Ordinary Shares

Share Information

Your shareholding in Diageo entitles you, as a part owner of the company, to certain rights. These include the right to:

  • Vote at general meetings, either in person or by proxy (by post/via the web). Click here to access online proxy voting
  • Receive dividends on your ordinary shares (normally paid twice a year)
  • Receive certain company documents, for example the annual reports and accounts, the interim report and the Annual General Meeting documents each year
  • Attend and speak at general meetings

If you do not have your name on the shareholder register because you hold your shares through a nominee, your nominee will receive any company documents sent to shareholders. You need to make arrangements with your nominee if you wish to receive such documents and to be able to attend and, on a poll, vote at general meetings.

Share Certificates

Your Diageo share certificate is evidence of your shareholding in the company and should be kept in a safe place. If you hold your Diageo shares through a nominee account or through CREST you will not have a share certificate.

The nominal or 'par' value of a company's shares is shown on the share certificate. The current nominal value of Diageo's ordinary shares is 28 101/108p each.

Diageo ordinary share certificates showing a nominal value of 25p per share or certificates for B shares can be destroyed as they are no longer valid.

Following the merger of Grand Metropolitan PLC and Guinness PLC to form Diageo plc on 17 December 1997, share certificates in either of the former names are no longer valid.

If you have a question about your certificate(s) (including the replacement of lost certificates or the consolidation of several certificates into one) or if you have a question on your shareholding, then please contact the Diageo Registrar. The e-mail address is

Click here for contact details

Click here for frequently asked questions

Changes in personal circumstances

You should advise the Diageo Registrar in writing of any of the following:

  • Change of address
  • Change of name
  • Change in bank details if your dividends are mandated
  • If a shareholder dies

Click here to download a change of address notification form

Click here to download a dividend mandate form

Click here to download our UK Bereavement guide

For further details of the documents required to notify a change of name or the death of a shareholder, please contact the Diageo Registrar. The e-mail address is

Share Register Analysis

Band Analysis

The following table provides an analysis of the number of shares held by shareholders within various shareholding thresholds as at 30 June 2016.

Range Holders Shares
1 – 100 8,814 351,971
101 – 200 6,456 1,000,184
201 – 500 18,152 6,329,992
501 – 1000 16,949 12,510,131
1,001 – 2,000 13,725 19,752,691
2,001 – 5,000 9,547 29,723,635
5,001 – 10,000 2,823 19,313,268
10,001 – 50,000 1,439 27,557,416
50,001 – 100,000 240 17,114,279
100,001 – 500,000 443 99,716,222
500,001 – 1,000,000 125 87,549,865
1,000,001 – 5,000,000 172 383,471,696
5,000,001 – 10,000,000 25 174,473,515
10,000,001 – 50,000,000 31 708,949,020
50,000,001 – 99,999,999,999 7 1,166,566,951

Shareholder Category Analysis

The following table represents categories of shareholders holding Diageo shares and the percentage of the Company’s issued share capital held within each shareholder category as at 30 June 2016.

Category Holdings % Shares %
Individuals 63,640 80.61% 109,291,630 3.97%
Insurance Companies 24 0.03% 83,619 0.01%
Investment Trusts 78 0.09% 204,383 0.01%
Pension Funds 5 0.01% 10,571 0.01%
Nominee Companies 14,259 18.06% 2,201,485,687 79.92%
Limited Companies 442 0.56% 230,759,767 8.37%
Bank & Bank Nominees 163 0.21% 203,653,922 7.39%
Other Institutions 337 0.43% 8,891,257 0.32%

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