Charles Stanley Group - Capital History
Charles Stanley Group PLC was incorporated on 16 July 1896 in the name of The Oceana Consolidated Company Ltd.
No share certificate dated earlier than 30 November 1960 is now valid. The company underwent a number of reconstructions and capital write-downs between 1896 and 1960. New share certificates were issued on 30.11.1960. Since 1970 there have been several bonus and rights issues.
The company changed its name on 16 July 1996 to Charles Stanley Group PLC.
Details of the capital changes since 1970 are as follows:
1970: Capitalisation: 1 for 1(ex cap: 20.10.70)
1973: Rights Issue: 1 for 5 at 50p per share (ex rights: 13.10.73)
1977: Capitalisation: 1 for 2 (ex cap: 28.10.82)
1982: Capitalisation: 1 for 1 (ex cap: 13.12.82)
1984: Capitalisation: 1 for 2 (ex cap: 10.12.84)
1989: Rights Issue: 1 for 5 at 65p per share (ex rights: 4.5.89)
1995: Open Offer: 1 for 20 at 105p per share (ex entitlement: 18.9.95)
1996: Capitalisation: 1 for 5 (ex cap: 24.7.96)
1999: Capitalisation: 3 for 1 (ex cap: 15.12.99)
All share certificates issued since 1960 remain valid.
Earlier capital history
Between 1896 and 1960 the company underwent a series of capital reconstructions as follows:
1909: 10s. was written off each share of £1, leaving the number of issued shares unaltered. (13.5.09)
1915: 5s. was written off each share of 10s., leaving the number of issued shares unaltered. (23.6.15)
1936: 4s 4½d was written off each ordinary share of 5s. The resulting shares of 7½d were consolidated in the ratio of 8 to 1 into shares of 5s. each. Preference shares of 5s. were written down by 1s 10½d to 3s 1½d and then consolidated and converted into ordinary shares of 5s. in the ratio of 5 ordinary shares for every 8 written-down preference shares. No payment was made for fractions. (29.12.36)
1945: The directors were empowered to sell all holdings of less than 40 stock units of 5s., and distribute the proceeds to the entitled stockholder on production of the certificate. The proceeds amounted to 6d (2½p) per unit, which is still available. (effective from 18.8.45)
1946: As the result of a scheme approved by the High Court, each stockholder surrendered one-half of his holding free-of-charge to Rock Investment Co Ltd. If the remaining balance was less than 100 shares this balance was acquired compulsorily at 2s. per stock unit, unless the stockholder expressly elected to retain it. The stockholder could choose to re-purchase, at 2s. per stock unit, any of the units surrendered free-of-charge. In addition the stockholder could apply for excess units on the same terms, but Rock Investment Co Ltd could decline applications. (Scheme approved 15.7.46)
1952: 1,000,000 "A" shares of 2s. each were created out of unissued ordinary shares. (18.12.52). These were never issued, and were cancelled 1.7.60.
1960: 4s 10d was written off each 5s. ordinary share, and the resulting units of 2d were consolidated into 5s stock units in the ratio of 30 for 1. Fractions were sold at par, and 2d per fraction remains payable on surrender of the share certificate. (1.7.60)
Share Warrants to Bearer
Between incorporation in 1896 and 1929 Oceana Consolidated issued bonds representing warrants to convert into registered shares (variously of £1, 10s or 5s, see above). The bonds were issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 shares. The first sheet of coupons, numbered 1 to 19, were all paid, and surviving bonds should now have a second sheet of coupons attached, originally numbered 20 to 39. The final coupon to be paid was no 20 (in 1929) and this should have been detached. The remaining 19 coupons should still be present.
The company will repay or convert the bonds in accordance with the capital history set out above. Thus:
Warrants totalling less than 320 shares:
These were cancelled and are no longer valid. The holding was reduced in the ratio of 8:1 in 1936, and resulting holdings of less than 40 shares were sold for 6d (2½p) in 1945. Up to 97½p may therefore be payable on surrender of the bonds.
Warrants totalling between 321 and 1599 shares:
These were cancelled and are no longer valid. The holding was reduced in the ratio of 8:1 in 1936. In 1946 half of the resulting holding was sold compulsorily, free-of-charge, and the balance, being less than 100 shares, was sold at 2s (10p) per share. Up to £9.90 may therefore be payable on surrender of the bonds.
Warrants totalling 1600 shares or more:
These are convertible into current ordinary shares. The holding was reduced in the ratio of 8:1 in 1936. In 1946 half of the resulting holding was sold compulsorily, free-of-charge. In 1960 the holding was reduced in the ratio of 30:1, and holders of resulting fractions were paid 2d (0.8333p) per previous share. Thus, up to 24p may be payable on conversion of the bonds. The remaining holding has subsequently increased as the result of the capitalisation issues set out above, being now 43.2 times its post-1960 written-down quantity.
Bearer warrants totalling the following number of shares would be treated thus, provided that the bonds are not stamped "cancelled":
1. Reduced to 6 shares in 1936, with no payment for fractions.
2. Sold in 1945; a payment of 15p is still available.
1. Reduced to 62 shares in 1936, with no payment for fractions.
2. Half (31) sold in 1946, without payment.
3. Remaining half sold in 1946 at 2s.; £3.10 still available.
1. Reduced to 625 shares in 1936, with no payment for fractions.
2. Half (313) sold in 1946, without payment.
3. Remaining 312 shares reduced 30:1 in 1960, resulting in 10 new shares and 12 fractions at 2d, =10p which is still available.
4. Capitalisations between 1970 and 1999 have increased these 10 shares to 432. These will be issued on surrender to the company of the bonds.
All enquiries should be addressed to:
The Company Secretary
Charles Stanley Group PLC
25 Luke Street
London EC2A 4AR