Exchange Offer

International Personal Finance Plc
02 November 2023
 


International Personal Finance PLC 7.75 per cent. Notes due 2023 Exchange Offer

The information contained herein may only be released, published or distributed in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The information contained herein is not for release, publication or distribution in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, the Republic of Ireland or in any other jurisdiction where it is unlawful to distribute this announcement.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES TO THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION THAT QUALIFIED OR MAY HAVE QUALIFIED AS INSIDE INFORMATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 7(1) OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) 596/2014.

SEE "IMPORTANT INFORMATION" BELOW


2 November 2023

International Personal Finance PLC
7.75 per cent. Notes due 2023
Exchange Offer

International Personal Finance PLC (the "Issuer") announces today an invitation (the "Exchange Offer") to holders of its outstanding 7.75 per cent. notes due 2023 (ISIN: XS1998163148) (the "2023 Notes") to exchange their 2023 Notes for new, retail eligible, fixed rate, senior unsecured sterling denominated 12 per cent. notes due 12 December 2027 (the "Exchange New Notes"). The Exchange New Notes will be consolidated and form a single series with the Issuer's £50,000,000 12 per cent. notes due 12 December 2027 (the "Existing 2027 Notes").

The purpose of the Exchange Offer is to extend the maturity profile of part of the Issuer's debt financing. The Exchange Offer provides holders of 2023 Notes with the opportunity to exchange their holdings of the 2023 Notes for the Exchange New Notes. An indicative timetable for the Exchange Offer and the issuance of Exchange New Notes is provided below.

Each holder of 2023 Notes whose 2023 Notes are accepted for exchange by the Issuer will receive (i) £100 in nominal amount of Exchange New Notes for each £100 in nominal amount of 2023 Notes validly offered and accepted for exchange by the Issuer; (ii) accrued and unpaid interest on their 2023 Notes in cash from and including the interest payment date in respect of the 2023 Notes immediately preceding the Settlement Date (as defined below) to but excluding the Settlement Date; and (iii) an exchange fee in cash in the amount of £1.50 per £100 in nominal amount of 2023 Notes validly offered and accepted for exchange by the Issuer.

The Exchange New Notes will bear interest at a fixed rate of 12% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrear in two equal instalments on 12 June and 12 December each year and will be redeemed in accordance with their terms and conditions at their nominal value on 12 December 2027. They are expected to be rated BB- by Fitch and Ba3 by Moody's Investors Service.

The Exchange New Notes are expected to be listed on the Financial Conduct Authority's Official List and admitted to trading on the electronic order book for retail bonds of the London Stock Exchange's Main Market.

Holders of Exchange New Notes should, in most normal circumstances, be able to sell their holdings during normal trading hours (subject to market conditions) on the open market through their stockbroker.

Holders of the 2023 Notes may decide to participate in the Exchange Offer in respect of all or part of their holding by offering at least £100 in nominal amount of 2023 Notes (provided such amount is in multiples of £100) in accordance with the procedures, and subject to the terms and conditions, set out in the exchange offer memorandum dated 2 November 2023 (the "Exchange Offer Memorandum").

The Exchange Offer is being made on the terms and subject to the conditions and requirements specified in the Exchange Offer Memorandum and is subject to offer and distribution restrictions described in such Exchange Offer Memorandum.

Copies of the Exchange Offer Memorandum, which includes instructions on how to accept the offer, are (subject to distribution restrictions) available from the Exchange Agent as set out below.

At the same time as the Exchange Offer, the Issuer is offering additional 12% per cent. retail eligible, fixed rate, senior unsecured sterling denominated notes due 12 December 2027 for cash (the "Cash Offer New Notes") pursuant to a base prospectus published by IPF on 24 August 2023 and final terms dated 2 November 2023. The Exchange New Notes and Cash Offer New Notes issued (together, the "Notes") will form a single series, with the Existing 2027 Notes, from the Settlement Date under ISIN XS2551486058.

Singer Capital Markets Securities Limited is acting as Dealer Manager in respect of the Notes.

Events

Times and Dates

Announcement and Commencement of the Exchange Offer

Exchange Offer announced. Notice of the Exchange Offer submitted to the Clearing Systems. Exchange Offer Memorandum available from the Exchange and Information Agent upon request.

 

Notice of the Exchange Offer published via the RNS.

As soon as possible following publication of the Exchange Offer Memorandum on 2 November 2023

Offer Deadline

Final deadline for receipt of valid Exchange Instructions by the Exchange and Information Agent in order for Existing 2023 Noteholders to be able to participate in the Exchange Offer.

12:00 noon (London time) on 23 November 2023

Publication of the Results Announcement

7.00 a.m. (London time) on 24 November 2023

 


Settlement

Expected settlement date for Exchange Offer, including:

 

•          issue and delivery of Exchange New Notes in exchange for Existing 2023 Notes validly offered for exchange by an Existing 2023 Noteholder and accepted by the Issuer; and

•          payment of any Accrued Interest Payments and Exchange Fees in respect of the Exchange New Notes.

 

 

As soon as possible on 12 December 2023

The above times and dates are subject to the right of the Issuer to extend, re-open, amend and/or terminate the Exchange Offer (subject to applicable law and as provided in the Exchange Offer Memorandum). Holders of 2023 Notes are advised to check with any bank, securities broker or other intermediary through which they hold 2023 Notes whether such intermediary needs to receive instructions from a holder before the deadlines set out above in order for that holder to be able to participate in, or (in the limited circumstances in which revocation is permitted) revoke their instruction to participate in, the Exchange Offer. The deadlines set by the clearing systems for the submission of exchange instructions will also be earlier than the deadlines above.

Kroll Issuer Services Limited is acting as Exchange and Information Agent for the Exchange Offer. Details can be found about the Exchange Offer at https://deals.is.kroll.com/ipfin

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For further information, please contact:

International Personal Finance plc

Georgia Dunn (Deputy Company Secretary)

+44 (0)113 539 5466

Kris Adamski (Group Treasurer)


+44 (0)113 539 5466

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This announcement is released by International Personal Finance PLC and contains information that qualified or may have qualified as inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law pursuant to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended ("EUWA") ("UK MAR"), encompassing information relating to an exchange offer, as described above. For the purposes of UK MAR, this announcement is made by Tom Crane for International Personal Finance plc.

The distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with any offer of securities and/or the solicitation of offers for securities in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and persons who come into possession of this announcement or any document or other information referred to herein 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 jurisdiction.

This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any securities. This announcement does not constitute and shall not, in any circumstances, constitute a public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "EU Prospectus Regulation") as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (the "UK Prospectus Regulation"). Any offer and sale of any securities will be made in compliance with the requirements of the UK Prospectus Regulation.

Any securities referred to herein will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Subject to certain exceptions, such securities may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States. The Exchange New Notes (as defined in the Exchange Offer Memorandum), which are in bearer form, are subject to U.S. tax law requirements. Any securities referred to herein would be offered and sold outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S of the Securities Act. There will be no public offering in the United States.

EEA

The Dealer Manager named in the Exchange Offer Memorandum has represented and agreed that the Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to, and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to, any retail investor in the European Economic Area (the "EEA"). For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, "MiFID II"); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in the EU Prospectus Regulation. Consequently no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (as amended, the "EU PRIIPs Regulation") for offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the EU PRIIPs Regulation.

United Kingdom

The communication of the Exchange Offer Memorandum by the Issuer and any other documents or materials relating to the Exchange Offer is not being made, and such documents and/or materials have not been approved, by an authorised person for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the "FSMA"). Accordingly, such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of such documents and/or materials is exempt from the restriction on financial promotions under section 21 of the FSMA on the basis that it is only directed at and may be communicated to (1) those persons who are existing members or creditors of the Issuer or other persons within Article 43 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 and (2) any other persons to whom these documents and/or materials may lawfully be communicated.

United States

The Exchange Offer is not being made, and will not be made, directly or indirectly in or into, or by use of the mail of, or by any means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce of or of any facilities of a national securities exchange of, the United States. This includes, but is not limited to, facsimile transmission, electronic mail, telex, telephone and the internet. The Exchange New Notes may not be tendered in the Exchange Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility from or within the United States. Accordingly, copies of the Exchange Offer Memorandum and any other documents or materials relating to the Exchange Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly mailed or otherwise transmitted, distributed or forwarded (including, without limitation, by custodians, nominees or trustees) in or into the United States. Any purported exchange of Exchange New Notes pursuant to the Exchange Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid and any purported exchange of Exchange New Notes effected by a person located in the United States or any agent, fiduciary or other intermediary acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal giving instructions from within the United States will be invalid and will not be accepted.

The Exchange Offer Memorandum is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The purpose of the Exchange Offer Memorandum is limited to the Exchange Offer and the Exchange Offer Memorandum may not be sent or given to a person in the United States or otherwise to any person other than in an offshore transaction in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.

Each holder of Exchange New Notes participating in the Exchange Offer will represent that it is not a U.S. Person and it is not located in the United States and is not participating in the Exchange Offer from the United States or it is acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal located outside the United States that is not giving an order to participate in the Exchange Offer from the United States. For the purposes of this and the above paragraph, "United States" means United States of America, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia.

Belgium

Neither the Exchange Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or materials relating to the Exchange Offer have been submitted to or will be submitted for approval or recognition to the Financial Services and Markets Authority ("Autorité des services et marchés financiers / Autoriteit voor financiële diensten en markten") and, accordingly, the Exchange Offer may not be made in Belgium by way of a public offering, as defined in Articles 3 and 6 of the Belgian Law of 1 April 2007 on public takeover bids as amended or replaced from time to time (the "Belgian Takeover Law"). Accordingly, the Exchange Offer may not be advertised and the Exchange Offer will not be extended, and neither the Exchange Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or materials relating to the Exchange Offer (including any memorandum, information circular, brochure or any similar documents) has been or shall be distributed or made available, directly or indirectly, to any person in Belgium other than (i) to "qualified investors" in the sense of Article 10 of the Belgian Law of 16 June 2006 on the public offer of placement instruments and the admission to trading of placement instruments on regulated markets, acting on their own account or (ii) in any circumstances set out in Article 6, §4 of the Belgian Takeover Law. The Exchange Offer Memorandum has been issued only for the personal use of the above qualified investors and exclusively for the purpose of the Exchange Offer. Accordingly, the information contained in the Exchange Offer Memorandum may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person in Belgium.

France

The Exchange Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, to the public in France. Neither the Exchange Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or offering materials relating to the Exchange Offer have been or shall be distributed to the public in France and only (i) providers of investment services relating to portfolio management for the account of third parties (personnes fournissant le service d'investissement de gestion de portefeuille pour compte de tiers) and/or (ii) qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) acting for their own account, all as defined in, and in accordance with, Articles L.411-1, L.411-2 and D.411-1 of the French Code monétaire et financier, are eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer. The Exchange Offer Memorandum has not been submitted to the clearance procedures (visa) of the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Italy

None of The Exchange Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or materials relating to the Exchange Offer have been or will be submitted to the clearance procedure of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa ("CONSOB") pursuant to Italian laws and regulations.

The Exchange Offer is being carried out in the Republic of Italy as an exempted offer pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis of the Legislative Decree No. 58 of 24 February 1998, as amended (the "Financial Services Act") and article 35-bis, paragraph 4 of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of 14 May 1999, as amended.

A holder of Exchange New Notes located in the Republic of Italy can tender Exchange New Notes through authorised persons (such as investment firms, banks or financial intermediaries permitted to conduct such activities in the Republic of Italy in accordance with the Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 16190 of 29 October 2007, as amended, and Legislative Decree No. 385 of September 1, 1993, as amended) and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or with requirements imposed by CONSOB or any other Italian authority.

No financial intermediary may use the Exchange Offer Memorandum in connection with:

• the circulation in Jersey of any offer for subscription, sale or exchange of any Notes unless such offer is circulated in Jersey by a person or persons authorised to conduct investment business under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 and in accordance with the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order 1958;

• the marketing, offering for subscription, sale or exchange or sale of Notes in or from within or to persons resident in any part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey other than in compliance with the requirements of the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987 as amended, and the rules, regulations and guidance enacted or issued thereunder, or any exemption therefrom; and

• the circulation in the Isle of Man of any offer for subscription, sale or exchange of any Notes unless such offer is made in compliance with the licensing requirements of the Isle of Man Financial Services Act 2008 or any exclusions or exemption therefrom.

General

Each intermediary must comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in connection with the Exchange New Notes and the Exchange Offer.

This announcement does not constitute and shall not, in any circumstances, constitute a public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer within the meaning of the UK Prospectus Regulation. Any offer and sale of any securities will be made in compliance with the requirements of the UK Prospectus Regulation.

A credit rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any securities, and may be reduced or withdrawn by the assigning rating agency at any time.

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