What are registered shares?
Most Total shares are held in bearer form but they can also be registered. The issuer can identify holders of registered shares. There are two alternatives:
- The shares may be placed in a custodial account with the Company, which manages them directly.
- The shares may be registered with the Company and managed by the bank or broker chosen by the shareholder.
Can ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) also be registered?
If you hold the Total ADR (traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TOT) you will have to contact The Bank of New York Mellon (www.adrbnymellon.com or 1-888-BNY-ADRS) for instructions on converting your ADRs.
Advantages of holding registered shares:
- No custodial fees
- A dedicated toll-free number for all your communications contact with BNP Paribas Securities Services (a toll-free call within France from a landline): 0 800 11 7000 or +33 1 40 14 80 61 (from abroad); from Monday to Friday (working days), 8:45 am - 6:00 pm (fax +33 1 55 77 34 17)
- Easier placement of market orders* (via telephone, mail, fax, internet)
- Preferential brokerage fees* of 0.20% (before tax) based on the gross amount of the transaction, with no minimum charge and up to 1,000 euros per transaction
- A personal invitation to Total's Shareholders' Meetings
- Double voting rights if the shares are held continuously for two successive years
- Complete information about Total: the shareholder receives, at home, all information published by the Group
- Internet access to the shareholders' account
- Membership to the Total Shareholders' Circle with a minimum ownership of 50 shares or more
* Subject to having entered into a brokerage service contract, which is free of charge
Buying your registered shares directly:
To buy your registered shares directly, you must have a signed brokerage services contract, which is free of charge.
How to convert your shares?
BNP Paribas Securities Services is our Depositary Bank. To convert your shares to registered shares, complete the Registration form (pdf file) and submit it to your financial advisor.
Once BNP Paribas Securities receives the shares, they will send you a certificate of account registration and will request the following:
- A bank account number (or a postal account or savings account number) for payment of dividends
- A brokerage service contract in order to trade your Total shares on the stock exchange
Total Share Registration Form (pdf - 18 KB)
View your account
As a registered shareholder, view your account with secured access.
This form of registration is not easily compatible with the registration of shares in a French share savings plan (PEA) given the administrative procedures in place.
Updated Jul. 5, 11