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Results of Annual General Meeting

02 May 2018

At the Annual General Meeting of the Company held on 2 May 2018, 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 30 April 2018 was 616,954,475.

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

Votes for
Total number
of votes
validly cast
% of the
issued share
represented by
votes validly cast
Ordinary Resolutions
1 To receive and adopt the Annual Report & Accounts 466,316,728 99.90 449,497 0.10 466,766,225 75.66 836,387
2 To approve the Directors' Remuneration Report 451,822,524 96.80 14,929,328 3.20 466,751,852 75.65 850,759
3 To declare a final dividend of 7.5 pence per ordinary share 466,821,358 100.00 1,159 0.00 466,822,517 75.67 780,095
4 To elect Andrew Livingston 462,686,381 99.12 4,131,111 0.88 466,817,492 75.66 785,120
5 To re-elect Mark Allen 458,095,325 98.19 8,427,452 1.81 466,522,777 75.62 1,079,834
6 To re-elect Andrew Cripps 461,481,535 98.86 5,336,449 1.14 466,817,984 75.66 784,628
7 To re-elect Geoff Drabble 458,095,556 99.02 4,528,432 0.98 462,623,988 74.99 4,978,623
8 To re-elect Tiffany Hall 458,997,960 98.33 7,817,930 1.67 466,815,890 75.66 786,722
9 To re-elect Richard Pennycook 460,288,003 98.60 6,530,525 1.40 466,818,528 75.66 784,084
10 To re-elect Mark Robson 462,435,068 99.06 4,383,460 0.94 466,818,528 75.66 784,084
11 To re-elect Debbie White 462,381,637 99.05 4,435,753 0.95 466,817,390 75.66 785,222
12 To re-appoint Deloitte LLP as the Auditor 456,221,597 97.73 10,587,514 2.27 466,809,111 75.66 793,500
13 To authorise the Directors to determine the remuneration of the Auditor 466,808,333 100.00 9,540 0.00 466,817,873 75.66 785,221
14 To renew authority to make political donations 455,658,722 97.64 11,035,857 2.36 466,694,579 75.64 907,504
15 To renew the Directors' authority to allot shares 435,569,142 93.16 31,970,793 6.84 467,539,935 75.78 62,677
Special Resolutions
16 To renew the Directors' authority for the disapplication of pre-emption rights 467,464,987 99.98 74,826 0.02 467,539,813 75.78 62,799
17 To renew the Directors' authority to make market purchases of the Company's own shares 462,773,248 99.01 4,617,955 0.99 467,391,203 75.76 211,408
18 To authorise general meetings to be held on 14 clear days' notice 447,479,649 95.86 19,338,348 4.14 466,817,997 75.66 784,615

*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:



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


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