CASH DISTRIBUTION AND STC CHARGE
27 December 2005
Shareholders are reminded of the non-comparability of the effective tax rate in the forthcoming interim results, due to the STC incurred on the September 2005 dividend payment.
The cash distribution from share premium in the comparative period did not incur STC.
The impact is estimated to increase the effective tax rate by approximately 2,5% and reduce headline earnings per share by approximately 4% for the half year.