Consistent with CRH’s progressive dividend policy and strong financial position, the Board of CRH plc has decided to accelerate the payment of the 2023 dividend by distributing a second interim dividend of $1.08 per Ordinary Share. The second interim dividend payment will be in lieu of a final dividend, resulting in a full-year dividend per share of $1.33 for 2023 and representing a 5% increase compared to prior year. The dividend, which will be paid wholly in cash, will be paid on 17 January 2024 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 15 December 2023. The ex-dividend date will be 14 December 2023. Commencing in Q1 2024, the Group intends to transition to quarterly dividends with more equally distributed payments.
The default payment currency is US Dollar for shareholders who hold their Ordinary Shares through a Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participant. It is also US Dollars for shareholders holding their Ordinary Shares in registered form (“Registered Shareholders”), unless a currency election has been registered with CRH’s Transfer Agent, Computershare Trust Company N.A. (“Computershare”) by 5.00 p.m. (EST) / 10.00 p.m. (GMT) on 14 December 2023. Registered Shareholders who wish to register their preferred currency or to have their dividends paid into their bank account will need to register those details through the online Computershare US online Investor Center. The process to register these details is detailed here. Registered Shareholders who do not register their dividend payment preferences in advance of the aforementioned deadline will receive the second 2023 interim dividend by cheque in US Dollars.
The default payment currency for shareholders holding their Ordinary Shares in the form of Depository Interests is euro. Such shareholders can elect to receive the dividend in US Dollar or Pounds Sterling by providing their instructions to the Company’s Depositary Interest provider, Computershare Investor Services plc, by 5.00 p.m. (GMT) on 18 December 2023.
Irish Dividend Withholding Tax (“DWT”), currently 25%, must be deducted from dividends paid by an Irish resident company, unless a shareholder is entitled to an exemption and has submitted a valid DWT exemption form to Computershare (or previously to Link Registrars). Computershare are also required to apply US-backup withholding tax of 24% on dividend payments, unless a US tax certification document known as a W-8 for non-US shareholders, or a W-9 for US shareholders, is completed and returned to them. A paper copy of the relevant form was sent to Registered Shareholders on 24 August 2023 and is available on Computershare’s website, www.computershare.com/crh. Sample instructions for the completion of a W-8 form, provided by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), are available here. Alternatively, the US tax certification can be completed by Registered Shareholders through the online Computershare US Investor Center. Details on how to complete the certification online are available here.
Whether the US tax certification document is sent by post or the form is completed electronically through the Computershare US Investor Center, if a fully completed US tax certification is not received by Computershare by 10.00 p.m. (Irish time) / 5.00 p.m. (New York time) on 14 December 2023, US backup withholding will be applied to the second 2023 interim dividend. As a result, a total combined Irish DWT and US backup withholding of 49% could be applied to a Registered Shareholder’s dividend payment.