04/18/2005, Düsseldorf

 

 

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Annual General Meeting of Henkel KGaA

Around 2,500 shareholders were provided with an overview of the busi-ness performance of the Henkel Group in fiscal 2004 at today's Annual General Meeting of Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf, Germany.
"Fiscal 2004 was both a good and a very eventful year for Henkel," said Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel KGaA. "Our shareholders benefit from our success achieved, since we offer them a dividend that is 10 eurocent above that of the previous year."

Resolution on the appropriation of profit
The Annual General Meeting approved a dividend of 1.24 euro per ordinary share and 1.30 euro per preferred share. The payout thus exceeds that of the previous year.

Resolution to authorize the purchase of the Company's own shares ("treasury stock")
The Annual General Meeting again authorized Henkel KGaA's personally liable part-ners to acquire ordinary or preferred shares of the Company, subject to a maximum aggregate holding of 10 percent of the Company's capital stock.

Elections to the Shareholders' Committee and the Supervisory Board
In the wake of the death of Dr. Jürgen Manchot, Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah was elected as his successor on the Shareholders' Committee, at the same time resigning her seat on the Supervisory Board. Dr. Friederike Bagel was, in turn, elected to take her
place as a shareholder representative on the Supervisory Board.
"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend". Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. The Henkel Group operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Seal-ants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2004 the Henkel Group generated sales of 10.592 billion euros. More than 50,000 employees work for the Henkel Group world-wide. People in 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

This information contains forward-looking statements which are based on the current estimates and assumptions made by the corporate management of Henkel KGaA. Statements with respect to the future are characterized by the use of words such as "expect", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", and similar terms. Such statements are not to be understood as in any way guaranteeing that those expectations will turn out to be accurate. Future performance and results actually achieved by Henkel KGaA and its affiliated companies depend on a number of risks and uncertainties and may therefore differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are outside Henkel´s control and cannot be accurately estimated in advance, such as the future economic environment and the actions of competitors and others involved in the marketplace. Hen-kel neither plans nor undertakes to update any forward-looking statements.

April 18, 2005