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Dividend Declaration

Released 07:00 29-Jul-2019

RNS Number : 9320G
Hammerson PLC
29 July 2019

Hammerson plc (the 'Company')

Dividend Declaration

Dividend No. 137


29 July 2019


The Board of Directors of the Company has declared an interim dividend of 11.1 pence per share for the six month period ended 30 June 2019.


The dividend will be treated as a Property Income Distribution (PID), net of withholding tax where appropriate.


The Company will not be offering a scrip dividend alternative, but for shareholders who wish to receive their dividend in the form of shares, the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) will be available.


The key dates are as follows:



Last day to effect removal of shares between the United Kingdom (UK) and South African (SA) Registers

Friday, 16 August

Currency conversion date

Monday, 19 August

Currency conversion announcement released by 10.00 (UK time)

Tuesday, 20 August

Last day to trade on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to qualify for the dividend

Tuesday, 27 August

Ex-dividend on the JSE from commencement of trading on

Wednesday, 28 August

Ex-dividend on the London Stock Exchange from the commencement of trading on

Thursday, 29 August

Record date (applicable to both the UK principal register and the SA branch register)

Friday, 30 August

Removal of shares between the UK and SA registers permissible from

Monday, 2 September

Last day for receipt of DRIP mandates by Central Securities Depository Participants (CSDPs), UK Registrar and SA Transfer Secretaries

Monday, 16 September

Final dividend payable (UK and SA)

Monday, 7 October

DRIP purchases settlement date (subject to market conditions and the purchase of shares in the open market)

Monday, 21 October




1.   The removal of shares to and from the UK principal register and the SA branch register will not be permitted between Monday, 19 August 2019 and the close of business on Friday, 30 August 2019, both dates inclusive.


2.   Shareholders registered on the SA branch register should note that, in accordance with the requirements of Strate, no dematerialisation or rematerialisation of shares will be possible from Wednesday, 28 August 2019 to Friday, 30 August 2019, both dates inclusive.


3.   The final dividend should be regarded as a 'foreign dividend' for SA income tax and dividends tax purposes.


4.   Shareholders registered on the SA branch register will be paid in SA Rand.


5.   SA dividends tax at the rate of 20% will apply to cash PIDs and dividends payable by the Company unless the beneficial owner of the dividend is exempt from SA dividends tax (e.g. if it is a SA resident company). Under the double tax agreement between the UK and SA, the maximum tax payable in the UK is 15%. SA resident shareholders are therefore entitled to claim the excess of 5% from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). As SA resident shareholders are entitled to reclaim this excess from HMRC, the maximum rebate allowable in respect of the UK withholding tax against the SA dividends tax is 15%, which means that the Company will have to withhold a further 5% from the dividend in South Africa to bring the total dividends tax to 20%. In summary, therefore, 20% will be withheld in the UK, a further 5% will be withheld in SA (where appropriate), but SA resident shareholders will be entitled to claim back 5% from HMRC, which will bring the overall total to 20%.


6.   Under the DRIP, shares will be acquired using the dividend amount after tax has been withheld.


7.   Those shareholders who already participate in the DRIP need not complete a DRIP mandate form for each dividend as such forms provide an ongoing authority to participate in the DRIP until cancelled in writing.


8.   Shareholders on the UK principal register who wish to participate in the DRIP should complete an application form online at


9.   Copies of the terms and conditions of the UK DRIP are available from the UK Registrars.


10. Shareholders registered on the SA branch register who hold their shares through the Strate system and who wish to participate in the DRIP should contact their CSDP.


11. As at Monday, 29 July 2019, being the declaration date of the interim dividend, the Company had a total of 766,293,613 ordinary shares in issue. There are no shares held in treasury.


12. The interim dividend will be paid out of the Company's UK distributable reserves.


13. The dates above are subject to change. Any changes made will be communicated as soon as practicably possible.


Registered Office

Kings Place

90 York Way


N1 9GE

United Kingdom

UK Registrars

Link Asset Services

The Registry

34 Beckenham Road




United Kingdom

SA Transfer Secretaries

Computershare Investor

Services Proprietary Limited

(Registration number


1st Floor, Rosebank Towers

15 Biermann Avenue,

Rosebank, 2196

South Africa

(PO Box 61051,

Marshalltown, 2107

South Africa)


For further information contact:


Julia Crane

Deputy Company Secretary

Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 1000


The announcement above has also been released on the SENS system of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.


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