Rio Tinto Limited

Rio Tinto Limited

+ How can I contact the share registry?

Rio Tinto Limited has appointed Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited as its registrar and you can contact Computershare at:

Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited

GPO Box 2975
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Australia

Telephone (within Australia): 1800 813 292
Telephone (outside Australia): +61 (0) 3 9415 4030
Fax +61 (0) 3 9473 2500
Website: www.investorcentre.com/contact

+ How can I buy or sell shares?

Rio Tinto Limited shares are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Shares listed on ASX can only be bought or sold through a stockbroker.

The ASX’s website contains information about how to select a stockbroker

+ Where can I find the current share price?

The Rio Tinto Limited share price is reported in most Australian newspapers.

It is also shown in most UK newspapers usually under “Mining”. If there are two Rio Tinto companies shown one of these will be Rio Tinto Limited, the Australian company. The letters A$ may also appear after the name. Share prices are often quoted alongside a unique code known as a stock exchange ticker. The Australian Securities Exchange ticker for Rio Tinto Limited is RIO.AX and the London Stock Exchange ticker for Rio Tinto plc is RIO.L.

In addition, information on the recent movements in the share price is available from the Rio Tinto website.

+ Where can I find information about historical share prices?

Information about historical Rio Tinto share prices is available on the Share price & tools page.

+ What are dividends?

The dividend is the amount that directors of a company propose to pay out of the profits to its shareholders. Dividends can be thought of as the income that shareholders receive from their investment. Dividends are quoted on a per share basis.

+ When are dividends paid?

We pay dividends twice a year, as an “interim” dividend and a “final dividend”. When the financial results for the half year and full year are announced, the level of dividend to be paid to shareholders is also announced. The dividend is usually paid in April and September and is paid to everyone who holds shares on the “record date”. Upcoming record dates can be found in the financial calendar. The dividend is determined in US$ but is declared by Rio Tinto Limited in Australian dollars at the exchange rate prevailing two days before the results are announced.

+ What is the "ex-dividend" date?

The ex-dividend date is a specific date, occurring after the dividend has been declared from which buyers on the ASX are no longer entitled to receive the last declared dividend. This is known as going “ex-dividend” and before this date the shares are said to be “cum-dividend”. If you buy shares on the ASX before the ex-dividend date, you are entitled to the recently announced dividend. If you purchase shares on or after that date, the previous owner of the shares (and not you) is entitled to the dividend. The ex-dividend date for the latest dividend can be found in the financial calendar

+ What is the dividend "record date"?

This is the date the registrars view the register to prepare the dividend payment. A shareholding must be recorded on the register on this date to receive the dividend. The record date normally falls about three weeks before the dividend is paid. The record date for the latest dividend can be found in the financial calendar.

+ How can I have my dividends paid directly into my bank account?

You can nominate either an Australian or United Kingdom financial institution account for receipt of payments by direct credit. If you do this your payments will be credited to your nominated account in Australian dollars or pounds sterling as applicable. Payments in pounds sterling will be converted from Australian dollars at the exchange rate applicable 5 business days prior to the dividend payment date.

You can provide your bank account details via the secure online facility at www.investorcentre.com/rio or by contacting Computershare directly.

+ In what currency are Rio Tinto dividends paid?

The US dollar, in which the majority of the Rio Tinto Group’s sales are made, most reliably records the Group's global business performance and is our main reporting currency. It is, therefore, the natural currency in which to determine dividends.

Dividends determined in US dollars are converted at exchange rates applicable two days prior to the announcement of dividends and then declared and paid in Australian dollars for Rio Tinto Limited and in pounds sterling for Rio Tinto plc.

+ Can I elect to receive my dividends in currencies other than Australian dollars?

You can nominate either an Australian or United Kingdom financial institution account for receipt of payments by direct credit. If you do this your payments will be credited to your nominated account in Australian dollars or pounds sterling as applicable. Payments in pounds sterling will be converted from Australian dollars at the exchange rate applicable 5 business days prior to the dividend payment date.

If you do not elect one of the above payment options, payments will be made either:

  • by cheque in pound sterling to shareholders with a registered address in the United Kingdom; or
  • by cheque in Australian dollars to all others.

Should shareholders wish to make an election in relation to the currency of their dividends, they may do so at www.investorcentre.com/rio

Our registrar, Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited, offers payment services in other currencies, which may be subject to a fee. Please contact Computershare for further details on 1800 813 292 (within Australia) or +61 (0)3 9415 4030.

+ Does Rio Tinto have a Dividend Reinvestment Plan?

A Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP) is available to give shareholders the opportunity to elect for their cash dividend to be used to purchase Rio Tinto ordinary shares in the market, free of commission. As the shares will be purchased in the market, there will be no increase in the Company's issued share capital.

You can access the DRP plan rules at http://www.riotinto.com/drp-rules for further information and if you wish to participate, you can elect to do so at www.investorcentre.com/rio. Alternatively, please contact Computershare for further details.

+ Do I have to pay tax on my dividends?

Your tax obligations will vary depending on your financial circumstances. We recommend you obtain independent financial advice.

+ How do I obtain a paper copy of shareholder documents?

Paper copies of all shareholder documents can be obtained by contacting Computershare

+ Can I update my shareholder details on the internet?

You are able to update your address, payment instructions, DRP elections, tax file numbers and email details via www.investorcentre.com/rio   

+ How can I have a change of address noted on the share register?

If you are an individual Issuer Sponsored shareholder you can change your address details online at www.investorcentre.com/rio or contacting Computershare. If you wish to change your address details by phone, you will need to provide your SRN and confirm your full name and old address. Computershare will confirm these details with you and provide a confirmation number.

If your shares are maintained by a broker (Broker Sponsored) please send the change of address request and supporting documentation to your broker for processing.

+ How can I have a change of name noted on the share register?

You must notify Computershare of the change in writing. If you wish to change your registered name on an Issuer Sponsored holding, you should provide Computershare with the following information: your shareholder registration number (SRN), old name and registered address, your new name in full, your signature in your new name and an original certified copy of any supporting documentation, such as your marriage certificate.

If your shares are maintained by a broker (Broker Sponsored) please send the change of name request and supporting documentation to your broker for processing.

+ How can I transfer shares to another member of my family, or any other person?

Please contact Computershare for a “Standard Transfer” form, or you can download a form at Computershare website. When you have completed the transfer form, send it to Computershare.

A security validation fee is payable to Computershare, the share registrar, for processing this transfer. You should contact Computershare for details of the fee.

+ What happens if a shareholder dies?

Please advise Computershare in writing or by telephone as soon as possible and they will explain what has to be done.

+ I have Rio Tinto Limited shares. Can I exchange them for Rio Tinto plc shares?

Whilst unified under a dual listed companies structure, Rio Tinto Limited and Rio Tinto plc remain separate legal entities. As Rio Tinto Limited and Rio Tinto plc have separate share registers, there is no facility to transfer shares between the companies.

+ What is CHESS?

Since 1998, when paper share certificates were phased out, ownership of shares listed on the ASX has been recorded electronically. Shareholders can choose to have their holdings registered in one of two ways on the Rio Tinto share register – on an Issuer Sponsored Subregister or on the CHESS (Broker Sponsored) Subregister. “CHESS” means the Clearing House Electronic Subregister System. The two types of subregister provide alternative forms of registration for shareholders and the shares they own.

+ What is a Holder Identification Number (HIN)?

The Holder Identification Number (HIN) identifies your registration on the CHESS Subregister. This form of registration, also known as Broker Sponsored, allows brokers to manage their sponsored client's shareholdings. A HIN is made up of the letter X followed by ten numbers, ie X0001234567. The one HIN can register a client's shareholding in multiple companies. Find out more from Computershare.

+ What is a Shareholder Registration Number (SRN)?

Your Shareholder Registration Number (SRN) is a unique number allocated to identify your registered holding on a company's Issuer Sponsored Subregister. It is made up of the letter I followed by ten numbers, ie I0001234567.

The SRN is important information to be used in confirming or amending shareholder details retained by Computershare. If you hold shares in more than one company and choose to be Issuer Sponsored, you will have a different SRN for each shareholding.

+ Can I view details of my Rio Tinto shareholding online?

You can view details of your Rio Tinto shareholding online at www.investorcentre.com/rio

You will need to enter your SRN or HIN and your registered postcode or country (if outside Australia). This service provides read-only access to your Rio Tinto shareholding information.

You can view details of all your holdings for companies registered with Computershare online through Computershare's Investor Centre, if you register with Computershare.

Once you have registered you will be able to view all your holdings and update your details online.

+ Can I receive shareholder documents electronically?

Rio Tinto shareholders are able to receive Annual reports, Notices of meetings and other company mail-outs online via email. If you wish to receive these communications via email, you can elect to do so at www.investorcentre.com/rio

Shareholders who choose to receive electronic copies can change their election at any time by contacting Computershare.

+ I am receiving multiple copies of shareholder circulars. How can I stop this?

If you receive more than one copy of company information, it is because Computershare is holding two or more accounts for you on the share register. If you would like to have the accounts combined into one, you should contact Computershare for a form to request consolidation of your holdings. You can download a “Request to consolidate holdings” form from Computershare's website. There is no charge for doing this.

If you wish to consolidate separate Issuer Sponsored and CHESS holdings, you should contact your broker and they will explain what has to be done.