FTSE Stocks

British American Tobacco Plc.

British American Tobacco Plc. (BAT) is the world’s second largest tobacco company. It’s HQ is in London and it operates globally with a very strong presence in more than 50 countries. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and also the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

BAT History, Mergers and Acquisitions

BAT was formed in 1902 when Britain’s Imperial Tobacco Company and the US’ American Tobacco Company decided to work together to aid expansion into new markets. Both Imperial Tobacco and American Tobacco continued to operate with the UK and US markets independently. American Tobacco soon sold out leaving Imperial Tobacco as the only major shareholder. In 1980 Imperial Tobacco sold the last of its shares and at this time the company was restructured and became BAT industries.

  • 1994 BAT took over American Tobacco to acquire the Lucky Strike and Pall Mall brands.
  • 1999 BAT merged with Rothmans International.
  • 2003 BAT bought Italy’s state run Ente Tabacchi Italiani (ETI) S.p.A
  • 2003 BAT took over Serbia’s Duvanska Industrija Vranje (DIV)
  • 2008 BAT took over Tekel, a Turkish tobacco company
  • 2008 BAT took over the cigarette division of the Scandinavian Tobacco Company
  • 2009 BAT acquired Bentoel Group, an Indonesian company

Major British American Tobacco Brands

  • Dunhill
  • Kent
  • Lucky Strike
  • Pall Mall
  • Vogue
  • Rothmans
  • Winfield
  • State Express 555
  • KOOL
  • Viceroy

Company Information

  • British American Tobacco p.l.c.
  • Globe House
  • 4 Temple Place
  • London
  • WC2R 2PG
  • Tel. +44  207 845 1000
  • Web: www.bat.com

British American Tobacco Company Registrar

The share registrar for British American Tobacco is Computershare Investor Services PLC:

  • Computershare Investor Services PLC
  • Bridgwater Road
  • Bristol
  • BS99 6ZY
  • Tel: 0800 408 0094 (UK)
  • Overseas Number: +44 870 889 3159
  • Fax: 0870 703 6106
  • TextPhone: 0870 702 0005
  • Email: Web.queries@computershare.co.uk
  • Web: www.computershare.com/uk/investor/bri

British American Tobacco Dividend Payments

Dividends can be paid direct into your bank account. UK residents can join the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) and have their cash dividend automatically reinvested for shares.

BAT pays 2 dividends each year, an interim dividend generally pays around 25% of the total annual dividend, the final dividend payment paying the remaining 75% (generally somewhere between 70% and 80%). The interim dividend pays in September and th final dividend pays in May.

Cairn Energy plc

Cairn Energy plc. is a Scottish oil and gas exploration and production company with headquarters in Edinburgh. It produces around 33,000 barrels of oil a day. It has discovered many oil fields in India in recent years, especially in the Rajasthan region. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and also listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Cairn Energy plc is a new company having been founded in 1981 by Sir Bill Gammell who is still CEO today (June 2011).  It was listed on the LSE in 1988. Cairn really expanded after discovering new oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Bangladeshi seas.

Cairn mostly operates in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Greenland and Tunisia.

Takeovers and Mergers

Cairn made a few takeovers to help quickly increase its dominance. In 1994 Cairn took control of Teredo Petroleum and the following year it acquired Holland Sea Search NV, and then in 1996 it took over Command Petroleum.

In 1996 Cairn made a large deal with Halliburton, exchanging 25% of oil production for a 50% investment in drilling in the Sangu field in Bangladesh. In November 2010 Cairn has sold that field to Santos.

Company Information

  • 50 Lothian Road
  • Edinburgh EH3 9BY
  • Tel: 0131 475 3055
  • Fax: 07711 146 068
  • Web: www.cairnenergy.com

Cairn Company Registrar

Equiniti are Cairn’s shareholder registrar.

  • Equiniti Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex BN99 6DA
  • Textphone: Freefone 0800 169 6907
  • Email: bt@equiniti.com

Cairn Dividend Payment

Cairn is one of the few FTSE 100 companies that do not currently pay a dividend to shareholders.

Barclays Plc.

Barclays Plc. was founded in 1690 and is the 4th largest UK bank and the 10th largest bank in the world and trades on both the London and New York stock exchanges.

Barclays is structured into several clusters, the High Street bank which most people are familiar with is just one part of the organisation (UK Retail Banking).

  • Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth Management
    • Barclays Capital (investment banking)
    • Barclays Corporate (commercial banking)
    • Barclays Wealth (wealth management)
  • Global Retail Banking
    • Barclaycard (credit card and loan provision)
    • Barclays Africa
    • UK Retail Banking
    • Western Europe Retail Banking

Mergers and Takeovers

Barclays was in talks and planning a takeover of ABN Amro in 2007 but shareholders did not approve the movement, Barclays could not purchase enough shares through a tender offer to make the takeover wholly unconditional.

In 2008 Barclays took over credit card company Goldfish for a sum of £36 million. This acquisition immediately gave Barclays an additional 1.7 million customers.

In 2008 Barclays also took control of Expobank, a Russian bank, for £373 million.

Bad Debts Crisis of 2007

In 2007 Barclays was rumoured to be at great risk from bad debts in the USA to the value of £4.8 billion, which resulted in its share price falling by 9% before trading was suspended. Due to the sub-prime crisis Barclays did have to write-down £1 billion, a large amount but much smaller than analysts had predicted.

Company Information

Barclays Company Registrar

  • Equiniti
  • AspectHouse
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex BN99 6DA

You can purchase Barclays shares using the Equiniti Shareview trading system: http://www.shareview.co.uk/products/Pages/BuyandSellShares.aspx

Barclays Dividend Payments

Barclays pays a dividend each quarter, with 3 equal payments made in June, September and December and then a final variable dividend paid in March. Barclays also offer a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP).

If you wish to join the DRIP then you need to contact the company registrar on 0871 384 2055 in the UK or +44 (0)121 415 7004 from overseas.

You can find historic dividend prices here: group.barclays.com/Investor-Relations/Shareholder-information/Dividends

BT Group Plc.

BT Group plc. is the original UK telecommunications company and the oldest telecommunications business in the world. Until 1984 it was a state run company which originally was a part of the telegraph service and then became a part of the General Post Office. In 1980 Post Office Telecommunications was renamed British Telecom. In 1984 BT shares first listed on the stock exchange when it was privatised.

2001 BT Rights Issue

Following the British dotcom crash BT raised new funds through a of rights issues which raised £5.9 billion. This is still the largest British rights issue to date.

Takeovers and Mergers

In 2005 BT started to expand its overseas operations by means of several takeovers. It bought El Segundo, a California business which has since been redranded as BT Infonet.

It also bought Italy’s Albacom and acquired a Reuters owned business called Radianz, renamed BT Radianz.

BT has also moved into retail. In 2006 it bought Dabs.com, a popular online electronics store.

BT also now owns some ISP (Internet service providers). In 2007 it bought PlusNet plc. and International Network Services Inc., a US ISP company and Comsat, a South American corporate ISP.

In 2008 BT moved into Silicon Valley by acquiring Ribbit “Silicon Valley’s First Phone Company”.

Company Information

BT Group consists of several subdivisions;

  • BT Retail: Provides home telephone and Internet services
  • BT Wholesale: Provides business and corporate services
  • Openreach: Openreach manages the physical network to all telecommunications and ISPs.
  • BT Global Services: Previously called BT Ignite and BT Syntegra
  • Group operations: Security, research and development
  • BT Operate – Maintenance of BT’s new IP based fixed-line network, known as 21st Century Network (21C).
  • BT Innovate and Design –  Mostly IT developers working on the new 21C network.

BT Headquarters

  • BT Correspondence Centre
  • Providence Row
  • Durham DH98 1BT
  • Web: www.btplc.com

Private shareholders can contact BT through the shareholders portal page: Shareholder services in the UK

BT Group Registrars

  • Equiniti Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex BN99 6DA
  • Textphone: Freefone 0800 169 6907
  • Email: bt@equiniti.com

BT Group Dividend Payments

BT pays a dividend twice per year. Although dates vary payment is usually in February and September. The latest dividend information can be found on their website; www.btplc.com/Sharesandperformance/Dividends/Dividends.htm


British Land Company Plc.

The British Land Company plc (LSE: BLND) is a major property developer in the UK. It was founded in 1856 as a part of the National Freehold Land Society. The society was set up to help people to become freeholders to allow them to vote.

Over half of British Land’s property is tied up in the retail market today, with groups such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, House of Fraser and Asda all leasing British Land real estate.

As at 31 March 2011, British Land’s total properties owned or under management were valued at £14.6 billion, of which its share was £9.6 billion. 66% of the protfolio is invested in retail and 32% in offices.

4% of British Land’s assets are outside of the UK with most investments in Spain, Portugal and France.

British Land also have ADR shares listed in America and traded over the counter market.

Company Information

VAT Number: 240 2687 78. Registered in England: Co. No. 621920

British Land Dividend Payments

British Land is now a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) and is therefore required to distribute 90% of its tax-exempt profits from its property rental business as the Property Income Distribution or PID.

British Land pay 4 dividends each year, with interim dividends paying in November, February, May and August.

They also offer a Scrip dividend plan giving shareholders the option of receiving new ordinary shares in place of the cash dividend. You can learn more about British Land’s scrip dividend plan along with hostoric payments here: www.britishland.com/index.asp?pageid=160


ARM Holdings Plc.

ARM Holdings Plc. describes itself as “The Architecture for the Digital World” and being at the heart of home networking.

Arm designs semiconductor based digital products. Rather than building the hardware it licenses its designs to technology partners. Arm received royalties on its designs and has increased efficiencies so that it can research and develop new technology cheaper than its clients can develop it in-house.

They are increasing the licence base by 60-90 licences each year to build up long-term growth through increased royalties.

Its products appear in a wide range of products including mobile applications (including smart phones and tablets), computer hardware, digital TV and set-top boxes and microcontrollers.

Many major brands use Arm Holdings chips, including Samsung, IBM, Fujitsu, LG and Broadcom.

ARM Solution Center for Android

Arm designed some of the technology on which Google’s Android mobile operating system works on. The first ARM-based Android mobile phone was developed and demonstrated in 2008. Since then there have been over 100 million ARM powered Android devices sold and 300 different mobile devices developed with ARM technologies on the market.

There has been a suggestion that Google may make a standard platform for Android based on Arm technology. Android is currently the fastest growing operating system in smartphones and is also growing in the mobile tablet market (competing with the Apple iPad).

ARM also supports Google Chrome which is the new desktop operating system from Google. Google / Android applications are built with ARM technology in mind so that the software performs to the highest standard possible.

Company Information

Arm was founded in 1990 and originally called Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. It was a joint venture of Acorn Computers, Apple Computer and VLSI Technology.

Arm’s headquarters is in Cambridge – one of the few FTSE100 companies that are not located in London.

  • ARM Ltd.
  • 110 Fulbourn Road
  • Cambridge
  • GB-CB1 9NJ
  • Great Britain
  • Tel: +44 (1223) 400 400
  • Fax: +44 (1223) 400 410
  • Web: www.arm.com

Arm Holdings Registrar

  • Equiniti
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • BN99 6DA, UK
  • Phone: 0871 384 2139
  • www.equiniti.com

Arm Holdings Dividend Payments

Dividends are paid twice each year and payments are made by cheque or bank transfer. Dividend generally pay in October and May.

Arm does not offer a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

Tesco Plc.

Tesco plc is the third largest retailer in the world (Wal-Mart and Carrefour being the biggest). It is now a multinational company with many products other than traditional food retailing. In 2009 Tesco has a 30.5% market share in grocery in the UK.

Tesco’s Main Business Areas

Tesco has embraced the Internet extremely well and utilised a series of websites to manage its different operations. Its home delivery services is one of the most well respected in the industry.

Tesco provide a huge array of services. The brand may be the Tesco supermarket but their product range covers every part of our lives.

Tesco also run garden centres, telecoms and broadband, fuel, invests in film making, has a record label, gold exchange, tyres and beauty salons.

The wide range of services can be seen by its many websites:

  • Tesco.com – Online grocery shopping
  • Direct.tesco.com – Home, electrical, toys and entertainment
  • Phone-shop.tesco.com – dedicated mobile phone online store
  • Clothingattesco.com – dedicated online clothing store
  • Tescofinance.com – online banking, mortgages, credit cards, loans and insurance
  • Tesco.net – special site for its Clubcard members
  • Tescoentertainment.com – just DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, MP3 and Games
  • Tescodvdrental.com – Online DVD rentals
  • Tescophoto.com – Online photo printing service
  • Tescoopticians.com – low cost glasses and contact lenses
  • Tescoforschoolsandclubs.co.uk – Dedicated school voucher site
  • Tescosoftware.com – Includes tech support, antivirus, photo editing, office software

Company Information

Tesco headquarters is in Chesthunt. It was founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen amd the first store opened in 1929.

Tesco Head Office:

  • Tesco Stores Ltd
  • New Tesco House
  • Delamare Road
  • Cheshunt
  • Herts EN8 9SL
  • Tel:  01992 632222

Dedicated Investor Relations team:

Tesco’s Company Registrar

  • Equiniti
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex
  • BN99 6DA
  • Telephone: 0800 169 1679 (UK only)
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 121 415 7073
  • Fax: +44 (0) 1903 833168
  • Investment Portal: www.shareview.co.uk/dealing

Tesco Dividend Payments

Tesco pay two dividends each year, an interim dividend in December and a final dividend in July.

Dividends are paid in cash or shareholders can elect to have their cash dividend automatically reinvested (the Dividend Reinvestment plan) to buy new shares.

Tesco also operate an ISA. Contact the Equiniti ISA team on 0845 300 0430 for details.

HSBC Holdings plc.

HSBC Holdings plc. is now an international bank with its HQ in Canary Wharf. In 2010 is was the 6th largest bank in the world. In June 2010 its total assets were $2,418 trillion.

HSBC Holdings plc. was created in 1991 to allow the The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation to takeover Midland Bank – they had to relocate their headquarters to London to allow them to take control of Midland Bank. The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation was founded in Hong Kong in 1865 by Sir Thomas Sutherland and is still the largest HK bank today.

HSBC Core Services

  • Commercial Banking
  • Global Banking and Markets
  • Personal Financial Services
  • Private Banking

HSBC Banking Takovers and Acquisitions

  • 1999 – Republic National Bank of New York for $10.3 billion
  • 2000 – Crédit Commercial de France for £6.6 billion
  • 2001 – Turkish bank Demirbank
  • 2002 – Mexico’s Grupo Financiero Bital, SA de CV for $1.1 billion
  • 2003 – Poland’s Polski Kredyt Bank SA for $7.8 million
  • 2004 – China’s Bank of Communications of Shanghai
  • 2004 – Marks & Spencer Retail Financial Services Holdings Ltd for £763m
  • 2005 – Metris Inc – American credit card company
  • 2005 – Iraq’s Dar Es Salaam Investment Bank
  • 2006 – HSBC bought 90 branches of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Argentina
  • 2007 – The Chinese Bank in Taiwan
  • 2008 – India’s IL&FS Investment

Company Information

  • HSBC Group Head Office
  • Address: HSBC Holdings plc
  • 8 Canada Square
  • London E14 5HQ
  • Telephone: +44 (0)20 7991 8888
  • Web: www.hsbc.com

Company Registrar

  • Computershare Investor Services PLC
  • PO Box 1064, The Pavilions
  • Bridgwater Road
  • Bristol BS99 3FA
  • United Kingdom
  • Telephone: 44 (0) 870 702 0137
  • e-mail: web.queries@computershare.co.uk
  • Investor Centre: www.computershare.com/investor/uk

HSBC Dividend Payments

HSBC pay quarterly interim dividends on the ordinary shares. They aim to pay 3 equal interim dividend payments then a final variable dividend payment.

HSBC also offer a scrip dividend alternative so that shareholders can elect to have their cash payment automatically reinvested back into shares.

Timetables and historic dividend payments can be found on the HSBC Investor Relations webpages.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. is the official name of Shell. It is a global oil and gas company. It is the largest oil company in the world. Global oil production is estimated at 3.1 million barrels per day.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. carries out all areas of oil and gas production from initial exploration through to extraction, refining, distribution, marketing, trading and shipping. It is involved in power generation and is a growing force in renewable energy such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind power.

Royal Dutch Shell resulted from the merger of Koninklijke (Royal Dutch Petroleum Company) and the Shell Group in 2005. Royal Dutch Shell has since made some major new investments such as a partnership with Cosan (Brazilian ethanol and energy) in 2010 and East Resources.

Company Information

Royal Dutch Shell Headquarters

  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
  • 2596 HR DEN HAAG
  • The Netherlands
  • Postbus 162
  • 2501 AN DEN HAAG
  • Tel. +31 70 377 9111
  • Web: www.shell.com

Company Registrar

  • Equiniti
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex
  • BN99 6DA
  • Telephone: 0800 169 1679 (UK only)
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 121 415 7073
  • Fax: +44 (0) 1903 833168

Royal Dutch Shell Dividend Information

Dividends are usually paid quarterly in March, June, September and December. They run a Scrip Dividend Programme, see www.shell.com/scrip.

Shell ISA. Shell operate an ISA for tax free investments, contact BNP Paribas for information:

BNP Paribas Securities Services administer the Shell ISA. Please contact them either in writing or by telephone for further information:

  • BNP Paribas Securities Services
  • Block C, Western House
  • Lynchwood Business Park
  • Peterborough PE2 6BP
  • Telephone: 0845 358 1102

Royal Dutch Shell historic dividend prices: www.shell.com/….historical_payments

Anglo American Plc.

Anglo American Plc. (AGL, ISIN GB0004901517) is an international mining business which manages a large production of commidities such as diamonds, copper, nickel and iron ore as well as coal. It is also mines more platinum than any other company and controls around 40% of the global platinum market.

It started as the Anglo American Corporation (AAC) in 1917. It was founded by Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and JP Morgan. In 1928 the ACC started copper mining in Zambia.

Major Corporate Actions and Investments

  • 1926 – Became a major stakeholder in De Beers diamond mines
  • 1945 – Takeover of Coal Estates to start its coal mining operations
  • 1961 – Investments in the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company
  • 1967 – Acquired Scraw Metals (steel industry)
  • 1967 – Founded the Mondi Group (timber, pulp and paper production)
  • 1970’s – Founded Amgold and Amcoal
  • 1999 – Merger with Minorco on 24/05/99 –  name changed to Anglo American plc
  • 1999 – AngloGold spun-off to form its own company
  • 2002 – Acquisition of Tarmac
  • 2002 – Acquisition of Shell Petroleum Company’s Australian coal assets
  • 2002 – Anglo Base Metals acquired the Disputada copper mines in Chile
  • 2003 – Became a major investor in Kumba Resources (iron ore)
  • 2004 – Merger with Ashanti Goldfields Corporation to form AngloGold Ashanti
  • 2007 – Mondi Group was spun-off
  • 2008/9 – Acquired Brazilian and Peruvian copper and iron ore mines
  • 2009 – Acquired the Alaskan Pebble copper project
  • 2009 – Acquired the Australian Foxleigh coal mine

Company Information

  • Head office: London
  • 20 Carlton House Terrace
  • London
  • SW1Y 5AN
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7968 8888
  • Web: www.angloamerican.com

Company Registrar

  • Equiniti
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex
  • BN99 6DA
  • UK
  • Telephone (UK): 0871 384 2026
  • From any other country: +44 121 415 7558
  • Shareholder Portal: www.shareview.co.uk

Anglo American Dividend Payments

Anglo America generally pay 2 dividends each year, an interim and a final. Dividends are declared in USD but Shareholders with registered addresses in the UK are paid their dividends in pounds sterling. You can see the dividend history here: www.angloamerican.com/aal/investors/divinfo/history

A dividend reinvestment plan is available through Equiniti in the UK and Link Market Services in South Africa.