Frequently asked questions

Find answers to the most common questions concerning Galp as an organisation and its share, its investors, and other relevant information.

Company

Galp was created as a publicly-owned limited company on 22 April 1999, under the name of Galp - Petróleos e Gás de Portugal, SGPS, S.A., and, on 13 September 2000, changed its name to the current Galp Energia, SGPS, S.A.

At the time of its incorporation, Galp grouped the direct state holdings in the companies Petrogal, the Portuguese state holding company for the oil business, and Gás de Portugal and Transgás, responsible for the natural gas business in Portugal.

For up-to-date information on Galp’s main business segments, please refer to the About Us section.

For further details on financial and operational information, please refer to the history of reports and presentation of results. Alternatively, you can refer to the Share listing and key data section.

Investors

Galp Group’s consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards, as adopted by the European Union.

The said standards include the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and the International Accounting Standards (IAS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) and its interpretations - SIC and IFRIC, issued by the International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee (IFRIC) and the Standing Interpretation Committee (SIC) that have been adopted in the European Union.

Galp’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS, and the cost of goods sold and raw materials consumed has been valued at weighted-average cost (WAC) since 01 November 2008.
When goods and commodity prices fluctuate, the use of this valuation method may cause volatility in results through gains or losses in inventories of goods and raw materials, which do not Galp’s operating performance. This effect is called the stock effect.

Another factor that may affect Galp’s results, without being an indicator of its true performance, is the set of non-recurring items, namely gains or losses on the disposal of assets.

In order to evaluate its operating performance, Galp reports its operational and net results on a replacement cost adjusted (RCA) basis, excluding non-recurring items and the inventory effect, because its cost has been calculated with the Replacement Cost (RC) valuation method.

Since its listing on the stock exchange, Galp has reported its consolidated results on a quarterly basis. To view the quarterly financial and operational information, please refer to the Reports and Results section.

If you would like to know the dates for the next quarterly results report, check our calendar.

Galp's fiscal year corresponds to the calendar year.

Shares

The Galp shares have been admitted to trading on Euronext Lisbon since 23 October 2006.

Out of the 829,250,635 shares that make up Galp’s share capital, 771,171,121 are admitted to trading on Euronext Lisbon. The remaining shares are indirectly held by the Portuguese State through Parpública and are not listed for trading, but only registered with Eurolist by Euronext Lisbon.

The symbol of the shares admitted to trading is GALP with ISIN PTGA0AM0009; SEDOL B1FW751 and WKN AOLB24.

For detailed information about the programmes on acquisition of own shares, view the Acquisition and disposal of own shares section.

Galp shares are listed on Euronext Lisbon and are in the form of common, nominative and book-entry shares. Shares can be purchased through any brokerage service provider. In order to purchase shares, you need to hold a securities custody account, where the shares will be deposited in. It is not possible to purchase shares directly from Galp. To access more information about Galp shares, view the Galp Share section.

To view an updated list of Galp’s shareholders, please refer to the Shareholding structure section.

General shareholders meeting

The date of the next General Shareholding Meeting is announced when the Company's financial calendar is published, near year end. Click here to know more about Galp's General Shareholders Meeting

Only shareholders with voting rights can participate in the General Shareholders Meeting.

For the purpose of participating in the General Shareholders Meetings, only shareholders with at least one share registered in their names, by no later than 00:00 (Portugal time) of the fifth trading day prior the meeting, are allowed to participate in the concerned meeting.

Shareholders without voting rights and bondholders are not allowed to participate in General Shareholders Meetings. Shareholders with voting rights have the right to one vote for each share they own.

In accordance with the Law and Galp’s Articles of Association, the conditions of participation in the General Shareholders Meeting are exclusively set in reference to the shareholders holding shares that confer voting rights under the said Articles of Association. At any rate, it should be noted that, with regard to all persons not directly addressed by Law or the Articles of Association, excluding, consequently, shareholders, bondholders and members of corporate bodies, that their presence at the General Meeting depends on the authorization of the chairman of the Board of the Shareholders Meeting, in accordance to article 379, paragraph 6 of the Portuguese Companies Code.

These are the following types of participation:

 

- Direct participation of the Shareholder, in person or by telematic means;

- Through representation.

 

Pursuant to article 377, paragraph 6, b) of the Portuguese Companies Code, unless otherwise expressly stipulated in the articles of association, the General Meeting can be held by telematic means, with the company entrusted to ensure the authenticity of the declarations and the security of the communications, registering their content and the respective interveners.

 

The conditions for Galp´s shareholder participation and the exercise of voting rights are defined in the notice of the General Meeting meeting itself.

Shareholders with voting rights have the right to one vote for each share they own.

Shareholders (either a legal person or a natural person) may be represented at shareholders meetings by any person with full legal capacity. The designation must be made by any written means, accompanied by a national or foreign identification document;

Shareholders wishing to participate or to be represented at the General Shareholders Meeting must state it in writing to the Chairman of the Board of the General Shareholders Meeting and to the financial intermediary the individual registration account is open with, by the end of the sixth trading day prior to the date of the General Shareholders Meeting and in compliance with the law.

Shareholders with voting rights may exercise them by postal mail on every item on the agenda by means of a letter containing a voting declaration.

 

The letter must bear a signature identical to the one on the identification document and must be addressed to the Chairman of the Board of the General Shareholders Meeting, and sent by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt to the Company's registered office, in accordance with the previously mentioned deadlines. Shareholders may also exercise their right to vote electronically, if so determined, for instance, by decision of the chairman of the board of the Shareholders' Meeting.

 

The letter must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of the shareholder's national or foreign identification document and, in the case of a shareholder that is a legal entity, it must be signed by the legal representative, with the signature recognised in that capacity. The letter should also contain proof of the inscription, on behalf of the shareholder, in a book-entry securities account, of the shares with which he/she intends to exercise the right to vote.

 

The sending of this letter with the voting declaration does not exempt the shareholder from sending, in writing (i.e. by letter or email), his intention to participate in the General Meeting, within the period published for due purposes, and until the end of the 5th trading day prior to the date of the General Meeting, a declaration issued by the financial intermediary entrusted with the service of registering the shares in an account.

 

Only the vote declarations expressly and unequivocally stated shall be considered valid:

 

- The indication of the item or items on the agenda to which it refers;

- The specific proposal to which it refers;

- Precise and unconditional indication of the vote for each proposal;

- Postal votes count as negative votes in relation to deliberative proposals presented subsequent to the date on which those votes were issued.

 

If the vote is exercised by post, the description of how it is done, including the address, physical or electronic, the security conditions, the deadline for the reception of the vote declarations and the date of their calculation are included in the summon for the General Meeting.

Postal votes will be scrutinised by the Board of the General Meeting, by adding them to the votes cast at the Meeting.

Yes, you may, provided you do so within the period determined for that purpose.

Yes, you can. However, your presence at the General Shareholders Meeting, or the attendance of a representative on your behalf, and the exercise of your voting rights, implies the revocation of the vote so issued.

Pursuant to article 23-A of the Portuguese Securities Code, if a shareholder or shareholders hold shares corresponding to at least 2% of the share capital, they may, in cases that are specially set in the Portuguese Commercial Companies Code, request that new items are added to the agenda of the General Shareholders Meeting.

Also under article 23-A of the Portuguese Securities Code, if a shareholder or shareholders hold shares corresponding to at least 2% of the share capital, they may submit a proposal or proposals, within five days of the publishing of the notice for the General Shareholders Meeting, along with the information that must accompany the proposal for a resolution. Such proposals for a resolution and information shall be disclosed as soon as possible to the shareholders, in the same manner used for the disclosure of the said notice until 10 days before the date of the General Shareholders Meeting.

It is calculated by the sum of the shares held by the shareholders who have voted by correspondence and the shares held by the shareholders that are present and represented at the General Shareholders Meeting.

Once the General Shareholders Meeting is closed, the shareholders who participated therein or who voted by correspondence or electronically, may request a copy of the minutes of that meeting from the Chairman of the Board of the General Shareholders Meeting, which shall be provided to them as soon as it is available. After that moment, all shareholders seeking other clarifications and information about Galp should request it from the Investor Relations Team, through the advertised means, namely via the ag@galp.com e-mail address.

Dividends

For detailed information on the dividend distribution policy, please refer to the Dividends section.

Only shares held up to the third business day immediately prior to the date of the dividend payment (ex-dividend date) are entitled to receive the dividend.

For detailed information on the dividend distribution policy, please refer to the Dividends section.

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