Dialogue with Institutional Shareholders
Relationships with Shareholders receive high priority and a rolling programme of meetings between Institutional Shareholders and Executive Directors are held throughout the year. The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer give annual and half-yearly results presentations to Institutional Investors, analysts and media, which are also available via telephone conference. These meetings are in addition to the Annual General Meeting and seek to foster mutual understanding of 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 the Company's Shareholders. Similar guidelines also apply to communications between the Company and other parties such as financial analysts, brokers and media. The Company also organises site visits on a periodic basis.
Tony Griffin and Anne-Francoise Nesmes separately attended a number of the Institutional Shareholder meetings held in September 2012 and February 2013 respectively, post the announcement of the full and half yearly results. This provided a number of Dechra's major Shareholders with the chance to meet Tony Griffin and Anne-Francoise Nesmes before the commencement of their appointment as Executive Directors.
Feedback is collated by the Company's Brokers after investor presentations. The feedback is then circulated to the Board for review and consideration. In addition, the Board is provided with a monthly market summary report which reports on 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 annual and half-yearly results presentations are available to private investors via the Company's website. The Company views the website as an important investor relations tool, and updates the website in line with best practice, ensuring that information relating to the Company and its activities is easily accessible.
Constructive use of the Annual General Meeting
All members of the Board are scheduled to attend the Annual General Meeting and the Chairmen of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees will be available to answer Shareholders' questions both during the meeting and afterwards. Notice of the meeting, together with the Annual Report and Accounts, is posted to Shareholders not less than 20 working days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. The information sent to Shareholders includes a summary of the business to be covered at the Annual General Meeting, where a separate resolution is 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; this information will be made available as soon as practicable after the meeting on the Company website at www.dechra.com. The Notice of Meeting and an announcement relating to the total number of shares in respect of which Shareholders are entitled to exercise voting rights are made available on the Company's website the day after the notice of meeting is posted to Shareholders. At the Annual General Meeting there will be an opportunity, following the formal business, for informal communications between Shareholders and Directors.