Managing your shareholding
Share price information
GKN's share price can be found by clicking here. It also appears in the financial columns of the national press under the prefix GKN.
GKN's register of members is maintained by Equiniti who act as our registrars. If you have any questions about your shareholding or you require any other guidance you can contact Equiniti as follows:
Tel: 0871 384 2962*
Overseas: +44 (0)121 415 7039
A range of shareholder information is available online at Equiniti's website www.shareview.co.uk. You can also obtain forms that you may need to manage your shareholding (for example a change of address form or a stock transfer form) from Equiniti's website.
GKN is obliged by law to make its share register publicly available and as a consequence some shareholders may receive unsolicited mail.
If you wish to limit the amount of unsolicited mail you receive, please contact:
The Mailing Preference Service (MPS)
70 Margaret Street
Alternatively you can register online at www.mpsonline.org.uk or call the MPS registration line on 0845 703 4599.
The use of a nominee company can also help protect your privacy. You can transfer your shares into our corporate nominee by contacting Equiniti. Alternatively, contact your broker for information on their nominee services.
Shareholder fraud: protect your shareholding
We are aware that a small number of shareholders have received unsolicited telephone calls concerning their investment in GKN. These calls are from overseas based organisations who offer to buy GKN shares for considerably more than the current market price. In somoe cases the caller has suggested that there is currently a takeover offer for GKN. There is no such offer and we suspect that the calls are bogus.
Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited investment advice, offers to buy shares or offers of free company reports. Operations, commonly known as 'boiler rooms', are targeting UK shareholders and callers can be very persistent and extremely persuasive. We are aware that they attempt to persuade individuals to provide email addresses or other personal information; shareholders are strongly advised not to provide any such details.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) provides the following guidance should you be contacted in this manner:
Obtain the name of the person calling and the organisation they represent;
Check that they are properly authorised by the Financial Services Authority by checking the FSA register of regulated firms at www.fsa.gov.uk/register/home.do
Call the organisation back to verify their identity using the telephone number listed for them on the FSA register. If you deal with an unauthorised firm you would not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme;
if the calls persist, hang up.
To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraud you can follow the following tips:
- Ensure all your certificates are stored in a safe place, or hold your shares electronically in CREST (electronic settlement system for UK and Irish securities) via a nominee.
- Keep all correspondence containing your shareholder reference number in a safe place.
- Shred all unwanted correspondence.
- If you change your address, inform Equiniti as soon as possible. If you receive a letter from Equiniti regarding a change of address and have not recently moved house, please contact them immediately. You may be a victim of identity theft.
- Know when dividends will be paid. You can request that dividends be paid directly into your bank, reducing the risk of cheques being intercepted or lost in the post. If you change your bank account, inform Equiniti of the details of your new account.