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Subject to change Dolmen Butler Briscoe Presentation by Paul McGowan to The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group on Share giving, the potential in Ireland.

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1 Subject to change Dolmen Butler Briscoe Presentation by Paul McGowan to The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group on Share giving, the potential in Ireland 30 September 2003 Strictly Confidential

2 Subject to change 2 This presentation document has been prepared for information purposes and is supplied solely to assist the recipient in deciding whether it wishes to carry out further investigation in respect of the proposed transactions outlined herein (the Transactions). The information contained in this document has not been independently verified. The recipient of this document must make its own investigations of the Transactions and all other matters referred to herein. Nothing in this document including that which may otherwise be said or done by Dolmen Securities Limited (Dolmen) or Dolmen Butler Briscoe (DBB) (and their respective parent undertakings, subsidiary undertakings, officers, employees or agents) in connection with this document, the Transactions and all other matters referred to herein, shall constitute advice or a recommendation of any sort to the recipient. In these circumstances, neither Dolmen or DBB (and their respective parent undertakings, subsidiary undertakings, officers, employees or agents) makes any representation or warranty (express or implied) as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the document or the information contained herein or assumes or accepts any responsibility or liability (whether for negligence or otherwise) for any of the same. This document does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for any notes or securities and it may not form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any investment decision. This document and its contents are strictly confidential and, accordingly, must not be passed to any third parties. In addition, each recipient of this document must check and observe all applicable legal requirements. Important Notice

3 Subject to change 3 Agenda Background - Irish Economy Public Finance Pressure Fear of loss of Revenue Current Government thinking Current Rules Investing in Equities Equities and charity The market potential in Ireland Size of Market & Type of investors Equity versus Dividend giving Conclusion

4 Subject to change 4 A. Background – Irish Economy

5 Subject to change 5 Background Irish Economy & Tax Receipts Following 10 years of extraodinary growth – circa 10% pa Ireland is expected to grow its GDP in 2003 by 3%. Tax receipts fall due to economic slowdown. Corporate profits fall plus personel salarys & discretionary bonuses fall End of EC funding in Increase government spending, 20% in 2002 & 15% in 2003 The introduction of benchmarking payments will further pressurise the public finances and consequently the availability of funds or the ability of the government to introduce new tax reducing measures.

6 Subject to change 6 Background Irish Economy & Tax Receipts (Continued) The Revenue commissioners and Department of Finance very cautious of introducing new tax aleviation structures. In fact the current regime is commited to ending all tax allowance and benefit structures eg Urban Renewal, Capital allowances & Film funding. Recent poor experience of special reliefs have also left negative feeling with Revenue eg Gross Roll Up, Capital allowances

7 Subject to change 7 B. Current Tax Rules

8 Subject to change 8 Current Tax Rules Tax Treatment A donor, who makes a donation of assets to an eligible charity qualifies for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) relief on the disposal. However, the disposal is deemed to occur at a rate that gives no gain/ no loss to the donor. The basis of assesment covers PAYE, Self assesment, Corporation Tax BUT If the donation is not in CASH then it does not qualify for additional charity donation relief as introduced in Finance Act This relief covers cash donations over Euro 250, must not be repayable, nor can it confer a benifit on the donor and finally must not have any conditions attaching.

9 Subject to change 9 Current Tax Rules Tax Treatment - Latest developments The ICTRG in its October 2002 submission to MOF requested that the definition of relevant donation be extended to cover gifts of assets, such as shares, securities, property and other investments. This is the treatment in US, UK, Canada & Australia Minister of Finance in his response resisted the proposal on the following grounds; a)That the issue of valuation might be disputed. b)Concern that non cash donations might not come out of after tax earned income. c)Fear that tax abuse might occur where non cash items allowed eg shares in private companies. Unfortunately for Charities, Ireland has one of the most attractive and aggressive tax system in the western world.

10 Subject to change 10 C. Share Giving in Ireland – The Potential

11 Subject to change 11 Share giving potential in Ireland There is very little detailed market information available. The last published study was undertaken in The key pointers from this were as follows Total Share owning public 500,000 people ( primarily function of Eircom) Share holders excluding Eircom113,000 Next largest groupsIrish Life, Canada life, First Active, Kerry, Greencore, Golden Vale, Waterford Foods Average holding sizeEuro 6,300 % holding more than one company 30% Deal more than once a year 7%

12 Subject to change 12 Share giving potential in Ireland Other Issues Many of the holdings are linked to livelihood and disposal very unlikely Dividends offer a more attractive initial route When Dividends paid the investor is asked to elect for cash or scrip. Solution might be to get charity donation of dividend as an alternative.

13 Subject to change 13 Share giving potential in Ireland Share Giving 113,000 hold shares * 7% regular dealing = 7,913 7,913 * average value Euro 6,300 = Euro 49,833,000 Assume a) 5% takeup = Euro 2,491,650 b) 1% Take up=Euro 498,330 Alternative Dividend Giving Almost all quoted companies pay dividends with election form for cash or shares Iseq market Capitalisation=Euro 59 billion Average Irish company dividend =2.6% Assume a) 5% of dividends donated=Euro 76 million b) 1% of dividends donated=Euro 15.3 million

14 Subject to change 14 D. Conclusion

15 Subject to change 15 Conclusion Negatives Uncertain econonic time with Unfavourable tax environment Very small share ownership pool, with many holdings linked to livelihood Monitary value limited Positives Irish people have strong history of donation to charity Irish public react positively to attractive tax schemes As a start Public companies could be encouraged to offer a charity donation as a dividend alternative election to cash or equity We, in Dolmen Butler Briscoe, are prepared to provide special service if rules change.


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