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BP Plc. (previously British Petroleum)

BP Plc. is the 3rd largest oil company in the world, and the 4th largest company. It was founded in 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and from 1954 until 1999 was called the British Petroleum Company. BP employ around 80,000 people globally and 2010 revenue was US $308.9 billion.

It is one of the “Supermajor” oil companies, which also includes Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell plc and Total S.A.

BP’s Major Products and Services

  • BP petroleum and derived products
  • BP service stations
  • Air BP Aviation Fuels
  • Castrol motor oil
  • ARCO gas stations
  • am/pm convenience stores
  • Aral service stations solar panels

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • 1998 merger with Amoco (formerly Standard Oil of Indiana) – renamed BP Amoco
  • 2000 BP Amoco acquired Arco and Burmah Castrol
  • 2001 name-change to BP Plc. – new tagline “Beyond Petroleum”

BP still sod petroleum as “Amoco” in many American states to retain the successful branding until 2008 when it rebranded many stations to help promote BP Gasoline with Invigorate, a new high grade of petrol.

Company Information

  • BP p.l.c.
  • International Headquarters
  • 1 St James’s Square
  • London, SW1Y 4PD
  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7496 4000
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7496 4630
  • Website: www.bp.com

BP’s Registrar

  • Equiniti Limited
  • Aspect House Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex BN99 6DA
  • Freephone 0800 701107 (inside the UK)
  • Tel: +44 (0) 121 415 7005 (outside the UK)
  • Fax: +44 (0) 871 384 2100
  • Text phone: +44 (0) 871 384 2255

UK shareholder dealing services

BP Dividend Payments

BP pays 4 dividends per year, one each quarter. They also offer a DRIP (dividend reinvestment plan) to allow you to automatically reinvest your cash dividend to purchase new shares.

BP historic dividend payments are listed on the BP shareholder’s webpage: www.bp.com/extendedgenericarticle.do?categoryId=9033038&contentId=7060565

Antofagasta plc

Antofagasta plc is the British arm of the Chilean company Antofagasta which is a copper mining business with investments and interests in transport (railroads) and water distribution. It has been listed on the FTSE100 since 2004. Its 3 main divisions are:

  • Antofagasta Mining
  • Antofagasta Transport
  • Antofagasta Water

Its core area is copper mining and copper by-products. It strives to improve sustainability and takes health and safety very seriously.

It owns 3 copper mines in Chile which produce over half a million tonnes of copper in cathode and concentrate each year. It is expecting to increase copper production to 700,000 tonnes in 2011.

Antofagasta started out as the Antofagasta (Chili) and Bolivia Railway Company plc. It listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1888 to raise funds to build the railway from the Chilean port of Antofagasta to La Paz in Bolivia.

Antofagasta now has interests in banking, telecommunications and manufacturing.

It is one of the most important copper producible in the world, operating 4 major mines in Chile: Los Pelambres, Esperanza, El Tesoro and Michilla.

The Chilean Luksic family (Grupo Luksic) own 65% of Antofagasta after purchasing a majority the shares in 1980. Antonio Andrónico Luksic Abaroa was the head of the Luksic family and was the richest person in Chile until his death in 2005.

Antofagasta Company Information

  • Registered Office
  • 5 Princes Gate
  • London SW7 1QJ
  • Phone: 44-20-7808 0988
  • Fax: 44-20-7808 0986
  • Website: www.antofagasta.co.uk

Antofagasta Company Registrar

  • Computershare Investor Services PLC
  • PO Box 82
  • The Pavilions
  • Bridgwater Road
  • Bristol
  • BS99 7NH
  • Telephone: 44-870 702 0159
  • Fax: 44-870 703 6116
  • Website: www.computershare.co.uk
  • Shareholders portal: www.computershare.com

Antofagasta Dividend Payments

Antofagasta dividends are declared in US dollars with the option of being paid in USD or GBP. UK shareholders automatically receive GBP dividend payments. Dividends are paid gross.

It pays 2 dividends each year, an interim and final. Antofagasta dividend history is available on their website: www.antofagasta.co.uk/interior/investor/dividend.php

Rio Tinto Plc.

Rio Tinto is a multinational mining and resources company with headquarters in both London and Melbourne. It is a dual-listed company which trades on the London Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange.

It was founded in 1873 when a group of investors purchased a large mining operation on the Rio Tinto river in Huelva in Spain. Rio Tinto translates to “red river” which is an indication of rich iron deposits as well as other minerals.

Since this purchase Rio Tinto has expanded through a series of mergers and takeovers to dominated world commodity markets. Its main commidities are aluminium, iron ore, copper, uranium, coal, and diamonds.

During the 1880’s the Rothschild Family took control of Rio Tinto. They still work in partnership with Rio Tinto management to run the operation.

The Alcan $38.1 billion Takeover

In 2007 Rio Tinto took over Alcan (Aluminium Canada) and has been burded with debt as a result.

BHP Billiton Takever Offer

Also in 2007 BHP Billiton made a hostile takeover offer for Rio Tinto which was blocked by the board of directors. Following this China’s Chinalco (Aluminum Corporation of China) and America’s Alcoa purchased a 12% stake in Rio Tinto which prevented any opportunity for BHP to make another hostile bid (they could not purchase enough shares to take a controlling stake).

Chinalco Investments

Since this event Chinalco has made further investments into Rio Tinto, adding to its 9% stake purchased to block BHP Billiton. Amongst other investments, in March 2010 Chinalco made a $1.3 billion investment in Rio Tinto’s Simandou iron ore project. Rio Tinto has kept a controlling 50.35% ownership at Simandou.

Company Information

  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Head office
  • 2 Eastbourne Terrace
  • London
  • W2 6LG
  • UK
  • T: +44 20 7781 2000
  • F: +44 20 7781 1800

Website: www.riotinto.com

Company Registrar

Computershare Investor Services PLC
The Pavilions
Bridgwater Road
Bristol
BS99 6ZY

Online: www.investorcentre.co.uk/contactus

For UK residents only:
Freephone: 0800 435021
Fax: 0870 703 6119

Rio Tinto Dividend Payments

Rio Tinto issues dividends twice a year. They operate a share dividend reinvestment plan. Historic dividend payments are published on their website:www.riotinto.com/shareholders/rio_tinto_plc

“Rio Tinto has a progressive dividend policy – in other words, we aim to increase the value of dividends that you receive, year-on-year.”

 

AstraZeneca Plc.

AstraZeneca is a international pharmaceutical and biological research company based in London. It is the 7th largest pharma company in the world and is also listed in the New York an OMX Swedish-Finnish stock exchanges.

AstraZeneca is the combination of the 1913 Astra AB company which was founded in Sweden by 400 doctors and apothecaries and the Zeneca Group which spun-off from ICI i 1993. The two companies merged in 1999 to form AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca has formed many strategic alliances in the pharma sector including alliances with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories. In 2006 is acquired Cambridge Antibody Technology.

AstraZeneca employs around 11,000 people in the UK with 4,500 based in the Alderley Park research centre. Another 4,000 people are employed in Sweden.

AstraZeneca Key Products

AstraZeneca is a leader in researching and producing medicines in these areas:

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Cardiac and vascular
  • Neurological and psychiatric
  • Infection
  • Respiratory
  • Pathological inflammation
  • Oncology

Company Information

AstraZeneca is a private limited company registered in England and Wales under company number 03674842.

AstraZeneca (Headquarters)

Company Registrar

  • Equiniti Limited
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex
  • BN99 6DA
  • Tel: (in UK) 0800 389 1580
  • Tel: (outside UK) +44 (0)121 415 7033
  • www.shareview.co.uk

AstraZeneca Dividend Payments

Dividends are paid twice a year, with a greater proportion paid as a second interim. The first payment is made in September and the second in March.

View AstraZeneca dividend history here: www.astrazeneca.com/Investors/Investor-tools/Dividend-calculator

 

 

Aggreko plc

Aggreko plc is the worlds biggest emergency power supply company. It owns over 13,000 generators, which is about 10% of the peak power demand for the whole of the UK. It has offices in 34 countries and reaches customers in over 100 countries.

Aggreko was founded in the Netherlands in 1962 but moved to Scotland in 1973. It was acquired by the European transport and logistics company Christian Salvesen plc in 1984 but then later demerged in 1997 when it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Aggrekos power supply units are used in many industries including mining, offshore oil platforms, film studios and shipyards. Aggreko won the contract to supply power and temperature control for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and will also be the power supplier for the London 2012 Games and is also a major sponsor of the Games. Aggreko also produces mobile powerplants which can power entire cities. These are operated out of their Dubai base.

Aggreko won the Scottish Engineering Award in 2011 in recognition of its great successes and achievements. Described by Scottish Engineering as “A manufacturing engineering supply company working in Scotland, which has made a significant contribution towards raising the standard of the sector and has been shown to be an appropriate standard bearer for that sector.”

For the year to December 2010 the company reported a record performance with revenue coming from the Vancouver Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup and the Asian Games and the company was also chosen to be the exclusive supplier of Temporary Energy Services for London 2012.

Group Revenues reached £1.23 billion which was a rise of 20% Trading Profit was £314.5 million up 23.3%. Earnings per share was over 80 pence, up 26.5% Dividend per share was 18.9 pence, up 50%

The 2010 closing Order Book for International Power Projects was 60% up on the previous year and there has been a 14% year on year increase on the MW on rent at the start of 2011.

Link to Scottish Engineer awards page: http://www.scottishengineering.org.uk/…aggreko.pdf

Company Information

  • Aggreko PLC (Group Head Office)
  • 120 Bothwell Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 7JS
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: + 44 (0)141 225 5900
  • Fax: + 44 (0)141 225 5949

Website: www.aggreko.com

Company Registrar

  • Capita Registrars
  • The Registry
  • 34 Beckenham Road
  • Beckenham
  • Kent BR3 4TU
  • UNITED KINGDOM
  • Tel: 0871 664 0300 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras)
  • Tel. from outside the UK: +44 (0) 20 8639 3399

Website: www.capitaregistrars.com
E-mail: ssd@capitaregistrars.com

Aggreko Dividend Payments

Aggreko pays an interim and final dividend each year. Dividends have been rising each year since the first was paid in 1998. Full dividend history can be found on their website: ir.aggreko.com/agk_ir/shser/divinfo/

 

Admiral Group Plc.

Admiral Group provide motor insurance company. They were founded in Cardiff in 1993 with the aim to provide cheaper car insurance to the higher risk customers – young people, owners of performance cars and city-dwellers. They floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2004 with an IPO of 275p per share. Their initial market capitalisation was £711 million (IPO press release).

Admiral have acquired several other companies and now operate the following brands:

Admiral Group Company Information

  • Head office:
  • Admiral Group plc
  • Capital Tower
  • Greyfriars Road
  • Cardiff CF10 3AZ
  • Telephone 0871 882 8282

Place of incorporation: England and Wales

  • SEDOL B02J639
  • ISIN number GB00B02J6398

Website: www.admiralgroup.co.uk

Registrar Details

  • Capita Registrars
  • The Registry
  • 34 Beckenham Road
  • Beckenham
  • Kent
  • BR3 4TU
  • Tel: (0871) 664 0300

 

Admiral Dividend Payments

Admiral pays 2 dividend payments each year. Interim dividends are paid in November and final dividends are paid in May of each year. The interim dividend is generally 1/3 of the total annual dividend payment.

3i Group plc

3i Group plc is an international private equity and venture capital business based in London. 3i focuses on 3 core areas:

  • Private Equity
  • Insfrastructure
  • Debt Management

3i was founded in 1945 by the Bank of England and backed by the government to provide investment funds for SMEs to aid economic growth during the post war period.

3i expanded throughout the last century incorporating its sister company Finance Corporation for Industry. It was renamed Investors In Industry and then simply known as 3i.

3i Group Plc was created in 1987 when the investing banks sold their shares to allow the company to float on the London Stock Exchange. 3i had an initial market capitalisation of £1.5 billion.

3i Group’s Major Investments

3i Group has made many business investments over the years and now controls several varied businesses, including:

  • Agent Provocateur: A lingerie business.
  • Bestinvest: An independent financial advisory and wealth management business.
  • Fairline Boats: A builder of exclusive boats and yachts
  • GO Outdoors – the UK’s largest camping and outdoor retailer
  • Foster and Partners: 3i own a part of this London based architectural business
  • NCP: 3i once fully own National Car Parks but has sold off some of its assets
  • Scandlines: 3i and Allianz Capital Partners have shared ownership of this German-Danish ferry company.
  • Stork Materials Testing: 3i owns the materials and testing group of Stork B.V.

3i Company Details

Registered office:
16 Palace Street, London,
SW1E 5JD
T: +44 (0)20 7928 3131

Place of incorporation: England and Wales

Registered number: 1142830

3i Group plc is an investment company as defined by s266 of the Companies Act 1985

Website: www.3igroup.com

Company Registrar

Equinity manage the shareholder register.

  • Equiniti Limited
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex
  • BN99 6DA
  • Tel: 0871 384 2031

3i Shares and Dividends

3i pays 2 dividends each year, and interim and final dividend. Shareholders can have their dividends paid direct into their bank accounts or by cheque.

3i has a dividend reinvestment plan. Contact Equiniti for details.

3i dividend calculator and historic payments: www.3igroup.com/share-info/dividend-history-and-calculator.html

GlaxoSmithKline Plc.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is the world’s third largest pharmaceutical company. Its product range covers all the major illnesses that we suffer from, including asthma, cancer, virus control, infections, mental health, diabetes and digestive conditions. Diabetes medication is increasing in demand as more people develop obesity related illnesses.

A Brief History of GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline is the result of several mergers. In 1880 Burroughs Wellcome & Company was formed in London and then in 1904 Glaxo was founded in New Zealand. In 1995 Burroughs Wellcome and Glaxo merged to form GlaxoWellcome.

In 1843 Thomas Beecham developed and marketed laxatives and founded the Beecham Group. In 1830 a John K. Smith started out in pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia. He was joined by Mahlon Kline in 1865 and in 1875 the business was renamed Smith, Kline & Co. In 1891 it merged with French, Richard and Company and became Smith Kline & French Laboratories. In 1963 it decided to focus on vaccinations and after more mergers became SmithKline Beckman in 1982.

In 1988 SmithKline Beckman bought International Clinical Laboratories and then the following year it merged with Beecham to become SmithKline Beecham plc. after moving its headquarters to the UK.

In 2000 Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham merged to become GlaxoSmithKline. This was once of the biggest corporate actions mergers of all time.

Terms of the Glaxo Wellcome Merger

The terms of the merger were one new GlaxoSmithKline share for each Glaxo Wellcome share held and 0.4552 GlaxoSmithKline shares for each SmithKline Beecham share. The effective date was 27th December, 2000.

Glaxo Share Prices

See all the latest prices on Google Finance: www.google.com/finance?q=LON:GSK

Company Information

  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • 980 Great West Road
  • Brentford
  • Middlesex TW8 9GS
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 8047 5000
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 8047 7807
  • Website: www.gsk.com

Company Registrar

  • Equiniti Limited
  • Aspect House
  • Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex BN99 6DA
  • Shareholder Portal: www.shareview.co.uk

GlaxoSmithKline Dividend Payments

GKN pays a dividend each quarter, generally paying at the beginning of January, April, July and October. The dividen payment is split evenly throughout the year.

Historic annual dividends:

  • 2004 = 43p
  • 2005 = 42p
  • 2006 = 46p
  • 2007 = 50p
  • 2008 = 55p
  • 2009 = 61p
  • 2010 = 65p

More shareholder information available on the Glaxo investors portal: www.gsk.com/investors