Investor centre

Frequently Asked Questions

A number of commonly asked questions are answered below. A range of issues is covered including individual shareholdings and company information such as Orica's current debt rating and gearing policy.

If you have a question relating to your shareholding that isn’t answered below, please contact the Orica share registry:

Link Market Services Limited
Level 12, 680 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel. 1300 301 253
International +61 1300 301 253 
Facsimile +61 2 9287 0309
Email orica@linkmarketservices.com.au
Website www.linkmarketservices.com.au/orica

The Link Market Services website can be used to access a wide variety of holding information, make some changes online or download forms.

You can:

  • Check your current and previous holding balances
  • Choose your preferred annual report options
  • Update your address details
  • Update your bank details
  • Confirm whether you have lodged your Tax File Number (TFN) or Australian Business Number (ABN) exemption
  • Register your TFN/ABN
  • Check transaction and dividend history
  • Enter your e-mail address
  • Download a variety of instruction forms

You can access this information using your Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Holder Identification Number (HIN) as well as your surname (or company name) and postcode (must be the postcode recorded on your holding record).

Questions relating to the company's activities should be directed to:

Orica Investor Relations
Tel. +61 3 9665 7774
Email: investorrelations@orica.com

General Queries

Where can I find my shareholder account number?

This is included on any personalised documents that we send to you. It is called a Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) starting with 'I' or Holder Identification Number (HIN) starting with 'X'.

What are Holder Identification Numbers (HINs) and Securityholder Reference Numbers (SRNs)?

Holder Identification Numbers (HINs) identify CHESS Sponsored holdings (also referred to as Broker Sponsored holdings). Some HINs start with the letter 'X' while others have no alphabetic prefix eg. X00054321, 00054321.

Securityholder Reference Numbers (SRNs) identify Issuer Sponsored holdings and begin with the letter 'I' eg. I00054321.Your HIN or SRN appears on your original holding statement as well as subsequent statements and payment (dividend) advices.

Note: Your SRNs and/or HINs identify you as the owner of your shares and should be stored securely.

Am I a CHESS Sponsored Holder or an Issuer Sponsored Holder?

If you have entered a sponsoring agreement with a broker (or another CHESS sponsor) then you are a CHESS Sponsored Holder, also referred to as a Broker Sponsored Holder. If not, then you are an Issuer Sponsored Holder.

On what stock exchanges is Orica traded and what is the stock symbol?

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The stock code is ORI.

Change of Details

I have recently moved house. Who should I tell?

How you update your address details depends on your individual circumstances. CHESS Sponsored Holders must change their address details via their broker. Most individual Issuer Sponsored Holders can change their address details either online at www.linkmarketservices.com.au/orica or using the Change of Address Form that may be obtained at the Link Market Services website or by contacting the Registrars (see contact details at the top of this page). Joint shareholders and corporations must complete and return the Change of Address Form to the Registrars.

What do I do if I change my name?

How you change your name on your holding will depend upon your individual circumstances. If you are CHESS Sponsored, you must change your name via your broker. If you are Issuer Sponsored, your can change your name by completing a Name Correction Request and Indemnity Form that may be obtained either at the Link Market Services website www.linkmarketservices.com.au/orica or by contacting Link Market Services. (see contact details at the top of this page). Please note that change of name requests by facsimile, email or phone cannot be actioned.

You will also need to enclose evidence of the change, for example a copy of a marriage certificate or certified copy of a change of name deed (please do not send the original).

I am receiving two sets of communication whenever Orica sends anything to me. How can I make sure that in future only one copy is sent?

If you have acquired shares on more than one occasion your holding may have been recorded on the share register with slightly different details. As a result two or more accounts may have been set up for you. Sometimes we need to maintain more than one account, for example, if you hold shares in your own name and also in joint names with your partner. However, sometimes multiple accounts can be amalgamated.

Please notify Orica's Share Registrars, Link Market Services (see contact details at the top of this page), of any accounts you believe should be amalgamated. They will do so if it is possible.

Share Trading / Transfer of Shares

Many companies offer a low cost share dealing service so that shareholders can buy or sell shares at preferential rates of stockbroking commission. Does Orica offer this?

The Orica Share Registry, Link Market Services (see contact details at the top of this page), operates a Share Sale Centre for Issuer Sponsored holdings only and all shares must be sold in full. Please contact them directly to obtain further details.

I would like to transfer shares to someone I know. How do I arrange this?

The way in which you transfer your shares will depend upon your individual circumstances.

If you are CHESS Sponsored, you will need to contact your sponsoring broker who will arrange the transfer on your behalf.

If you are Issuer Sponsored and wish to transfer your Orica shares to another person you will need to complete an Off-market Transfer Form and lodge it with Link Market Services.

You will need your SRN or HIN to transfer your shares. Transfers must be validly completed and signed and must meet the issuer's conditions of transfer.

Do I have to pay stamp duty on my share transfer?

Orica Limited is registered in the State of Victoria, therefore no stamp duty is paid on transactions.

Dividends

Where can I find dividend history details?

A table detailing dividend payments, franking percentages and dividend reinvestment plan issue prices can be found in Shareholder Information > Dividend History.

I would like to reinvest my cash dividends in more shares. Where can I get details of how to do this?

Please view the Dividend Reinvestment Plan booklet (PDF 218.6KB) for an explanation of our Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

I have lost my dividend statement. What should I do?

If you require a replacement dividend statement you need to inform Orica's Share Registrars, Link Market Services, by phone (see contact details at the top of this page). Alternatively, visit the Link Market Services website, www.linkmarketservices.com.au/orica, for instructions on how to obtain a replacement dividend statement. A fee will be payable for this service.

I have found an out-of-date dividend cheque. What should I do?

You need to contact Orica's Share Registrars, Link Market Services, by phone (see contact details at the top of this page). If the cheque is found to be outstanding they will issue a duplicate. A fee may be payable for this service.

Mandatory Direct Credit (Australia only)

Why has Orica mandated direct credit for the payment of dividends?

Many Orica shareholders already take advantage of the direct credit facility and it is a common and accepted method for ASX-listed companies to pay dividends to shareholders in this way.

Mandatory direct credit of payments provides a number of benefits to shareholders.  Dividend payments are more efficient and secure, the potential for cheque fraud and lost cheques is removed

Is direct credit a safe method of payment?

Yes, direct credit is secure.  Providing your bank account details does not give Orica or the share registry (Link Market Services Limited “Link”) access to your bank account.  Link will not disclose bank account details to any third party except as necessary to process your dividend payment.  Link has strict security measures in place to prevent unauthorised disclosure of your details and these procedures are regularly and independently audited.

How do I review/update my bank account information?

If you hold less than $1,000,000 you can update your details online at www.linkmarketservices.com.au and use your Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Holder Identification Number (HIN) to securely access your shareholder account.  Select the Payments & Tax menu and then select Payment Instructions to provide your bank account details.

If your shareholding is
 
> valued at $50,000 or over, 
> is a joint holding or 
> is in the name of a company 

You will need to register a portfolio in order to update your holding details online. To register your portfolio go to https://investorcentre.linkmarketservices.com.au

If your shareholding is valued at $1,000,000 or over, you will need to complete a Request for Direct Credit of Payments form and return the form to the Orica Share Registry.  Please contact Link Market Services on +61 1300 301 253 to request a form.   

Where do I find my SRN/HIN?

The HIN or SRN can be found on the top right hand corner of your holding statement and other shareholder communications.

When do I need to update my account information by?

For future dividends in one of the offered currencies, please ensure that our Share Registry has recorded your banking instructions by dividend record date. Otherwise, if you are domiciled outside Australia you will continue to receive payment by cheque in AUD. If you wish to continue to receive payment in AUD cheque or AUD direct credit (if you have previously provided valid bank account details) you do not need to do anything.

Can I elect to receive my dividend in a foreign currency?

Yes. 

It must be a local in-country payment.

For example, an Australian shareholder seeking to be paid in U.S. Dollars (USD) must have a USD account in the United States. Payment cannot be made if an Australian shareholder has a USD account in Australia.


Optional Foreign Direct Credit Facility

What currencies are available?

Payments can be paid by direct credit as local in-country payments in the following currencies:

- AUD - Australian Dollar
- NZD - New Zealand Dollar
- USD - U.S. Dollar
- GBP - Pounds Sterling

This means that you can receive funds in your desired currency faster, without having to pay cross border transaction or other fees imposed by financial institutions handling the payment. 

To receive a foreign currency, do I need to have a bank account in the country of my preferred currency?

Yes. 

Payment must be a local in-country payment.

For example, a Singapore shareholder seeking to be paid in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) must have a NZD account in New Zealand. Payment cannot be made if a Singapore shareholder has a NZD account in Singapore.

How does the currency conversion work?

The conversion rate will be the rate quoted by the intermediary bank on the day following funds being provided to the Share Registry, which will be in the period between the Record Date and the Payment Date. 

Will I have to pay any fees using this service?

No.  You will not have to pay cross border transaction or other fees imposed by financial institutions handling the payment.

How does the exchange rate work?

The conversion rate will be the rate quoted by the intermediary bank on the day following funds being received by the share registry’s licensed entity (Pacific Custodians Pty Ltd (PCPL) – part of the Link Group).  PCPL maintains local bank accounts in each country to facilitate payments to payees in that country.

How do I elect to receive foreign direct credit?

If you hold less than $1,000,000 you can update your details online at www.linkmarketservices.com.au/orica and use your Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Holder Identification Number (HIN) to securely access your shareholder account.  Select the Payments & Tax menu and then select Payment Instructions to provide your bank account details.

If your shareholding is
 
> valued at $50,000 or over, 
> is a joint holding or 
> is in the name of a company 

You will need to register a portfolio in order to update your holding details online. To register your portfolio go to https://investorcentre.linkmarketservices.com.au

If your shareholding is valued at $1,000,000 or over, you will need to complete a Request for Direct Credit of Foreign Currency Payments form and return the form to the Orica Share Registry.  Please contact Link Market Services on +61 1300 301 253 to request a form.   

When do I need to update my account information by?

To receive future dividends in one of the offered currencies, please ensure that our Share Registry has recorded your banking instructions by dividend record date. Otherwise, if you are domiciled outside Australia you will continue to receive payment by cheque in AUD.

If you wish to continue to receive payment in AUD cheque or AUD direct credit (if you have previously provided valid bank account details) you do not need to do anything.

Shares Held by/for Other People

My partner/relative has died. What should I do about their shareholding?

Contact the Orica Share Registrars, Link Market Services, and they will guide you through what you need to do. You will be asked to provide the Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Holder Identification Number (HIN).

I want to hold shares for my children. How do I do this?

Although you can buy shares in your children's names, there can be legal complications if you sell them. You could hold the shares in your own name, with a marker (known as a designation) that will indicate to you that the shares are your children's. These shares can then be transferred into the child’s own name, using the standard transfer of shares procedure described above, when your child reaches 18 years old. If you require further assistance or an explanation of the tax implications, you should contact your financial adviser.

Annual Report and Other Shareholder Communication

How can I obtain a copy of Orica's Annual Report?

The Annual Report is mailed to all shareholders who have elected to receive a copy in that way. If you have not received your copy, please contact us at investorrelations@orica.com.

Alternatively, visit the Company Reports page to view copies of Orica's current and past reports.

I do not want to receive copies of the Annual Report. What should I do?

You need to notify Orica's Share Registrars, Link Market Services. Individual shareholders can update their details either online at www.linkmarketservices.com.au/orica or by contacting Link Market Services (see contact details at the top of this page)for the appropriate form. Joint shareholders and corporations must complete and return the form to Link Market Services.

Copies of Orica's current and previous reports can be viewed by visiting the Company Reports page.

 

 Company Financial Information

Where can I find historical financial information on Orica?

Historical information can be found in the Annual Reporting Suite and the Results and Presentations pages of this website.

What is Orica's current debt rating?

Orica is rated by Standard and Poors. The current long term rating is BBB, Stable. The short term rating is A-2.

What are Orica's financial reporting dates?

View Orica's reporting dates

Does Orica have an American Depository Receipt (ADR) program?

At this time Orica does not have an ADR program.

Company General Information

Does Orica have a Safety, Health and Environment Policy?

Yes. View Orica's Safety, Health, Environment and Security policy. Orica also publishes an annual Sustainability report. You can view the current report, as well as historical reports under Sustainability.