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Shareholder Services

In this section you will find:

  • information about Diageo shares
  • tools you can use to look up historical as well as comparative dividend information, and
  • answers to any questions you may have about your shareholding.

If you are a holder of Diageo ordinary shares, which are primarily traded on the London Stock Exchange, visit Ordinary shares for further information about the services available to you.

Ordinary shareholders can check the number of shares they own, their value, register for electronic communications, update their address, provide dividend mandate details, vote on resolutions at our AGM and partake in online share dealing. All these services can be found on our registrar's website.

If you are a holder of Diageo ADRs (American Depository Receipts) listed on the New York Stock Exchange, visit ADR holders for further information on the services available to you.

Electronic communications

Diageo encourages its shareholders to help it reduce printing, paper and postage environmental impacts and costs by opting to receive shareholder documents (including the Annual Report) electronically. We believe shareholders who receive these documents electronically receive information more quickly and simply.

To receive communications and documents electronically, register your email address at www.diageoregistrars.com and we will send you an email letting you know that the shareholder documents are available online at our website for you to view or download. Shareholders that have not either (i) registered an email address, or (ii) requested to receive papers copies of the Annual Report and other shareholder documents will receive a postcard letting them know that the shareholder documents are available online at our website. You can request a paper copy of any shareholder documents or change your election at any time by contacting Diageo Registrars.

Warning to shareholders – Share Fraud guidance from the FSA

Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non-existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. These calls come from fraudsters operating in ‘boiler rooms’ that are mostly based abroad.

While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has found most share fraud victims are experienced investors who lose an average of £20,000, with around £200m lost in the UK each year.

Protect Yourself

If you are offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares you own, or free company or research reports, you should take these steps before handing over any money:

  1. Get the name of the person and organisation contacting you.
  2. Check the FSA Register at www.fsa.gov.uk/fsaregister to ensure they are authorised.
  3. Use the details on the FSA Register to contact the firm.
  4. Call the FSA Consumer Helpline on 0845 606 1234 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date.
  5. Search our list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with.
  6. REMEMBER: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If you use an unauthorised firm to buy or sell shares or other investments, you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.

Report a Scam

If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FSA using the share fraud reporting form at www.fsa.gov.uk/scams, where you can find out about the latest investment scams. You can also call the Consumer Helpline on 0845 606 1234.

If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

For Shareholder in the Republic of Ireland, please follow the guidance from the Central Bank of Ireland on the following page.

http://www.centralbank.ie/regulation/unauthorised-firms/pages/default.aspx

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