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New Zealand residents who participated in the Initial Public Offering of Mighty River Power in May 2013 who continue to hold their Shares in the same registered name until May 2015 are entitled to Loyalty Bonus Shares based on a ratio of 1 for 25, up to a maximum number of 200 Loyalty Bonus Shares for each New Zealand shareholder.
It’s “MCY” on both the New Zealand and Australian Stock stock exchanges.
You’ll find it all on our website. Our News page shows our announcements, and our Share Price page shows how our share price is tracking. You’ll also find all our disclosures on the NZX and ASX websites. Use our ticker code (MCY) to find us.
We have a 30 June balance date. Our interim reports will be available in late February following the release of our results and annual reports in late August. If you’re a shareholder, we’ll send these to you free via email or post, and we encourage the use of electronic copies to reduce environment impacts. They’re also on our website, under the Annual and Interim Reports page. If you’d like a hard copy, ask us to send you one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can set this as your preference with Computershare.
Our shareholder meetings are held in New Zealand at a time and place that works for as many shareholders as possible. Details are on our website, under the Annual Meeting page. If you’re a shareholder, we’ll send you a notice about four weeks before the meeting takes place.
Changes in address, dividend payment details and investment portfolios can be viewed and updated online at www.investorcentre.com/nz. You will need your CSN and FIN numbers to access this service.
Enquiries may be addressed to the Share Registrar:
Computershare Investor Services New Zealand
Private Bag 92 119
Phone: +64 9 488 8777
Fax: +64 9 488 8787
Computershare Investor Services Australia
PO Box 3329
Melbourne, VIC 3001
Phone: 1 800 501 366 (within Australia)
Phone: +61 3 9415 4083 (outside Australia)
Fax: +61 3 9473 2500
It’s great that most of our shareholders have chosen to receive information electronically – it’s the most environmentally-friendly and cost-effective way. It’s your choice though, and we’ll send you printed information if you prefer.
If you’re receiving printed information and don’t really need it, it’s quick and easy to make the change to electronic:
// Online at www.investorcentre.com/nz. After you log in select ‘Update My Details’ and then ‘Communication Options’; or
// Contacting Computershare Investor Services Limited by email, phone, fax or post.
Questions about dividends
We aim to pay dividends of 70% to 85% of Free Cash Flow, subject to Board considerations. Dividend payments are usually made twice a year – an interim dividend in March (making up about 40% of the total amount paid), and a final dividend in September.
You can read our full Dividend Policy and find details of past and declared dividends on our website, on the Dividends page.
Not at the moment. Right now we don’t need the extra capital a dividend reinvestment programme would generate. It may be something we consider in the future if there are growth options that require new sources of funding.
Imputation is a mechanism that a company can use to pass on credits for income tax paid to shareholders when paying dividends. These imputation credits can offset the amount of income tax New Zealand resident shareholders would otherwise be liable to pay on the dividend income received.
For individual New Zealand resident shareholders, Mercury is required by Inland Revenue to deduct withholding tax at the top individual tax rate of 33% from the dividend before paying the shareholder. Where possible Mercury will attach imputation credits to dividends at the company tax rate of 28% which will offset the tax deducted from the dividend payment.
If a shareholder is on an individual tax rate below 33% they may be entitled to a tax rebate at the time of their annual income tax return. It is recommended that shareholders seek their own tax advice to determine the tax implications of a dividend derived from Mercury.
Where we can, we’ll pay what’s known as a supplementary dividend to shareholders who aren’t New Zealand residents. This offsets the impact of ‘Non-Resident Withholding Tax’. We receive a tax credit equivalent to the supplementary dividend we pay. There’s no disadvantage to us or our shareholders, and non-resident shareholders don’t get a larger cash dividend than an equivalent New Zealand resident shareholder.
We suggest getting tax advice about your own situation.
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