Successful disposal of shares in Permanent TSB

NatWest Group plc
02 June 2023




NatWest Group plc

2 June 2023


Successful disposal of shares in Permanent TSB Group Holdings PLC


Further to the announcement on 1 June 2023, NatWest Group plc ("NatWest") announces the successful completion of the disposal of part of its shareholding, held through the wholly owned subsidiary RBS AA Holdings (UK) Limited, in Permanent TSB Group Holdings PLC ("PTSB"). 

The overall size of the disposal by the Minister for Finance of Ireland and NatWest (the "Selling Shareholders") was 54.6 million ordinary shares in PTSB representing 10.0% of the ordinary share capital of PTSB, with NatWest disposing of 27.3 million ordinary shares in PTSB representing 5.0% of the ordinary share capital of PTSB. The disposal was effected by way of a placing (the "Placing") of shares (the "Placing Shares") in an accelerated book building process.

In summary, following settlement of the Placing which will take place on 6 June 2023:

·      The shareholding of NatWest will be reduced from 90.9 million ordinary shares, representing approximately 16.7% of the ordinary share capital of PTSB, to 63.6 million ordinary shares, representing approximately 11.7% of the ordinary share capital of PTSB.

·      The Placing price was €2.025 per share. As a result, the overall gross proceeds from the sale of the Placing Shares will be €110.5 million, with both Selling Shareholders receiving €55.2 million of gross proceeds each.

·      The disposal will have an immaterial impact on NatWest's CET1 ratio and its TNAV per share.

·      The Selling Shareholders have undertaken not to sell further shares in PTSB for a period of 90 calendar days following the completion of the Placing (subject to waiver by one of the co-bookrunners and certain customary exceptions).


NatWest CEO Alison Rose said: 

"This transaction represents further positive progress on our phased withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland."

NatWest will keep further disposal options under active consideration, as and when market conditions permit.



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This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer or an invitation to acquire or dispose of any securities of PTSB in the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer of solicitation is unlawful. The shares sold pursuant to the Placing have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any securities laws of any state or jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. There was no public offering of securities in the United States.


Neither this announcement nor any copy of it may be taken, transmitted or distributed, directly or indirectly in or into Australia, Canada, Japan, The Republic of South Africa, Switzerland or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws or regulations of such jurisdiction. Any failure to comply with this restriction may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.


In member states of the European Economic Area, this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed exclusively at persons who are 'qualified investors' within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation") ("Qualified Investors"). In the United Kingdom this announcement is directed exclusively at persons who are 'qualified investors' within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation (as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) (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, or (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). This Announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons, if in the United Kingdom, or Qualified Investors, if in a member state of the European Economic Area.


No Placing Shares will be available to any investor whose purchase of such Placing Shares, whether on its own account or as a fiduciary or agent for one or more investor accounts, would require regulatory consent in any jurisdiction (including, without limitation, under the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or the United States Bank Holding Company Act of 1956).



Forward-looking statements


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