Message from Vivian Bazalgette - Chairman
In view of the emerging public health impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interests of the wellbeing of our shareholders, the Board has decided to change the format of the Annual General Meeting this year. We are actively encouraging (and making it as easy as possible for) shareholders to vote by proxy in advance of the meeting so that it is not necessary to attend in person. A proxy form will be sent to shareholders on the main register.
The Portfolio Manager will not attend the meeting and his presentation will be pre-recorded and made available on the website www.fidelityinvestmenttrusts.com in advance of the meeting. Hard copies of the presentation will also be made available by post on request to the Secretary, contact details for which can be found in the Annual Report.
It is a legal requirement to hold the AGM and it will go ahead, unless advice is received from the Government to the contrary. The meeting will be held at midday on 12 May 2020 at Flat 2, Fidelity International, 130 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9DZ with a reduced program. The AGM will be restricted to the formal business of the meeting as set out in the Annual Report and voting on the resolutions therein. On this occasion external guests who are not shareholders, or proxies or representatives for shareholders, will not be permitted to attend the meeting and no refreshments will be served.
If you hold shares through the Fidelity Platform, or through another platform or nominee (and not directly in your own name) and you do wish to attend, please ensure that you are validly appointed as a representative of the relevant nominee and bring evidence of that appointment with you to the meeting. Please contact the company that you hold your shares with should you have any questions in relation to being appointed as a representative for the AGM.
Investors should consult Government guidance and those who show any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus (however mild) or who have recently travelled from a high-risk area are asked not to attend but to vote by proxy. The AGM and proxy results will be announced and made available following the AGM on the website www.fidelityinvestmenttrusts.com.
We sincerely hope to resume the meeting’s usual format in future years.