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12 Oct

Dividends and book close dates

The Directors have resolved to recommend a final dividend of HK$0.25 per share (2006: HK$0.20 per share) comprising a cash dividend of HK$0.01 per share (which is being paid in order to ensure that the shares of the Company continue to qualify as Authorised Investments for the purpose of the Trustee Ordinance of Hong Kong) and a scrip dividend by way of an issue of new shares equivalent to HK$0.24 per share with a cash option to shareholders registered on 27 November 2007. Together with the interim dividend of HK$0.15 per share paid in July 2007, total distribution for 2007 would thus be HK$0.40 per share (2006: HK$0.33 per share). 

Subject to the Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Stock Exchange") granting listing of and permission to deal in the new shares, each shareholder will be allotted fully paid shares having an aggregate market value equal to the total amount which such shareholder could elect to receive in cash and that they be given the option to elect to receive payment in cash of HK$0.24 per share instead of the allotment of shares. Full details of the scrip dividend will be set out in a letter to be sent to shareholders together with a form of election for cash on or about 27 November 2007. 

Book close dates (both days inclusive): 20 November 2007 to 27 November 2007 

Latest time to lodge transfer with Registrar: 19 November 2007, Monday 4:00 p.m. 

Address of Registrar : Tricor Tengis Limited, 26/F., Tesbury Centre,28 Queen's Road East, Hong Kong