Dividends

The Company operates a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) which provides shareholders with a cost-efficient way of increasing their shareholding in the Company by reinvesting their dividends. If you have not already signed up for this service and wish to do so you should send your DRIP application form to the Registrar.

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Dividend Reinvestment Plan Application Form  
Dividend Reinvestment Plan - Terms & Conditions  

Paying dividend payments into a bank or building society account helps reduce the risk of fraud and will provide you with immediate access to your funds without the inconvenience of waiting for a postal delivery or having to visit your bank. To apply for a dividend mandate contact the Registrar or call the shareholder helpline on 0800 923 1530.

If your dividend is paid directly into your bank or building society account, you will receive an Annual Dividend Confirmation which will be sent to you in September each year at the time the interim dividend is paid. If you would prefer to receive a Dividend Confirmation with each dividend, please contact the Registrars on 0800 923 1530.

Electronic Dividend Confirmations are also available on www.investorcentre.co.uk to those shareholders who have both their dividends mandated to their bank or building society accounts and who have expressed a preference for e-communications. If you do need a Dividend Confirmation with each dividend, you may elect to obtain future Dividend Confirmations online by registering at www.investorcentre.co.uk. To continue to receive paper Dividend Confirmations, you should contact the Registrars on 0800 923 1530.

Download dividend mandate form by clicking here

Dividend history

Year ended 31 DecemberInterim (pence per share)Tax credit (pence per share)  Record datePayment date 
2017 34.0 1 18 August 2017 21 September 2017
2016 29.0 1 19 August 2016 22 September 2016
2015 29.0 3.22 14 August 2015 24 September 2015
2014  24.0  2.67  15 August 2014   25 September 2014
2013  16.0  1.77   16 August 2013  26 September 2013
2012  13.0  1.44  17 August 2012  27 September 2012
2011  13.0 1.44   12 August 2011  29 September 2011
2010  11.0 1.22  13 August 2010  21 September 2010
2009 21.0* 2.33 12 March 2010 29 March 2010
2009  10.0 1.11 14 August 2009  29 September 2009
2008  10.0 1.11  22 August 2008  19 September 2008
2007  9.0  1.00  17 August 2007  21 September 2007
2006  7.5  0.83  25 August 2006  29 September 2006
2005  7.0 0.77  26 August 2005   28 September 2005
2004  6.5  0.72   27 August 2004  23 September 2004
2003 5.5  0.61   19 September 2003 25 October 2003 

 

Dividend History
Final

Year ended 31 DecemberInterim (pence per share)Tax credit (pence per share)  Record datePayment date 
2016 64.0 - 1 31 March 2017 04 May 2017
2015 58.0 - 1 29 March 2016 05 May 2016
2014 54.0 6.0 27 March 2015 06 May 2015
2013 42.0 4.67 28 March 2014 07 May 2014
2012 30.0 3.33 02 April 2013 09 May 2013
2011 26.0 2.89 30 March 2012 11 May 2012
2010 26.0 2.89 25 March 2011 12 May 2011
2009                                                 See second interim dividend above
2008 21.0 2.33 20 February 2009 30 April 2009
2007 21.0 2.33 14 March 2008 30 April 2008
2006 17.5 1.04 16 March 2007 27 April 2007
2005 14.5 1.61 24 March 2006 28 April 2006
2004 13.5 1.50 29 March 2005 21 April 2005
2003 13.0 1.44 26 March 2004 26 April 2004

* Second interim dividend

Dividend tax credits were abolished for dividend payments made after 6 April 2016.