It is important for directors and company secretaries to be aware of the complex procedural rules and legal restrictions on paying dividends. This eBook looks at the steps involved in paying dividends and the rules that restrict the amounts companies can pay out. It also includes additional considerations for publicly traded companies, special kinds of dividends and alternative ways of returning cash to shareholders.
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Chapter 1 focuses on the procedure for paying cash dividends including the power to decide upon a dividend, a company's obligation to pay and to whom and how much, method of payment, accounting for dividends, tax treatment of cash dividends and waivers and unclaimed dividends.
Chapter 2 look at the statutory, common law and other restrictions on companies paying dividends. It includes sections on investment companies, long-term insurance businesses and community interest companies. The consequences of unlawful distributions and remedies are also covered.
Chapter 3 covers the technical rules on determining realised profits and losses for the purposes of determining the amount of profits that a company may legally distribute.
Chapter 4 looks at the key rules that apply to companies trading on AIM or the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange with regards to dividend payments. It includes the operation of scrip dividend and dividend reinvestment plans.
Chapter 5 covers other kinds of distributions including preference share dividends, special dividends, pre-sale dividends or dividend strips, dividends in kind and intra-group transfers.
Chapter 6 considers other methods of returning cash to shareholders including share buybacks and capital reorganisations.
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