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Dividends

Information about dividend policy and payments

Dividends declared

Financial Year ended 30 June

Meridian’s ordinary dividend policy is to make distributions at a dividend payout ratio within an average, over time of 80% to 100% of Free Cash Flow, subject to the Board’s due consideration of:

  • Meridian’s working capital requirements and its medium-term investment programme;
  • a sustainable financial structure from Meridian, recognising the Company’s targeted long-term credit rating of BBB+ by S&P; and
  • the risks from short and medium term economic, market and catchment hydrology conditions and expected financial performance.

Free Cash Flow is calculated as NPAT adjusted for the post tax impact of fair value movements of derivatives and impairments, plus depreciation and amortisation, less the average level capital cost of maintaining Meridian’s asset base and systems (Stay in Business Capital Expenditure).

Dividend payments are expected to be split into an interim dividend paid in April, and a final dividend paid in October. It is the intention of the board to attach imputation credits to dividends to the extent they are available.

Please Note: New Zealand’s major banks have announced that from April 2021, they will no longer be issuing cheques. As a result, Meridian’s dividend payments are now made by direct credit only. If we do not have a bank account on file for you, your future dividend payments will have to be withheld by Meridian, until a bank account is provided.

If necessary, please contact Computershare to request a Direct Credit form by calling 09-488-8777 or by emailing enquiry@computershare.co.nz. Alternatively you may update your bank account details by visiting www.investorcentre.com/nz 

Meridian has approved the establishment of a dividend reinvestment plan (“DRP”). Under the DRP, Shareholders may elect to reinvest the net proceeds of cash dividends payable on all or some of their fully paid ordinary shares in Meridian by acquiring further fully paid shares, free of brokerage charges. Any shareholder who does not choose to participate in the DRP will continue to receive their dividends in cash. Further details of the DRP and a copy of the DRP offer document and participation form will be released in August 2021.

5.85c

Interim Dividend 2022

Interim dividend of 5.85 cents per share, 86% imputed, paid on 8 April 2022.

Dividends declared 2014 to 2022

2022

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 5.85 cps NZ 1.96 cps NZ 0.89 cps 18 March 2022 08 April 2022

cps: cents per share

2021

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 5.70 cps NZ 1.91 cps NZ 0.87 cps 31 March 2021 16 April 2021
Final Ordinary Dividend NZ 11.20 cps NZ 3.75 cps NZ 1.70 cps 30 September 2021

15 October 2021

  NZ 16.90 cps NZ 5.66 cps NZ 2.57 cps    

cps: cents per share

2019

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 5.70 cps NZ 1.91 cps NZ 0.87 cps 29 March 2019 17 April 2019
Special Interim Dividend NZ 2.44 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 29 March 2019 17 April 2019
Final Ordinary Dividend NZ 10.72 cps NZ 3.59 cps NZ 1.63 cps 30 September 2019 16 October 2019
Final Special Dividend NZ 2.44 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 30 September 2019 16 October 2019
Total NZ 21.30 cps NZ  5.49 cps NZ  2.49 cps    

 

2018

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 5.38 cps NZ 1.84 cps NZ 0.84 cps 29 March 2018 17 April 2018
Special Interim Dividend NZ 2.44 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 29 March 2018 17 April 2018
Final Ordinary Dividend NZ 8.94 cps NZ 2.99 cps NZ 1.36 cps 28 September 2018 17 October 2018
Final Special Dividend NZ 2.44 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 28 September 2018 17 October 2018
Total NZ 19.20 cps NZ 4.83 cps NZ 2.20 cps    

 

2017

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 5.33 cps NZ 1.82 cps NZ 0.83 cps 31 March 2017 13 April 2017
Special Interim Dividend NZ 2.44 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 31 March 2017 13 April 2017
Final Ordinary Dividend NZ 8.70 cps NZ 2.98 cps NZ 1.35 cps 29 September 2017 17 October 2017
Final Special Dividend NZ 2.44 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 29 September 2017 17 October 2017
Total NZ 18.91 cps NZ 4.80 cps NZ 2.18 cps    

 

2016

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend  NZ 5.10 cps  NZ 1.69 cps  NZ 0.77 cps  31 March 2016  15 April 2016
Special Interim Dividend  NZ 2.44 cps  NZ 0.00 cps  NZ 0.00 cps  31 March 2016  15 April 2016
Final Ordinary Dividend  NZ 8.40 cps  NZ 2.94 cps  NZ 1.33 cps  30 September 2016  14 October 2016
Final Special Dividend  NZ 2.44 cps  NZ 0.00 cps  NZ 0.00 cps  30 September 2016  14 October 2016
 Total  NZ 18.38 cps  NZ 4.63 cps  NZ 2.10 cps    

 

2015

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 4.80 cps NZ 1.87 cps NZ 0.85 cps 31 March 2015 15 April 2015
Special Interim Dividend NZ 1.40 cps NZ 0.54 cps NZ 0.25 cps 31 March 2015 15 April 2015
Final Ordinary Dividend NZ 8.08 cps NZ 1.73 cps NZ 0.79 cps 30 September 2015 15 October 2015
Final Special Dividend NZ 3.95 cps NZ 0.00 cps NZ 0.00 cps 30 September 2015 15 October 2015
Total NZ 18.23 cps NZ 4.14 cps NZ 1.18 cps    

 

2014

Dividends Declared Amount per Security Imputed per Security Supplementary amount per Security¹ Record Date Payment Date
Interim Ordinary Dividend NZ 4.19 cps NZ 1.47 cps NZ 0.67 cps 31 March 2014 15 April 2014
Final Ordinary Dividend NZ 6.82 cps NZ 2.39 cps NZ 1.08 cps 30 September 2014 15 October 2014
Special Final Dividend NZ 2.00 cps NZ 0.70 cps NZ 0.32 cps 30 September 2014 15 October 2014
Total NZ 13.01 cps NZ 4.56 cps NZ 2.07 cps    

¹Supplementary dividends paid to investors who are not resident in New Zealand

 

 

Dividend reinvestment plan

Meridian has approved the establishment of a dividend reinvestment plan (“DRP”). Under the DRP, Shareholders may elect to reinvest the net proceeds of cash dividends payable on all or some of their fully paid ordinary shares in Meridian by acquiring further fully paid shares, free of brokerage charges. Any shareholder who does not choose to participate in the DRP will continue to receive their dividends in cash.

Meridian Energy operates a Dividend Reinvestment Plan which offers Shareholders the opportunity to directly increase their investment in Meridian Energy. Details on reinvestment choices can be found in the offer document below.

Dividend reinvestment faqs

What is the Meridian Energy Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“Plan”)?

The Plan enables shareholders to reinvest all or part of the net proceeds of cash dividends paid on their Meridian Energy Shares in additional Meridian Energy Shares, instead of receiving those dividends in cash.

Am I eligible to participate?

As at the date of the Offer Document, the Plan is only available to shareholders who have an address on the Meridian Energy share register in New Zealand or Australia.

The Board may amend this policy at any time, at its sole discretion.

Is there a minimum number of Shares that I need to own before I can participate?

No.

How much does it cost?

There are no charges for participating in or withdrawing from the Plan or changing the number of Shares nominated by you that will participate in the Plan. No brokerage or commission costs will be payable in respect of the Shares you receive under the Plan.

How do I participate in the Plan?

You should read the Offer Document carefully before deciding whether to participate. You can elect to participate at any time by completing and returning a Participation Notice to Meridian Energy’s Registrar, Computershare Investor Services:

Registrar in New Zealand, Computershare Investor Services Limited
Postal address: Private Bag 92119 Auckland 1142 New Zealand

Registrar in Australia, Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited
Postal address: GPO Box 3329 Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia

You can also scan your Participation Notice and email it to drp@computershare.co.nz Online Participation Notices can be completed by visiting the website of the Registrar, Computershare Investor Services at www.investorcentre.com/nz.

New Zealand-registered holders will need their CSN/Holder number and FIN to complete the investor validation process. Australian registered holders will need their Holder number and postcode to complete the investor validation process.

If you wish to participate in the Plan for the upcoming dividend, you will need to return your Participation Notice by no later than 5pm on 1 October 2021.

What options do I have regarding participating in the Plan?

Participation in the Plan is optional. If you wish to participate in the Plan, you may elect:

  • Full participation: Where all of your Shares (including Shares held now and acquired in the future, including where issued or transferred to you under the Plan) will be treated as participating in the Plan for all future dividends to which the Plan applies (unless you vary your participation in the Plan in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Plan); or
  • Partial participation: Where only the number of Shares nominated by you will participate in the Plan for all future dividends to which the Plan applies (unless you vary your participation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Plan). Note that you will continue to receive cash dividends on any of your Shares that are not part of the Plan.

What if I don’t want to participate in the Plan?

If you do not wish to participate in the Plan, you do not need to do anything. You will continue to receive cash dividends on your Shares.

What if I change my mind?

You can join the Plan or vary your participation at any time by either contacting Meridian Energy’s Registrar, Computershare Investor Services online at www.investorcentre. com/nz or delivering an updated Participation Notice to the Registrar. Participation Notices are available online or from the Registrar on request.

If you choose to participate in the Plan and then change your mind, you can opt out by informing the Registrar either online or by completing a Cancellation Form (available online or from the Registrar on request).

Such variation or cancellation will be effective immediately provided that any Participation Notice or Cancellation Form that is received after 5pm on an Election Date will be effective for the following dividend.

What price will Shareholders pay?

The price of Shares is based on the volume-weighted average sale price of Meridian Energy Shares sold on the NZX Main Board over a period of five Business Days starting on the “Ex Date”. Please see the Offer Document for further details.

The Share price may be subject to a discount set by the Board from time to time. The discount, if any, will be announced by Meridian Energy to Shareholders at the same time the dividend is announced for the relevant period.

Can the Plan be changed in the future?

Yes. The Meridian Energy Board may change, suspend or cancel the Plan at its sole discretion. If that occurs, notice will be given through the NZX and ASX as required by the terms and conditions of the Plan.

Can I sell the Shares?

Yes. Shares acquired under the Plan can be sold at any time.

Are there any tax implications?

The taxation consequences for each shareholder should they elect to participate in the Plan will depend on their particular circumstances. Accordingly, each shareholder should consult their own tax adviser as to the taxation implications of the Plan. Meridian Energy does not accept any responsibility for the financial or taxation effects of a shareholder’s participation or non-participation in the Plan.

How do I find out how many shares I have received?

Shortly after the allotment of Shares under the Plan, Computershare Investor Services will send all Plan participants an updated Securities Transaction Statement, along with a dividend remittance advice.