Dialogue with Institutional Shareholders
Relationships with shareholders receive high priority and a rolling programme of meetings between institutional shareholders and the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have been held throughout the year (a summary of the main events is shown below).
|Full Year: London and Edinburgh||September 2018|
|Half Year: London and Edinburgh||February/March 2019|
|USA: New York||October 2018|
|UK||December 2018 and March 2019|
These meetings are in addition to the Annual General Meeting and seek to foster a mutual understanding of both the Company's and shareholders' objectives. Such meetings are conducted in a format to protect price sensitive information that has not already been made generally available to all the Company's shareholders. Similar guidelines also apply to other communications between the Company and other parties, such as financial analysts, brokers and the media.
Feedback is collated by the Company's brokers after Investor Presentations. The feedback is circulated to the Board for review and consideration. In addition, the Board is provided with market summary reports which detail share price and share register movements. Where material changes in respect of remuneration or governance are proposed, the Board seeks to consult with its major shareholders before implementing such changes.
The Chairman and Senior Independent Director are available to meet shareholders upon request.
Constructive use of the Annual General Meeting
All members of the Board are scheduled to attend the Annual General Meeting (the Meeting) and the Chairmen of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees will be available to answer shareholders' questions at the Meeting. Notice of the Meeting is dispatched to shareholders at least 20 working days before the Meeting. The information sent to shareholders includes a summary of the business to be covered, with a separate resolution prepared for each substantive matter. When a vote is taken on a show of hands, the level of proxies received for and against the resolution and any abstentions are disclosed at the Meeting. The results of votes lodged for and against each resolution are announced to the London Stock Exchange and displayed on the Company's website. At the Meeting there will be an opportunity, following the formal business, for informal communications between shareholders and Directors.
2 September 2019