FAQ

Taxpayers can opt to declare the value of the last trading price on 31 December 2010 (€15.45) or the average of the last 30 trading prices of the calendar year (€14.76). The latter is the most favourable value.

The shares you hold as private assets will be included in your taxable assets and, where applicable, will be liable for the calculation of the ISF.

The taxpayer can choose to be taxed according to the general income tax system or opt for the levy at source system (prélèvement forfaitaire libératoire – PFL).

General tax system: the taxpayer is granted an initial 40% rebate of the gross dividend amount, then a second fixed annual amount of €1,525 for a single person or €3,050 for a couple subject to joint taxation.
However, for the income earned in 2010, the taxpayer will no longer benefit from the tax credit amounting to 50% of the dividend amount received (limited to €115 for a single person / €230 for a couple).
Optional PFL system: shareholders can opt for PFL on dividends, at a rate of 19% for income received from 1 January 2011 (18% up to 31 December 2010).
Furthermore, dividends are liable, as investment income, to the five social contributions deducted at source totalling 12.3% of the income received as from 1 January 2011 (for income received up to 31 December 2010, the amount is 12.1%).

From 1 January 2011, all capital gains are taxed at the overall rate of 31.3% (income tax of 19% + social contributions of 12.3%). Income tax and social contributions are deducted from all stock-market capital gains irrespective of the amount of sales made during the year by the taxpayer (tax threshold abolished).

Yes, under the same heading as income from securities, dividends are subject to the deduction of five different types of social contributions including the CSG.

If your shares are held on an ordinary securities account, any social contributions will be deducted directly from the source. Therefore, for each share, you will receive the announced dividend amount (balance or interim) less any social contributions deducted at the time of the payment.
If your securities are held in a PEA, no social contributions are deducted and your cash PEA will be credited with the amount announced.

The applicable tax rate is the one usually applicable to dividends, irrespective of whether it is paid in shares or in cash.

The dividend can be paid in several forms: in cash or in shares. When receiving payment in the form of shares, shareholders can choose to receive a number of undivided shares (company securities) with a cash adjustment, which is at least equivalent to the total amount of the dividend that would have been paid in cash.

Yes, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT will put you in touch with the account holder bank, CACEIS Corporate Trust.

Since its stock-market listing on 22 July 2008, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has distributed dividends on two occasions:

  • In relation to 2009: 0.65 euro/share, payable from 27 May 2010
  • In relation to 2010: 0.65 euro/share, payable from 27 June 2011, with an option to receive cash or SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT shares.

Holding pure or administered registered shares offers the following advantages compared to holding bearer shares:

Easy access to the General Meeting: the notice to attend will be sent to you directly, therefore you do not have to carry out any other formalities.

Privileged access to information: shareholders holding at least 25 shares are entitled to join the Shareholders Club and will receive all the information the company publishes for its shareholders.

Finally, holders of pure registered shares are also offered an additional benefit, as they receive custodian and management services free of charge.

Two types of registered shares may be held:

  • Administered registered shares: the securities are registered in the accounts of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, but are held by the financial intermediary of the shareholder who manages them
  • Pure registered shares: the securities are registered directly and solely in the accounts of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, which allows it to provide a personalised service (dispatch of shareholder publications, notification of the Annual General Meetings, etc.).

“Bearer” shares are a specific feature of listed companies. The bearer share accounts are held by a financial intermediary (credit institution or investment company) and therefore SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is unaware of such accounts.

The Ticker Code is SEV. The ISIN code is FR0010613471.

  • Financial indices: the shares of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT COMPANY have been listed on the CAC 60, SBF 120 and SBF 250 indices since 22 September 2008. The company is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A) and on Euronext Brussels.
  • Non-financial indices: SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is present in the DOW JONES Sustainability World and Europe, APSI Eurozone, Ethibel Sustainability Excellence Europe indices and, since March 2011, the FTSE4Good index.

The stable share ownership of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is ensured through a five-year shareholding agreement, which will last until 2013.
As of 30/06/2011, the members of the agreement, holding 48.5% of shares, were: GDF SUEZ, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, AREVA, CNP Assurances and Sofina.
Floating shareholders (public and employee-share ownership) held 50.6% (excluding treasury stock) of the equity. To see a detailed breakdown of the capital, click here

On 30 June 2011, the number of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT shares in circulation was 508 707 791.

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 22 July 2008.

You can send us an e-mail with your old and new details to the following address: actionnaires@suez-env.com.

You should retain the closing price as at 31/12/2010, i.e. € 15.45; this price is lower than the average for the 30 last sessions of the Stock Exchange in 2010, which stood at € 14.758.

We remind you that the French Tax Authorities allow you to opt for the lower of these 2 values.

No, that is not enough; you must also hold at least 25 SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT COMPANY shares.
In this case only, registration as a member of the Shareholders Club is automatic and does not require any other formality on your behalf.

Your financial intermediary may invoice expenses for the transfer; do not forget to ask your intermediary to specify how much it will cost.

You should remember however that one of the advantages of being a directly registered shareholder is that custodial fees are borne by the Company.

The direct purchase of pure registered shares from CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST is not possible.

The procedure is as follows:

You must initially proceed to purchase SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT COMPANY shares through your usual financial intermediary and register these shares on a securities account.

You must then request the transfer of these shares to CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST as directly registered shares. To do so, simply send a written request to your financial intermediary. To simplify the process, download and fill in the registered share transfer request form.

Your financial intermediary will then take charge of all the requisite formalities (*) with CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST. On receipt and acceptance of your request by CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST, the Securities Department will send you the corresponding share registration certificate and will become your sole intermediary for the purchase or sale of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT shares.

* Your financial intermediary is liable to invoice the expenses for this transaction.

If you already hold SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT shares and you wish to transfer them to directly registered shares, simply send a written request to your financial intermediary. To simplify the process, download and fill in the registered share transfer request form (French version only).

Your financial intermediary will then undertake the necessary steps* with CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST, the financial institution commissioned by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT to manage its registered share accounts. On receipt and acceptance of your request by CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST, the Securities Department will send you the corresponding share registration certificate and will become your sole intermediary.

The contact details of CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST are as follows:

CACEIS CORPORATE TRUST
Relations Investisseurs SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
14 rue Rouget De Lisle
92862 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex 9
Tel: +33 (0)1 57 78 34 44
Fax: +33 (0)1 49 08 05 80
e-mail: ct-contact@caceis.com

* Your financial intermediary is liable to invoice the expenses for this transaction.

When you hold directly or intermediary registered shares, you benefit from the following advantages:

easier access to General Meetings: since you are a known shareholder, the meeting convening notice is sent to you direct and you therefore have no particular formalities to carry out.
easier access to information, for shareholders with at least 25 shares. You automatically become a member of the Shareholders Club and receive all the information memoranda which the company publishes for its shareholders.
Holding directly registered shares also gives you an additional advantage, since SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT takes charge of your custodial fees and management costs.

If your securities are held in an ordinary securities account, your dividends will be liable to the payment of social contributions. If the dividend is paid out in shares, two options are possible: the conversion is made in relation to the total amount of the dividend and the amount of the social contributions will then be deducted from your cash account. If your financial institution deducts any amounts at source, the conversion will apply to the amount of the dividend net of any deductions.