Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I invest in Viacom?
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, EQ 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?
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?
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?
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?
Viacom's transfer agent is EQ 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?
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 EQ Shareowner Services at 1-800-507-7799 for more information.
Q: Does Viacom pay a dividend?
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?
Yes, we offer this service. Information and enrollment materials are available by contacting our transfer agent, EQ Shareowner Services, at 1-800-507-7799.
Q: Does Viacom offer a dividend reinvestment program?
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, EQ Shareowner Services, at 1-800-507-7799.
Q: How do I obtain a duplicate 1099?
For non-brokerage accounts, please contact EQ Shareowner Services at 1-800-507-7799.
Q: Why is Class A (voting) common stock so thinly traded?
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?
As of December 31, 2005, the company now known as Viacom Inc. was spun off from its parent, now known as CBS Corporation (and previously known as Viacom Inc.), pursuant to an agreement and plan of merger by which the corporation formerly known as Viacom Inc. was separated into two publicly traded companies: Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation. For further information, contact Viacom's Investor Relations department at 1-800-516-4399.
Q: I am still holding certificates for the former Viacom. What do I do with them?
You must exchange your certificate shares for book-entry shares of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation. To obtain a letter of transmittal or for more information about the exchange, please contact Viacom's Investor Relations department at 1-800-516-4399.
Q: I exchanged my shares of the former Viacom Inc. and received a check for a fractional share. When will I receive my 1099?
1099Bs will be sent by February 15 of the year following any such payment.
Q: When does Viacom's fiscal year end?
Q: When will Viacom report its next quarterly earnings?
Please check under Financial Announcements on this website or contact Viacom's Investor Relations department.
Q: When is Viacom's next Annual Meeting of Stockholders?
Notice will be posted under Annual Meeting Information on this website when Viacom's Annual Meeting is scheduled, or you can contact Viacom's Investor Relations department at 1-800-516-4399.