Relations with shareholders and investors
Information for shareholders and investors
Protection of shareholders’ rights
The Company prioritises the protection of shareholders’ interests, seeking to forge and maintain the relations of trust. In building its relations with the shareholders, the Company makes every effort to protect their rights and prevent any violation of these rights. The Company is engaged in a direct dialogue with the shareholders and investors and guided by the current legislation and best global practices. The main standards of external corporate conduct and ethics to be applied in the relations with shareholders and investors are outlined in the Company Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
The Company strives to minimise the actual risks to the investors; therefor it appropriately discloses the information on its activities and refrains from actions that may mislead the investors. The Company makes every effort to increase its shareholder value, prevent intercompany conflicts and ensure high quality of corporate governance.
The Company equally respects the rights of all shareholders, regardless of the number of shares or GDRs they hold. The Company guarantees to all its shareholders the protection of all the rights stipulated by the current legislation and the rights resulting from the Company’s obligations in relation to trading securities on the stock exchanges. The Company also offers assistance to the shareholders in line with the best global practices in corporate governance. In doing so, the Company constantly works towards making the exercise of these rights even easier and more accessible, more effective, and yet less costly.
Though the Company’s investment appeal largely depends on its effectiveness and performance, corporate governance, especially the openness and the transparency of the Company’s activities, is also very important for making a positive investment decision.
To ensure a high level of openness that is consistent to the global best practice, the Company timely provides the investment community with all the information that may materially affect the value of the Company’s securities, in particular:
- Annual and quarterly reporting on the financial and operating performance;
- Information on all material events in the Company’s activities;
- Specialised information and analytical materials for investors.
Further, the Company ensures equal access to Company information for all representatives of the investment community and makes every effort to prevent separate groups of investors from gaining exclusive access to such information.
Any information that can have a material effect on the value of the Company’s shares is published at the official web site of LLC Rusagro’s Group of Companies, the RNS LSE, the Moscow Stock Exchange, and Interfax news agency, in line with the statutory requirements on information disclosure. As soon as the quarterly and annual financial results are available, the Company holds conference calls to share the results and provide further explanation that is required to assess the financial standing of the Group.
To ensure unified understanding of the results and events, Rusagro holds regular meetings between its senior executives and key managers and the representatives of media and the investment community, and maintains contact through internet and telecommunications networks. Once a year, the Company arranges visits to the Group’s major facilities and holds workshops; these visits are timed to coincide with the Analyst and Investor Day.
The calendar with dates of key news release and corporate events is available at the Company’s web site.
The Company is committed to constantly improve its cooperation with the investment community and open for comments and suggestions on its development. The Company values its shareholders and investors and will continue its efforts on better meeting their demand in accurate, complete, and timely information.
The shareholders’ right to participate in Rusagro’s profits is exercised through the Dividend Policy. In August 2013, the Meeting of Shareholders approved the Dividend Policy providing for annual payments of at least 25% of the Company’s net profit. In March 2021, Payment is made twice a year based on the financial results for the first half of the year and the second half of the year. Securities owned by the Company do not participate in the payment of dividends.
Rusagro’s payout of dividends to shareholders totalled RUB 4.9 billion (USD 68.6 million), which amounted to 50% of the Company’s net profit for 2019, while the absolute indicator of net profit in 2019 decreased by 24
The first interim dividends in 2020 were paid in the amount of RUB 1.9 billion (USD 25.6 million). As for the second half of the year, the Board of Directors recommended to pay USD 139.91 million. Thus, the total amount of dividends for 2020 will amount to USD 165.47 million; payment per share will be USD 5.20 (gross), for one GDR — about USD 1.04 (gross)The dates of debiting funds from ROS AGRO PLC account are taken as dividend payout period. The date when dividends are credited to shareholders’ accounts may depend on the timing of payments made by the Company’s depository and the timing of funds credited by shareholders’ brokers. The payment of dividends for 2020 did not include securities owned by the Company, which amounted to 2,135,313 GDRs during the year.
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