Dividend per share
Interim dividends are recorded in the period in which they are paid. Final dividends are recorded in the period in which they are approved by shareholders. The final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2012 of 20.79 pence per ordinary share was paid to eligible shareholders on 23 May 2013.
The 2013 interim dividend of 9.73 pence per ordinary share will be paid on 26 September 2013 in sterling to shareholders on the principal register and the Irish branch register at 6.00pm BST on Friday, 23 August 2013 (Record Date), and in Hong Kong dollars to shareholders on the Hong Kong branch register at 4.30pm Hong Kong time on the Record Date (HK Shareholders). Holders of US American Depositary Receipts (US Shareholders) will be paid their dividends in US dollars on or about 4 October 2013. The interim dividend will be paid on or about 3 October 2013 in Singapore dollars to shareholders with shares standing to the credit of their securities accounts with The Central Depository (Pte.) Limited (CDP) at 5.00pm Singapore time on the Record Date (SG Shareholders). The dividend payable to the HK Shareholders will be translated using the exchange rate quoted by the WM Company at the close of business on 9 August 2013. The exchange rate at which the dividend payable to the SG Shareholders will be translated into SG$, will be determined by CDP. The dividend will distribute an estimated £249 million of shareholders’ funds.
Shareholders on the principal register and Irish branch register will be able to participate in a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.
K: Statement of financial position – analysis of Group position by segment and business type
i Group statement of financial position analysis
To explain more comprehensively the assets, liabilities and capital of the Group’s businesses, it is appropriate to provide analyses of the Group’s statement of financial position by operating segment and type of business.