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Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 2pm. The meeting was also broadcast live by webcast.

Shareholders were invited to submit their questions in advance of the meeting and we have prepared an FAQ document that covers common themes from shareholder questions received.

> Watch a recording of the webcast
> Read the transcript

You can see how our shareholders voted below.

2020 Strategic report and financial highlights

 

The following resolutions were put to our shareholders at our AGM on 18 May.

The Resolutions

Resolutions For  Against  Votes Withheld 

Resolution 1: To receive and consider the Annual report and accounts 2020

997,817,470

(99.93%)

698,944

(0.07%) 
2,241,099

Resolution 2: To declare a final dividend for 2020

994,427,853

(99.40%)

6,044,650

(0.60%)

285,010

Resolution 3: To re-appoint KPMG LLP as auditors

989,760,771

(98.86%)

11,408,649

(1.14%)
1,071,797

Resolution 4: To authorise the audit committee to set the auditors’ fees

998,930,655

(99.78%)

2,185,967

(0.22%)
1,124,595

Resolution 5: To approve the Directors’ remuneration report, excluding the remuneration policy

969,169,906

(96.90%)

30,957,556

(3.10%)
2,113,755

Resolutions 6A: To re-elect Sir Douglas Flint

983,666,088

(98.27%)

17,332,867

(1.73%)
1,242,262

6B: To re-elect Jonathan Asquith

990,435,569

(98.96%)

10,363,499

(1.04%)
1,442,149

6C: To re-elect Stephanie Bruce

995,935,046

(99.52%)

4,846,511

(0.48%)
1,459,660

6D: To re-elect John Devine

994,526,352

(99.37%)

6,287,142

(0.63%)
1,427,723

6E: To re-elect Melanie Gee

993,252,576

(99.39%)

6,112,054

(0.61%)
1,392,883

6F: To re-elect Brian McBride

993,970,169

(99.48%)

5,197,247

(0.52%)
1,590,097

6G: To re-elect Martin Pike

992,963,288

(99.36%)

6,364,974

(0.64%)
1,429,251

6H: To re-elect Cathleen Raffaeli

994,475,203

(99.51%)

4,856,475

(0.49%)
1,425,835
6I: To re-elect Cecilia Reyes

994,613,594

(99.53%)

4,733,073

(0.47%)

1,410,846
6J: To re-elect Jutta af Rosenborg

944,409,033

(94.51%)

54,831,426

(5.49%)
1,517,054
Resolution 7: To elect Stephen Bird

995,589,976

(99.63%)

3,728,883

(0.37%)
1,438,654

Resolution 8: To provide limited authority to make political donations and to incur political expenditure

975,434,897

(97.70%)

22,964,163

(2.30%)
2,358,453

Resolution 9: To authorise the Directors to issue further shares

980,292,463

(98.08%)

19,229,107

(1.92%)
1,235,943

Resolution 10: To disapply share pre-emption rights

988,540,207

(99.04%)

9,611,199

(0.96%)
2,606,107

Resolution 11: To give authority for the Company to buy back shares

983,273,529

(98.65%)

13,467,929

(1.35%)
4,015,605

Resolution 12: To authorise the Directors to allot shares in relation to the issuance of Convertible Bonds

978,162,413

(97.96%)

20,368,615

(2.04%)
2,228,606

Resolution 13: To disapply pre-emption rights in respect of allotments of equity securities in relation to the issuance of Convertible Bonds

971,998,450

(97.40%)

25,954,320

(2.60%)
2,806,864

Resolution 14: To allow the Company to call general meetings on 14 days’ notice

943,558,265

(94.36%)

56,401,479

(5.64%)
799,890

Resolution 15: To adopt new articles of association

994,782,590

(99.67%)

3,272,125

(0.33%)
2,704,469

Issued share capital - Total voting rights

On 8 March 2021 – the latest practical business day before the printing and publication of the Notice of Annual General Meeting – the Company’s issued share capital consisted of 2,180,723,058 ordinary shares, carrying one vote each. No shares were held in treasury. Therefore, the total voting rights in the Company as at 8 March 2021 were 2,180,723,058.