|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
Carnival plc and Carnival Corporation are separate legal entities (together referred to as Carnival Corporation & plc) and each company has its own Board of Directors and Committees of the Board. However, as is required by the agreements governing the dual listed company (DLC) arrangement, there is a single senior management team and the Boards of Directors and members of the Committees of the Boards are identical. This Directors Report has been prepared and presented in accordance with and in reliance upon UK company law and, accordingly, the liabilities of the Directors in connection with this Directors Report shall be subject to the limitations and restrictions provided by such law.
In accordance with the UK Financial Conduct Authoritys Listing Rules, the information to be included in the Annual Report and Accounts, where applicable, under Listing Rule 9.8.4, is set out in this Directors Report, with the exception of the details regarding interest capitalized, which are set out in the Carnival plc consolidated IFRS financial statements, and the details of long-term incentive schemes, which are set out in the Carnival plc Directors Remuneration Report.
Future developments of the business and business model of Carnival Corporation & plc can be found in the Strategic Report that accompanies the Carnival plc consolidated IFRS financial statements under the following sections, respectively: 1.A.II Visions, Goals and Related Strategies and 1.C. Our Global Cruise Business. The financial risk management objectives and policies and exposure to foreign currency risk, fair value risk, cash flow interest rate risk and liquidity risk can be found in Note 23.
During the year ended November 30, 2018, Carnival plc paid four regular quarterly dividends totaling $1.90 per ordinary share (2017$1.55). In January 2019, the Boards of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share. For this quarterly dividend, the Boards of Directors approved a record date of February 22, 2019, and a payment date of March 15, 2019.
Although dividends are declared in U.S. dollars, they are paid in sterling to the holders of ordinary shares in Carnival plc unless they elect to receive their dividends in U.S. dollars. Dividends payable in sterling are converted from U.S. dollars into sterling at the U.S. dollar to sterling exchange rate quoted by Bloomberg in London at 12:00 p.m. on the next combined U.S. and UK business day that follows the quarter end.
Holders of the Carnival plcs American Depositary Shares are paid their dividend in U.S. dollars.
Since January 2004, Ocorian Trustees (Jersey) Limited, as trustee of the P&O Princess Cruises Employee Benefit Trust, holds shares to satisfy grants made under Carnival plc 2014 Employee Share Plan. The trustee has waived its right to all dividends payable by Carnival plc. Dividends paid during fiscal 2018 over which rights were waived amounted to $405,789.
Share Capital and Control
Changes in the share capital of Carnival plc during fiscal 2018 are given in Note 16 to the Carnival plc consolidated IFRS financial statements.
The share capital of Carnival plc at January 17, 2019 includes two allotted and issued subscriber shares of £1 each, 50,000 allotted but unissued redeemable preference shares of £1 each, one allotted