Notice of annual general meeting
Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of The Economist Newspaper Limited will be held at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED on Tuesday July 13th, 2021 at 12.15pm with facilities to observe electronically, for the purposes set out below.
All resolutions will be proposed as ordinary resolutions.
- To receive the accounts and the reports of the directors and the auditor for the year ended March 31st 2021.
- To declare a final dividend of 100.0 pence per share in respect of the year ended March 31st 2021 to all “A” Special, “B” Special and Ordinary shareholders on the company’s register of members at the close of business on June 14th 2021.
- To reappoint Deloitte LLP as the company’s auditor to hold office until the conclusion of the next general meeting at which accounts are laid before the company.
- To authorise the directors to fix the remuneration of the auditors.
By order of the Board
Chief legal and corporate development officer
Group company secretary
Registered in England and Wales No. 00236383
1-11 John Adam Street
London WC2N 6HT
June 14th 2021
The Company has been closely monitoring the evolving covid-19 situation as the restrictions in the United Kingdom are gradually eased under the UK Government’s four-step roadmap out of lockdown. Although shareholders are legally entitled to attend this year’s AGM in person, given the ongoing uncertainty in connection with the covid-19 pandemic, some shareholders may prefer not to, and indeed the Board strongly recommends that shareholders do not attend, the AGM in person.
Arrangements have therefore been made for shareholders to observe the meeting electronically. Persons observing the AGM electronically will not be able to vote at the meeting, and the Board recommends that shareholders vote on all resolutions by completing their Form of Proxy to appoint the chairman of their AGM as their proxy in accordance with the instructions on it and submit it as soon as possible. Further details are provided in the letter from the company and the Form of Proxy enclosed.
- A member entitled to attend and vote at the AGM is entitled to appoint one or more proxies to exercise all or any of his/her rights to attend, speak and vote at the meeting. A member can appoint more than one proxy in relation to the meeting, provided that each proxy is appointed to exercise the rights attaching to different shares held by him/her.
- A Form of Proxy is enclosed and the notes to the form set out the details of how to appoint a proxy. In light of covid-19 restrictions, and the possibility of stricter restrictions being introduced than are currently anticipated, we would encourage shareholders to appoint the chairman of the AGM as their proxy or representative as any other persons so appointed will not be permitted to attend the AGM in person should indoor gatherings of people be restricted. Appointing the chairman of the meeting as proxy will ensure that your vote will be counted even if attendance at the meeting is restricted or you or your proxy are otherwise unable to attend.
- To be valid, shareholders must complete the Proxy Form and submit it in accordance with the instructions printed on the form so as to be received by the company’s registrars, Computershare Investor Services PLC, The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, Bristol BS99 6ZY no later than 48 hours before the meeting or, if the meeting is adjourned, no later than 48 hours before the adjourned meeting. Proxy appointments and voting instructions can now be submitted:
– electronically, through www.investorcentre.co.uk/eproxy; or
– in hard copy, by posting the duly completed and signed form proxy to Computershare Investor Services PLC, The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, Bristol BS99 6ZY.
Whether or not you intend to attend the AGM, please submit your form of proxy electronically or in hard copy as soon as possible.