Shareholder information

On this page you can find information about the Company’s shares, major shareholders and Registrar.

If you have any questions which are not covered here, please contact investor.relations@yougov.com.

  • AIM of the London Stock Exchange

  • Ordinary Shares

  • Please refer to our latest "Total Voting Rights" announcement which is issued once per month and is available here.

  • No shares are held in Treasury. Ordinary Shares are held by the YouGov Employee Benefit Trust in order to satisfy awards under the employee share schemes.

    Please refer to our latest "Total Voting Rights" RNS which is issued once per month and is available here.

  • None

  • As at 31 July 2022, Ordinary Shares in issue not in public hands was 9.55%. This includes the shares held by the YouGov Employee Benefit Trust.

Major Shareholders

As at 31 July 2022, shareholders with more than 3% of stock were as follows:

Shareholder
Percentage
No. Shares Held
Shareholder
abrdn
Percentage
9.95
No. Shares Held
11,092,521
Shareholder
Liontrust Asset Management
Percentage
9.42
No. Shares Held
10,493,888
Shareholder
Stephan & Rosamund Shakespeare
Percentage
7.91
No. Shares Held
8,811,029
Shareholder
Octopus Investments
Percentage
6.48
No. Shares Held
7,223,353
Shareholder
BlackRock
Percentage
6.44
No. Shares Held
7,175,913
Shareholder
T Rowe Price Global Investments
Percentage
5.64
No. Shares Held
6,290,433
Shareholder
Kabouter Management
Percentage
4.41
No. Shares Held
4,920,053
Shareholder
Brown Capital Management
Percentage
3.08
No. Shares Held
3,432,714

Registrar

Neville Registrars Limited are the company’s Registrars. You can contact them via email to info@nevilleregistrars.co.uk or visit their website at nevilleregistrars.co.uk.

Results of Shareholder Voting

At the Annual General Meeting held on 7 December 2021 at 8.30am, all resolutions were passed.

The resolutions can be read in the Notice of Meeting, which is available here.

The votes by proxy received by the Company are as follows:

For
Against
Discretionary
Abstain
Total
1
Ordinary Resolution
For
80,025,488
Against
180,500
Discretionary
0
Abstain
35,540
Total
80,241,528
2
Ordinary Resolution
For
76,419,890
Against
1,782,079
Discretionary
0
Abstain
2,039,559
Total
80,241,528
3
Ordinary Resolution
For
72,695,141
Against
232,155
Discretionary
0
Abstain
7,314,232
Total
80,241,528
4
Ordinary Resolution
For
79,801,879
Against
57,365
Discretionary
0
Abstain
382,284
Total
80,241,528
5
Ordinary Resolution
For
77,608,459
Against
2,631,417
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
6
Ordinary Resolution
For
78,740,315
Against
1,499,561
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
7
Ordinary Resolution
For
78,667,744
Against
1,572,132
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
8
Ordinary Resolution
For
78,692,607
Against
1,547,269
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
9
Ordinary Resolution
For
79,900,713
Against
339,163
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
10
Ordinary Resolution
For
80,228,693
Against
11,183
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
11
Ordinary Resolution
For
80,028,363
Against
211,513
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,652
Total
80,241,528
12
Ordinary Resolution
For
80,240,176
Against
0
Discretionary
0
Abstain
1,352
Total
80,241,528
13
Ordinary Resolution
For
80,230,884
Against
8,234
Discretionary
0
Abstain
2,410
Total
80,241,528
14
Special Resolution
For
80,229,904
Against
8,657
Discretionary
0
Abstain
2,967
Total
80,241,528
15
Special Resolution
For
72,135,836
Against
793,940
Discretionary
0
Abstain
7,311,752
Total
80,241,528

2021 AGM: Shareholder Q&A

Ahead of our 2021 AGM, shareholders were given the opportunity to ask questions. Those questions, and our responses, are presented here.

Question 1: Are the taxable benefits given to Stephan Shakespeare (CEO) such as living accommodation allowance and for Sundip Chahal (COO) his ‘expatriate benefits’ such as family travel allowance, family visas and dependant school fees a salary sacrifice or an additional benefit?

Answer 1:

  • The living accommodation is a shared premises for any corporate staff travelling to Dubai. Due to COVID travel restrictions, Stephan Shakespeare was the only member of staff that used it in FY21. Under normal circumstances the costs would have been shared between the individuals that resided in the accommodation.
  • Sundip Chahal’s expatriate benefits are not a salary sacrifice but an additional benefit that has been a part of his compensation package for several years as it is standard employment terms in Dubai.

Question 2: Have you also considered other metrics for annual bonus as opposed to just adjusted operating profit and similarly for the vesting of the LTIP, adjusted basic EPS?

Answer 2:

  • The Remuneration Committee did consider alternate metrics when the LTIP was being designed. They are cognisant that this is the last year of LTIP grants and will be discussing the timeline for a review of the remuneration policy, which will cover bonus and LTIP design, at the December 2021 meeting.

Question 3: When considering the independency of Roger Parry (Board Chair), what factors were taken into consideration?

Answer 3:

  • The Board considers several factors when determining a Director’s independence such as their other commitments; their tenure; and personal qualities they demonstrate in the boardroom such as their judgement and the level of engagement and challenge that they provide in Board and Committee discussions. In addition, the Board also looked at guidance published in the latest Chartered Governance Institute (previously ICSA) report on elements of independent judgement this year.

Question 4: Are there any plans to rotate the auditor? I understand the partner is rotated every 5 years, but we would encourage a full tender process (which usually excludes the incumbent). This is becoming an increasing focus for investors, as well as non-audit fees.

Answer 4:

  • The Audit & Risk Committee will be discussing if and when we would consider rotating our auditor at the next committee meeting, in December 2021. While the decision to run a tender process is not imminent it is certainly on the agenda and will be reviewed.