28 January 2022
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abrdn plc ("abrdn" or the "Company")
Result of Secondary Placing in Phoenix Group Holdings plc
abrdn announces that it has sold an aggregate of 39,981,442 ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") of its shareholding in Phoenix Group Holdings plc ("Phoenix"), representing approximately 4% of Phoenix's issued share capital, to institutional investors, at a price of 660 pence per share (the "Placing"), raising aggregate gross sale proceeds of approximately £264 million.
Following settlement of the Placing, which is expected to take place on 1 February 2022, abrdn's holding will represent approximately 10.4% of Phoenix's issued share capital and abrdn will continue to appoint a director to Phoenix's Board.
abrdn intends to return the net proceeds of the Placing to shareholders, with the method and timing of the return to be announced as soon as practicable after the Company's results on 1 March.
Goldman Sachs International ("Goldman Sachs") acted as sole Global Coordinator and Bookrunner in connection with the Placing.
Phoenix was not a party to the Placing and will not receive any proceeds from the Placing.
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This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy, any shares nor any other securities in any jurisdiction. Shares will not be generally made available or marketed to the public in the United Kingdom or any other jurisdiction in connection with the Placing.
The distribution of this announcement into jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law, and, therefore, persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions. Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdiction.
In particular, the securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") 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 all applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. There will be no public offer of any securities in the United States.
Goldman Sachs International, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting for the Company in connection with the Placing and no-one else and they will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matter referred to in this announcement.
This announcement does not constitute a recommendation to participate in the Placing. The price and value of securities and any income from them can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Acquiring shares may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Potential investors should consult an independent financial advisor as to the suitability of the Placing for the entity or person concerned. The Company reserves the right not to proceed with the Placing or to vary the terms of the Placing in any way.
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "intends", "expects", "will", or "may", or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts and include statements regarding intentions, beliefs or current expectations. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this announcement will be realised. As a result, no undue reliance should be placed on these forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual events or otherwise.
LEI number of abrdn plc: 0TMBS544NMO7GLCE7H90