Shareholder Return Policy and Dividend Information

Shareholder Return Policy

We have been implementing disciplined capital management by pursuing the optimum balance between strengthening of stable capital base and steady returns to shareholders.
As for our policy to return profits to shareholders, we set a new policy through which we are maintaining the current level of dividends for the time being while aiming to strengthen our capital base further to enhance returns to shareholders at an early stage.
We will comprehensively consider the business environment such as the Group's business results, profit base, status of capital adequacy, and domestic and international regulation trends such as the Basel framework in determining returns to shareholders for each period.

The Organization Authorized to Determine Dividends

Mizuho's board of directors is the organization that determines the dividends. The general meeting of shareholders may also make decisions on such matters in the event a shareholder's proposal is presented.

The Basel III international financial regulatory framework was finalized in 2017 and its uncertainty regarding tightening of regulation has decreased, whilst Mizuho steadily accumulated capital to strengthen Mizuho's capital adequacy. Meanwhile, the interactions between companies and their shareholders and investors have been changing. In addition to business strategy and capital management, shareholders have become increasingly focused on sustainable enhancement of corporate values from various perspectives, such as sustainability, as represented by the rise of Responsible Investment. In light of these changes, Mizuho believes it becomes important for Mizuho to engage in constructive dialogue and listen thoroughly to Mizuho's shareholders' opinions with regard to the usage of capital, including an increase in shareholder returns and investment for future growth. Based on this thoughts, Mizuho adopts the process for issuing dividends of surplus as stated above.

Dividend Information

Term–end cash dividend payment commencement date for the fiscal year ending March 2020:Monday, June 8, 2020*.

*   Shareholders who have opted to receive dividends via bank account or securities account deposit will receive them on the payment commencement date. Shareholders who receive dividends by Dividend Receipts, may not receive them until after the payment commencement date in the case of delay in postal mail delivery. There is no such potential delay when receiving dividends via bank account or securities account deposit, and therefore we recommend this method of receipt. To change the method by which you receive dividends, please follow the instructions provided under the Contact List.

Mizuho Financial Group*1
Fiscal Year Cash Dividends Declared per Share
  Interim The Term End
FY2020(est.) JPY7.5 JPY3.75 JPY3.75
FY2019 JPY7.5(est.) JPY3.75 JPY3.75(est.)
FY2018 JPY7.5 JPY3.75 JPY3.75
FY2017 JPY7.5 JPY3.75 JPY3.75
FY2016 JPY7.5 JPY3.75 JPY3.75
FY2015 JPY7.5 JPY3.75 JPY3.75
FY2014 JPY7.5 JPY3.5 JPY4
FY2013 JPY6.5 JPY3 JPY3.5
FY2012 JPY6 JPY3 JPY3
FY2011 JPY6 JPY3 JPY3
FY2010 JPY6 JPY6
FY2009 JPY8 JPY8
FY 2008 *2 JPY10 JPY10
FY 2007 JPY10,000 JPY10,000
FY 2006 JPY7,000 JPY7,000
FY 2005 JPY4,000 JPY4,000
FY 2004 JPY3,500 JPY3,500
FY 2003 JPY3,000 JPY3,000
FY 2002 JPY0 JPY0
Mizuho Holdings*1
Fiscal Year Cash Dividends Declared per Share
  Interim The Term End
FY 2002 JPY0
FY 2001 JPY3,500 JPY0 JPY3,500
FY 2000 JPY7,000*3 JPY3,500*3 JPY3,500*3

*1:   By the stock–for–stock exchange on Mar 12, 2003, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. became the parent company of Mizuho Holdings, Inc. and was listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange (1st Section) and Osaka Securities Exchange. Mizuho Holdings, Inc. was delisted on Mar 6, 2003. The dividend forecast of Mizuho Financial Group shown above indicates figures after the stock–for–stock exchange.

*2:   We have conducted an "allotment of shares or fractions of a share without consideration" (from 1 share to 1,000 shares) in Jan 2009.

*3:   "Stock transfer payments" were paid to Common Shareholders of DKB, FUJI and IBJ as of Sep 27, 2000 instead of interim cash dividends for FY 1999. Calculation of Annual Dividend considers "Stock transfer payments."

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