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Dividend information

Dividends on ordinary shares are normally paid twice a year – an interim dividend in April and a final dividend in October. The approximate split between the two payments is 40/60.

Dividends on ordinary shares are normally paid twice a year – an interim dividend in April and a final dividend in October. The approximate split between the two payments is 40/60.

You can choose whether to take your dividends in cash or to reinvest them in ordinary shares under our Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP).

Cash dividend payments are made by cheque on the dividend payment date, unless you choose to mandate your dividends, in which case they will be paid direct to your bank or building society account on the payment date.

Dividend confirmations

To help with record keeping and to reduce printing, paper and postage costs, we issue one Annual Dividend Confirmation in October each year. This contains details of all dividends paid during the tax year and is available to view and download online through the Share Portal.

You will receive annual notice in October by email or post to let you know when the confirmations is available to view online. Those shareholders who have chosen paper as their preferred communication method will continue to receive a paper document in October each year.

Dividend mandates

You can have your cash dividends paid directly into your UK bank account on the dividend payment. To notify the Registrar of your bank details you can:

  • Register with our Share Portal. This is the easiest way to notify the Registrar and also allows you to manage your holding online.
  • If you live outside the UK, our Registrar, Link, offer an International Payments Service, which facilitates the conversion of your dividend payment into the currency of your choice with payment sent by draft or electronically. You can sign up for this service on our Share Portal.

Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP)

The DRIP gives you the opportunity to build up your shareholding in Diageo by using your cash dividends to purchase further Diageo shares.

The DRIP is administered by our Registrar, Link .  Please contact the Registrar should you wish to reinvest your dividends.

Visit our financial calendar for the record date and the date for return of DRIP mandate forms in respect of a particular dividend.

The purchases are made on, or as soon as reasonably practicable, after the dividend payment date, at the market price(s) available at the time. Any surplus cash dividend remaining is carried forward and added to your next dividend payment.

To be eligible to participate in the DRIP for a particular dividend your shareholding must appear on the share register on the record date for the payment of that dividend.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the Share Portal.

Dividend history

Year ended June Interim/Final Net amount (pence) Payment date
1998 Interim
Final
7.20 + 5.3
10.8
24.04.98
30.11.98
1999 Interim
Final
7.8
11.7
30.04.99
15.11.99
2000 Interim
Final
8.4
12.6
13.04.00
15.11.00
2001 Interim
Final
8.9
13.4
23.04.01
05.11.01
2002 Interim
Final
9.3
14.5
22.04.02
04.11.02
2003 Interim
Final
9.9
15.7
07.04.03
27.10.03
2004 Interim
Final
10.6
17
06.04.04
29.10.04
2005 Interim
Final
11.35
18.2
06.04.05
24.10.05
2006 Interim
Final
11.95
19.15
10.04.06
22.10.06
2007 Interim
Final
12.55
20.15
10.04.07
22.10.07
2008 Interim
Final
13.2
21.15
07.04.08
20.10.08
2009 Interim
Final
13.9
22.2
06.04.09
19.10.09
2010 Interim
Final
14.6
23.5
06.04.10
19.10.10
2011 Interim
Final
15.5
24.9
06.04.11
24.10.11
2012 Interim
Final
16.6
26.9
10.04.12
22.10.12
2013 Interim
Final
18.1
29.3
08.04.13
03.10.13
2014 Interim
Final
19.7
32
07.04.14
02.10.14
2015 Interim
Final
21.5
34.9
07.04.15
08.10.15
2016 Interim
Final
22.6
36.6
07.04.16
06.10.16
2017 Interim
Final
23.7
38.5
06.04.17
05.10.17
2018 Interim

24.9

06.04.18

 *the proposed final dividend is subject to shareholder approval at the next AGM.

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