Dividend information

Dividends are normally paid twice a year to shareholders and are a distribution of a portion of the Company's profits.

We normally announce dividends at the same time as the annual and half-year results. Dividends are paid on a half-yearly basis. Royal Mail’s financial year end runs to the last Sunday in March each year. For each financial year it is our intention to pay any interim dividend in December or January and any final dividend in July or August subject to shareholder approval at the AGM. For a full list of all financial dates view the financial calendar page.


Dividend history

Type Announced Ex-div date Record date Payment date Pence per share
Interim 15 November 2018 6 December 2018 7 December 2018 16 January 2019 8.0
Final 17 May 2018 26 July 2018 27 July 2018 31 August 2018 16.3
Interim 16 November 2017 7 December 2017 8 December 2017 10 January 2018 7.7
Final 18 May 2017 29 June 2017 30 June 2017 28 July 2017 15.6
Interim 17 November 2016 8 December 2016 9 December 2016 11 January 2017 7.4
Final 19 May 2016 30 June 2016 1 July 2016 29 July 2016 15.1
Interim 19 November 2015 3 December 2015 4 December 2015 13 January 2016 7.0
Final 21 May 2015 2 July 2015 3 July 2015 31 July 2015 14.3
Interim 19 November 2014 27 November 2014 28 November 2014 14 January 2015 6.7
Final 22 May 2014 2 July 2014 4 July 2014 31 July 2014 13.3


Get dividends paid direct

Shareholders can choose to have dividends paid direct into a bank or building society account. The benefits include:

  1. Quicker and more convenient – no need to queue at the bank to pay in a cheque
  2. Cleared funds available to you on the dividend payment date
  3. Avoid the cost and inconvenience of lost, stolen, spoiled or out of date cheques

This can be arranged by our Registrar Equiniti via the Shareview Shareholder services page.


Dividend Re-Investment Plan (DRIP)

The Dividend Re-Investment Plan (DRIP) provides you with the opportunity to use your Royal Mail plc dividend payments to purchase shares in the company at favourable commission rates, enabling you to increase your shareholding.

How does the plan work?

It allows shareholders to use their cash dividends to buy more shares in Royal Mail plc. Rather than receiving a dividend cheque through the post or having a bank account credited with the dividend payment, shareholders can choose to use their cash dividend to buy additional shares. For full details of the DRIP, view the links below.

> Equiniti shareview DRIP page

> DRIP Explanatory Booklet (PDF)

> DRIP Terms & Conditions.

How to apply

By Phone:

Please call the Equiniti Financial Services Limited UK helpline displayed on the Investor contacts page.

By Post:

Download and print the DRIP application form which should then be completed and returned to the address stated on the form.