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Investor Centre

Computershare is the Company’s share and loan note registrar. Investor Centre is Computershare’s free, secure, self-service website where holders can manage their interests online.

The website enables holders to:

  • View share and loan note balances
  • Change address details
  • View payment and tax information
  • Update payment instructions
  • Update communication instructions

Holders can register their email address at www.investorcentre.co.uk to be notified electronically of events such as AGMs, and can receive shareholder and loan note communications such as the Annual Report and Accounts and the Notice of Meeting online.

Enquiries and notifications concerning dividends, interest payments, share or loan note certificates or transfers and address changes should be sent to the Registrar.

Dividends and interest payments

Paying dividend and interest payments into a bank or building society account helps reduce the risk of fraud and will provide you with immediate access to your funds. Applications for an electronic mandate can be made by contacting the Registrar.

If your dividend is paid directly into your bank or building society account, you will receive an annual consolidated dividend confirmation which will be sent to you in September each year at the time the interim dividend is paid. You will receive a tax voucher each time you are paid an interest payment.

Dividend confirmation and interest payment tax vouchers are available electronically at www.investorcentre.co.uk to those holders who have their payments mandated to their bank or building society accounts and who have expressed a preference for e-communications.

The Company operates a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) which provides shareholders with a way of increasing their shareholding in the Company by reinvesting their dividends. A copy of the DRIP terms and conditions and application form can be obtained from the Registrar.

Details of dividend payments can be found in the Directors’ report.

Schroders offers a service to shareholders in participating countries which enables dividends to be received in local currencies. You can check your eligibility and/or request a mandate form by contacting the Registrar.

Floating rate unsecured loan notes

If you wish to redeem your loan note(s), send the completed Notice of Repayment on the reverse of the Loan Note Certificate to the Registrar no later than the deadlines set out below. Partial redemptions are only permitted in multiples of £100.

Redemption date

Notification deadline

30 June 2017

31 March 2017

31 December 2017

30 September 2017

30 June 2018

N/A

The final redemption will take place on 30 June 2018.

Where a Notification deadline date falls on a non-business day, Notices of Repayment should be received on the last working day prior to that date. Any Notices of Repayment received after the relevant deadline will not be actioned until the next Redemption Date.

Overseas branch register

An overseas branch register is operated in Bermuda for the benefit of shareholders with registered addresses in Bermuda. Enquiries should be directed to the Registrar.

Warning to shareholders

Companies are aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited telephone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. These are typically from overseas-based ‘brokers’ who target UK shareholders, offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares or investments. These operations are commonly known as ‘boiler rooms’. These ‘brokers’ can be very persistent and extremely persuasive.

Shareholders are advised to be wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports. If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:

  • Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation.
  • Check that they are properly authorised by the FCA before getting involved by visiting https://register.fca.org.uk.
  • Report the matter to the FCA by calling 0800 111 6768 or visiting https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/report-scam-unauthorised-firm.
  • Do not deal with any firm that you are unsure about.

If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The FCA provides a list of unauthorised firms of which it is aware, which can be accessed at https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/unauthorised-firms-individuals#list.

More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FCA website at https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/avoid-scams-unauthorised-firms.

Capital gains tax

Capital gains tax values for the Company’s shares as at 31 March 1982 and values relating to the disposal of the investment banking business in 2000 can be found on the Company’s website.