paid on 4 May 2018:

Chairman’s Letter to Shareholders (PDF)    
Final Dividend Scrip Form (PDF)    
Terms and Conditions of Scrip Dividend Scheme (PDF)

General Dividend Information

Dividend Withholding Tax (DWT) must be deducted from dividends paid by an Irish resident company, unless a shareholder is entitled to an exemption and has submitted a properly completed exemption form to the Company’s Registrars, Link Asset Services, Link Registrars Limited. DWT applies to dividends paid by way of cash or by way of shares under a scrip dividend scheme and is deducted at the standard rate of Income Tax (currently 20%). Non-resident shareholders and certain Irish companies, trusts, pension schemes, investment undertakings and charities may be entitled to claim exemption from DWT. Copies of the exemption form may be obtained from the Registrars. Shareholders should note that DWT will be deducted from dividends in cases where a properly completed form has not been received by the record date for a dividend. Individuals who are resident in Ireland for tax purposes are not entitled to an exemption.

Shareholders who wish to have their dividends paid direct to a bank account, by electronic funds transfer, can do so. The benefits and steps to register for electronic payments are set out in a communication sent to shareholders on 23 August 2018.

Dividends are generally paid in euro. However, to avoid costs to shareholders, dividends are paid in Pounds Sterling and US Dollars to shareholders whose address, according to CRH’s Share Register, is in the UK and the US respectively (unless they require otherwise). However, where shares are held in the CREST system, dividends are automatically paid in euro unless a currency election is made.

Dividends in respect of 7% ‘A’ Cumulative Preference Shares are paid half-yearly on 5 April and 5 October.

Dividends in respect of 5% Cumulative Preference Shares are paid half-yearly on 15 April and 15 October.

Dividend history

Restated 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017
Reported Dividend per share (cent) 69.0 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 65.0 68.0
Rights Issue Adjusted Dividend per share (cent) 62.2 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 62.5 65.0 68.0
Dividend cover (times) (b) 3.4 1.4 1.0 1.3 1.2 0.95* 1.26 1.43 2.3 3.3 

(b) Represents earnings per Ordinary Share divided by dividends per Ordinary Share.

*Before impairment charges and related tax credit