What are dividends?
Dividends are a payment declared by the Board of Directors of a company and given to its shareholders. This is a way the company can distribute its profits to shareholders. The directors decide the level of each dividend based on the Company's financial results. A dividend is paid per share, and therefore the total amount you receive will depend on the number of shares you own at the record date.
What are ex-dividend and record dates?
The ex-dividend date is when the shares begin trading so that the buyer is no longer entitled to receive the dividend. This date is typically a few days before the record date. The record date, with respect to dividends, is the date on which a shareholder must officially own a company's shares to receive the dividend. The reason why the record date is typically a few days after the ex-dividend date, is to allow time for the transactions that occur just before the ex-dividend date to be reflected in the share register.
Why had I not received any dividends before?
We paid our first dividend on 26 June 2006. Before that, no dividends had been paid since Henderson Group’s listing in December 2003, following the Demerger from AMP.
How often will Henderson Group pay dividends?
We expect to pay dividends twice a year, in respect of first half and second half earnings.
Does Henderson Group have a dividend reinvestment plan?
No, Henderson Group does not offer a dividend reinvestment plan.
What is the IAS plan?
The Company introduced the IAS plan in 2008 when it re-domiciled and became tax-resident in the Republic of Ireland. The IAS plan was intended to ensure that no tax was required to be withheld from dividends paid to shareholders. In the absence of the IAS plan, and given Henderson Group’s tax-residency in the Republic of Ireland, shareholders would have needed to comply with certain administrative requirements and advance certification procedures in order to ensure that Irish dividend withholding tax was not withheld. Under the IAS plan, all holders of Henderson Group ordinary shares and CDIs were deemed to have elected to be paid dividends by IAS Issuer (HGI (Investments) Limited), a UK tax-resident subsidiary of the Henderson Group, rather than from Henderson Group plc, which was tax-resident in the Republic of Ireland. Each shareholder could elect to withdraw from the IAS plan, and instead receive dividends from Henderson Group plc, by completing and returning an Income Access Share Plan Withdrawal Notice.
On 20 March 2013, the Company announced that it had suspended the IAS plan. This means that all holders will be paid their dividend by Henderson Group plc, which is tax-resident in the UK.
Why receive dividends by direct credit?
Payment by direct credit is secure, efficient and cost effective. It is used by many well-known companies and government departments to pay employee salaries and by many listed companies to pay dividends. The dividend will be credited to your nominated account on the payment date. There will be no postal delays or waiting for the cheque to be processed. We will send you a statement, setting out the amount of your dividend, for your records.
What information do I need to give you?
We will need the details of your account number and bank branch code. These can normally be found on your bank statement or cheque book. If you are unsure where to find these numbers, or which numbers to use, please contact your bank, credit union or building society for assistance.
How can Henderson Group use my bank details?
Providing your account details only permits Henderson Group to pay dividends into your account. It does not give Henderson Group or the Share Registry any other access to your account. We cannot deduct funds from your account or view your account balance.
If the answer to your question is not here, please contact the Henderson Group Share Registry.