Questions fréquentes

Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of shares that must be held in order to be a shareholder?

One share is sufficient.

 

What is required to become a registered shareholder?

Your shares must be registered in the securities accounts held by:

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES
Services aux émetteurs
Immeuble G.M.P. Europe
9, rue du Débarcadère
93761 Pantin Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0) 826 10 91 19

Fully registered shares are handled directly by BNP Paribas Securities Services.
You must sign a service agreement to open a fully registered share account, setting out the terms and conditions for buying and selling shares via BNP Paribas. The Company covers the custody fees.

Administered registered shares are handled by another financial institution that may apply custody fees.

Shareholders who opt for this method of administration automatically receive the Shareholders’ Newsletter, notices of General Meetings and a form to complete if they wish to receive a hard copy of the Annual Report. They may place orders to buy or sell shares with BNP Paribas Securities Services.

 

Is there a Hermès shareholders’ club?

No

 

How can I find out if I have a bearer account, a fully registered account or an administered registered account?

For a registered account, a request must be submitted to:

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES
Services aux émetteurs
Immeuble G.M.P. Europe
9, rue du Débarcadère
93761 Pantin Cedex
Tél. : +33 (0)826 10 91 19

 

What is the difference between a bearer account, a fully registered account and an administrated registered account?

With bearer shares, the account holder is a financial intermediary (bank or brokerage). Only this intermediary is aware of the identity of the owner of the shares as an individual shareholder, meaning that HERMES INTERNATIONAL does not know the names of the holders of these shares.

When shares are registered, the account is held by the company itself or by an agent assigned by the issuing company to manage its registered accounts. For HERMÈS INTERNATIONAL, this agent is BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES (BP2S).

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES
Services aux émetteurs
Immeuble G.M.P. Europe
9, rue du Débarcadère
93761 Pantin Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0) 826 10 91 19

The holders of registered shares are known to HERMES INTERNATIONAL by name. They can either look after the management of their shares themselves, and are then referred to as fully registered shareholders; or they can turn to an intermediary (banking establishment or equivalent) of their choice in order to manage their accounts opened with the issuing company, in which case they are referred to as administered registered shareholders.

 

What is the stock market code for Hermès International shares?

FR0000052292

 

How will I be informed when a Meeting is scheduled?

The Meeting date is announced in the press.

To be invited to attend, your shares must be registered or a request must be made by providing proof of your status as a shareholder, sent to:

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES
Services aux émetteurs
Immeuble G.M.P. Europe
9, rue du Débarcadère
93761 Pantin Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0) 826 10 91 19

Request for registration of shares form

 

How do I receive the meeting notice by e-mail?

You have only to fill out, sign and return the registration form for electronic notification services.

Enrollment for electronic publication

 

How does a bearer shareholder attend the Meeting?

All shareholders or representatives of shareholders are entitled to attend the Meeting and participate in the proceedings, regardless of the number of shares they hold. However, in order to attend the Meeting, to be represented at the Meeting or to vote by mail, shareholders must be shareholders of record as evidenced by registration of shares in their name (or in the name of the financial intermediary registered on their behalf if they are not residents of France) by 12:00 midnight (CET) on the third business day preceding the Meeting:

  • in the register of registered shares held on behalf of the Company by its agent BNP Paribas Securities Services;
  • or, in a securities account held by the financial intermediary with which their shares are registered if the shares are bearer shares.

The shareholders may choose among the following three procedures to take part in the General Meeting:

  • personally attending the Meeting;
  • by correspondence: voting or being represented by authorising the Chairman of the Meeting or a representative;
  • by Internet: voting or being represented by authorising the Chairman of the Meeting or a representative.

 

How do I obtain a Meeting admission card?

To expedite admittance to the General Meeting, shareholders are asked to obtain an admission card prior to the Meeting, which they will receive by post or which may be downloaded by following these instructions:

  • If you did not opt to receive the meeting notice by e-mail, and your shares are registered shares, you will automatically receive the meeting notice together with the attendance form by post; you should complete the form and return it in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. In addition, all registered shareholders may now obtain an admission card online. You need only to log on to the GISproxy site using your access code, as described in the "Voting online" section below.
  • If you hold bearer shares, you should request a certificate from your financial intermediary evidencing your status as a shareholder as of the date of the request. Your financial intermediary will then forward this certificate to BNP Paribas Securities Services, which will send you an admission card.

If you have not received your admission card by the third business day before the General Meeting and if you hold bearer shares, you should request a shareholding certificate from your custodian institution; if you hold registered shares, you may register directly at the General Meeting.

On the day of the Meeting, all shareholders will be asked to submit evidence of their status as shareholders and proof of identity at the registration desk.

 

Whom should I contact for a question?

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES
Services aux émetteurs
Immeuble G.M.P. Europe
9, rue du Débarcadère
93761 Pantin Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0) 826 10 91 19

 

How is voting carried out during the Meeting?

Shareholders may choose to participate in the General Meeting in one of three different ways:

  • by attending the Meeting and voting in person;
  • by voting by post: by casting their vote by postal ballot or by giving a proxy to the Chairman of the General Meeting or to another authorised representative;
  • by voting online: by casting their vote online or by giving a proxy to the Chairman of the General Meeting or to another authorised representative.

Shareholders who are unable to attend the General Meeting may vote by post or online, either directly or by giving their proxy to the Chairman of the Meeting, or any other representative authorised for this purpose.

If voting by post:

If you hold registered shares, you will automatically receive the attendance form together with the meeting notice.

If you hold bearer shares, you should send a request to your custodian institution, which will forward the attendance form together with a shareholding certificate to BNP Paribas Securities Services. Requests for attendance forms will be honoured only if received by no later than the date indicated in the form for each meeting.

 

Can I vote online?

Shareholders may vote online before the General Meeting via the “VOTACCESS”, by following the instructions below:

If you hold registered shares:

If you are direct registered shareholders you will have to connect to the website “PLANETSHARES” (https://planetshares.bnpparibas.com), using the identifier located in the upper right of the participation form sent with the meeting notice. On the homepage, you will have to click on “TAKE PART IN THE VOTE” which will send you to the “VOTACCESS” platform and follow the indications shown on the screen.

If you are administrated registered shareholders, you can request your password on the website “PLANETSHARES” (https://planetshares.bnpparibas.com), using the identifier located in the upper right of the participation form sent with the meeting notice.

If you hold bearer shares:

You need to contact the financial institution with which your securities are registered. Only bearer shareholders whose financial intermediary is affiliated with the “VOTACCESS” system and who offers this service for the Shareholders’ Meeting will have access. 

If you want to vote by Internet, you will have to log in to your account-keeping institution by using your usual access codes to access (“Bourse”) portal and then “VOTACCESS” service. 

Access to the “Votaccess” platform via the Internet portal of the shareholder’s financial intermediary may be subject to specific conditions of use defined by this institution. Consequently, if you are interested in this service, you are invited to contact your financial intermediary in order to find out more about it.

It is specified that:

Shareholders who have already voted, applied for an admittance card or requested a shareholding certificate (Article R.225-85 of the Code de Commerce):

  • may not choose another method of participating in the meeting;
  • may opt to sell some ofr all of their shares.

 

How long must I own shares in order to receive the dividend approved during the Meeting?

At the very latest, the day preceding the position statement.

 

How much was the last dividend?

For the 2019 financial year: ordinary dividend of €4.55 per share

 

What was the payment date for the last dividend?

For the 2019 financial year:

  • Interim dividend: €1.50 per share on 5 March 2020
  • Balance of dividend: €3.05 per share on 30 April 2020

 

What was the payment date for the last interim dividend payment?

For the 2019 financial year: €1.50 per share on 5 March 2020

 

What is the track record of the dividends paid in the last five years?

  2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Ordinary dividend €4.55 €4.55 €4.10 €3.75 €3.35
Extraordinary dividend     €5.00    

 

How to obtain a printed version of the Annual report / Reference document?

By post:
Hermès International
Mrs Carole Dupont-Pietri
13-15 rue de la Ville l’Evêque
75008 Paris
France

By email: contact.finance@hermes.com