Company profits are customarily returned to shareholders in part in the form of dividends. The frequency and amount per share of dividend payments are decided by the Board of Directors. J Sainsbury plc normally pays an interim dividend each January and a final dividend for the previous financial year in July. Dividends topics covered in this section include:

  • Dividends direct to your bank account
  • Dividend Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP")
  • Risk warning
  • Annual Dividend Confirmations
  • Global Payment Service
  • How to receive your dividend payments direct to your local bank account

See key dividend payment and ex-dividend dates in the financial calendar.

Dividends direct to your bank account

Having your dividends paid directly into your bank or building society account is a more secure way than receiving your dividend by cheque. If you would prefer your dividends to be paid directly into your bank or building society account further information is available from Computershare at or, alternatively, call them on +44 (0)370 702 0106. You will still receive an annual dividend confirmation detailing each dividend to enable you to complete your tax return.

Dividend Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP")

The Company has a DRIP, which allows shareholders to reinvest their cash dividends in the Company’s shares bought in the market through a specially arranged share dealing service. No new shares are allotted under this DRIP. Full details of the DRIP and its charges, together with mandate forms, are available from the Registrars. Alternatively, you can elect to join the DRIP by registering on

Dividend date 07-Jul-17 08-Jul-16 04-Jan-16 10-Jul-15 02-Jan-15
DRIP price £2.450200 £2.222051 £2.551200 £2.584800 £2.442200
Dividend date 11-Jul-14 03-Jan-14 12-Jul-13 04-Jan-13 13-Jul-12
DRIP price £3.152011 £3.737200 £3.830800 £3.331500 £3.119700
Dividend date 06-Jan-12 15-Jul-11 07-Jan-11 16-Jul-10 08-Jan-10
DRIP price £3.014020 £3.201100 £3.905300 £3.483400 £3.291100
Dividend date 17-Jul-09 02-Jan-09 18-Jul-08 04-Jan-08 20-Jul-07
DRIP price £3.188900 £3.366444 £2.889000 £4.203090 £5.938500
Dividend date 05-Jan-07 21-Jul-06 06-Jan-06    
DRIP price £4.199330 £3.377500 £3.195690    

Risk warning

Investments made under the DRIP are in one company only and should therefore be considered as one part of a balanced portfolio. You should be aware that the price and value of any investments and the income, if any, from them, can fluctuate and may fall against your interest. You may get back less than you invest. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and if you are in any doubt about the suitability of this investment you should contact an independent authorised financial advisor.

Annual Dividend Confirmations

The Company sends out an Annual Dividend Confirmation (ADC) in relation to dividend payments. This means that those shareholders receiving their dividend direct into their bank account will receive an ADC once a year detailing all payments made throughout that year.

Global Payment Service

If you are an overseas shareholder you can choose to have your dividend paid directly into your bank account in your local currency by using our registrar's Global Payment Service. This service will mean that you receive your dividend quicker than by cheque and there is no chance that the payment will be lost in the postal system. The Global Payment Service will deduct a fee of £5.00 from your dividend to cover the cost of exchanging the amount from pounds sterling to your chosen currency and you should therefore be sure that the total amount of your dividend is appropriate before you elect for the service.

How to receive your dividend payments direct to your local bank account

  1. Register at
  2. Enter your activation code once you have received it in the post
  3. Add your Global Payment mandate instruction

For further information, to view the terms & conditions and to register to receive dividends in your local currency, please visit or download the flyer. You will need to register for the Investor Centre service and, once you have done this, you should choose Global Payments from the 'Update My Details' tab and follow the on-screen prompts. Alternatively, you can contact our registrars on +44 (0) 870 889 3229.