With regard to direct returns in the form of dividends, Bergen Group ASA’s target is to pay, on an annual basis, 20-30% of the company’s profit after tax. The dividend level is a trade-off between the shareholders' wishes for continuous returns and the company's need to retain capital in order to develop the company. The company also aims to have book equity of at least 35% of the total balance on a consolidated basis. The final dividend figure will therefore be based on the profit after tax for the year measured against the company’s ambition for growth and the equity ratio. The company endeavours to pay dividends as soon as practically possible after the decision has been made by the general meeting.