On Friday, 2 May 2014, the Board of IHG announced its intention to return US$750 million to Shareholders via a Special Dividend with a Share Consolidation. The Board today announces it is publishing a circular (the Circular ) setting out full details of the proposed Special Dividend and associated Share Consolidation and convening a General Meeting to be held on Monday, 30 June 2014 at 9.30am at the Crowne Plaza London Kensington, 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER.
Special dividend The proposed amount of the Special Dividend is US$2.93 (174.9 pence) per Existing Ordinary Share. The Board is proposing to pay the Special Dividend to Shareholders on the Register at 6.00pm on Monday, 30 June 2014 in pounds sterling and to ADR holders on the record as at 4.00pm (New York time) on Monday, 30 June 2014 (being the close of business on the day before the ADR effective date) in US dollars, in each case as an interim dividend in respect of the financial year ending 31 December 2014. The Special Dividend is expected to be paid to Shareholders and to holders of ADRs on Monday, 14 July 2014.
Share consolidation It is proposed that the payment of the Special Dividend be accompanied by a consolidation of the Company's ordinary share capital. The Share Consolidation will replace every 13 Existing Ordinary Shares with 12 New Ordinary Shares. Upon the Share Consolidation, the nominal value of the Ordinary Shares will change from 14 194/329 pence per Ordinary Share to 15 265/329 pence per Ordinary Share. Fractional entitlements arising from the Share Consolidation will be aggregated and sold in the market on behalf of the relevant Shareholders. The proceeds of the sale are expected to be sent to Shareholders on Wednesday, 9 July 2014. The value of any Shareholder's fractional entitlement will not exceed the value of one New Ordinary Share.
As at the close of business on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 (being the last practicable date prior to the posting of the Circular) when the closing mid-market price per Existing Ordinary Share was 2,309 pence and there were 255,793,702 Existing Ordinary Shares in issue (excluding treasury shares), the total amount of the Special Dividend was equivalent to 7.6 per cent. of the market capitalisation of the Company. The effect of the Share Consolidation will be to reduce the number of Ordinary Shares in issue by approximately the same percentage.
As all ordinary shareholdings in the Company will be consolidated, Shareholders' percentage holdings in the issued share capital of the Company will (save in respect of fractional entitlements) remain unchanged.