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There are additional shareholder services available through our Registrars, Computershare Investor Services PLC.

All about Investor Centre

'Investor Centre' is a free service available to Unilever PLC shareholders enabling you to administer many aspects of your shareholding online. Registering with Computershare for "Investor Centre" provides you with the following benefits:

  • amend your personal details online

  • value your Unilever PLC share portfolio

  • apply a bank mandate to your shareholding so that any future dividends are sent directly to your bank account

To login or register for Investor Centre, please click on the External link.

Check your Unilever shareholding

You are also able to check your Unilever PLC shareholding by using our registrar's website. All you require is your unique shareholder reference number that can be found on your share certificate or dividend tax voucher. You will also be asked for confirmation of your postcode or country of residence. To check your Unilever PLC shareholding, please go to the Investor Centre.

Investor Centre

This is historic capital gains tax information relating to Unilever PLC.

UK Capital Gains Tax

The market value of PLC 3¹⁄9p ordinary shares at 31 March 1982 would have been 76.84p per share. Since 1982, PLC ordinary shares have been sub-divided on two occasions and consolidated on two occasions.

First, with effect on 26 June 1987, the 25p shares were split into five shares of 5p each. Secondly, with effect on 13 October 1997, the 5p shares were split into four shares of 1.25p each. Thirdly, with effect on 10 May 1999, the shares were consolidated by replacing every 112 shares of 1.25p each with 100 shares of 1.4p each. Lastly, with effect on 22 May 2006, the shares were consolidated by replacing every 20 shares of 1.4p each with nine shares of 31/9p each.

Dividend Tax Allowance

From April 2016 dividend tax credits will be replaced by an annual £5,000 tax-free allowance on dividend income across an individual’s entire share portfolio. Above this amount, individuals will pay tax on their dividend income at a rate dependent on their income tax bracket and personal circumstances. The Company will continue to provide registered shareholders with a confirmation of the dividends paid by Unilever and this should be included with any other dividend income received when calculating and reporting total dividend income received. It is the shareholder’s responsibility to include all dividend income when calculating any tax liability. 

This change was announced by the Chancellor, as part of the UK government Budget, in July 2015. If you have any tax queries, please contact a Financial Advisor.

PLC's issued share capital is made up of: (i) £37,322,707 split into 1,199,662,738 ordinary shares of 3 1/9p each and (ii) £100,000 of deferred stock.

An American Depositary Receipt or ADR is a negotiable instrument that represents ownership in securities of a non-U.S. company; it is a mechanism that facilitates U.S. trading of non-U.S. securities. ADRs provide U.S. investors with a convenient way to invest in overseas securities. ADRs are issued by a depositary bank and are traded in the same manner as shares in U.S. companies on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Nasdaq and the Over-The-Counter (OTC) market. Unilever PLC ADRs trade on the NYSE, symbol UL and Deutsche Bank Trust company Americas. is the depositary bank that issues ADRs.

ADRs eliminate many of the obstacles of holding non-U.S. securities since they trade and settle according to U.S. market practices, are quoted and traded in dollars and pay dividends in dollars, eliminate custodian safekeeping charges in the issuer's home country facilitate prompt dividend payments and corporate action notifications.

For non-US issuers, an ADR programme can stimulate investor interest, broaden a company's shareholder base and raise a company's visibility in the US.

ADR/Underlying share conversion

An ADS is a share, evidenced by an ADR, that represents a specified number of underlying shares held in custody in the issuer's home market. The terms ADR and ADS are often used interchangeably. The number of underlying shares represented by one American depositary receipt (ADR). The ratio is typically depicted as, for example, 3:1, or one ADR representing three underlying shares. Unilever's ratio is 1:1, i.e. one ADR represents one underlying Unilever PLC share. ADR holders are generally entitled to the same rights as the underlying shareholders, subject to the terms specified on the ADR certificate.

To convert your Deutsche Bank underlying shares into ADRs, you can transfer your underlying shares to Deutsche Bank custodian bank in the issuer's home country. On receipt of the underlying shares, Deutsche Bank will issue ADRs representing the newly deposited shares to you. On the other hand, to convert your ADRs into underlying shares, instruct your broker to cancel the ADRs, and provide him or her with complete delivery instructions in the issuer's home country.

In view of the value of your certificates and the expense associated with replacing lost certificates, you should keep them in a safe-deposit box or other secure place. Certificates are negotiable documents and should be signed only in the event of a sale or transfer of ownership. If your certificate is lost, stolen, or destroyed, notify Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services immediately.

Shareholder services

Please call Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services to change your address when you move so that your account records can be updated:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Operations Center
6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Toll-free number: +1 (800) 937-5449
Direct Dial: +1 718 921 8124

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