|Interim Management Statement||24 October 2014|
|2014 Annual General Meeting||24 October 2014|
|Final Dividend Ex Div Date||6 November 2014|
|Final Dividend Record Date||7 November 2014|
|Final Dividend Payment Date||21 November 2014|
Annual General Meeting
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at 10.00 am on 24 October 2014 at Investec Bank plc, 2 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7QP. The notice of meeting (the Notice), which includes special business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting together with an explanation of the resolutions to be considered at the meeting, is made available on the Company website or mailed to shareholders, if they have elected to receive the Notice in paper format.
Dechra floated on the London Stock Exchange in September 2000 at £1.20 per share, with a market capitalisation of £60 million.
In relation to the acquisition of VetXX Holdings A/S, on 15 January 2008, Dechra undertook a placing and open offer on the basis of 11 Open Offer shares for every 50 existing shares held on 10 December 2007 at an issue price of 303 pence. On 9 January 2008 11,624,544 shares were issued.
On 5 April 2012, a Rights Issue was announced on the basis of 3 new ordinary shares for every existing 10 shares held on 23 April 2012 at a subscription price of £3.00 per share. The Rights Issue resulted in 20,040,653 shares being issued with dealings commencing on 16 May 2012.
The Dechra website (www.dechra.com) is the best source of useful and up-to-date information about Dechra and its activities, including the latest news, financial and product information to help improve understanding of our business. Additionally, the terms of reference of all our Committees, Articles of Association, our Values and a number of our internal policies are published on the website.
Shareholders now have the opportunity to receive shareholder communications electronically, e.g. Annual Reports, Notice of the Annual General Meeting and Proxy Forms. You can elect to receive email notifications of shareholder communications by registering at www.shareview.co.uk where you can also set up a bank mandate to receive dividends directly to your bank account and to submit proxy votes for shareholder meetings. Receiving the Company's communications electronically allows the Company to communicate with its shareholders in a more environmentally friendly, cost effective and timely manner.
Dechra's Registrar is Equiniti Limited.
Equiniti should be contacted for any matters relating to your shareholding, including:
- Notification of change in name and address
- Enquiries about dividend payments
- Submission of proxy form for voting at the Annual General Meeting
Equiniti offers a facility whereby shareholders are able to access their shareholdings in Dechra via their website (www.shareview.co.uk).
Alternatively Equiniti can be contacted at:
West Sussex BN99 6DA
Registrars' Shareholder Helpline for Dechra: 0871 384 2030 or +44(0) 121 415 7047, if calling from the outside of the UK.
Please have your Shareholder Reference Number to hand whenever you contact the Registrar; this can be found on your share certificate.
Share Dealing Service
Equiniti Financial Services Limited offer a Share Dealing Service, to buy or sell shares. Further information can be obtained from www.shareview.co.uk/dealing or by telephoning 0845 603 7037.
|Fee (on value of transaction)|
up to £50,000
|Stamp duty charge (purchases only)||0.5%||0.5%||0.5%|
Equiniti Financial Services Limited and its agents are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Please note that the price of shares can go down as well as up, and you are not guaranteed to get back the original amount you originally invested. If you are in any doubt you should contact an independent financial adviser.
Warning to Shareholders
Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non-existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. Previously we were alerted by some of our shareholders to cold calls which they had received. The callers purport to represent various entities, including Drexel-Bearns, a US based firm. The callers stated that they were seeking to gain control of investor shareholdings held in the Company and/or personal financial information. We believe these to be boiler room scams.
These types of calls are typically from overseas based 'brokers' who target UK shareholders and are commonly referred to as 'boiler rooms'. These 'brokers' can be very persistent and extremely persuasive. While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money.
Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports.
If you are offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares you own, or free company or research reports, you should take these steps before handing over any money:
- check the FCA Register at www.fca.org.uk/firms/systems-reporting/register to ensure they are authorised;
- confirm that the firm is genuine by asking them for their firm reference number and contact details. Always use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm. You should only access the Register from the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk;
- call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6786 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date;
- make additional checks to confirm that you are dealing with the firm direct for example checking the details on the firm's website with directory enquiries or Companies House;
- search the FCA unauthorised firms list; and
- remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
If you use an unauthorised firm to buy or sell shares or other investments, you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme if things go wrong.
If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FCA by contacting their Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 678. If you have been offered, bought or sold shares you can use the share fraud reporting form at www.fca.org.uk/consumers/scams/investment-scams/share-fraud-and-boiler-room-scams/reporting-form.
If you have already paid money to share fraudsters or suspect fraud you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Protecting your Identity
Suggestions for safeguarding your shares:
- ensure all your share certificates are kept in a safe place or hold your shares electronically in CREST via a nominee;
- keep all correspondence relating to your shares in a safe place or destroy the correspondence by shredding;
- notify the Registrar of a change of address in writing or via their website (as detailed above);
- consider having your dividend paid directly into your bank account to eliminate the risk of a lost dividend cheque;
- notify the Registrar of bank account detail changes in writing or via their website; and
- if you decide to sell or buy shares use only brokers registered in your own country or the UK.