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Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“DRIP”)
Our ordinary shareholders may wish to know about this plan, which allows you to use your dividends to buy further shares in Croda. The DRIP is provided by Link Asset Services, a trading name of Link Market Services Trustees Ltd that is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
For more information on DRIP and an application pack please call: 0371 664 0381 (calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 9.00am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales).
It is important to remember that the value of shares and income from them can fall as well as rise, and you may not recover the amount of money you invest. Past performance should not be seen as indicative of future performance. This arrangement should be considered as part of a diversified portfolio.
Payment of Dividends
Arrange to have your dividends paid direct into your bank account. This means that:
Your dividend reaches your bank account on the payment date
It is more secure - cheques can sometimes get lost in the post
You don't have the inconvenience of depositing a cheque
Helps reduce cheque fraud
If you have a UK bank account you can sign up for this service on Signal Shares (www.signalshares.com) (by clicking on "your dividend options" and following the on screen instructions) or by contacting the Customer Support Centre.
Overseas ShareholdersYou may choose to receive your next dividend in your local currency, for those living outside the UK, Link has partnered with Deutsche Bank to provide you with a service that will convert sterling dividends into your local currency at a competitive rate. You can choose to receive payment directly to your local bank account, or alternatively, you can be sent a currency draft.
You can sign up to this service on Signal Shares (www.signalshares.com) (by clicking on "your dividend options" and following the on screen instructions) or by contacting the Customer Support Centre. For further information please contact Link Asset Services: By phone - 0371 664 0385 (calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 9.00am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales. By email - [email protected]
Relating to beneficial owners of shares with ‘information rights’
Please note that beneficial owners of shares who have been nominated by the registered holder of those shares to receive information rights under section 146 of the Companies Act 2006 are required to direct all communications to the registered holder of their shares rather than to the Company’s registrar, Link Asset Services, or to the Company directly.
Share dealing services are available for shareholders to either sell or buy Croda ordinary shares. For further information on these services please contact:
UK shareholders only
Link Asset Services - Sell or buy on-line or by telephone UK and overseas shareholders
Stocktrade - Low cost telephone dealing service
Share fraud warning
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. These calls come from fraudsters operating in ‘boiler rooms’ that are mostly based abroad. Whilst high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found most share fraud victims are experienced investors who lose an average of £20,000, with around £200m lost in the UK each year.
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:
- Get the name of the person and organisation contacting you
- Check the Financial Services Register at www.fca.org.uk/ to ensure they are authorised
- Use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm
- Call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date
- Search our list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with.
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 (FSCS) if things go wrong.
Report a scam
If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FCA using the share fraud reporting form at www.fca.org.uk/scams, where you can find out about the latest investment scams. You can also call the Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.
If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040