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FAQs

  • When are dividends usually paid?
  • Dividends are normally paid twice a year in April and October.

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  • Can my dividend be reinvested and used to purchase more shares?
  • Yes, dividends can be reinvested under the Diageo Dividend Reinvestment Plan. Simply contact the Diageo Registrar for a brochure and mandate form. Alternatively you can register with our shareholder portal at www.diageoregistrars.com and manage your application online. However, please note that the Plan is not available to persons in the USA or to residents of the USA. The e-mail address of the Diageo Registrar is the.registrar@diageo.com.

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  • Can I have dividends paid direct to my UK bank/building society account?
  • Yes dividends can be paid direct to your account while the tax voucher is sent to your registered address. A dividend mandate form will need to be completed. Dividend mandate forms are available in the Shareholder services section of our Investor area or by emailing the.registrar@diageo.com. Alternatively you can call us on 0131 519 2090 or register with our shareholder portal at www.diageoregistrars.com and manage your bank account details online.

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  • My dividend cheque is out-of-date. What do I do?
  • You should return your cheque to the Diageo Registrar in order for it to be replaced. Please note that Diageo dividend cheques are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

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  • How do I buy/sell Diageo ordinary shares?
  • Diageo shares can be bought and sold by contacting a stockbroker. Diageo can offer shareholders a low cost share dealing service in conjunction with Capita Share Dealing Services through www.capitadeal.com/Diageo. The service is not available to persons outside the EEA. Alternatively you can use the stockbroker of your choice.

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  • I want to gift shares to someone. How do I go about it?
  • You should complete a stock transfer form and return it to the Diageo Registrar with your share certificate(s). A stock transfer form can be downloaded in the Shareholder services section of our Investor area.

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  • Can I transfer shares to my children/grandchildren?
  • Yes, provided they are 18 years of age and over.

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  • One of my relatives has just died. What steps do I need to take to have the shares transferred into my name, as beneficiary?
  • We require a certified copy of the death certificate, a sealed office copy Grant of Representation when available and the share certificate(s). Once the Grant has been noted in our records we will arrange to have the shares transferred into the name of the beneficiary. For further details, please contact the Diageo Registrar. A Grant of Representation is a document granted by the courts giving authority to a person or persons to administer an estate. This can be obtained personally or through a solicitor.

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  • How do I inform you of my change of address?
  • Please write to the Diageo Registrar giving your previous address and quoting the 11 digit unique investor code found on your share certificate or tax voucher. Alternatively you can call us on 0131 519 2090 or register with our shareholder portal at www.diageoregistrars.com and manage your address details online. Full contact details can be found by clicking the contacts link in the Investor section of the website.

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  • What was the value of Guinness/GrandMet shares on 31 March 1982?
  • The market value of a Guinness Ordinary share was 38.25p after adjustment for the one for one capitalisation issue on 17 October 1991. The market value of a GrandMet ordinary share was 213p. This value should be adjusted for the effects of (i) subsequent rights and capitalisation issues, and (ii) the sub-division of the shares in 1992.

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  • How do I check a shareholding?
  • Shareholdings can be checked by contacting the Diageo Registrar's office either by calling our shareholder helpline or by e-mail at the.registrar@diageo.com. Please quote your full name and address and the 11 digit unique investor code reference number found on your share certificate or tax voucher. Full contact details can be found by clicking the contacts link in the Investor section of the website.

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  • I have lost my share certificate. How do I arrange a duplicate?
  • Please advise the Diageo Registrar - in writing - which share certificate is lost and you will be sent a Letter of Indemnity for completion. You should sign and return this to the Diageo Registrar to enable a duplicate share certificate to be issued. Please note that we will require a fee for the production of a Letter of Indemnity. Please contact us to discuss the current fee payable. Full contact details can be found by clicking the contacts link in the Investor section of the website.

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  • Do you charge for any of your services?
  • Yes. In line with normal registration practice, we do charge for various services. You will be informed of this when you make a chargeable request.

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  • Do you provide duplicate tax certificates for dividends paid?
  • Duplicates can be obtained by writing to the Diageo Registrar stating which duplicates are required. Please note that we will require a fee for producing duplicate tax certificates. Please contact us to discuss the current fee payable. Full contact details can be found by clicking the contacts link in the Investor section of the website.

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  • What were the terms of the merger of Grand Metropolitan PLC and Guinness PLC?
  • Shares were exchanged on 17 December 1997 on a one for one basis with no new share certificates issued - shareholders in former Guinness and former Grand Metropolitan held the same number of shares in Diageo plc after the merger. However, on 31 January 1998, the Share Capital was reorganised. For every 1.000 old Diageo ordinary shares, shareholders received 0.864 New Ordinary shares and 0.136 B shares. Therefore a shareholder with 1,000 old Ordinary shares would have received 864 New Ordinary shares and 136 B shares.

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  • I used to own 1,000 Guinness/GrandMet shares. Now I only have 864. Why is this?
  • Following the share capital reorganisation on 31 January 1998, you were issued with 864 Ordinary shares and 136 B shares. The B Shares were redeemable for 514 12/17 pence per B share.

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  • I have found the missing share certificate I have already reported as lost, can I now use the certificate to sell or transfer my shares?
  • No, firstly you must contact the Diageo Registrar in writing to advise them the original certificate has been found. If you are still in possession of an outstanding letter of indemnity this must also be returned. When the Diageo Registrar receives your request, they will cancel any restrictions on the share certificate and you will be free to sell or transfer the shares as required.

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