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Ordinary shares

These include the right to:

  • Vote at general meetings, either in person or by proxy (by post/via the web)
    Access online proxy voting
  • Receive dividends on your ordinary shares (normally paid twice a year)
  • Receive certain company documents each year, for example the Annual Report and the AGM documents
  • Attend and speak at general meetings.

If you do not have your name on the shareholder register because you hold your shares through a nominee, your nominee will receive any company documents sent to shareholders. You need to make arrangements with your nominee if you wish to receive such documents and to attend and, on a poll, vote at general meetings.

Diageo has an internal Registrar function that manages the share register.

Manage your shareholding online

Use our online share portal, Diageo Registrars, to:

  • check the number of shares you own and find out their value
  • register for electronic communications
  • update your address and provide dividend mandate details
  • access dividend confirmations
  • vote on resolutions at our AGM
  • take part in online share dealing.

Share certificates

Your Diageo share certificate is evidence of your shareholding in the company and should be kept in a safe place. If you hold your Diageo shares through a nominee account or through CREST, you will not have a share certificate.

The nominal or 'par' value of a company's shares is shown on the share certificate. The current nominal value of Diageo's ordinary shares is 28,101/108p each.

Diageo ordinary share certificates showing a nominal value of 25p per share or certificates for B shares can be destroyed as they are no longer valid.

Following the merger of Grand Metropolitan plc and Guinness plc to form Diageo plc on 17 December 1997, share certificates in either of the former names are no longer valid.

If you have a question about your certificate(s) (including the replacement of lost certificates or the consolidation of several certificates into one), please contact the Diageo Registrar.

Visit our FAQs page for answers to common questions we are asked by ordinary shareholders.

Share register analysis

Band analysis

The following table provides an analysis of the number of shares held by shareholders within various shareholding thresholds as at 30 June 2017.

Range Holders Shares
1 – 100 8,751 343,747
101 – 200 5,875 902,656
201 – 500 15,315 5,318,624
501 – 1000 14,329 10,580,645
1,001 – 2,000 11,902 17,116,760
2,001 – 5,000 8,514 26,526,513
5,001 – 10,000 2,560 17,594,623
10,001 – 50,000 1,443 28,145,076
50,001 – 100,000 277 19,750,300
100,001 – 500,000 475 108,003,006
500,001 – 1,000,000 134 95,537,499
1,000,001 – 5,000,000 164 358,553,351
5,000,001 – 10,000,000 28 194,109,148
10,000,001 – 50,000,000 31 613,400,175
50,000,001 – 99,999,999,999 8 1,258,585,392

Shareholder category analysis

The following table represents categories of shareholders holding Diageo shares and the percentage of the company’s issued share capital held within each shareholder category as at 30 June 2017.

Category Holdings % Shares %
Individuals 61,436 88.01% 108,075,104 3.92%
Insurance Companies 22 0.03% 83,012 0.01%
Investment Trusts 53 0.08% 140,717 0.01%
Pension Funds 5 0.01% 23,910 0.01%
Nominee Companies 7,409 10.61% 2,181,795,252 79.20%
Limited Companies 384 0.55% 229,538,944 8.33%
Bank & Bank Nominees 168 0.24% 230,113,717 8.35%
Other Institutions 329 0.47% 4,696,859 0.17%