Lloyds Banking Group

Proposed placing of shares in TSB Banking Group

RNS Number : 6675S
Lloyds Banking Group PLC
25 September 2014
 

NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH IT WOULD BE UNLAWFUL TO DO SO. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL OR A SOLICITATION TO BUY SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN OR REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.  NEITHER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT NOR ANYTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL FORM THE BASIS OF, OR BE RELIED UPON IN CONNECTION WITH, ANY OFFER OR COMMITMENT WHATSOEVER IN ANY JURISDICTION.

25 September 2014

 

PROPOSED PLACING OF 57.5 MILLION ORDINARY SHARES IN TSB BANKING GROUP PLC ("TSB" or THE "COMPANY") BY LLOYDS BANKING GROUP PLC (THE "GROUP")

 

Lloyds Banking Group plc announces its intention to sell 57.5 million ordinary shares in TSB (the "Placing Shares") (the "Placing"). The Placing Shares are held by Lloyds Bank plc (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group plc) ("Lloyds Bank") and represent approximately 11.5% of the Company's issued ordinary share capital.  Following the sale the Group expects to retain approximately 50% of the issued share capital of TSB. It is expected that TSB will continue to be consolidated within the Lloyds Banking Group accounts.

 

The Placing Shares are being offered to institutional investors by way of an accelerated bookbuild, which will be launched immediately following this announcement. UBS Investment Bank ("UBS") is acting as bookrunner in connection with the Placing.

 

The price at which the Placing Shares are to be placed will be agreed by UBS and Lloyds Bank at the close of the bookbuild process, and will be announced as soon as practicable thereafter.  The cash proceeds from the sale will be used for general corporate purposes and the transaction is not expected to have a material impact on the Group, including its capital position.

 

Lloyds Bank has undertaken that, without the prior written consent of UBS and subject to certain customary exceptions, it will not dispose of any further TSB shares for a period of 90 days following completion of the Placing.

 

Information on TSB

TSB is the seventh largest retail banking group in the UK by branch network and was launched in September 2013 as part of Lloyds Banking Group's State Aid Restructuring Plan with the European Commission. TSB Banking Group plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2014, at which time Lloyds Banking Group plc sold 38.5% of TSB's ordinary shares in issue. Per their results for the six months to 30 June 2014, TSB had gross assets of £26.5bn and it recorded a statutory profit of £84.8m in the year ended 31 December 2013.



 

Enquiries:

 

UBS Investment Bank

Christopher Smith                                                                                                               +44 (0) 20 7567 8000

Vice Chairman, Equity Capital Markets

 

Lloyds Banking Group Investor Relations

Douglas Radcliffe                                                                                                                +44 (0) 20 7356 1571

Interim Investor Relations Director

[email protected]

 

Lloyds Banking Group Corporate Affairs

Matthew Young                                                                                                                +44 (0) 20 7356 2231

Group Corporate Affairs Director

[email protected]

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The distribution of this announcement and the offer and sale of the Placing Shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law.  The Placing Shares may not be offered to the public in any jurisdiction in circumstances which would require the preparation or registration of any prospectus or offering document relating to the Placing Shares in such jurisdiction.  No action has been taken by Lloyds Banking Group plc, Lloyds Bank or UBS or any of their respective affiliates that would permit an offering of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such securities in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.

This announcement is not for publication, distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America (including its territories and possessions), Australia, Canada, Japan or Republic of South Africa or any other jurisdiction where such an announcement would be unlawful.  The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession this document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction.  Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

This announcement is not for publication, distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and dependencies, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia).  The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the 'Securities Act'), and, subject to certain exemptions, may not be offered or sold in the United States (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act).  Neither this document nor the information contained herein constitutes or forms part of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States.  There will be no public offer of any securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction.

In member states of the European Economic Area ('EEA') which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a 'Relevant Member State'), this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed exclusively at persons who are 'qualified investors' within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive ('Qualified Investors').  For these purposes, the expression 'Prospectus Directive' means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in a Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression '2010 PD Amending Directive' means Directive 2010/73/EU.  In the United Kingdom, this announcement is directed exclusively at Qualified Investors (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the 'Order') or (ii) who fall within Article 49(2)(A) to (D) of the Order, and (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated.

This announcement is not an offer of securities or investments for sale nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities or investments in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.  No action has been taken that would permit an offering of the securities or possession or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.  Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

In connection with any offering of the Placing Shares, UBS and any of its affiliates acting as an investor for their own account may take up as a proprietary position any Placing Shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for their own account such Placing Shares.  In addition they may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which they may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Placing Shares.  They do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.

UBS, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting on behalf of Lloyds Bank and no one else in connection with any offering of the Placing Shares and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to any of its clients or for providing advice in relation to any offering of the Placing Shares.  UBS will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the offering of the Placing Shares.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement contains forward looking statements with respect to the business, strategy and plans of the Lloyds Banking Group and its current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition and performance. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Group or the Group's management's beliefs and expectations, are forward looking statements. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances that will or may occur. The Group's actual future business, strategy, plans and/or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, UK domestic and global economic and business conditions; the ability to derive cost savings and other benefits, including as a result of the Group's Simplification programme; the ability to access sufficient funding to meet the Group's liquidity needs; changes to the Group's credit ratings; risks concerning borrower or counterparty credit quality; instability in the global financial markets, including Eurozone instability and the impact of any sovereign credit rating downgrade or other sovereign financial issues; market-related risks including changes in interest rates and exchange rates; changing demographic and market-related trends; changes in customer preferences; changes to laws, regulation, accounting standards or taxation, including as a result of the referendum on Scottish independence and also including changes to regulatory capital or liquidity requirements; the policies, decisions and actions of governmental or regulatory authorities in the UK and other jurisdictions in which the Group operates; the implementation of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive and Banking Reform Act; the ability to attract and retain senior management and other employees; requirements or limitations imposed on the Group as a result of HM Treasury's investment in the Group; the ability to satisfactorily dispose of certain assets or otherwise meet the Group's EC State aid obligations; the provision of a range of banking operations services to TSB; the extent of any future impairment charges or write-downs caused by depressed asset valuations, market disruptions and illiquid markets; the effects of competition and the actions of competitors, including non-bank financial services and lending companies; exposure to regulatory scrutiny, legal proceedings, regulatory and competition investigations or complaints, and other factors. Please refer to the latest Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of certain factors together with examples of forward looking statements. The forward looking statements contained in this announcement are made as at the date of this announcement, and the Group undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward looking statements.

 


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