Frequently Asked Questions
Record holders of the Company's ADSs are entitled to attend, speak and vote on a poll or a show of hands at any General Meeting of the Company's Shareholders by the Depositary's appointment of them as Proxies with respect to the underlying Ordinary Shares represented by the ADSs. Alternatively, holders of ADSs are entitled to vote by supplying their Voting Instructions to the Depositary or its Nominee, who will vote the Ordinary Shares underlying their ADSs in accordance with their instructions.
Once enrolled in the Plan, you can invest cash dividends, when paid, and make optional cash investments simply and conveniently. Optional cash investments can be made at any time. With DB Global Direct Investor Services Program you have the advantage of having your cash fully invested because all ADSs, both full and fractional, are credited to your account and earn additional dividends when paid.
If you already own Vodafone ADSs in certificated form, you may deposit the certificates into your Plan account. AST will credit these ADSs to your Plan account in book-entry form. This feature protects your ADSs against possible loss, theft or accidental destruction and may save you the expense of having to replace your certificates.
ADSs owned by you, whether in book-entry or certificated form, can be easily sold or transferred through the Plan. Transfers may be effected in book-entry or certificated form. You may instruct AST to issue a certificate in your name for ADSs held in the Plan at any time.
ADR holders should address any queries or instructions regarding their holdings to AST who can be contacted via post, telephone or email. ADR holders can also register to view their account balance and history and perform transactions online at www.astfinancial.com.
The contact details for AST are available to view on the Manage your holding page.
An American Depositary Share (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. Vodafone ADSs, each representing 10 Ordinary Shares, are traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the VOD symbol.
ADS holders are not members of the Company, but may instruct Deutsche Bank on the exercise of voting rights relative to the number of Ordinary Shares represented by their ADRs.
ADS holders are generally entitled to the same rights as the underlying shareholders, subject to the terms specified on the ADR certificate.
Vodafone Group Plc will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, its Annual Report (which corresponds to the 10-K for a US Corporation) and other information as required.
To obtain a copy of the Annual Report please contact AST.
The interim dividend is usually declared in November and paid in February and the final dividend is usually declared in May and paid in August.
ADS holders are generally eligible for all dividends or other entitlements attaching to the underlying shares of Vodafone Group Plc and receive all cash dividends in US dollars.
Following the decision to rebase the dividend in May 2019, the August 2019 dividend fee was reduced to $0.01 per ADS. Future ADS dividend fees will be published in due course.
Further details can be found here: https://www.vodafone.com/content/index/investors/shareholders/adr_holders/dividends.html.