|Interim Management Statement||17 October 2013|
|2013 Annual General Meeting||17 October 2013|
|Final Dividend Ex Div Date||6 November 2013|
|Final Dividend Record Date||8 November 2013|
|Final Dividend Payment Date||22 November 2013|
Annual General Meeting
The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at 4.00 pm on 17 October 2013 at the offices of the Company at 24 Cheshire Avenue, Cheshire Business Park, Lostock Gralam, Northwich CW9 7UA. The notice of meeting, which includes special business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting, is included within the Circular accompanying this Annual Report, together with an explanation of the resolutions to be considered at the meeting.
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.
Dechra's Registrar is Computershare Investor Services PLC.
Computershare 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
Computershare offers a facility whereby shareholders are able to access their shareholdings in Dechra (and other companies for which Computershare acts as Registrar) via their website (www.investorcentre.co.uk).
Alternatively Computershare can be contacted at:Computershare Investor Services PLC
Registrars' Shareholder Helpline for Dechra : 0870 889 4030.
Please have your Shareholder Reference Number to hand whenever you contact the Registrar; this can be found on your share certificate.
Share Dealing Service
Computershare offer a Share Dealing Service, to buy or sell shares. Further information can be obtained from www-uk.computershare.com/Investor/ShareDealing.asp or by telephoning 0870 703 0084.
|Fee (on value of transaction)||1%||0.5%|
|Stamp duty charge (purchases only)||0.5%||0.5%|
Computershare Investor Services PLC 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. During the year 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 http://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 of via their website; and
- if you decide to sell or buy shares use only brokers registered in your own country or the UK.