LJUBLJANA, April 4 (Reuters) - Slovenian pharmaceutical company Krka plans to pay an annual dividend of 1.61 euros ($2.07), up 7 percent from last year, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The payment needs to be confirmed by shareholders at a meeting on July 4.
In March, Krka reported that 2012 group net profit fell to 159.8 million euros from 162.7 million a year earlier due to higher costs.
Shares in Krka, which is Slovenia's largest listed company, rose 0.76 percent to 46.5 euros by 0820 GMT on Thursday, while the blue-chip SBI index was steady. ($1 = 0.7783 euros)
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