Dividends are the way in which the Company makes distributions from its profits to shareholders. In normal circumstances, Rentokil Initial pays dividends twice a year, and the level of each dividend is decided by the Company's directors. A dividend is paid for each share, so the amount you receive depends on the number of shares you own at the record date. It can be paid in cash or used to buy more shares.

Dividend payment

In the current circumstances relating to COVID-19, and as indicated in the trading update issued on 25 March 2020, the Board of Directors of Rentokil Initial plc have taken the decision to suspend dividend payments for the time being and therefore will not be recommending the payment of the final dividend as announced with the Preliminary Results on 27 February 2020 and as stated in the 2019 Annual Report. Accordingly, no dividend resolution is now being proposed in the Notice of Meeting for the 2020 AGM and no final dividend will be paid.

Dividend history

  Payment date Payment rate Record date Year end date
2019 Interim Dividend 11 Sep 2019 1.51p 9 Aug 2019 31 Dec 2019
2018 Final Dividend
15 May 2019 3.16p 12 Apr 2019 31 Dec 2018
2018 Interim Dividend
12 Sept 2018 1.311p 10 Aug 2018 31 Dec 2018
2017 Final Dividend
16 May 2018 2.74p 13 Apr 2018 31 Dec 2017
2017 Interim Dividend 13 Sept 2017 1.14p 11 Aug 2017
31 Dec 2017
2016 Final Dividend
17 May 2017
2.38p 7 April 2017 31 Dec 2016

2016 Interim Dividend

14 Sept 2016
12 Aug 2016
31 Dec 2016
2015 Final Dividend 18 May 2016 2.06p 8 April 2016 31 Dec 2015
2015 Interim Dividend 16 Sept 2015 0.87p 14 Aug 2015 31 Dec 2015
2014 Final Dividend 20 May 2015 1.82p 17 Apr 2015 31 Dec 2014
2014 Interim Dividend 16 Sept 2014 0.77p 15 Aug 2014 31 Dec 2014
2013 Final Dividend 21 May 2014 1.61p 11 Apr 2014 31 Dec 2013
2013 Interim Dividend 24 Sept 2013 0.70p 23 Aug 2013 31 Dec 2013
2012 Final Dividend 21 May 2013 1.43p 19 Apr 2013 31 Dec 2012
2012 Interim Dividend 26 Oct 2012 0.67p 14 Sep 2012 31 Dec 2012
2011 Final Dividend 15 May 2012 1.33p 10 Apr 2012 31 Dec 2011
2010 Final Dividend No final dividend      
2009 Final Dividend No final dividend      

'Record date' and 'ex-dividend' date

A dividend is paid based on the number of shares held on the share register at the record date, which is one day after the ex-dividend date. If you receive a dividend and are not sure if you are entitled to it, you should contact the agent who sold your shares for you.

The ex-dividend date is a specific date, occurring after the dividend has been declared, after which buyers are no longer entitled to receive the last declared dividend. This is known as going 'ex-dividend' and before this date the shares are said to be 'cum-dividend'. If you buy shares before the ex-dividend date, you are entitled to the recently declared dividend. If you buy shares on or after that date, the previous owner of the shares (and not you) is entitled to the dividend.

Payment of dividends

If you are a shareholder who has a UK bank/building society account, you can arrange to have dividends paid direct via a bank/building society mandate. Rentokil Initial plc no longer pays dividends by cheque.

If dividends are paid direct to your bank or building society account through the BACS system, it avoids the risk of cheques being lost in the post and your dividend will be in your account on the day the payment is made. To have dividends paid directly to your bank or building society account, simply contact the Company’s Registrar, Equiniti.

If you do not have a UK bank or building society account, you may be able to arrange for payments to be converted and paid in your local currency using the Equiniti Overseas Payment Service.  This service pays in over 83 currencies to over 90 different countries.

You will receive a dividend confirmation by post setting out details of the dividend paid to you at the time.

Alternatively, the company offers a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP), which is a low cost way to use your dividend payments to purchase additional shares in the Company, enabling you to increase your shareholding in a convenient and cost-effective manner. The DRIP is operated by Equiniti Financial Services Limited (EFSL). Rather than having a bank account credited with a cash dividend payment, ESFL will use the dividends payable to DRIP participants to purchase shares on their behalf in the market, under a special low-cost dealing arrangement.

Any shareholder wishing to join the DRIP should contact EFSL for an application form, using the contact details provided below.

Tel: 0333 207 6581

Overseas: +44 (0)121 415 0077

Changes to dividend taxation

The Government has announced that from 6 April 2018 the Dividend Tax Credit will be replaced by a new tax-free Dividend Allowance. This will be in the form of a 0% tax rate on the first £2,000 of dividend income per year.

UK residents will pay tax on any dividends received over the £2,000 allowance at the following rates:

  • 7.5% on dividend income within the basic rate (20%) band
  • 32.5% on dividend income within the higher rate (40%) band
  • 38.1% on dividend income within the additional rate (45%) band

Dividends paid on shares held within pensions and Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) will continue to be tax free. Further information is available from HMRC. Please go to www.gov.uk/tax-on-dividends

IMPORTANT: You will be required to retain details of any dividend payments you receive and complete Tax Returns where required. For further advice please contact a tax or financial advisor who in the UK must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.