Results of Annual General Meeting and retirement of Director

02 May 2017

Results of AGM

At the Annual General Meeting of the Company held on 2 May 2017, all resolutions put to shareholders were duly passed on a poll with the required majorities. The full text of each resolution is contained in the Notice of Annual General Meeting. Resolutions 1 to 15 were passed as ordinary resolutions. Resolutions 16 to 18 were passed as special resolutions.

The total number of ordinary shares in issue (excluding shares held in treasury) at the close of business on 27 April 2017 was 629,956,307.

The final votes received in respect of each resolution put to the meeting were as set out below.

Votes for (including discretionary votes) % Votes for Votes
Total number of votes validly cast % of the Company's issued share capital represented by votes validly cast Votes withheld*
Ordinary Resolutions
1 To receive and adopt the Annual Report & Accounts 490,664,775 99.56 2,164,166 0.44 492,828,941 78.23% 892,168
2 To approve the Directors' Remuneration Report 468,357,142 97.07 14,135,645 2.93 482,492,787 76.59% 11,228,319
3 To declare a final dividend of 7.4 pence per ordinary share 492,898,472 100.00 1,900 0.00 492,900,372 78.24% 820,737
4 To elect Debbie White 492,866,716 100.00 21,856 0.00 492,888,572 78.24% 832,537
5 To re-elect Mark Allen 489,174,813 99.25 3,720,685 0.75 492,895,498 78.24% 825,610
6 To re-elect Andrew Cripps 489,115,494 99.23 3,777,005 0.77 492,892,499 78.24% 828,610
7 To re-elect Geoff Drabble 489,555,751 99.32 3,339,997 0.68 492,895,748 78.24% 825,360
8 To re-elect Tiffany Hall 484,913,492 98.38 7,982,580 1.62 492,896,072 78.24% 825,037
9 To re-elect Matthew Ingle 489,455,115 99.30 3,431,040 0.70 492,886,155 78.24% 828,660
10 To re-elect Richard Pennycook 488,581,576 99.12 4,315,173 0.88 492,896,749 78.24% 824,360
11 To re-elect Mark Robson 481,752,636 97.74 11,141,113 2.26 492,893,749 78.24% 825,360
12 To re-appoint Deloitte LLP as the Auditor 474,981,860 96.37 17,900,671 3.63 492,882,531 78.24% 837,577
13 To authorise the Directors to determine the remuneration of the Auditor 488,352,467 99.08 4,533,556 0.92 492,886,023 78.24% 835,086
14 To renew authority to make political donations 477,968,908 97.00 14,792,108 3.00 492,761,016 78.22% 957,466
15 To renew the Directors' authority to allot shares 458,175,123 93.20 33,426,465 6.80 491,601,588 78.04% 2,119,021
Special Resolutions
16 To renew the Directors' authority for the disapplication of pre-emption rights 492,413,165 99.98 81,418 0.02 492,494,583 78.18% 1,226,526
17 To renew the Directors' authority to make market purchases of the Company's own shares 481,667,608 97.80 10,815,995 2.20 492,483,603 78.18% 1,237,505
18 To authorise general meetings to be held on 14 clear days' notice 473,666,621 96.18 18,836,602 3.82 492,503,223 78.18% 1,217,885

*A vote "withheld" is not a vote in law. Votes "withheld" were not counted in the calculation of the proportion of the votes for and against each of the resolutions.

In accordance with the Listing Rules, a copy of the resolutions passed, other than ordinary business, will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will be available for inspection at

Full details of the poll results will also be available on the Company's website:

Retirement of Director

As previously announced, Michael Wemms stood down from the Board at the conclusion of the AGM.


Forbes McNaughton, Company Secretary: +44 (0) 207 535 1137


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