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Stenprop Limited  -  STP   

CASH DIVIDEND OR SCRIP DIVIDEND

Released 11:00 10-Jul-2018

RNS Number : 1532U
Stenprop Limited
10 July 2018
 

STENPROP LIMITED


(Registered in Guernsey)

(Registration number 64865)

LSE share code: STP    JSE share code: STP

ISIN:  GG00BFWMR296

("Stenprop" or the "Company")

 

 

NOTICE TO STENPROP SHAREHOLDERS IN RESPECT OF AN ELECTION TO RECEIVE EITHER A CASH DIVIDEND OR A SCRIP DIVIDEND

 

 

10 July 2018

 

CASH DIVIDEND OR SCRIP DIVIDEND

 

On Thursday, 7 June 2018 it was announced that the board of directors of the Company (the "board") had approved a final dividend of 4 pence per share (the "dividend") in respect of the six months ended 31 March 2018. It was further announced that the board intended to offer shareholders the option to receive in respect of all or a part of their Stenprop shareholding either a scrip dividend by way of an issue of new Stenprop shares (of the same class as existing shares) credited as fully paid up ("scrip dividend"), or a cash dividend ("cash dividend"). The cash dividend will be paid to shareholders unless shareholders elect to receive the scrip dividend. 

 

A circular in respect of the election being offered to Stenprop shareholders to receive either the cash dividend or the scrip dividend, together with an election form (the "circular"), will be posted to shareholders today. All the terms defined in the circular shall bear the same meaning in this announcement and any subsequent announcements relating to the dividend.

 

Should a shareholder validly elect to receive the scrip dividend in lieu of cash for all or part of his Stenprop shareholding, such shareholder will become entitled to a number of new Stenprop shares which value will be as near as possible to the cash dividend such shareholder would have otherwise received in respect of the elected shares. A shareholder's entitlement to new Stenprop shares will be calculated by multiplying the number of elected shares held by that shareholder at the record date by the dividend of 4 pence per share (converted to Rand at the Sterling exchange rate for Stenprop shares on the SA share register) and dividing it by the scrip dividend reference price. The scrip dividend reference price will be the average closing price of Stenprop shares traded on the London Stock Exchange ("LSE") over a period of five days less the amount of the cash dividend and will be announced on Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

 

Given the Company's share price which is at a discount relative to net asset value, the Board intends to match the scrip alternative through the buyback of shares to mitigate the dilutive effect that would otherwise occur through the issuance of new Stenprop shares.

 

If no shareholders were to elect to receive the scrip dividend, the value of the cash dividend will amount to £11,309,724.24. The cash dividend will be paid out of the Company's profits. The new Stenprop shares to be issued pursuant to the scrip dividend will also be funded from the Company's profits.

 

The Rand to Sterling conversion rate will be announced on or before Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

 

The rationale for the scrip dividend is to afford shareholders the opportunity to increase their shareholding in Stenprop.

 

As at the date of this announcement, the Company had 291,769,295 ordinary shares in issue with a par value of EUR0.000001258 each.

 



Electronic copies of the circular may be obtained from the Company secretary by sending a request to Sarah.Bellilchi@stenprop.com. Hard copies of the circular may be obtained during business hours from the registered address of the Company from Tuesday, 10 July 2018 to Friday, 27 July 2018. It will also be available on the website of the Company (www.stenprop.com) as from Tuesday, 10 July 2018.

 

Important dates and times

 

For shareholders on the South African share register

 


2018

Date on which shareholders must be recorded on the SA share register to receive the circular

Friday, 29 June

Posting of the circular and announcement on SENS (declaration announcement)

Tuesday, 10 July

Announcement of scrip dividend reference price, Sterling to Rand conversion rates and cash payment applicable to fractional entitlement released on SENS (finalisation announcement) before 11:00 (SAST) on

Tuesday, 17 July

Last day to trade on the JSE in order to be eligible for the cash dividend or alternatively the scrip dividend

Tuesday, 24 July

Shares commence trading ex the cash dividend or scrip dividend on the JSE

Wednesday, 25 July

Record date for shareholders recorded on the SA share register

Friday, 27 July

Closing date for receipt of completed election forms/completed notifications to CDSP by no later than 12:00 noon (SAST) on

Friday, 27 July

Dispatch of share certificates, payment of cash dividend, CSDP/broker accounts credited/updated

Friday, 17 August

Announcement on SENS of the amount of new Stenprop shares issued

Friday, 17 August

Listing and trading of new shares on the JSE commences

Friday, 17 August

 

Notes:

1.         All dates and times quoted above are local dates and times in South Africa. The above dates and times are subject to change. Any changes will be released on SENS.

2.         Stenprop shareholders are referred to page 4 of the circular for information on the action required to be taken by them.

3.         Shareholders should note that new Stenprop shares should not be traded until the new Stenprop shares are issued or reflect in their accounts with their CSDP or broker on Friday, 17 August 2018.

4.         Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Wednesday, 25 July 2018 and Friday, 27 July 2018, both days inclusive.

5.         No transfers of shares may take place between the registers in South Africa and Guernsey between Tuesday, 17 July 2018 and Friday, 27 July 2018, both days inclusive.

6.         Shareholders on the SA share register who do not elect to receive a scrip dividend will receive a cash dividend in South African Rand, based on the exchange rate to be obtained by the Company on or before Tuesday, 17 July 2018. An announcement in this respect will be made on Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

 

For shareholders on the Guernsey share register

 


2018

Date on which shareholders must be recorded on the Guernsey share register to receive the circular

Friday, 29 June

Posting of the circular and announcement on RNS (declaration announcement)

Tuesday, 10 July

Announcement of scrip dividend reference price, Sterling to Rand conversion rates and cash payment applicable to fractional entitlement released via RNS (finalisation announcement) before 9:00 (BST) on

Tuesday, 17 July

Last day to trade on the LSE in order to be eligible for the cash dividend or alternatively the scrip dividend

Wednesday, 25 July

Shares commence trading ex the cash dividend or scrip dividend on the LSE

Thursday, 26 July

 

Record date for shareholders recorded on the Guernsey share register

Friday, 27 July

 

Closing date for receipt of completed election forms/Dividend Election Input Message via CREST by no later than 12:00 noon (BST) on

Monday, 30 July

 

Payment of cash dividend, CREST accounts credited/updated

Friday, 17 August

 

Announcement via RNS of the amount of new Stenprop shares issued

Friday, 17 August

 

Listing and trading of new shares on the LSE commences

Friday, 17 August

 

 

Notes:

1.         Unless stated otherwise, all dates and times quoted above are local dates and times in Guernsey. The above dates and times are subject to change. Any changes will be announced via RNS.

2.         Stenprop shareholders are referred to page 4 of the circular for information on the action required to be taken by them.

3.         Shareholders should note that new Stenprop shares should not be traded until the new Stenprop shares reflect in their CREST accounts on Friday, 17 August.

4.         Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Wednesday, 25 July 2018 and Friday, 27 July 2018, both days inclusive.

5.         No transfers of shares may take place between registers in South Africa and Guernsey between Tuesday, 17 July 2018 and Friday, 27 July 2018, both days inclusive.

6.         Shareholders on the Guernsey share register who do not elect to receive a scrip dividend will receive a cash dividend in Sterling on or about Friday, 17 August 2018.

 

TAX IMPLICATIONS

 

The Company is a UK REIT which means that it may distribute dividends to shareholders either in the form of a property income distribution ("PID") or as an ordinary dividend ("non-PID"). However, the final dividend declared on 7 June 2018 is a dividend in respect of the period before the Company became a UK REIT and so comprises 100% ordinary dividend with no property income distribution component, i.e. a non-PID, for the cash dividend and the scrip dividend.

 

The receipt of the cash dividend or electing to receive the scrip dividend may have tax implications for shareholders. Shareholders are referred to the general summary of certain limited aspects of the taxation treatment of distributions paid by the Company for SA resident shareholders and UK resident shareholders included in paragraph 6 of the circular. Shareholders are advised to obtain appropriate advice from their professional advisors regarding the tax consequences of the cash dividend and the scrip dividend.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Stenprop Limited

Paul Arenson
Patsy Watson
Julian Carey

+44(0)20 7079 6600

 

Numis Securities Limited (Financial Adviser)

Hugh Jonathan
Vicki Paine

+44(0)20 7260 1000

 

Tavistock (PR adviser)

James Whitmore

James Verstringhe

Kirsty Allan

+44(0)20 7920 3150



 

 

JSE Sponsor

Java Capital Trustees and Sponsors Proprietary Limited

+ 27 (0) 11 722 3050

 

About Stenprop

 

Stenprop is a Guernsey-registered UK REIT. The objective of the Company is to deliver sustainable growing income to its investors. Stenprop's investment policy is to invest in a diversified portfolio of UK multi-let industrial (MLI) properties with the strategic goal of becoming the leading MLI business in the UK. For further information, go to www.stenprop.com.

 


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