Source - LSE Regulatory
RNS Number : 1549G
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
22 July 2021
 

FORM 8.5 (EPT/RI)

 

PUBLIC DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY
Rule 8.5 of the Takeover Code (the "Code")

 

1.

KEY INFORMATION

(a)

Name of exempt principal trader:

Merrill Lynch International

(b)

Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose
relevant securities this form relates:
Use a separate form for each offeror/offeree

Avast PLC

(c)

Name of the party to the offer with which exempt principal trader is connected:

NortonLifeLock Inc

(d)

Date dealing undertaken:

21/07/2021

(e)

In addition to the company in 1(b) above, is the
exempt principal trader making disclosures in
respect of any other party to this offer?
If it is a cash offer or possible cash offer, state "N/A"

YES

If YES, specify which:


(NortonLifeLock Inc)

 

2.

DEALINGS BY THE EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER

 

Where there have been dealings in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(b), copy table 2(a), (b), (c) or (d) (as appropriate) for each additional class
of relevant security dealt in.

The currency of all prices and other monetary amounts should be stated.

 

(a)

Purchases and sales

Class of relevant security

Purchases/
sales

Total number of securities

Highest price
per unit
paid/received

Lowest price
per unit
paid/received

10p ordinary

Purchase

61,705

173.45 CZK

170 CZK

10p ordinary

Purchase

353,492

5.874 GBP

5.758 GBP

10p ordinary

Sale

61,705

172.75 CZK

171.601 CZK

10p ordinary

Sale

279,476

5.88 GBP

5.758 GBP

 

(b)

Cash-settled derivative transactions

Class of
relevant security

Product description
e.g. CFD

Nature of dealing
e.g. opening/closing a
long/short position, increasing/reducing a
long/short position

Number of reference securities

Price per unit

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

1,025

5.851 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

410

5.851 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

2,857

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

136

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

2,251

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

3,323

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

4,800

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

24,092

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

1,603

5.796 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

981

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Long Position

2,874

5.78 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

1,606

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Long Position

14,390

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

14,715

5.786 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Long Position

2,587

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

56,762

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

5,475

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Closing a Short Position

14,715

5.818 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Long Position

91,479

5.818 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Long Position

5,475

5.794 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

34,717

5.832 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Closing a Long Position

2,587

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

28,780

5.79 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

4,251

5.79 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

4,557

5.809 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Long Position

5,791

5.798 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

72

5.782 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

350

5.791 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

54

5.806 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

40

5.785 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

41

5.783 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

65

5.799 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

229

5.788 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

328

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

17

5.777 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

309

5.785 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

4,065

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Reducing a Long Position

161

5.815 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Long Position

32,107

5.793 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Long Position

11,023

5.824 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

143

5.799 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

504

5.788 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

1,132

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

92

5.786 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

797

5.79 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

163

5.782 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

35

5.777 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

126

5.806 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

95

5.782 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

600

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

45

5.785 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

916

5.786 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

7,129

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

7,505

5.791 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

4,934

5.788 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

333

5.777 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

949

5.782 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

1,414

5.799 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

1,260

5.806 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

1,606

5.781 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

628

5.806 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

2,458

5.788 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

165

5.777 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

707

5.799 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

472

5.782 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

802

5.781 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

456

5.786 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

3,555

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

3,741

5.791 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

834

5.799 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

538

5.786 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

4,196

5.814 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

2,902

5.788 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

4,417

5.791 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

947

5.781 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

558

5.782 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

740

5.806 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Increasing a Short Position

196

5.777 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Closing a Short Position

2,183

5.85 GBP

10p ordinary

Swaps

Opening a Short Position

2,183

5.814 GBP

 

(c)

Stock-settled derivative transactions (including options)

(i)

Writing, selling, purchasing or varying

Class
of
relevant security

Product description e.g. call option

Writing, purchasing, selling, varying etc.

Number
of
securities to which option relates

Exercise
price
per unit

Type
e.g. American, European etc.

Expiry date

Option money paid/ received per unit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

(ii)

Exercise

Class of relevant security

Product description
e.g. call option

Exercising/
exercised
against

Number of
securities

Exercise Price per
unit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

(d)

Other dealings (including subscribing for new securities)

Class of relevant security

Nature of dealing
e.g. subscription, conversion

Details

Price per unit (if applicable)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

3.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

(a)

Indemnity and other dealing arrangements

 

Details of any indemnity or option arrangement, or any agreement or understanding, formal or informal, relating to relevant securities which may be an inducement to deal
or refrain from dealing entered into by the exempt principal trader making the disclosure and any party to the offer or any person acting in concert with a party to the offer:
Irrevocable commitments and letters of intent should not be included. If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none"

None

 

(b)

Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives

 

Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between the exempt principal trader making the disclosure and any other person relating to:
(i) the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option; or
(ii) The voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative is referenced:
If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none"

None

 

Date of disclosure:

22/07/2021

Contact name:

Tolu Tade

Telephone number:

+44207 996 3410

 

Public disclosures under Rule 8 of the Code must be made to a Regulatory Information
Service.

The Panel's Market Surveillance Unit is available for consultation in relation to the Code's
dealing disclosure requirements on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.

The Code can be viewed on the Panel's website at
www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk.

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