Further to the announcement on 21 November 2006 of an interim dividend of 5.5 cents per Ordinary share payable on 2 February 2007 to shareholders on the register of members at the close of business on 5 January 2007, the Company now announces that the £/$ exchange rate to be used to convert the dividend payment from US dollars to sterling, for those shareholders who did not elect by 5 January to receive payment in US dollars, will be $1.9488.
Shareholders who did not elect to receive UK sourced dividends through the Income Access Share arrangement are reminded that, as previously advised, their dividends will be subject to Irish dividend withholding tax unless the Company’s Registrars are in possession of a valid exemption form. To assist shareholders, the deadline for submission of withholding tax exemption forms (but not of IAS or currency elections) has been extended to 5.00pm on 19 January 2007. Exemption forms may be submitted by fax to +44 (0)1903 702667; enquiries may be addressed to the Dividend Planning Team on +44 (0)1903 702715.
|Antony Barnes||Group Treasurer||020 3042 4200|
|Rollo Head||020 7251 3801|