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What is an American Depository Receipt
An ADR is a negotiable U.S. certificate representing ownership of shares in a non-U.S.
corporation. ADRs are quoted and traded in U.S. dollars in the U.S. securities market.
Also, the dividends are paid to investor in U.S. dollars. ADRs were specifically
designed to facilitate the purchase, holding and sale of non-U.S. securities by
U.S. investor, and to provide a corporate finance vehicle for non-U.S. companies.
What are the benefits of ADRs to US investors?
US investors generally prefer to purchase ADRs rather than ordinary shares in the
issuer’s home market because ADRs trade, clear and settle according to US market
conventions. One of ADRs’ main advantages is the facilitation of diversification
into foreign securities. ADRs also allow easy comparison to securities of similar
companies as well as access to price and trading information, if listed. ADR holders
also appreciate dollar dividend payments and receiving corporate action notifications.
What types of companies issue ADRs?
ADRs issuers are typically large multinational corporations. Any non-U.S. company
seeking to raise capital in the U.S. or increase their base of U.S. investor can
Is it easy to get information and updates
on an ADR company?
Investors receive annual reports and proxy materials in English. ADR issuers generally
have full information in English about themselves on their websites, as well as
on the main depositary bank websites, and are better tracked by the main U.S. financial
websites. ADRs listed on U.S. exchanges provide holders with the same level of information
as any other U.S. security. Trading information is readily available, financials
are reconciled to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and the
SEC regulates the Company's disclosure to investor. MTN’s ADRs are not listed on
a US exchange, and MTN does not provide US GAAP financial statements.
Where are MTN ADRs traded?
The ADRs are traded Over-The-Counter. The trading code is MTNOY. The CUSIP number
is 62474M108. The ratio between the ordinary share and the ADR is 1:1.
Who is the depositary for ADRs for MTN?
The Bank of New York. The depositary bank plays a key role in the process of issuance
and as cancellation of ADRs. It also maintains the ADR holder register and distributes
the dividends in US dollars. For additional information, please visit The Bank of
New York's website.
The Bank of New York
Shareholder Relations Department
Church Street Station
PO Box 11258
New York, NY 10286-1258
United States of America
Call Shareholder Relations at 1-888-BNY-ADRS
What is the difference between a Registered
holder and a Beneficial ADR holder?
A registered holder is one whose name appears on the books of the depositary. The
registered holder is considered the owner of record. A beneficial holder is one
whose holdings are registered in a name other than their own, such as in the name
of a broker, bank or nominee.
How are ADR dividends paid and taxed?
Dividends are paid in U.S. dollars and are generally taxable, just like dividends
on U.S. shares. In addition, taxes may be withheld by the ADR company's local government.
Depending on individual circumstances, foreign taxes withheld might be applied as
a credit against U.S. taxes, or tax reclaim opportunities may be offered.
How can I find out dividend and corporate
For dividend and corporate action information, please visit www.adrbny.com. Go to
the DR Corporate Actions or DR Dividends & Distribution buttons on the vertical
scroll bar on the left and then enter company name, CUSIP or symbol.
How can I buy ADRs via a US Broker?
You can purchase Depositary Receipts through BNY Brokerage, Inc. BNY Brokerage Inc.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Company and provides professional
trade execution to meet all of your investing needs.
BNY Brokerage, Inc. is a member NASD/SIPC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The
Bank of New York Company, Inc. Securities are not FDIC insured and may lose value.
BNY Brokerage, Inc.
101 Barclay St. - Fl. 12W
New York, NY
How can I convert ordinary shares in MTN
into MTN ADRs?
A shareholder wishing to convert Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed ordinary shares
in to ADRs should, in the first instance, request that their broker contact the
ADR Broker Desk at The Bank of New York. Contact details can be found below.
ADR Level 1 Programme:
Cusip No. 55271U109 ADR to ordinary share 1:1
The Bank of New York
101 Barcla Street
New York NY
Phone: +091 212 815 8225
216 14th Avenue
Private Bag 9955
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