The Company announces that, today, it has published on its website the Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020 to be held on Friday, 22 May 2020 at 9.00 am (the Notice).
The Notice is available at centrica.com/agm20 and hard copies will shortly be distributed to shareholders who have requested them.
In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.1, copies of the Notice have been submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority and will shortly be available for inspection from the National Storage Mechanism at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.
The evolving COVID-19 situation and the related Government restrictions will clearly impact the ability of shareholders to attend our AGM this year. In normal circumstances, our AGM is well attended and the Board values greatly the opportunity to meet shareholders in person. However, following the UK Government’s introduction of stay at home measures that require every person living in the UK to remain at home and prohibit public gatherings of more than two people and non-essential travel except in specific circumstances (which do not include attending an AGM), it will not be possible to hold the AGM in the normal way.
The health and safety of our shareholders and colleagues is always our utmost priority and therefore, as previously announced on 2 April 2020, we have taken the decision to hold the AGM as a closed meeting and shareholders and their proxies will not be able to attend in person. The AGM will be held at our offices at Millstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5GD and the Company will make arrangements such that the legal requirements to hold the meeting can be satisfied through the attendance of a minimum number of directors and employees. We will provide updates in relation to our AGM on our website at centrica.com/agm20 and where appropriate, by RIS announcement.
All shareholders are encouraged to exercise their votes by submitting their proxy forms either electronically or by post. Given the current restrictions on attendance, shareholders are encouraged to appoint the chairman of the meeting as their proxy rather than a named person who will not be permitted to attend the meeting. We have also set up a dedicated facility on our website to allow shareholders to ask questions that they would have raised at the AGM. Questions should be submitted via our website at centrica.com/agm20. Answers to questions will be published on our website as soon as practicable following the AGM.
The Company and the Board are committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees and shareholders and we would urge shareholders to do their part in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. Further details of the Government's rules relating to COVID-19 can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank all shareholders for their continued support and understanding in these exceptional circumstances and wish them well during this time as we all navigate the implications of COVID-19. We look forward to returning to full shareholder engagement as soon as reasonably possible.