A DRIP is again being offered to shareholders on the UK share register. It is not being offered to holders of American Depository Shares or to shareholders on the Hong Kong branch register ("Hong Kong Shareholders") and shareholders holding their interests through The Central Depository (Pte) Limited ("CDP Shareholders").

Under the DRIP, shares are purchased in the market using the cash dividends that would otherwise have been paid to shareholders. The purchased shares are then distributed to each electing shareholder in proportion to the amount of their cash dividend receivable. The price paid for the shares will only be known after all the shares have been purchased. The share purchase price is shown on the DRIP-share purchase price page.

For further information please refer to the DRIP circular which may be found on the shareholder forms page.

Dividend timetable

Item 2019 First Interim 2018 Second Interim
Ex-dividend date 22 August 2019 (UK, Hong Kong and Singapore) 28 March 2019 (UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore)
Record date 23 August 2019 29 March 2019
Payment of dividend 26 September 2019 (UK and Hong Kong)
On or about 3 October 2019 (Singapore and ADR holders)
17 May 2019 (UK, Ireland and Hong Kong)
On or about 24 May 2019 (Singapore and ADR holders)
DRIP receipt of shares 22 May 2019
DRIP mandate deadline for 2019 first interim dividend (UK shareholders) 5 September 2019

These dates are updated in respect of each forthcoming dividend.

Item 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
First interim (GBp per Share) 16.45 15.67 14.50 12.93 12.31 11.19
Final / Second interim (GBp per Share) - 33.68 32.50 30.57 36.47 * 25.74

* Includes a special dividend of 10.00p