The Company has today published the following documents:
- 2019 Annual Report and Financial Statements
- Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’)
In compliance with LR 9.6.1R, the 2019 Annual Report and Financial Statements and Notice of 2020 AGM have been submitted to the UK Listing Authority via the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available to the public for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM. These documents will also be available on the Group's website from today at: www.providentfinancial.com/investors/results-reports-and-presentations.
The Company has also published today its 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report, which can be found on the Corporate Responsibility page of the Group’s website: www.providentfinancial.com/corporate-responsibility.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at 3.00pm on 7 May 2020 at the Company’s offices at No.1 Godwin Street Bradford BD1 2SU.
The Board is closely monitoring the evolving outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and wellbeing of our employees, shareholders and the wider community in which we operate is of paramount importance to the Board. However, the Board also recognises that the AGM is an important event for shareholders and the Company and is keen to ensure that shareholders are able to exercise their right to vote and participate.
We therefore currently plan to hold the AGM at 3.00pm on 7 May 2020, but given the evolving situation and the potential risks of aiding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) through public gatherings, and the possibility of the UK Government imposing restrictions on travel and public gatherings, the Board encourages shareholders to vote on all resolutions by completing and submitting an online proxy appointment form in accordance with point 6 of the Explanatory Notes to the Notice of the Meeting (set out on pages 7 to 9).
Shareholders are encouraged to submit a proxy appointment, even if they intend to attend the meeting in person, as their personal circumstances and the wider situation may change and it may not be appropriate or possible at the time to attend the meeting in person. In any event, in order to secure the safety of those attending may need to impose additional safety related measures, which could include the exclusion of individuals who have visited high risk areas or have had contact with individuals who have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or the possible adjournment of the meeting to another date.
We will keep the situation under review and recommend that shareholders should continue to monitor the Company's website and announcements for any updates in relation to the AGM.
A condensed set of the Company’s financial statements and information on important events that have occurred during the financial year and their impact on the financial statements were included in The Company’s results statement (RNS announcement dated 27 February 2020 ("Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2019")). That information, together with the information set out below constitutes the material required by DTR 6.3.5R. This announcement is not a substitute for reading the 2019 Annual Report and Financial Statements in its entirety. Page, note and section references below refer to the corresponding pages and/or notes/section in the 2019 Annual Report and Financial Statements
Contact: David Whincup, +44 (0)1274 351 344