Investor FAQs
 

Wells Fargo Bank is Universal's transfer agent, registrar, dividend disbursing agent, and dividend reinvestment plan agent. Wells Fargo maintains our shareholder records, and representatives of Wells Fargo can answer questions about your shareholder account. They can be reached as follows:

Mailing Address:
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64854
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0854

Telephone:
Toll-Free: 1.800.468.9716
Outside the U.S.: 651.450.4064

By Internet:
http://www.shareowneronline.com

Yes, you may go to www.shareowneronline.com to access information such as your account balance, dividend information, and reinvestment transaction details. You can also change your account mailing address, request replacement of lost dividend checks, print replacement 1099s, and much more. Before you sign-up, please have the following information available: social security number, account number (located on your statement or dividend check stub), company name (Universal), and your e-mail address. You will also be prompted to select a personal identification number. To activate your account, go to www.shareowneronline.com and click "Here." Next, click on the "First Time Visitor" box, then click on "New Member Sign-Up" and follow the instructions on the "First Time Visitor New Member Registration" page. After you have successfully signed up, you will receive an email to let you know that your account information is available (usually the next business day). You will also receive written confirmation in the mail.

Yes. Universal offers a dividend reinvestment plan. All holders of record of shares of Universal common stock are eligible to participate in Universal's Dividend Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP"). The DRIP allows you to reinvest your dividends from all or a designated portion of your common stock holdings. You also may make additional cash investments in the DRIP from a minimum of $10 to a maximum of $1,000 each month. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU. Universal is paying all brokerage fees, commissions, and administrative charges incurred under the Plan as an additional shareholder service. To learn more about Universal's Dividend Reinvestment Plan, please click here.

No. Initial stock purchases must be made through a broker. However, once you are a recordholder and own at least one share, you may participate in our Dividend Reinvestment Plan and reinvest all or a designated portion of your dividends. You also may make additional cash investments in the Plan from a minimum of $10 to a maximum of $1,000 each month. To learn more about Universal's Dividend Reinvestment Plan, please click here.

Universal Corporation's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker UVV. Universal Corporation's CUSIP number is 913456 10 9.

The Company's fiscal year ends on March 31. The Company changed its fiscal year end from June 30 to March 31 beginning with the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004.

Dividend declarations are subject to the approval of the Company's Board of Directors. Dividends on common stock have traditionally been paid quarterly in February, May, August, and November to shareholders of record on the second Monday of the previous month.

Record Stock Split
Date Ratio
12/11/47 4 for 1
10/18/60 2for 1
10/19/65 2 for 1
10/21/75 2 for 1
03/03/78 4 for 1
03/01/84 2 for 1
12/16/91 2 for 1

Yes. Shareholders may have dividends electronically deposited directly into their checking or savings account. Contact our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Bank, and they will send you an enrollment package. Please click here.

If your Universal Corporation stock certificate(s) are lost, stolen, or destroyed, contact our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Bank, immediately to initiate replacement procedures. Please click here.

Yes. Prior to the formation of the holding company, Universal Corporation, on December 31, 1987, the company issued shares under the name Universal Leaf Tobacco Company.

Universal shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 1, 1991, received one share of Lawyers Title Corporation stock for every four shares of Universal stock owned. To determine the cost basis for your Universal and Lawyers Title shares allocate the cost basis of the Universal Corporation common stock held at the time of the distribution 95.343 percent to Universal shares and 4.657 percent to Lawyers Title shares.

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