3.1 Capital management
The capital defined in conjunction with capital management corresponds to reported equity.
Capital management ensures that the necessary capital for operational activities can be made available from funds earned by the Group itself and that financial liabilities can usually be settled from the Group’s own funds within a period of three to five years. The dividends paid to shareholders are adjusted as a means of managing capital. The aim is to pay dividends to shareholders in the range of 35 to 45 per cent of the free cashflow b. M&A following dividends to non-controlling interests and repayment of lease liabilities, and to report an equity ratio that is significantly higher than 50 per cent over the long term.