Frequently asked questions
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Warning to Shareholders - What if I have received an unsolicited offer to purchase my shares at an inflated price?
It was been brought to our attention that a US firm has been targeting a number of our shareholders informing them that they are intending to bid for the Company and that they are offering to purchase shares in the Company for a greatly inflated price. This appears to be what is known as a boilerscam and is not a genuine offer.
Over the last year many companies have become aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondance concerning investment matters. These are typically from overseas based ‘brokers' who target UK shareholders offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. They can be very persistant and extremely persuasive and a 2006 survey by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has reported that the average amount lost by inverstors is around £20,000. It is not just the novice investor that has been duped in this way; many of the victims had been successfully investing for several years. Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports.
If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:
- Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation.
- Check that they are properly authorised by the FSA before getting involved. You can check at www.fsa.gov.uk/register.
- The FSA also maintains on its website a list of unauthorised overseas firms who are targeting, or who have targered, UK investors and any approach from such organisations should be reported to the FSA so that this list can be kept up to date and any other appropriate action can be considered. If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you would not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The FSA can be contacted by completing an online form at www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/doing/regulated/law/alerts/overseas.shtml.
Details of any sharedealing facilities that the company endorses will be included in company mailings.
More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FSA website http://www.fsa.gov.uk/consumer/.
Is it possible to have a lost or invalid dividend cheque replaced?
Yes. Please contact Link Asset Services. See contact details above
Can I have my dividends paid directly into my bank or building society account?
Yes, if you hold ordinary shares and live in the UK or certain other countries covered by the transcontinental automated payment service. Please contact Link Asset Services for further information. See contact details above.
Can I transfer all or some of my shares to other members of my family?
Yes. Please contact Link Asset Services. See contact details above.
I receive multiple copies of shareholder circulars. What should I do?
Your name probably appears on the share register more than once. Please contact Link Asset Services for advice on how to amalgamate your shareholdings. See contact details above.
When will Bloomsbury pay dividends this year?
Please see Dividend History for details of the dividend calendar.
When will Bloomsbury release results this year?
Please see Important Dates for details of the financial calendar.
How do I get an annual report?
Please see Annual Reports for details of annual and interim reports available.