Rome, 29 September 2005 The Enel Board of Directors met today under the chairmanship of Piero Gnudi and set the 2005 interim dividend resolved at the meeting of 8 September last at 0.19 per share, having considered the successful outcome of the sale of 29.99% of the share capital of Terna S.p.A. to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A..
Such interim dividend results from Enels consolidated capital gain earned in 2005 on the sale of part of the investment in Terna. The overall gain included that earned on the sale of 13.86% of Terna to institutional investors in April and that on the above mentioned sale of 29.99% of Terna to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, which was completed on 15 September.
The Board of Directors confirmed that the interim dividend will be paid, gross of any withholding tax, as from 24 November 2005, with the ex dividend date for coupon no. 6 falling on 21 November 2005.
The overall dividend for 2005 can therefore be estimated at no less than 0.61 per share, given that the interim dividend set today (0.19 per share) is expected to be supplemented by a balance dividend of at least 0.42 per share, whose distribution in June 2006 was announced to the financial community by CEO Fulvio Conti on 8 September last.
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