FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How can I invest in Viacom?
A: You may purchase shares of Viacom by contacting a stockbroker of your choice or by utilizing our Direct Purchase Plan, Shareowner Service Plus PlanSM, which is sponsored and administered by our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services. To obtain the Plan brochure and enrollment information, please contact them at 1-800-507-7799.
Q: What is the ticker symbol for Viacom's common stock, and where is it traded?
A: Viacom is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbols "VIA" for Class A common stock and "VIAB" for Class B common stock. (Class A is voting stock, and Class B is non-voting stock.)
Q: What is the difference between Viacom's two classes of common stock?
A: Class A common stock is voting stock, and Class B is non-voting stock. There is no difference between the two classes except for voting rights. There are, however, far more shares of Class B outstanding, so most of the trading occurs in that class.
Q: What are the CUSIP numbers for Viacom common stock?
A: The CUSIP for Viacom Class A common stock is 92553P 10 2. The CUSIP for Viacom Class B common stock is 92553P 20 1.
Q: Who is the transfer agent for Viacom's common stock, and how do I contact them?
A: Viacom's transfer agent is Wells Fargo Shareowner Services (1-800-507-7799). If you own shares directly – not through a broker – and you wish to change your address, download forms, get answers to frequently asked questions or access your individual stock account, visit their website at www.shareowneronline.com.
Q: Can I convert one class of Viacom common stock into the other?
A: You can convert shares of Viacom Class A common stock into shares of Class B common stock on a one-for-one basis, but you cannot convert Viacom Class B common stock into Class A common stock. Please contact Wells Fargo Shareowner Services at 1-800-507-7799 for more information.
Q: Does Viacom pay a dividend?
A: Yes. A history of our dividend payments may be found by clicking on Dividend Information on this website.
Q: Does Viacom offer direct deposit of dividends?
A: Yes, we offer this service. Information and enrollment materials are available by contacting our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, at 1-800-507-7799.
Q: Does Viacom offer a dividend reinvestment program?
A: Yes, we offer a Direct Purchase Plan, Shareowner Service Plus Plan℠, which includes a dividend reinvestment option. To obtain the Plan brochure and enrollment information, please contact our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, at 1-800-507-7799.
Q: When are 1099s issued? How do I obtain a duplicate?
A: 1099s are mailed each year by our transfer or your broker. For non-brokerage accounts, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services will mail 1099s for the 2011 and future tax years; if you require duplicate 1099 for the 2010 tax year, please contact our prior transfer agent, Computershare, at 1-800-524-4458.
Q: Does Viacom have a share buyback program?
A: Yes – in fact, on August 2, 2013, Viacom's Board of Directors approved a major expansion of its stock repurchase program to $20 billion from $10 billion. The Company intends to purchase shares from time to time reflecting its normal seasonal cycle of cash generation.
Q: Why is Class A (voting) common stock so thinly traded?
A: National Amusements, Inc., beneficially owns a majority of the Class A common stock. Sumner M. Redstone, the controlling stockholder of National Amusements, is Viacom's Chairman Emeritus.
Q: When was Viacom Inc. formed?
Q: I am still holding certificates for the former Viacom. What do I do with them?
Q: I exchanged my shares of the former Viacom Inc. and received a statement confirming my shares of Viacom and CBS Corporation in book-entry form. Can I have a stock certificate issued instead?
Q: I exchanged my shares of the former Viacom Inc. and received a check for a fractional share. When will I receive my 1099?
Q: When does Viacom's fiscal year end?
Q: When will Viacom report its next quarterly earnings?
Q: When is Viacom's next Annual Meeting of Stockholders?
Q: I have sold (or am thinking of selling) my Viacom stock and need to determine my cost basis. Where can I obtain such information?