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Voting rights are acquired with the purchase of shares. They allow the holder to take part in votes at the General Meeting, in particular on the approval of the annual accounts and appropriation of the income (payment of a dividend). A shareholder can be represented by proxy (by a shareholders’ association, for example). Each share held gives rise to one vote.
If you are an EDF shareholder, you own a proportion of the capital of EDF. You also benefit from :
A share purchase or sale order must be placed with the financial intermediary (bank, stock market company, online broker, etc) that manages your share account or with the EDF Shares Department if you hold (or want to purchase) your EDF shares in the pure registered form.
For all information on shares , you can contact the toll-free number (free from a landline in France) 0800 85 85 85 from Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 18:00.
The Annual General Meeting deliberates on agenda items, generally set by the Board of Directors.
Each shareholder has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting and holds as many votes as the number of shares and/or proxies with voting rights held: 1 share = 1 vote.
Any shareholder, who is able to justify his capacity as a shareholder, can personally attend the General Meeting, or vote by correspondence or by proxy.
The conditions governing the participation in the EDF Group’s General Meetings differ depending on the mode of holding of your shares: :
Yes the EDF share is eligible for SRD (Deferred Payment Service)
View the EDF share profile page.
The EDF share has been on the list of CAC 40 shares since December 19, 2005.
View the EDF share profile page.
To learn all you need to know about EDF shareholders and distribution of the shares, view the Structure of the shareholding page of this site.
The amount of the last dividend and its payment date are on the Dividend page of this site.
To be entitled to a dividend, you simply have to be the owner of the share on the day before the ex-dividend date. (this also applies in the event of the payment of an interim payment, then the balance).
The Board of Director’s meeting of November 7, 2007 decided for the 2007 financial year, to pay on November 30, 2007 an interim dividend of €0.58 per share.
EDF Board of Directors met on November 20, 2008 and decided to pay, in respect of the 2008 financial year, an interim dividend of 0.64 euro per share to be paid on December 17, 2008.
EDF Board of Directors, met on Thursday 5th November 2009 decided to pay an interim dividend for 2009 financial year, of 0.55 euro per share, paid on 17th December 2009.
The balance, paid in addition to the interim dividend, is paid after the General Meeting that approves its distribution.
Since January 1, 2008, if your shares are held in an ordinary share account, social security payments will be directly deducted at source. Therefore, for each share you will receive the announced amount of the dividend (balance, or interim payment) reduced by the rate of social security payments in force at the time of the payment*.
If your shares are held in a PEA, social security payments do not apply and your PEA cash account is credited with the announced amount.
*Social security payments of:
11.0% in 2008 (8.2% for CSG, 0.5% for CRDS and 2.3% social security payment),
12.1% in 2009 (8.2% for CSG, 0.5% for CRDS, 2.3% social security payment, and 1.1 for RSA).
The interim dividend corresponds to the early payment of a fraction of the dividend to come for the current financial year.
The interim dividend (like the dividend itself) is taxable under revenue received the year of its payment: the interim dividend for 2009, paid in December 2009 is therefore taxable under revenue received in 2009.
The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active in all businesses:
The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 95% of the electricity output involves no CO2 emissions. To find out more, view the Activities page
The EDF Group’s strategy is presented in the Reference Document (annual publication). The Reference Document can be viewed on the Results and publications pages.
Everything you need to know about EDF’s legal status and its public service missions.
Public service is part of the Group’s historical values and corresponds to legal obligations, in particular formulated in a public service contract signed with the State. EDF continues to pursue its public service missions according to the applicable legal and regulatory provisions, monitored in particular by the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE).
To this end, the new public service contract was signed on October 24, 2005. It provides guarantees for maintaining a high level of public service for electricity in France, and specifies the resources necessary to finance EDF’s commitments.
Specifically, it relates to:
More information on the Legal status page .
EDF is rated by three rating agencies: Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. The rates given by these agencies now allow EDF to enjoy favourable conditions for access to the financial markets. Each agency uses its own system in attributing ratings.
The assessment of financial rating agencies - Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – is specified on the ratings pages
The accountancy and evaluation methods applied (for a given period) by the Group are detailed in the management report for the period concerned. The financial reports can be viewed on the Results and publications pages of this site.
In accordance with European regulation 06/16/2002 of July 19, 2002 concerning international standards, the consolidated financial statements of EDF Group for the period ending December 31, 2007 have been prepared to conform to the international accountancy standards published by the IASB and approved by the European Union on December 31, 2007.?
These international standards include the IAS (International Accounting Standards), IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and the interpretations (SIC and IFRIC).
The financial statements for the financial year 2007 are presented with a comparison to 2006 drawn up according to the same system of reference.
Since January 1, 2005, a European Parliament directive imposed the new accountancy standards known as IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) on all companies listed on the stock exchange. The new IFRS standards should allow investors to easily compare European listed companies and make it easier to compare them with international companies that apply the same standards.
This bond issue for individuals is one of the components of EDF’s overall financing policy, which aims to provide the financial means for its development.
For individuals a bond investment presents the advantage of combining return and security in a context of great uncertainty on the financial markets and shares in particular.
No. This issue is included in a wider programme that contributes to financing development and Group investments.
EDF has one of the most solid financial structures in its sector, as its rating underlines [link towards rating page], which is one of the best in its sector, and the bond issues carried out by the Group during the recent period have been highly successful with French and international institutional investors.
This bond has been continuously listed since July 17, 2009 on Euronext Paris with the following references:
Listed: EDF 4.5% 17JUL14 Code CFI, ISIN: FR0010758888, Mnemonic: EDFAO (the listing is available on the main stock market sites by searching for its ISIN code).
The listing is done by % in relation to the nominal price.
Bonds, like shares, are subject to price fluctuations during their lifetime. These fluctuations depend on supply and demand, but also different technical factors, particularly the period lapsed since the payment date of the last coupon (accrued coupon) and the change in the interest rates on the bond market (a rise in rates is generally conveyed by a fall in the price of bonds in circulation, and vice versa). It is important to note that these fluctuations do not affect the final value of the bonds on maturity, which remains fixed. These changes in price will therefore have a positive or negative impact only for investors who want to sell (or purchase) bonds before their maturity date.
Further to a reform applicable from January 2008, dividends are either taxable as investment income or as a fixed deduction.
In the first case, dividends must be included for determining taxable income under income tax (category of revenue from investment income) for the year they are paid. In this case, taxpayers benefit from an allowance on the amount of dividends paid:
Furthermore, they benefit from a tax credit of 50% before the allowance and custody fees. This tax credit has an annual maximum limit of €230 for married couples or those that have signed a civil solidarity agreement subject to joint taxation, and €115 for single people, widows, divorcees or those married and taxed separately. This tax credit can be returned if it exceeds the total amount of the income tax due by the taxpayer.
The amount of the dividends paid, before the application of the general allowance and the fixed annual allowance, is also subject to CSG and the other social security payments (the 11% rate, in force in 2008, rises to 12.1% in 2009).
Since the start of 2008, the paying establishment deducts at source the amount of the social security payments due on the dividends (12.1% from the start of 2009). This provision does not apply to revenues received from a PEA (Share Savings Plan).
If the taxpayer opts for the fixed levy at source (18%, plus the social security payments of 12.1% in 2009, i.e. a total of 30.1% in 2009), the dividends are taxed the same year they are received on the gross amount (i.e. without the application of the different allowances granted in the general case) and do not grant entitlement to a tax credit with a maximum limit of €115 or €230. The option must be chosen by the taxpayer with the paying establishment at the latest during the deposit of the revenue, and this for each distribution for which he wants to benefit from the levy at source.
Specific tax regulations apply to dividends from shares in a PEA (Share Savings Plan) or in a PEE (Company Savings Plan) and reinvested in these plans.
Shares held by individuals as part of their private assets are included in their taxable assets subject to, where applicable, wealth tax. In this context, the taxpayer may value the share either at the stock market closing price on the last day of the year, or by retaining the average of the stock market prices over the last 30 days of the year.
For the EDF share, for 2009:
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