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Aldermore Group PLC
13 October 2017
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE"). THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY FIRM OFFER WILL BE MADE OR AS TO THE TERMS ON WHICH ANY FIRM OFFER MIGHT BE MADE.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

 

For immediate release

13 October 2017

 

Aldermore Group PLC

 

Statement regarding possible offer for Aldermore Group PLC

 

Response to Share price movement

 

The Board of Aldermore Group PLC ("Aldermore" or the "Company") notes the recent share price movements and confirms that it has recently received an indicative proposal from FirstRand Limited ("FirstRand") regarding a possible offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Aldermore of 313 pence per ordinary share in cash (the "Possible Offer"). The Board of Aldermore has indicated to FirstRand that it is likely to recommend a firm offer at this level.

 

Aldermore and FirstRand are in preliminary discussions about the details of the Possible Offer, which is subject to a number of standard conditions.

 

There can be no certainty that any firm offer will be made or as to the terms on which any offer might be made. This announcement has been made without the consent of FirstRand and the Board will keep shareholders updated as appropriate.

 

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, FirstRand will have until 5.00pm on 10 November 2017, being 28 days after today's date, to either announce a firm intention to make an offer for Aldermore in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make such an offer, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies. This deadline may be extended with the consent of the Takeover Panel (the "Panel") in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

 

The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of Aldermore is Marius van Niekerk, General Counsel.

 

Enquiries:

 

Aldermore

Tel: +44 (0)20 3553 4202

Martin Adams, Director of Investor Relations

 

 

 

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Lead Financial Adviser and Broker)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7742 4000

Laurence Hollingworth / Mike Collar / James Robinson

 

 

RBC Capital Markets (Joint Lead Financial Adviser and Broker)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7653 4000

Oliver Hearsey / Kevin Smith / Daniel Werchola

 

 

 

Lazard (Financial Adviser)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7187 2000

William Rucker / Nick Millar / Mike Young

 

 

 

Media enquiries:

 

Aldermore

Tel: +44 (0) 7557 391682

Holly Marshall, Director of Corporate Affairs

 

 

 

Lansons

Tel: +44 (0) 7860 101715

Tom Baldock

 

 

Disclosure requirements of the Code

 

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

 

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

 

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of the offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

 

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

 

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

 

Rule 2.9 disclosure

 

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, Aldermore confirms that, as at the date of this announcement, it has in issue 344,921,017 shares of 10 pence nominal value each. The International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) of the shares is GB00BQQMCJ47.

 

Publication on Website

 

A copy of this announcement will be made available (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions) at www.Aldermore.co.uk in accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code by no later than 12 noon (London time) on 16 October 2017. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

 

Additional information

 

J.P. Morgan Limited, which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove ("J.P. Morgan Cazenove"), is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting exclusively as financial adviser to Aldermore and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Aldermore for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove or its affiliates, or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

 

RBC Europe Limited (trading as RBC Capital Markets), is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting solely for Aldermore and no one else in connection with the matters set out or referred to in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this announcement, RBC Capital Markets will not be responsible to anyone other than Aldermore for providing the protections afforded to clients of RBC Capital Markets, or for providing advice in connection with the matters referred to herein.

 

Lazard & Co., Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as financial adviser to Aldermore and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Aldermore for providing the protections afforded to clients of Lazard & Co., Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to in this announcement. Neither Lazard & Co., Limited nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Lazard & Co., Limited in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

 

Linklaters LLP are providing legal advice to Aldermore in connection with the Possible Offer.

 


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