Dividend Information

Dividend Policy

As our Company is a holding company, our income, and therefore our ability to pay dividends, is dependent upon the
dividends we receive from our subsidiaries. The form, frequency and amount of future dividends that are paid by our
subsidiaries will depend on its earnings, its financial position, its results of operations, its capital needs, our
plans for expansion and any other relevant factors.

The actual dividends that our Board may recommend or declare in respect of any particular financial year or period will
be subject to the factors outlined below as well as any other factors deemed relevant by our Board:

  • the level of our cash and retained earnings;
  • our actual and projected financial performance;
  • our projected levels of capital expenditure and other investment plans; and
  • restrictions on payment of dividends imposed on us by our financing arrangements (if any).

As set out on page 51 of the Company’s offer document dated 17 January 2014, the Company has a dividend policy that
recommends an annual dividend of up to 75 per cent. of our net profit attributable to shareholders as dividends to our
Shareholders.

Investors should note that the Company’s dividend policy should not be treated as a legal obligation on our Company,
present or future.

 
Final dividend

For the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2019, the Board of Directors has recommended a final one-tier tax exempt dividend of $0.013 per ordinary share. The proposed final dividend, if approved by the shareholders of the Company at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 20 April 2020 will be paid on 11 May 2020.

The Share Transfer Books and Register of Members of the Company will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on 29 April 2020 for the purpose of determining the entitlements of ordinary shareholders to the dividend. Duly completed registrable transfers received by the Company’s Share Register, B.A.C.S. Private Limited, up to 5:00 pm on 29 April 2020 will be registered to determine members’ entitlements to the dividend.

 
Dividend History

For the year ended 31 December Interim dividend
(cents)
Final dividend
(cents)
Total dividend
(cents)
% of net profit attributable to shareholders
2014 (1) 2.130 2.430 4.560 78.0%
2015 (1) 2.260 2.305 4.565 80.4%
2016 (1) 2.280 2.283 4.563 80.2%
2017 (2) 0.761 1.370 2.131 87.4%
2018 (2) 0.761 1.065 1.826 83.0%
2019 (3) 1.0 1.3 2.3 84.6%


The calculation of dividends per ordinary share was based on:

(1) 657,143,000 shares before the Bonus Shares

(2) 1,314,286,000 shares after the Bonus Shares

(3) 1,314,501,723 shares pursuant to the vesting of the first tranche of performance shares awarded on 11 May 2017