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Wednesday 17 January, 2018

GKN PLC

Offer by Melrose Industries PLC

LEI: 213800QNZ22GS95OSW84

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION.

17 January 2018


REJECTION OF MELROSE OFFER

The Board of GKN plc (“GKN”) notes the publication this morning of Melrose Industries PLC’s ("Melrose") Offer.  The terms of this Offer are effectively unchanged from Melrose’s unsolicited proposal of 8 January 2018 which GKN’s Board unanimously rejected because it fundamentally undervalued GKN. Furthermore, the Board stated that the proposal would materially dilute the exposure of GKN shareholders to the meaningful upside opportunities that the Board believes are present within the Group.

GKN's new management, Chief Executive Anne Stevens and Group Finance Director Jos Sclater, are currently undertaking a series of shareholder meetings to explain why GKN’s current owners should retain 100% of the benefits of the upside potential in GKN, rather than handing 43% to Melrose’s management and shareholders.

GKN looks forward to publishing further detailed information in the near future to explain how its new management, strategy and Project Boost will transform the company for the benefit of GKN shareholders.

Anne Stevens, Chief Executive, GKN, said:

We believe GKN’s current owners should retain all the benefits of the clear upside potential in GKN, rather than handing almost half of this upside to Melrose and its shareholders. We have already stated that the terms of Melrose’s offer fundamentally undervalue the Company and we are actively engaging with shareholders to explain how our transformation plan will provide value.

A further statement will be made as appropriate.

Shareholders are advised to take no action.


Contacts:

GKN plc
Guy Stainer, Investor Relations Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7463 2382

FTI Consulting
Andrew Lorenz / Richard Mountain
Tel: +44 (0)203 727 1340

Gleacher Shacklock (Financial Adviser to GKN plc)
Tim Shacklock, Dominic Lee, Tom Quinn
Tel: +44 (0)20 7484 1150

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to GKN plc)
Robert Constant, Dwayne Lysaght, Stephen Smith
Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000

UBS (Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to GKN plc)
Hew Glyn Davies, James Robertson, Jonathan Retter
Tel: +44 (0)20 7567 8000


Rule 2.9 disclosure

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, GKN confirms that as at the date of this announcement, it has 1,726,103,630 ordinary shares of 10 pence each in issue and admitted to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. GKN holds 8,625,886 ordinary shares in treasury. Accordingly, the total number of voting rights in GKN is 1,717,477,744. The International Securities Identification Number (“ISIN”) for GKN’s ordinary shares is GB0030646508.


GKN has a Sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (“ADR”) facility in the United States with ISIN US3617556069, with each ADR representing one GKN ordinary share of 10 pence each in the issued share capital of the Company. GKN's ADRs are traded on the US over-the-counter market under the symbol ‘GKNLY’.


Person responsible

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Kerry Watson, Company Secretary (+44 (0)1527 517715).


Further information

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise.

The distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with the restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

Gleacher Shacklock LLP ("Gleacher Shacklock"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively as financial adviser to GKN and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than GKN for providing the protections afforded to clients of Gleacher Shacklock or for providing advice in connection with the subject matter of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove) (“J.P. Morgan Cazenove”) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting exclusively as financial adviser to GKN and no one else in connection with the Proposal and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than GKN for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove or its affiliates, nor for providing advice in relation to the Proposal or any other matter referred to in this announcement.

UBS Limited ("UBS") is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom. UBS is acting exclusively as financial adviser to GKN and no one else for the purpose of the consideration of a proposed acquisition by Melrose and will not be responsible to anyone other than GKN for providing the protections offered to clients of UBS nor for providing advice in relation to the subject matter of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person’s interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person’s interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel’s website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel’s Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

Publication on a website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be published on the GKN website (www.gkn.com) by no later than 12 noon on the business day following this announcement. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.


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