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Whitbread ADR Program

Whitbread has established a sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. Deutsche Bank perform the role of depositary bank.

The Level 1 ADR program trades on the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) markets under the symbol WTBDY. It is not listed on a U.S. stock exchange. 4 Whitbread ADRs represent 1 Whitbread Ordinary Share.

Ticker: WTBDY
Structure: Level I ADR
Exchange: OTC
Ratio (ADR:ORD): 2 ADRs : 1 Ordinary Share, changing to 4 ADRs : 1
Ordinary Share on 6 November 2017
DR ISIN: US96342K1007
CUSIP: 96342K100

Contact details for ADR investors and brokers:

Deutsche Bank ADR broker services desks
New York: Tel +1 212 250 9100
London: +44 (0)20 7547 6500

Contact details for registered ADR holders:

Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Operations Center
6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219

Email: db@astfinancial.com

Toll free number (if calling from within the U.S.): (866) 249 2593
Direct Dial (if calling from outside the U.S.): +1 718 921 8124

Deutsche Bank, as the depositary bank for Whitbread’s sponsored Level I ADR program, performs the following roles for ADR holders:

  • Records and maintains the register of ADR holders
  • Is the stock transfer agent
  • Distributes dividends in U.S. dollars (when dividends have been declared by the Board of Directors)
  • Issues new Whitbread ADRs and cancels existing Whitbread ADRs

For those holders who are not registered because their shares are held through a ‘street name’ (bank or broker nominee account), your nominee will receive company documents from time to time from Deutsche Bank to distribute to ADR holders. You need to make arrangements with your nominee if you wish to receive such documents and to be able to exercise your vote through the depositary bank at general meetings (if applicable).

What is an American Depositary Receipt?

An ADR is a negotiable U.S. certificate representing ownership of shares in a non-U.S. corporation. ADRs are quoted and traded in U.S. dollars in the U.S. securities market. Dividend payments (if declared by the Board of Directors) are also paid in U.S. dollars. ADRs were specifically designed to facilitate the purchase, holding and sale of non-U.S. securities by U.S. investors and to provide a corporate finance vehicle for non-U.S. companies.

What are the benefits of ADRs to US investors?

U.S. investors generally prefer to purchase ADRs rather than ordinary shares in the issuer's home market because ADRs trade, clear and settle according to U.S. market conventions. One of the main advantages is the facilitation of diversification into foreign securities. ADRs allow easy comparison to securities of similar companies, as well as access to price and trading information. ADR holders also appreciate U.S. dollar dividend payments (if declared) and receiving corporate action notifications.

How can I find dividend payment and corporate action information for Whitbread?

For dividend and corporate action information, please visit: http://www.adr.db.com

Please search the name Whitbread and then select the ‘Corporate Actions’ tab. Alternatively, you may contact Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services at the following toll-free number (if calling from within the U.S.): (866) 249 2593 or Direct Dial: +1 (718) 921 8124

How are ADR dividends paid?

Dividends, when declared by Whitbread’s Board of Directors, are generally payable to ADR holders in U.S. dollars seven days after dividend payments are paid on Whitbread’s ordinary shares, to accommodate the payment process established by Whitbread and Deutsche Bank.

Where are Whitbread ADRs traded?

Whitbread ADRs are traded on the US over-the-counter (OTC) markets. They are not listed on a U.S. stock exchange.

Ticker: WTBDY
Structure: Level I ADR
Exchange: OTC
Ratio (ADR:ORD): 2 ADRs : 1 Ordinary Share, changing to 4 ADRs : 1
Ordinary Share on 6 November 2017
DR ISIN: US96342K1007
CUSIP: 96342K100

What is the difference between a registered holder and a beneficial ADR holder?

A registered holder is one whose name appears on the books of the depositary bank, as registrar; the registered holder is considered the owner of record. A beneficial holder is one whose holdings are held in another name, such as a broker, bank or nominee.