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Shareholder FAQs

What is a Registrar?

Your shareholding in McBride  is recorded on a register of shareholders. The register is a list of the names and addresses of all McBride ordinary shareholders and the number of shares each owns. The register is maintained on behalf of the company by Link Asset Services ('the Registrar'). The McBride Registrar updates the register when your personal circumstances or shareholding change, and also sends out your dividend cheques and share certificates.

By law, the register is a public document which the Registrar must make available for inspection. However, McBride  will not provide details of any individual shareholder to third parties.

What should I do with my share certificate?

Share certificates are evidence of your ownership and should be kept in a safe place. You will need them if you want to sell all or some of your shares in the future. We recommend that you keep a separate record of the certificate numbers and the number of shares each certificate covers in case of loss or damage. Share certificates are posted to shareholders at their own risk.

Dividend payments

Shareholders may choose to have dividends paid directly into their bank or building society account. This benefits shareholders as the dividend is paid into their account, as cleared funds, on the date the payment is due. Confirmation of payment is contained in a dividend tax voucher which is posted to shareholders' registered addresses at the time of payment. This voucher should be kept safely for future reference.

Shareholders who wish to benefit from this service should complete a dividend mandate form, which can be found attached to the last dividend warrant. Alternatively, the required documentation can be obtained by contacting McBride's registrar using one of the methods outlined below in the section entitled 'Shareholder queries'.

Shareholder queries

Shareholders who change address, lose their share certificates, wish to amalgamate multiple shareholdings to avoid receiving duplicate documentation, want to have dividends paid directly into their bank account or otherwise have a query or require information relating to their shareholding should contact the company's registrar.

If you lose a dividend cheque you should contact the Registrar immediately, confirming which payment has been lost. They will then arrange for the cheque to be stopped.  A duplicate will be issued upon payment of an administration charge. Dividend cheques are currently valid for one year from the date of payment.

If you lose a tax voucher you should contact the Registrar, confirming which tax voucher has been lost. A duplicate will be issued upon payment of an administration charge.

This can be done by writing to Link Asset Services, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU. Alternatively, shareholders can contact Link Asset Services on the dedicated McBride shareholder information telephone line: 0871 6640 300 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras; lines are open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday), or +44 208639 3399 if calling from overseas,  or email their enquiry to, indicating they are a McBride shareholder.

Change of circumstances

Shareholders are also able to access and amend details of their shareholding (such as address and dividend payment instructions) over the internet, subject to passing an identity check, via the registrar's website at

What should I do if I change my name?

Please write to the Registrar and enclose a copy of your marriage certificate or other relevant legal document. Unfortunately this change cannot be registered online.

What are the procedures if a shareholder has passed away?

If the shares were held solely in the name of the deceased, you should send the Registrar an official copy of the document by which the deceased's legal personal representative was appointed, usually the grant of probate or letters of administration, impressed with the court seal. The name of the legal personal representative will be put on the register. The shares can then be sold by the personal representative, or transferred to the deceased's beneficiary.

If the value of the deceased's estate is below certain limits, the death can be registered using the small estates procedure which is less complex. Details of the current limits and the procedure involved can be obtained from the Registrar.

If the shares were held jointly by the deceased and another person, a copy of the death certificate is required. The shares will then be registered in the name(s) of the surviving holder(s), and the relevant share certificates will be amended to reflect this.

Registrars Contact Details

Link Asset Services
The Registry
34 Beckenham Road
United Kingdom

Telephone: 0871 664 0300 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras; lines are open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday), or +44 208639 3399 if calling from overseas.

Electronic communications

Shareholders are now able to register to receive communications from McBride electronically. This service enables shareholders to tailor their communication requirements to their needs.

McBride is encouraging shareholders to use this service to elect to receive all communications electronically which enables more secure and prompt communication and allows shareholders to

  • Receive electronic notification via email and the internet of the publication and availability of statutory documents such as financial results, including annual and interim reports
  • Access details of their individual shareholding quickly and securely online
  • Amend their details (such as address or bank details)
  • Choose the way dividends are received
  • Submit AGM/EGM proxy voting instructions

It also enables shareholders to contribute directly to reducing McBride's costs and environmental impact through saving paper, mailing and transportation and reducing unnecessary waste.

Online shareholder services

McBride provides a number of services online in the investor relations section of its website at, where shareholders and other interested parties may:

  • View and/or download annual and interim reports
  • Check current or historic share prices (there is a historic share price download facility)
  • Check the amounts and dates of historic dividend payments
  • Use interactive tools to calculate the value of shareholdings and chart McBride ordinary share price changes against indices
  • Register to receive email alerts regarding press releases, including regulatory news announcements, annual reports and company presentations


McBride supports ShareGift, the share donation charity (registered charity number 1052686). ShareGift was set up so that shareholders who have only a very small number of shares which might be considered uneconomic to sell are able to dispose of them by donating them for the benefit of UK charities. Donated shares are aggregated and sold by ShareGift, the proceeds being passed on to a wide range of UK charities. Donating shares to charity gives rise neither to a gain nor a loss for UK Capital Gains purposes and UK taxpayers may also be able to claim income tax relief on the value of the donation.

Further information about donating shares to ShareGift is available either from its website at, by writing to ShareGift at ShareGift, PO Box 72253, London SW1P 9LQ or by contacting them on 020 7930 3737.

Even if the share certificate has been lost or destroyed, the gift can be completed. The service is generally free. However, there may be an indemnity charge for a lost or destroyed share certificate where the value of the shares exceeds £100.

Warning to shareholders - Boiler room scams

Recent media coverage has helped to highlight that boiler room fraud continues to be a huge issue affecting members of the public

In recent years, many companies have become aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. These are typically fromoverseas based 'brokers' who target UK shareholders, offering to sell themwhat often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. These operations are commonly known as 'boiler rooms'. These 'brokers' can be very persistent and extremely persuasive, and a 2006 survey by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has reported that the average amount lost by investors is around £20,000.

It is not just the novice investor that has been duped in thisway;many of the victims had been successfully investing for several years. Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports. If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:

Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation. Check that they are properly authorised by the FSA before getting involved by visiting Report the matter to the FSA either by calling 0300 500 5000 or visiting If the calls persist, hang up.
If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The FSA can be contacted by completing an online form at

Details of any share dealing facilities that the company endorses will be included in company mailings.

More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FSA website

Other useful information for shareholders:

Financial calendar

Please click here to view the company financial calendar.

Share price history

For more information on the McBride share price history, please click here.

Five year financial summary (unaudited)

Revenue 705.2 680.9 704.2 744.2 671.4
Adjusted operating profit 41.5 36.2 28.5 22.0 23.6
Operating (loss)/profit 39.8 32.9 9.7 (13.9) 15.0
Profit before tax 19.2 25.8 2.6 (21.3) 9.0
(Loss) profit after tax 23.9 17.0 (0.7) (19.1) 5.5
Adjusted diluted earnings per share 13.1p 11.1p 8.3p 5.3p 7.3p
Payments to shareholders (per ordinary share) 4.3p 3.6p 3.6p 5.0p 5.0p

Unsolicited mail

The Company is obliged by law to make its share register publicly available should a request be received. As a consequence, shareholders may receive unsolicited mail from organisations that use it as a mailing list. Shareholders wishing to limit the amount of such mail should either write to Mailing Preference Service, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS, register online at or call the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) on 0845 703 4599.

MPS is an independent organisation which offers a free service to the public within the UK such that registering with them will help stop most unsolicited consumer advertising material.

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