It has come to our attention that a small number of our shareholders sometimes receive unsolicited telephone calls, which purport to come from Spectris, concerning their investment in Spectris plc.
No employee of Spectris will ever contact our shareholders in this manner and we can provide reassurance that we are taking the steps we can to minimise this intrusion.
The calls should be treated as scams and should be reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), using the details provided below, so that they can investigate. For more information on boiler room fraud, visit the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk/consumers/share-fraud-boiler-room-scams.
Spectris is obliged by law to make its share register publicly available on request. As a consequence, shareholder address information can be used to obtain telephone numbers and shareholders may also receive unsolicited mail.
Provisions under the Companies Act 2006 now enable Spectris to challenge making its share register available when the reason advanced for the request is not acceptable to Spectris and we intend, as necessary, to take advantage of these provisions.
The practice of Boiler Room fraud has been highlighted by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and their warning notice to shareholders is reproduced below.