Results in placing in Future plc
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27 November 2019
RESULTS OF PLACING OF 3,122,354 ORDINARY SHARES IN Future plc (THE "COMPANY" OR "Future")
Further to yesterday's announcement, certain members of the senior management team and certain other senior managers and employees who had left with "good leaver" status (together, the "Sellers"), announce that, subject to completion, they have sold 3,122,354 shares in Future (together, the "Placing Shares") through RBC cees Trustee Limited, in its capacity as trustee of The Future plc Employment Benefit Trust (the "EBT") at a price of £14.00 per share (the "Placing"), raising aggregate gross proceeds of approximately £43.7 million.
Zillah Byng-Thorne, Chief Executive Officer, and Penny Ladkin-Brand, Chief Financial Officer, sold 1,045,344 and 550,000 shares respectively, in part to satisfy certain tax obligations and other costs associated with the vesting of the options. The other Sellers, comprising 17 individuals employed or previously employed by Future, sold 1,527,010 shares in aggregate.
Following completion of the Placing, Zillah Byng-Thorne and Penny Ladkin-Brand will hold 450,053 and 511,692 shares in Future respectively, representing approximately 0.5% and 0.5% of the Company's issued share capital respectively.
Following the Placing, Zillah Byng-Thorne and Penny Ladkin-Brand do not intend to sell any further shares in the next 90 days.
The trade date for the Placing will be 27 November 2019 and settlement is expected to occur on a T+2 basis on 29 November 2019, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain customary conditions.
Numis Securities Limited ("Numis Securities" or "Numis") and NplusOne Singer Capital Markets Limited ("N+1 Singer") are acting as joint bookrunners (the "Joint Bookrunners") in connection with the Placing.
The Company will not receive any proceeds from the Placing except that the Sellers have directed that an amount from the proceeds of the Placing equal to income tax and employee National Insurance contributions arising on the exercise of the options are paid to the Company for the purposes of accounting to HM Revenue & Customs.
Contacts / Enquiries
Nick Westlake / Mark Lander / Hugo Rubinstein / Will Baunton 0207 260 1000
Mark Taylor / Tom Salvesen / Justin McKeegan 020 7496 3000
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DIRECTED ONLY AT PERSONS WHOSE ORDINARY ACTIVITIES INVOLVE THEM IN ACQUIRING, HOLDING, MANAGING AND DISPOSING OF INVESTMENTS (AS PRINCIPAL OR AGENT) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THEIR BUSINESS AND WHO HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS AND ARE: (1) IF IN A MEMBER STATE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA ("EEA"), QUALIFIED INVESTORS AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE 2(E) OF THE PROSPECTUS REGULATION (EU) 2017/1129 AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS"); (2) IF IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, QUALIFIED INVESTORS WHO (A) FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005, AS AMENDED (THE "ORDER") (INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS) OR (B) FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(a) TO (d) (HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC.) OF THE ORDER (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS").
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION IN IT MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN Future PLC.
THE PLACING SHARES HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"), OR WITH ANY SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (INCLUDING ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA), AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR TRANSFERRED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANY APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PLACING SHARES ARE BEING OFFERED AND SOLD ONLY: (I) OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES IN OFFSHORE TRANSACTIONS IN RELIANCE ON REGULATION S UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT AND OTHERWISE IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND (II) IN THE UNITED STATES TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF "QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS" (AS DEFINED IN RULE 144A UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT) IN TRANSACTIONS EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE PLACING SHARES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ELSEWHERE.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, ACQUIRE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR SHARES IN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMPANY IN THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND OR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER STATE OR JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION IS NOT AUTHORISED OR TO ANY PERSON TO WHOM IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSISTUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTIONS.
Numis is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") in the United Kingdom and is acting exclusively for the EBT and no one else in connection with the Placing, and Numis will not be responsible to anyone (including any Placees) other than the EBT for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.
N+1 Singer is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom and is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Placing, and N+1 Singer will not be responsible to anyone other than the EBT for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.
No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by the Joint Bookrunners or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed. Neither the EBT, the Sellers, Numis nor N+1 Singer have independently verified the contents of this Announcement.
In addition, in the event that the Joint Bookrunners acquire Placing Shares in the Placing, the Joint Bookrunners may co-ordinate disposals of such shares in accordance with applicable law and regulation. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, the Joint Bookrunners and their respective affiliates do not propose to make any public disclosure in relation to such transactions.
This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation by the Company, the EBT, the Sellers, Numis, N+1 Singer or any of their respective affiliates concerning any investor's options with respect to the Placing. Each investor or prospective investor should conduct his, her or its own investigation, analysis and evaluation of the business and data described in this Announcement. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult his, her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.
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