J Sainsbury plc – Annual report – 10 March 2018
21 Perpetual securities
Accounting policies and key information
Perpetual securities (perpetual capital securities and perpetual convertible bonds) are issued securities that qualify for recognition as equity. Accordingly any periodic returns are accounted for as dividends and recognised directly in equity and as a liability at the time it becomes obligated to pay the periodic return. Any associated tax impacts are recognised directly in equity.
On 30 July 2015 the Group issued ￡250 million of perpetual subordinated capital securities and ￡250 million of perpetual subordinated convertible bonds, collectively known as perpetual securities. Costs directly associated with the issue of ￡6 million were offset against the value of the proceeds. The securities are perpetual with no fixed redemption date. Holders of the perpetual securities do not benefit from any put option rights however the Group does have the right to call the perpetual subordinated capital securities at their principal amount on 30 July 2020, and the perpetual subordinated convertible bonds on 30 July 2021. The perpetual subordinated convertible bonds may be converted into ordinary shares of the Company at the option of the holders at any time up to 23 July 2021 at a conversion price of 315.0195 pence.
The Group has the right to defer coupons on the perpetual securities on any coupon payment date where the Company has not either paid a dividend on its ordinary shares or bought back ordinary shares (excluding shares bought to satisfy employee share schemes) within the previous 12 month period. The coupon rate on the perpetual subordinated capital securities increases after the fifth anniversary and for the perpetual subordinated convertible bonds after the sixth anniversary.
The next coupon date on the perpetual securities is 30 July 2018. As the Company paid a dividend to ordinary shareholders in the 12 months prior to this date (in January 2018), the periodic distributions of £7 million (2017: £7 million) for the perpetual subordinated capital securities and £16 million (2017: £16 million) for the perpetual subordinated convertible bonds have been recognised in the financial year.