Dividends paid were as follows:
|2004 Final dividend paid - 3.5p per 10p share|
|2005 Interim dividend paid - 1.85p per 10p share|
|2005 Final dividend paid - 3.65p per 10p share|
|2006 Interim dividend paid - 2.1p per 10p share|
|Dividends to ordinary equity holders|
|Dividends declared to holders of perpetual preferred callable securities|
|Dividend payments for the year|
Dividends paid to ordinary equity holders, as above, are calculated using the number of shares in issue at the record date, less treasury shares held in ESOP trusts, life funds of Group companies, Black Economic Empowerment trusts and related undertakings.
As a consequence of the exchange control arrangements in place in certain African territories, dividends to ordinary equity holders on the branch registers of those countries (or, in the case of Namibia, the Namibian section of the principal register) are settled through Dividend Access Trusts established for that purpose.
The directors have declared a 2006 final dividend of 4.15p per share, which will be paid on 31 May 2007 to all ordinary equity holders on the register at the close of business on 11 May 2007, being the record date for the dividend. No provision has been recognised in respect of this dividend.
In March and November 2006, £22 million and £17 million respectively were declared and paid to holders of perpetual preferred callable securities (31 December 2005: £nil).