Annual general meeting

The Company makes constructive use of the Annual General Meeting to communicate with private investors.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 21 April 2017, the details of which may be found in the Notice of Meeting by clicking here.

All resolutions put to shareholders at the 2017 AGM were passed on a poll; the details of which are set out in the table below.

Resolution For & Discretion (votes) Against (votes) Abstentions (votes) Total (votes)
1. Financial Statements 338,880,844 187,100 433 339,067,944
2. Remuneration Report 316,783,191 20,893,739 1,391,446 337,676,930
3. Remuneration Policy 309,832,904 29,187,701 47,770 339,020,605
4. Final Dividend 339,062,944 5,000 433 339,067,944
5. Charles Berry 331,493,091 5,293,171 2,282,114 336,786,262
6. Celia Baxter 323,303,788 13,663,001 2,101,588 336,966,789
7. Susan Brennan 335,563,800 1,316,346 2,188,231 336,880,146
8. Derek Harding 335,226,507 1,739,416 2,102,454 336,965,923
9. Giles Kerr 334,976,718 1,990,071 2,101,588 336,966,789
10. David Squires 335,268,100 1,703,763 2,096,514 336,972,863
11. Mark E. Vernon 337,714,914 1,326,297 27,166 339,041,211
12. Auditor 338,602,889 457,287 8,201 339,060,176
13. Auditors Remuneration 338,989,781 53,138 25,458 339,042,919
14. Allot Equity Securities 321,448,913 1,299,991 16,319,473 322,748,904
15. Pre-Emption Rights 331,876,582 7,188,488 3,307 339,065,070
16. Purchase Own Shares 333,683,153 5,384,190 1,033 339,067,343
17. 14 Days’ Notice General Meetings 330,808,228 8,248,448 11,700 339,056,676

The total number of electronic poll votes received for the 2017 AGM represented approximately 80.8% (2016 – 80.8%) of the issued share capital of the Company.