Annual general meeting

The Company makes constructive use of the Annual General Meeting to communicate with private investors. The 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 22 April 2016. The Company's Trading Update was released to the Stock Exchange the day before the 2016 AGM, and this can be found by clicking here.

All resolutions put to shareholders at the 2016 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. To Receive Report and Financial Statements 337,181,485 1,662,160 107,847 338,843,645
2. To Approve Remuneration Report 323,794,490 4,652,261 10,504,741 328,446,751
3. To Declare a Final Dividend 338,950,959 100 433 338,951,059
4. To Elect David Squires 338,715,875 218,263 17,354 338,934,138
5. To Elect Susan Brennan 338,815,668 8,177 127,647 338,823,845
6. To Re-elect Charles Berry 334,110,386 4,825,606 15,500 338,935,992
7. To Re-elect Celia Baxter 337,679,979 1,145,287 126,226 338,825,266
8. To Re-elect Derek Harding 337,858,265 1,077,727 15,500 338,935,992
9. To Re-elect Giles Kerr 336,912,539 2,008,160 30,793 338,920,699
10. To Re-elect Mark Vernon 338,735,536 200,023 15,933 338,935,559
11. To Re-appoint Deloitte LLP 338,339,844 508,751 102,897 338,848,595
12. To Determine Auditor's Remuneration 338,819,776 128,416 3,300 338,948,192
13. To Update Rules of Sharesave Scheme 338,437,534 380,919 133,039 338,818,453
14. General Power to Allot Shares 331,577,721 7,354,468 19,303 338,932,189
15. Disapplication of Pre-emption Rights 333,299,185 5,643,788 8,519 338,942,973
16. Authority to Purchase Own Shares 334,501,359 4,448,813 1,320 338,950,172
17. To Retain 14-Day Notice Period 331,177,168 7,758,124 16,200 338,935,292

The total number of electronic poll votes received for the 2016 AGM represented approximately 80.8% (2015 – 77.3%) of the issued share capital of the Company. After the close of the formal business of the Annual General Meeting, David Squires made a presentation to the shareholders regarding the 2015 results. This presentation can be viewed by clicking here.