Lufthansa posted a net loss of EUR€13 million (USD$17.05 million) in 2011, after taking a larger-than-expected charge on the sale of its UK unit bmi.
A loss of EUR€285 million from discontinued operations "reflects current losses at British Midland Ltd and valuation effects linked to its disposal," the German airline said in an unscheduled statement on Wednesday.
British Airways owner IAG in December agreed to buy Lufthansa's bmi for GBP£172.5 million in the race to grab the loss-making unit's coveted runway slots at London Heathrow.
Lufthansa also said it would pay a dividend of 0.25 euros per share, as an exception to its dividend policy.
"This is intended to let shareholders participate in the successful operating performance in the reporting year in a way that is justifiable to the financial profile," the group said.
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