• Authority for off-market purchase

    • 634. Authority for off-market purchase

      (1) Subject to section 633, a company may only make an off-market purchase of its own shares in pursuance of a contract approved prior to the purchase in accordance with this section.
      (2) Either—
      (a) the terms of the contract must be authorised by a resolution of the company before the contract is entered into, or
      (b) the contract must provide that no shares may be purchased in pursuance of the contract until its terms have been authorised by a resolution of the company.
      (3) The contract may be a contract, entered into by the company and relating to shares in the company, that does not amount to a contract to purchase the shares but under which the company may (subject to any conditions) become entitled or obliged to purchase the shares.
      (4) The authority conferred by a resolution under this section may be varied, revoked or from time to time renewed by a resolution of the company.
      (5) In the case of a public company a resolution conferring, varying or renewing authority must specify a date on which the authority is to expire, which must not be later than five years after the date on which the resolution is passed.
      (6) A resolution conferring, varying, revoking or renewing authority under this section is subject to—
      (a) section 635 (exercise of voting rights), and
      (b) section 636 (disclosure of details of contract).

    • 635. Resolution authorising off-market purchase: exercise of voting rights

      (1) This section applies to a resolution to confer, vary, revoke or renew authority for the purposes of section 634 (authority for off-market purchase of own shares).
      (2) Where the resolution is proposed as a written resolution, a member who holds shares to which the resolution relates is not an eligible member.
      (3) Where the resolution is proposed at a meeting of the company, it is not effective if—
      (a) any member of the company holding shares to which the resolution relates exercises the voting rights carried by any of those shares in voting on the resolution, and
      (b) the resolution would not have been passed if he had not done so.
      (4) For this purpose—
      (a) a member who holds shares to which the resolution relates is regarded as exercising the voting rights carried by those shares not only if he votes in respect of them on a poll on the question whether the resolution shall be passed, but also if he votes on the resolution otherwise than on a poll,
      (b) any member of the company may demand a poll on that question,
      (c) a vote and a demand for a poll by a person as proxy for a member are the same respectively as a vote and a demand by the member.

    • 636. Resolution authorising off-market purchase: disclosure of details of contract

      (1) This section applies in relation to a resolution to confer, vary, revoke or renew authority for the purposes of section 634 (authority for off-market purchase of own shares).
      (2) A copy of the contract (if it is in writing) or a memorandum setting out its terms (if it is not) must be made available to members—
      (a) in the case of a written resolution, by being sent or submitted to every eligible member at or before the time at which the proposed resolution is sent or submitted to him,
      (b) in the case of a resolution at a meeting, by being made available for inspection by members of the company both—
      (i) at the company's registered office for not less than 15 days ending with the date of the meeting, and
      (ii) at the meeting itself.
      (3) A memorandum of contract terms so made available must include the names of the members holding shares to which the contract relates.
      (4) A copy of the contract so made available must have annexed to it a written memorandum specifying such of those names as do not appear in the contract itself.
      (5) The resolution is not validly passed if the requirements of this section are not complied with.

    • 637. Variation of contract for off-market purchase

      (1) A company may only agree to a variation of a contract authorised under section 634 (authority for off-market purchase) if the variation is approved in advance in accordance with this section.
      (2) The terms of the variation must be authorised by a resolution of the company before it is agreed to.
      (3) That authority may be varied, revoked or from time to time renewed by a resolution of the company.
      (4) In the case of a public company a resolution conferring, varying or renewing authority must specify a date on which the authority is to expire, which must not be later than five years after the date on which the resolution is passed.
      (5) A resolution conferring, varying, revoking or renewing authority under this section is subject to—
      (a) section 638 (exercise of voting rights), and
      (b) section 639 (disclosure of details of variation).

    • 638. Resolution authorising variation: exercise of voting rights

      (1) This section applies to a resolution to confer, vary, revoke or renew authority for the purposes of section 637 (variation of contract for off-market purchase of own shares).
      (2) Where the resolution is proposed as a written resolution, a member who holds shares to which the resolution relates is not an eligible member.
      (3) Where the resolution is proposed at a meeting of the company, it is not effective if—
      (a) any member of the company holding shares to which the resolution relates exercises the voting rights carried by any of those shares in voting on the resolution, and
      (b) the resolution would not have been passed if he had not done so.
      (4) For this purpose—
      (a) a member who holds shares to which the resolution relates is regarded as exercising the voting rights carried by those shares not only if he votes in respect of them on a poll on the question whether the resolution shall be passed, but also if he votes on the resolution otherwise than on a poll,
      (b) any member of the company may demand a poll on that question,
      (c) a vote and a demand for a poll by a person as proxy for a member are the same respectively as a vote and a demand by the member.

    • 639. Resolution authorising variation: disclosure of details of variation

      (1) This section applies in relation to a resolution under section 637 (variation of contract for off-market purchase of own shares).
      (2) A copy of the proposed variation (if it is in writing) or a written memorandum giving details of the proposed variation (if it is not) must be made available to members—
      (a) in the case of a written resolution, by being sent or submitted to every eligible member at or before the time at which the proposed resolution is sent or submitted to him,
      (b) in the case of a resolution at a meeting, by being made available for inspection by members of the company both—
      (i) at the company's registered office for not less than 15 days ending with the date of the meeting, and
      (ii) at the meeting itself.
      (3) There must also be made available as mentioned in subsection (2) a copy of the original contract or, as the case may be, a memorandum of its terms, together with any variations previously made.
      (4) A memorandum of the proposed variation so made available must include the names of the members holding shares to which the variation relates.
      (5) A copy of the proposed variation so made available must have annexed to it a written memorandum specifying such of those names as do not appear in the variation itself.
      (6) The resolution is not validly passed if the requirements of this section are not complied with.