The Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary share register is administered by Equiniti Limited. Enquiries concerning the administration of ordinary shareholdings in Reed Elsevier PLC and notification of change of personal details should be referred to Equiniti Limited. Click here to find out how to contact Equiniti.
While hard copy shareholder communications continue to be available to those shareholders actively requesting them, in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 and its Articles of Association, Reed Elsevier PLC uses the Reed Elsevier website as the main method of communicating with shareholders. By registering their details online at Shareview , shareholders can be notified by email when shareholder communications are published on the website. Shareholders can also use the Shareview website to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf at shareholder meetings.
Shareholders who hold their Reed Elsevier PLC shares through CREST may appoint proxies for shareholder meetings through the CREST electronic proxy appointment service by using the procedures described in the CREST manual.
Dividends on Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary shares are declared and paid in sterling. Shareholders can arrange to have their dividends paid directly into a bank or building society account by contacting Equiniti. This method of payment reduces the risk of delay or loss of dividend cheques in the post and ensures the account is credited on the dividend payment date.
Final dividend timetable
Dividend reinvestment plan
Shareholders can choose to reinvest dividends by purchasing further shares through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“DRIP”). A DRIP application form can be obtained from the Reed Elsevier PLC Registrar at www.shareview.co.uk/dividends , or by contacting Equiniti. Click here to find out how to contact Equiniti.
The Orr Mackintosh Foundation operates a charity share donation scheme for shareholders with small parcels of shares whose value makes it uneconomic to sell them. Details of the scheme can be obtained from the ShareGift website ( www.sharegift.org ) or by telephoning ShareGift on 020 7337 0501.
Share dealing service
A telephone and internet dealing service is available through Reed Elsevier PLC’s Registrar, which provides a simple way for UK-resident shareholders to buy or sell Reed Elsevier PLC shares. For telephone dealing call 08456 037 037 between 8.00am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, and for internet dealing log on to www.shareview.co.uk/dealing . You will need your shareholder account number shown on your dividend tax voucher.
Individual savings accounts (ISA)
A single company ISA for Reed Elsevier PLC shares is available through the company’s Registrar. Details may be obtained by writing to Equiniti at this address, or by calling their ISA helpline on 0871 384 2244 (calls charged at 8p per minute from a BT landline, other telephony providers' costs may vary).
Sub-division of ordinary shares and share consolidation
On 28 July 1986 each Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary share of £1 nominal value was subdivided into four ordinary shares of 25p each. Subsequently, on 2 May 1997, the 25p ordinary shares were sub-divided into two ordinary shares of 12.5p each. On 7 January 2008 the existing ordinary shares of 12.5p each were consolidated into new ordinary shares of 1451/116p nominal value, on the basis of 58 new ordinary shares for every 67 existing ordinary shares held.
Capital gains tax
The mid-market price of Reed Elsevier PLC’s £1 ordinary shares on 31 March 1982 was 282p, which should be adjusted for subsequent events, in particular the four-for-one sub-division in 1986 and the two-for-one sub-division in 1997. This gives an equivalent amount of 35.25p for each 12.5p share. The above value of 35.25p should also be adjusted for the January 2008 share consolidation, when 58 new ordinary shares were issued for every 67 existing ordinary shares held, to give an equivalent amount of 40.72p for each new ordinary share of 1451/116p nominal value.
Reed Elsevier PLC, along with other publicly owned companies, is legally obliged to make its share register available to anyone who requests a copy. Shareholders may receive unsolicited mail from organisations offering their services. To limit the receipt of such unsolicited mail, shareholders should contact the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) on 0845 703 4599, or online at www.mpsonline.org.uk , or by writing to MPS for a registration form at:
Mailing Preference Service, FREEPOST 29 LON20771, London W1E 0ZT. Shareholders may still, however, receive unsolicited mail from organisations that do not subscribe to the MPS service.
Warning about unsolicited investment contacts
Over the last year many companies have become aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. These are typically from overseas based ‘brokers’ who target UK shareholders offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. 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 receive any unsolicited investment advice:
- Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organization.
- Check that they are properly authorized by the Financial Services Authority before getting involved. You can check at www.fsa.gov.uk/register .
- The FSA also maintains on its website a list of unauthorised overseas firms who are targeting, or have targeted, UK investors and any approach from such organisations should be reported to the FSA so that this list can be kept up to date and any other appropriate action can be considered.
- If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you would not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The FSA can be contacted by calling their consumer helpline on 0845 606 1234, or emailing operationarchway@ cityoflondon.pnn.police.uk.
- You should also inform Reed Elsevier PLC’s Registrar at this address. The Registrar is not able to investigate such incidents, but will record the details and pass them on to Reed Elsevier PLC and liaise with the FSA. More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FSA website www.fsa.gov.uk/consumer/
The Reed Elsevier PLC share register is administered by:
Shareholder Helpline Number: 0871 384 2960 (UK callers)
Shareholder Helpline Number: +44 121 415 7047 (non-UK callers)