As announced on 30 April 2018, Aviva plc (“Aviva”) is establishing a one-off discretionary goodwill payment scheme for certain shareholders to be administered by KPMG (“the Scheme”), which we expect to launch by the end of July 2018.
The Scheme is being set up following Aviva’s announcement on 8 March 2018, in which Aviva noted its ability to cancel existing preference shares* at par value as part of considering its options to return capital to shareholders.
Following feedback from investors, Aviva subsequently announced on 23 March 2018 that it would take no action to cancel the preference shares.
Consequently, Aviva intends to offer a discretionary one-off goodwill payment to shareholders who sold preference shares in the period from 8 - 22 March 2018 (inclusive) at a share price that was lower than the price that the preference shares returned to following Aviva’s announcement on 23 March. This goodwill payment is intended to put those shareholders in the same financial position they would have been in had they sold their preference shares following the 23 March announcement, rather than the first announcement.
KPMG will be appointed as Administrator to the Scheme and we are currently working to set up the necessary systems and processes so it will run smoothly when launched.
We will make a further announcement when we are ready to open the Scheme and accept claims, which is expected to be by the end of July 2018. Once the Scheme has been launched, parties will have six months in which to lodge a claim.
More detail about the Scheme, and how claims can be made, will be provided nearer the launch date. Unfortunately neither we nor Aviva will be able to answer any specific questions about individual circumstances at this time.
In the meantime, you can refer to https://www.aviva.com/investors/Preference-shares/ for further information, including Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). A helpline has also been made available, although, please note they are unable to provide any further information than that already provided through the FAQs. The helpline is available between 9am to 5pm (UK time) Mon-Fri and can be contacted on:
UK Freephone: 0800 046 8988
International: +44 (0) 1603 606 389.
*Preference shares issued by Aviva plc and General Accident plc.
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The Scheme is now open to claims, please visit www.kpmg.co.uk/aviva-scheme.