Investor Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

General enquiries and transactions

What is Issuer Sponsorship?

Issuer Sponsorship replaced share certificates in 1997. Issuer Sponsorship enables shareholders to hold their securities in "paperless" form (like CHESS), but without being tied to a particular broker. However, unlike CHESS, shareholders cannot hold securities in different companies under the one identifying holder number. Your SRN typically begins with the letter "I" (which may look like the numeral "1" in some fonts).

Instead of receiving share certificates, holders receive holding statements (again, like CHESS) which show all details and movements (purchases, sales and other transactions). Statements are issued when you first become a holder and are dispatched within 5 business days of the end of any month in which transactions occur.

One of the important things to remember about Issuer Sponsorship is that your Security holder Reference Number (SRN) should be treated like a bank account PIN and not disclosed to third parties (except when authorised by you for a particular purpose - eg. trading, etc.). Please quote your SRN in any correspondence with the Company's Share Registrar. This will enable the Share Registrar to correctly identify you and fulfil your requests.

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What is Broker Sponsorship?

Broker Sponsorship enables holders who are regular traders with a particular broker to have all of their holdings in different companies recorded under the one holder identification number (HIN). Again, it is extremely important that the confidentiality of your HIN is maintained. Your HIN begins with the letter "X".

Broker sponsored holdings are maintained on ASX's CHESS system. Your broker can explain this to you in more detail.

Another very important thing to know about Broker Sponsorship is that nearly all changes (changes of address, etc.) must be made through your sponsoring broker (this is to ensure that his/her records about you are completely correct).

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How many shares do I hold?

You can determine the number of shares you hold by making a holding balance enquiry online or by contacting the Share Registrar.

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How do I sell my shares on-market?

You will need to contact a licensed stockbroker. If you do not have a broker then please contact the Australian Stock Exchange or the Share Registrar.

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How do I sell my shares off-market?

For Issuer Sponsored Shareholders

If you wish to transfer your listed securities to another person you will need to complete an off-market transfer form quoting your security holder reference number (SRN) on the transfer form, or attach a copy of a holding statement showing your SRN.

In accordance with recent amendments to stamp duty legislation, transfers of listed securities are no longer required to be assessed for stamp duty if the transfer has been executed on or after 1 July 2001. The execution date is considered to be the earlier of the date of signature or the date of purchase.

For Broker Sponsored Shareholders

You will need to contact your sponsoring broker who will arrange the transfer on your behalf.

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What if I receive an unsolicited proposal offering to buy my shares?

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has advised shareholders to be careful when assessing unsolicited and unexpected offers for their shares (refer to ASIC Guidance).

Many of these offers are pitched at a price well below the current market value of the shares (refer to Share Price Data or Australian Stock Exchange code: BSL to check the market value of BlueScope Steel shares).

BlueScope Steel's Board does not endorse any unsolicited offer made by any party.

All recipients of such unsolicited offers should read the documentation carefully and seek independent financial advice before making any decisions about their shares. If required, the ASX website provides details on how to find a broker.

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How do I transfer shares from a deceased estate?

Please contact the Share Registrar.

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I sold some of my shares during the financial year. Can I have a history of my holding?

Please contact the Share Registrar. Charges may apply.

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I can't locate my SRN / HIN. Can you give it to me over the phone?

SRN - Please contact the Share Registrar. As a rule, for security reasons, the Share Registrar will not provide or confirm your SRN over the phone. You must request your SRN in writing (signed by you) to the Share Registrar. The Share Registrar will, in turn, provide or confirm your SRN. You may request a new SRN if you believe that your SRN is no longer confidential.

HIN - Please contact your sponsoring broker.

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What happens if my SRN or holding statement has been stolen?

Notify the Share Registrar immediately, either by phone, mail or fax. A lock will be placed on the holding to prevent any unauthorised trading. A statement will then be issued advising you of your new SRN.

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How do I amalgamate several holdings?

For Issuer Sponsored Shareholders

If the names, addresses and banking instructions are identical, and they are Issuer Sponsored, the holdings can be amalgamated. Simply write, fax or e-mail the Share Registrar, quoting each security holder reference number (SRN) and requesting that they be amalgamated. If you are holding employee shares, the requirements may be different, and you should contact the Share Registrar.

Where the names, addresses or banking instructions are not identical, please contact the Share Registrar for specific instructions.

For Broker Sponsored Shareholders

If one or more of your holdings is broker sponsored, you will need to contact your broker to arrange for the amalgamation. The Share Registrar is not permitted to make changes to broker sponsored holdings.

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Tax File Number

Can you tell me if you have my TFN and if not, how do I quote my TFN?

You can find out whether or not your TFN has been recorded by making a holding balance enquiry online. If it has not been recorded, you can lodge it online or download the appropriate form to notify the Share Registrar in writing.

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The Directors of BlueScope approved payment on a three cents per share final dividend in respect of the year ended 30 June 2015. Payment date for this dividend is 19 October 2015. Details of dividends paid to shareholders can be found here.

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Dividend payments will now only be made by direct credit.  Please contact the Share Registrar to update this information.

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If your old account has been closed, your financial institution should reject the payment back to the Share Registry.  The Share Registry will post you a direct credit election form approximately 2 weeks after the dividend payment, to allow you to provide new banking instructions in the same currency as you were paid the dividend. Please complete and return this form to the Share Registry, which will check your holding for new payment instructions once a month and pay the dividend into your new account.

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As a rule, again for reasons of security, it is common practice for the Share Registrar to decline such requests. However, if you have a special need, please contact the Share Registrar.

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You will need to complete a Direct Credit Instructions form from the Link Market Services (formerly ASX Perpetual) website.

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Changes to my registration details

How do I change my address?

For Issuer Sponsored Shareholders

Please complete a change of address form found at the Link Market Services website, and post it to the Share Registrar at the address shown on the form. Your advice should include:

  • the name of the company (in this case - BlueScope Steel Limited);
  • your name in full (as it appears on your holding statement - i.e. the name in which the shares are registered);
  • your security-holder reference number (SRN);
  • your old address;
  • your new address;
  • your signature (or your attorney's) as the registered security holder:
    • if a joint holding, all security-holders need to sign;
    • if a company, the advice should be on company letterhead and signed by either the secretary, a director, the principal executive officer or the attorney of the company, noting the title of the signatory.

Notes:

  • Change of address notifications can be mailed or faxed to the Share Registrar.
  • If you are signing under a power of attorney, the original power of attorney or a copy (certified by a person authorised to witness statutory declarations) must be lodged with the Share Registrar for noting, if not already noted.

For Broker Sponsored Shareholders

The change of address must be directed to your sponsoring broker in writing, providing the same details as above.

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How do I change my name on the Register?

For Issuer Sponsored Shareholders

Please send the following to the Share Registrar:

For individuals:

  • a written request, including:
    • your new name printed in full;
    • your signature in your new name; and
    • your security-holder reference number or a copy of a holding statement.
  • an original or certified copy of the appropriate documentation (eg. marriage certificate, deed poll or birth certificate).

For companies:

  • A written request that your holding be changed to the new name. It should:
    • be on company letterhead;
    • include the new company name printed in full;
    • quote the security-holder reference number (SRN) from a holding statement; and
    • be signed by either the secretary, a director, the principal executive officer or the attorney of the company.
  • A certified copy of the Certificate of Registration evidencing the change of name must be included.

Notes:

  • Change of name requests must be mailed to the Share Registrar. For security reasons, your advice cannot be accepted by phone, fax or e-mail.
  • If you are signing under power of attorney, the original power of attorney or a certified copy of that power must be lodged with the Share Registrar for noting, if not already noted.

For Broker Sponsored Shareholders

The change of name must be directed to your sponsoring broker in writing, providing the same details as above, including your holder identification number (HIN). The broker will then advise the Share Registrar.

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How can I correct the spelling of my name on the Register?

 For Issuer Sponsored Shareholders

Where your name on the register is recorded incorrectly, please contact the Share Registrar for specific instructions. In most cases this simply requires completion of a name correction form. Where the error has occurred in the Share Registrar's office, they will immediately make the correction without asking you for any further documentation.

For Broker Sponsored Shareholders

If your holding is broker sponsored, you will need to contact your sponsoring broker to arrange for the correction to be made.

 

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Share registrar

How do I contact BlueScope Steel's Share Registrar?

Link Market Services Limited

Street Address:
Level 1
333 Collins Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Postal Address:
Locked Bag A14
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235

Within Australia

Phone: 1300 855 998
Fax: +61 2 9287 0303

International

Phone: +61 2 8280 7760
Fax: +61 2 9287 0303

E-mail: bluescopesteel@linkmarketservices.com.au

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Capital gains

What is the capital gains cost base for BlueScope Steel Shares?

BlueScope Steel has prepared some general information regarding the capital gains tax cost base for BlueScope Steel shares. Please read this information carefully.

 

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