Desford Road, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4AT
Registered in England, no. 4412362
A full copy of this Annual Report, together with those for prior years, and other information required by section 311A of the 2006 Act can be found on the NEXT plc website at www.nextplc.co.uk.
Under section 527 of the 2006 Act members meeting the threshold requirements set out in that section have the right to require the Company to publish on a website a statement setting out any matter relating to: (i) the audit of the Company's accounts (including the auditor's report and the conduct of the audit) that are to be laid before the Annual General Meeting; or (ii) any circumstance connected with an auditor of the Company ceasing to hold office since the previous meeting at which annual accounts and reports were laid in accordance with section 437 of the 2006 Act. The Company may not require the members requesting such website publication to pay its expenses in complying with sections 527 or 528 of the 2006 Act, and it must forward the statement to the Company's auditor not later than the time when it makes the statement available on the website. The business which may be dealt with at the Annual General Meeting includes any statement that the Company has been required under section 527 of the 2006 Act to publish on its website.
Payment of dividend
The recommended final dividend, if approved, will be paid on 1 August 2014 to holders of ordinary shares registered at close of business on 11 July 2014. The ordinary shares will trade ex-dividend from 9 July 2014.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will be held at 9.30am on Thursday 15 May 2014 at the Leicester Marriott Hotel, Smith Way, Grove Park, Leicester LE19 1SW. The notice of the meeting sets out business to be transacted. Full access is available to the venue for those with special requirements.
Completed proxy cards should be sent to our registrars, Equiniti, and must be received by 9.30am on 13 May 2014 (or 48 hours before any adjourned meeting). As an alternative to completing and returning this form of proxy, you may submit your proxy electronically by accessing the Registrar's website www.sharevote.co.uk. You will be asked to enter your unique Voting ID, Task ID and Shareholder Reference Number as printed on your form of proxy. The use by members of the electronic proxy appointment service will be governed by the terms and conditions of use which appear on the website. Electronic proxies must be completed and lodged in accordance with the instructions on the website by no later than 48 hours before the Annual General Meeting. A member must inform the Registrar in writing of any termination of the authority of a proxy.
Share price data
(Stock Exchange Code: NXT.L)
|Share price at financial year end||£62.80||£40.59|
|Share price movement during year:|
|High mid-market quotation||£63.65||£40.59|
|Low mid-market quotation||£40.58||£26.19|
Registrars and transfer office
Equiniti, Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN99 6DA
Telephone 0871 384 2164. Calls to this number are charged at 8p per minute plus network extras. Overseas Shareholder Helpline Number +44 (0)121 415 7047. Lines are open 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
The Company offers a discount voucher to any first named, registered shareholder holding 500 or more ordinary shares as at 1 April each year. The voucher entitles the recipient or their immediate family to a 25% discount against most purchases at any one time of full price merchandise in NEXT Retail stores. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount voucher or offer, nor can it be used for the purchase of gift cards, Sale merchandise, electrical goods, non-NEXT branded goods or at any branch of NEXT Clearance or purchases from NEXT Directory. The voucher has no monetary purchase limit and expires on 31 October of the same year. Shareholders holding shares in nominee or PEP/ISA accounts are also eligible, but must request the voucher through their nominee or PEP/ISA account manager who should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Company's share register is maintained by Equiniti. Please contact them if you have any enquiries about your NEXT plc shareholding including the following matters:
- change of name and address.
- loss of share certificate, dividend warrant or tax voucher.
- if you receive duplicate sets of company mailings as a result of an inconsistency in name or address and wish, if appropriate, to combine accounts.
The Shareview Portfolio service from our registrar, Equiniti, gives you more online information about your NEXT plc shares and other investments. For direct access to information held for you on the share register, including recent balance movements and a daily valuation of investments held in your portfolio, visit www.shareview.co.uk.
For shareholders with disabilities Equiniti provides the following:
- if requested future communications produced by them will be sent in the appropriate format.
- textphone number 0871 384 2255 for shareholders with hearing difficulties.
- hearing loop facilities in their buildings for use by visiting shareholders.
The Company's ordinary shares are available for electronic settlement.
Payments of dividends to mandated accounts
Shareholders who do not at present have their dividends paid directly into a bank or building society may wish to do so. A mandate form is attached to your dividend warrant and tax voucher or is available to download from the NEXT plc website on www.nextplc.co.uk or from Equiniti, telephone 0871 384 2164.
Forward looking statements
This Report and Accounts contains "forward looking statements" which are all matters that are not historical facts, including anticipated financial and operational performance, business prospects and similar matters. These forward looking statements are identifiable by words such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "budget", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "project" and similar expressions. These forward looking statements reflect NEXT's current expectations concerning future events and actual results may differ materially from current expectations or historical results. Any such forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those risks described in "Risks & Uncertainties"; failure by NEXT to predict accurately customer fashion preferences; decline in the demand for merchandise offered by NEXT; competitive influences; changes in level of store traffic or consumer spending habits; effectiveness of NEXT's brand awareness and marketing programmes; general economic conditions or a downturn in the retail industry; the inability of NEXT to successfully implement relocation or expansion of existing stores; insufficient consumer interest in NEXT Directory; acts of war or terrorism worldwide; work stoppages, slowdowns or strikes; and changes in financial or equity markets. These forward looking statements do not amount to any representation that they will be achieved as they involve risks and uncertainties and relate to events and depend upon circumstances which may or may not occur in the future and there can be no guarantee of future performance. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward looking statements which speak only as of the date of this document. NEXT does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.