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These are payments a company pays to you as a shareholder. They are usually paid in two instalments each year, known as interim and final dividends. To receive a dividend, your name must be on the share register on the record date (see question below). If your shares are sold before the ex-dividend date (see next question), or purchased after it, you will not be entitled to that dividend.

Before announcing each dividend, and in consultation with the London Stock Exchange, we set a date on which our shares will be sold without entitlement to the dividend. This is known as going ex-dividend. Before that date they are said to be cum-dividend. If you buy a share cum-dividend you are entitled to receive the dividend recently announced. If you purchase on or after that date, in the ex-dividend period, that dividend is paid to the previous owner. The dividend is paid to shareholders based on the number of shares held at the record date. The record date is currently two days after the ex-dividend date. If you receive a dividend having recently sold your shares and are unsure whether you are entitled to it, contact the agent who acted for you in the sale. You may find, unfortunately, that the dividend should be paid to the new owner. Before announcing each dividend, and in consultation with the London Stock Exchange, we set a date on which our shares will be sold without entitlement to the dividend. This is known as going ex-dividend. Before that date they are said to be cum-dividend. If you buy a share cum-dividend you are entitled to receive the dividend recently announced. If you purchase on or after that date, in the ex-dividend period, that dividend is paid to the previous owner. The dividend is paid to shareholders based on the number of shares held at the record date. The record date is currently two days after the ex-dividend date. If you receive a dividend having recently sold your shares and are unsure whether you are entitled to it, contact the agent who acted for you in the sale. You may find, unfortunately, that the dividend should be paid to the new owner.

You can have them paid directly into your bank or building society, or you can receive a cheque through the post. If you would like your dividend paid directly into your bank or building society account, please contact the Registrars. This method of payment will save you from having to pay in your cheque and will also give you access to the money on the payment date of the dividend.

When a dividend is paid, you will receive a tax voucher. This provides details about the payment and how the amount you have paid has been calculated. Your tax voucher will be sent in the post before the payment date, if you have chosen to have your payment paid directly into your bank or building society. For the purpose of self-assessment, the Inland Revenue requires you to keep all documentation, including these tax vouchers, for six years.

You should contact the Registrars as soon as possible to tell them which payment or voucher has been lost. For cheques, they will arrange for the old cheque to be stopped and issue you with a duplicate free of charge (as long as it is under £50 in value). If you need a replacement tax voucher, the registrar will send you a duplicate, but you may be charged for this.

If you return the cheque to the Registrar, and it is found to be outstanding, a duplicate will be issued . However, there may be a fee for this. To make sure that this doesn’t happen again, you could arrange for the dividend to be paid directly into your bank or building society account by completing a dividend payment form. If you return the cheque to the registrar, and it is found to be outstanding, a duplicate will be issued that you will be able to deposit at your bank or building society. However, there may be a fee for this. To make sure that this doesn’t happen again, you could arrange for the dividend to be paid directly into your bank or building society account by completing a dividend payment form. 

Your dividends will continue to be paid to you as before. 

Please see our Dividend page for details on the full dividend history payments.

  • As at 1 April 2005, 3i Group plc ("3i" or "the Company") had in issue 614,409,167 ordinary shares of 50 pence each.
  • With effect from 11 July 2005, the ordinary shares of 50 pence each were consolidated and sub-divided into ordinary shares of 53 1/8 pence each.  The share consolidation coincided with the payment of a special dividend of 40.7 pence per share.
  • On 17 July 2006, the Company: i) issued Cumulative Preference Shares of 1p each ("B Shares"), on the basis of one B Share for each ordinary share of 53 1/8 p each held on 14 July 2006; and ii) consolidated its issued share capital on the basis of 11 new ordinary shares of 62 69/88 p each for every 13 ordinary shares of 53 1/8 p each held on 14 July 2006.
  • On 16 July 2007, the Company: i) issued B Shares, on the basis of 11 B Shares for every 8 ordinary shares of 62 69/88 p each held on 13 July 2007; and ii) consolidated its issued share capital on the basis of 17 new ordinary shares of 73 19/22 p each for every 20 ordinary shares of 62 69/88 p each held on 13 July 2007.
  • The Company bought back and cancelled ordinary shares between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2009, as follows:  i) 400,052 ordinary shares of 50 pence each before 11 July 2005; ii) 29,810,000 ordinary shares of 53 1/8 pence each between 11 July 2005 and 31 March 2006; iii) 7,430,000 ordinary shares of 62 69/88 pence each between 17 July 2006 and 16 July 2007; iv) 12,000,000 ordinary shares of 73 19/22 pence each between 16 July 2007 and 31 March 2009.

You can view 3i's share price summary and graph on our Investor Relations section. Note there is a time delay of at least 15 minutes. You can also find regularly updated prices on various financial news web sites, including Reuters in the UK. It is also published in a number of newspapers including The Financial Times, the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

This can be found under the Reports page. If you would prefer a hard copy sent to you in the post, please call +44 (0)20 7975 3131.

3i has appointed Equiniti as its registrar. More information may be found under the Registrar page.

For shareholder enquiries such as changing your name, address, dividend payments and shareholder certificates, contact the Registrars.

If you change your name on getting married or for any other reason, you will also need to write to the Registrars, enclosing a copy of your marriage certificate or other relevant legal document with your letter. Frequently used forms are available under the Registrar page.

Your share certificates will tell you, or you could refer to a recent dividend tax voucher or contact the Registrar.

You will find this on any personalised documentation that the Registrar sends you. It is usually a four-digit company code, followed by your unique shareholder account number. It will help speed things up if you quote this number whenever you contact the Registrar

You don't normally need a stockbroker for this so you can simply use a stock transfer form, available on this website under the Registrar page.

 

Yes. If you would like to find out how, please call the Registrars.

Although you can buy shares in your children's names, there can be legal complications when it comes to selling the shares. It might be better to hold the shares in your own name, but with a designation that indicates that the shares are your children's. These shares can then be transferred into your child's own name when he or she reaches 18 years of age. If you would like to know more about this, or what the tax implications might be, you should talk to your financial adviser. Although you can buy shares in your children’s names, there can be legal complications when it comes to selling the shares. It might be better to hold the shares in your own name, but with a designation that indicates that the shares are your children’s. These shares can then be transferred into your child’s own name when he or she reaches 18 years of age. If you would like to know more about this, or what the tax implications might be, you should talk to your financial adviser.

It depends. As a general rule, if no consideration or money is changing hands then you won't have to pay stamp duty. However, there are several instances where you will have to pay it in full - these are detailed on the reverse of the stock transfer form. The Registrars can give you further information.

This may involve a Grant of Probate or Small Estates procedure. Contact the Registrar at the earliest opportunity.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the main shareholder event of the year. The meeting reviews the company's performance over the past twelve months and gives shareholders an opportunity to ask questions and vote on key issues. These may include, for example, re-election of directors, approval of dividend payments and appointment of auditors. Shareholders will also be able to ask questions about items on the meeting's agenda.The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the main shareholder event of the year. The meeting reviews the company's performance over the past twelve months and gives shareholders an opportunity to ask questions and vote on key issues. These may include, for example, re-election of directors, approval of dividend payments and re-election of auditors. Shareholders will also be able to ask questions about items on the meeting’s agenda.

If you can’t attend you can still make your views heard on the matters being considered. Before the meeting we will send you a proxy form. On this you can indicate whether, in the event of a ballot, you want to vote for or against each of the resolutions due to be decided at the meeting. You can also use the form to appoint the chairman of the meeting to cast your proxy vote the way you want, or to vote at his or her discretion. If you prefer, you can name someone to go to the meeting and vote for you - your proxy. More information including presentations made at previous meetings may be found under the Annual General Meeting page.

You can use the traditional routes of your financial adviser or stockbroker, or you can carry out transactions through your bank, building society, or an internet share shop. The commission you pay will vary depending on which method you choose.

3i trades on the London Stock Exchange. Our ticker symbol is 'III'.

3i's affairs are directed to enable it to qualify as an approved investment trust for UK tax purposes. Whilst shares in approved investment trusts are permitted to be a qualifying investment for ISA purposes, this is subject to the investments of the investment trust meeting certain conditions which are set out in complex rules within the ISA regulations. We have in the past been advised that 3i's shares should be a qualifying investment for ISA purposes but as the mix of investments held by 3i is constantly changing it is not possible to confirm that 3i shares will be ISA qualifying at all times.

Yes. Details of the policy can be found in our latest Annual report on the Reports page. You can also visit the Corporate responsibility section on this website. 

All our latest results presentation can be found on our Results & Presentations page.

Our accounting policies can be found in our latest Annual report on the Reports page.

3i floated on the London Stock Exchange on 18 July 1994 at 272p. The initial capitalisation was £1.6 billion.

You can find the latest published list of our ten largest investments and forty other large investments in our latest Report on the Reports page.

Stating earnings and NAV on a per share basis enables shareholders to relate these items to the share price. The basic measures are based on the actual earnings and net assets and the actual number of shares in issue. The diluted measures adjust both the numerator (earnings and net assets) and the denominator (number of shares) for the effect of share options and other financial instruments convertible into shares (such as convertible loan stock). For example where an employee exercises share options, the cash received from the employee increases the net assets, but the number of shares in issue also increases.

Our total assets, of which our portfolio of investment assets is the main category are funded by a combination of shareholders’ funds and net borrowing.

Please refer to the “Portfolio valuation – an explanation” section of our latest Annual report on the Reports page.