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New queries, issue 4346

20 March 2012
Issue: 4346 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Splitting shares; Salesforce VAT; Proper PAYE; Use your loaf

Splitting shares

How companies arrange their dividends was examined by Mike Thexton in Scrip CRIP DRIP. I have come across a variation which was not covered there and I am not sure how to deal with it.

Aggreko plc reorganised its share capital in July 2011: a holder of 32 ordinary 20p shares received 31 new ordinary shares with nominal value of 13 549/775p and 32 unlisted B shares.

There was a choice: the B shares could be purchased by the company for 55p on 11 July 2011 presumably triggering a capital gain or the holder could elect to receive a 55p special dividend on 19 July following which the Bs would become worthless deferred shares; or the holder could retain the B shares until 2012 whereupon there would be an expectation of a later buy-back at 55p ...

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