Ecclesiastical Preference Shares

RNS Number : 3837H
Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC
12 March 2018

12th March 2018


Announcement by Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc


Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc ("Ecclesiastical") notes the recent movement in the price of its 8.625% preference shares.  Ecclesiastical assumes this is a result of Aviva's announcement on 8th March, in which Aviva stated that it has "the ability to cancel [Aviva's and General Accident's] preference shares at par value through a reduction of capital, subject to shareholder vote and court approval". 


Ecclesiastical notes Aviva's governance statement that "as one of the biggest companies in our sector, we aim to make our industry work better for everyone.  That starts with us building trust with our customers, investors and shareholders by running our business honestly and transparently."   Ecclesiastical trusts that Aviva will follow the principles set out in that statement when considering whether to pursue this course of action.


Ecclesiastical has holdings in Aviva and General Accident's preference shares, but these are not material in size in the context of Aviva's announcement and Ecclesiastical's balance sheet strength.


Ecclesiastical has no plans to cancel its own 8.625% preference shares at par value through a reduction of capital. 



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