Source - LSE Regulatory
NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES 1.Identity of the issuer or the Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached: 2. Reason for the notification: An acquisition or disposal of N/A voting rights An acquisition or disposal of N/A financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached An event changing the breakdown N/A of voting rights Other (please specify): Disclosure of holdings following the acquisition, by Lloyds Banking Group plc, of HBOS plc. This notification supercedes any notifications previously issued by Lloyds TSB Group plc and/or HBOS plc. 3. Full name of person(s) subject Lloyds Banking Group plc to the notification obligation 4. Full name of shareholder(s) Refer to section 9 below (if different from 3.): 5. Date of the transaction (and 16/01/09 date on which the threshold is crossed or reached if different): 6. Date on which issuer notified: 20/01/09 7. Threshold(s) that is/are 5% crossed or reached: 8. Notified details: A: Voting rights attached to shares Class/type Situation Resulting situation after the of previous to the triggering transaction shares Triggering if transaction possible using the ISIN CODE Number Number Number Number of % of voting of of of voting rights rights Shares Voting Shares Rights Direct Direct Indirect Direct Indirect Ordinary n/a n/a 631,168 631,168 4,807,395 0.651% 4.961% 1p Shares GB0000066554 B: Financial Instruments Resulting situation after the triggering transaction Type of Expiration Exercise/ Number of voting % of voting financial date Conversion rights that may be rights instrument Period/ acquired if the Date instrument is exercised/ converted. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Total (A+B) Number of voting rights % of voting rights 5,438,563 5.613% 9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable Major share interests: 3,505,279 Shares (3.617%) are held by State Street Nominees Ltd. Shares are under the control of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Widows Group Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds TSB Bank plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group plc (Indirect Interests). 1,359,965 shares (1.403%) are under the control of Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Insight Investment Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HBOS Insurance & Investment Group Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HBOS plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group plc (Indirect Interests). Proxy Voting: 10. Name of the proxy holder: N/A 11. Number of voting rights proxy N/A holder will cease to hold: 12. Date on which proxy holder will N/A cease to hold voting rights: 13. Additional information: N/A 14. Contact name: David Holland, Aberforth Partners LLP, Secretaries to Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc. 15. Contact telephone number 0131-220-0733
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