UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 6-K

 

Report of Foreign Private Issuer

 

Pursuant to Rules 13a-16 or 15d-16 under

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Dated July 27, 2021

 

Commission File Number: 001-10086

 

VODAFONE GROUP

PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

 

VODAFONE HOUSE, THE CONNECTION, NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE, RG14 2FN, ENGLAND

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F x   Form 40-F ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1): ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7): ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

Yes ¨   No x

 

If “Yes” is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82-____.

 

 

 

 

This Report on Form 6-K contains a Stock Exchange Announcement dated 27 July 2021 entitled ‘RESULTS OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING’.

 

 

VODAFONE GROUP PLC

 

RESULTS OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Results of Annual General Meeting

 

The Annual General Meeting of Vodafone Group Plc was held at The Pavilion, Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FN on Tuesday 27 July 2021 at 10.00 am.

 

The results of polls on all 23 resolutions were as follows:

 

    Resolution   Total votes validly cast     Percentage of
relevant
shares in
issue (%)
    For     For (% of
shares
voted)
    Against     Against (%
of shares
voted)
    Votes withheld  
1.   To receive the Company’s accounts, the strategic report and reports of the Directors and the auditor for the year ended 31 March 2021.     17,132,724,181       61.60       17,125,806,638       99.96       6,917,543       0.04       23,915,195  
2.   To elect Olaf Swantee as a Director.     17,130,076,272       61.59       17,095,470,221       99.80       34,606,051       0.20       26,435,255  
3.   To re-elect Jean-François van Boxmeer as a Director.     17,131,196,388       61.59       16,235,434,377       94.77       895,762,011       5.23       25,534,309  
4.   To re-elect Nick Read as a Director.     17,131,339,238       61.59       17,088,602,622       99.75       42,736,616       0.25       25,271,692  
5.   To re-elect Margherita Della Valle as a Director.     17,131,587,069       61.59       17,084,011,783       99.72       47,575,286       0.28       24,992,962  
6.   To re-elect Sir Crispin Davis as a Director.     17,130,152,964       61.59       17,009,929,952       99.30       120,223,012       0.70       26,432,593  
7.   To re-elect Michel Demaré as a Director.     17,129,962,222       61.59       17,061,166,726       99.60       68,795,496       0.40       26,647,135  
8.   To re-elect Dame Clara Furse as a Director.     17,130,989,026       61.59       17,094,737,047       99.79       36,251,979       0.21       25,620,151  
9   To re-elect Valerie Gooding as a Director.     17,130,841,063       61.59       16,872,817,032       98.49       258,024,031       1.51       25,768,550  
10.   To re-elect Maria Amparo Moraleda Martinez as a Director.     17,131,017,933       61.59       16,466,110,256       96.12       664,907,677       3.88       25,591,305  
11.   To re-elect Sanjiv Ahuja as a Director.     RESOLUTION WITHDRAWN  
12.   To re-elect David Nish as a Director.     17,125,461,561       61.57       17,056,275,299       99.60       69,186,262       0.40       31,110,498  
13.   To declare a final dividend of 4.50 eurocents per ordinary share for the year ended 31 March 2021.     17,146,267,777       61.64       17,016,928,924       99.25       129,338,853       0.75       10,335,481  
14.   To approve the Annual Report on Remuneration contained in the Remuneration Report of the Board for the year ended 31 March 2021.
    17,131,306,675       61.59       16,729,088,541       97.65       402,218,134       2.35       25,262,861  
15.   To reappoint Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s auditor until the end of the next general meeting at which accounts are laid before the Company.     17,142,233,659       61.63       16,713,626,165       97.50       428,607,494       2.50       14,379,508  
16.   To authorise the Audit and Risk Committee to determine the remuneration of the auditor.     17,140,202,508       61.62       16,873,583,470       98.44       266,619,038       1.56       16,372,690  
17.   To authorise the Directors to allot shares     17,134,515,551       61.60       16,058,241,382       93.72       1,076,274,169       6.28       22,070,445  
18.   To authorise the Directors to dis-apply pre-emption rights.     17,109,183,719       61.51       16,767,989,818       98.01       341,193,901       1.99       47,381,780  
19.   To authorise the Directors to dis-apply pre-emption rights up to a further 5 per cent for the purposes of financing an acquisition or other capital investment.     17,120,134,729       61.55       16,370,746,771       95.62       749,387,958       4.38       36,451,703  
20.   To authorise the Company to purchase its own shares.     17,135,194,625       61.61       16,843,308,960       98.30       291,885,665       1.70       21,372,240  
21.   To approve the adoption of new articles of association.     17,113,903,563       61.53       17,080,074,901       99.80       33,828,662       0.20       42,680,690  
22.   To authorise political donations and expenditure.     17,119,587,463       61.55       16,817,937,876       98.24       301,649,587       1.76       33,749,912  
23.   To authorise the Company to call general meetings (other than AGMs) on a minimum of 14 clear days’ notice.     17,125,163,856       61.57       16,158,288,221       94.35       966,875,635       5.65       30,879,790  

 

 

The number of Ordinary Shares in issue on 23 July 2021 (excluding shares held in Treasury) was 27,814,578,745. 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.

 

Resolutions 1 to 17 (inclusive) and 22 were passed as Ordinary Resolutions. Resolutions 18 to 21 (inclusive) and 23 were passed as Special Resolutions.

 

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.2, a copy of Resolutions 21 to 23 (inclusive), passed as Special Business at the Annual General Meeting, have been submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority via the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.

 

Other matters

 

Following conclusion of the Annual General Meeting, the below changes to the composition of the Board and its Committees were effective:

 

- Olaf Swantee was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and became a member of the Audit and Risk Committee;

- Sanjiv Ahuja retired as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee; and

- Renee James retired as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Nominations and Governance and Remuneration Committees.

 

For further information:

 

Vodafone Group  
   
Media Relations Investor Relations
www.vodafone.com/media/contact ir@vodafone.co.uk

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorised.

 

  VODAFONE GROUP
  PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
  (Registrant)

 

Dated: July 27, 2021 By: /s/ R E S MARTIN
    Name: Rosemary E S Martin
    Title: Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

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