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Results of Shareholder Meetings

28 Jan 2014Technology

Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") announces that the shareholder meetings held earlier today passed the resolutions proposed at both meetings by the requisite majorities.  The resolutions were in respect of the proposed disposal of its US group whose principal asset is its 45% interest in Verizon Wireless, the related acquisition of the outstanding minority stake in Vodafone Italy, the proposed return of value to shareholders, the related consolidation of Vodafone's ordinary shares and other matters. 

Court Meeting

The first meeting, convened in accordance with an order of the Court (the "Court Meeting"), sought approval from Shareholders for the Scheme. 

The resolution proposed at the Court Meeting was decided on a poll. 

Details of the votes cast are as follows:

 Number of shareholders who votedPercentage of shareholders who voted (%)Number of shares votedPercentage of shares votedPercentage of relevant shares in issue (%)
Votes For62,90999.08%31,518,854,61999.61%65.03%
Votes Against5820.92%122,825,8720.39%0.25%
Total 63,491100%31,641,680,491100%65.28%

Accordingly, the resolution proposed at the Court Meeting was duly passed on a poll vote.

General Meeting

Each of the resolutions proposed at the General Meeting was decided on a poll.

The result of the poll on each resolution is as follows:

Resolution

Votes For

No. of votes %

Votes Against

No. of votes %

Total votes validly castPercentage of relevant shares in issue (%)Votes Withheld2. To approve the New Articles of Association,
the Capital Reductions, the Return of Value and
the Share Consolidation and certain related matters pursuant to the Scheme
33,022,434,28799.42191,230,1730.5833,213,664,46068.53%30,633,322
3. To authorise the Company to purchase its own shares33,152,851,43099.7969,827,8920.2133,222,679,32268.55%22,560,361        
4. To authorise the Directors to take all necessary and appropriate actions in relation to Resolutions 1-333,028,237,69999.43187,709,9580.5733,215,947,65768.53%26,985,305        

The number of ordinary shares in issue on 26 January 2014 (excluding shares held in Treasury) was 48,466,760,721.  Shareholders are entitled to one vote per share.  A vote withheld is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the proportion of votes validly cast.

Accordingly, Resolution 1 was duly passed on a poll vote as an ordinary resolution and Resolutions 2-4 were duly passed on poll votes as special resolutions.

A copy of the resolutions passed at the General Meeting will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM. 

Next steps

The Transactions and the Return of Value remain subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Verizon shareholders which is expected to be obtained later today, and sanction by the Court of the Scheme and the associated Capital Reductions. The Transactions and the Return of Value are expected to complete on or around 21 February 2014. Further details of the Transactions, the Return of Value and the Share Consolidation, and of the expected timetable of events leading to their completion, are set out in the Circular.

If the Scheme becomes effective, it will be binding on all Vodafone shareholders, whether or not they attended or voted in favour of the Scheme and the resolutions at the Court Meeting and General Meeting. 

Expected timetable of principal events:

EventTime / Date
Completion of the Transactions21 February 2014

Share consolidation and commencement of trading in New Ordinary Shares

8.00 a.m. on 24 February 2014
Verizon shares issued to shareholdersFrom 08.00 a.m. on 24 February 2014
Payment of cash entitlements under the Return of Value4 March 2014