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Friday 01 November, 2019

Hotel Chocolat Group

Director/PDMR Dealing - Exercise of SAYE Options

RNS Number : 9995R
Hotel Chocolat Group PLC
01 November 2019

1 November 2019

Hotel Chocolat Group plc


("Hotel Chocolat", the "Company" or the "Group")


Director/PDMR Dealing - Exercise of SAYE Options

Hotel Chocolat announces today that Matt Pritchard, Chief Financial Officer, has exercised 4,864 options over ordinary shares of 0.1p in the Company ("Ordinary Shares" and the "Options") with an exercise price of £1.48 per Ordinary Share.

The Options were issued pursuant to the Hotel Chocolat Group plc 2016 Save As You Earn Plan (the "Plan"). The Plan allows employees to make regular monthly contributions up to an agreed maximum, for a three-year period, after which time employees can utilise the lump sum to purchase Ordinary Shares in the Group, at a pre-agreed price.

Following the exercise of Options, Matt Pritchard's beneficial holding in the Company is 109,861 Ordinary Shares, representing 0.1 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital.

For further information:


Hotel Chocolat Group plc                                                                                   c/o Citigate           + 44 (0) 20 7638 9571

Angus Thirlwell, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Harris, Co-founder and Development Director

Matt Pritchard, Chief Financial Officer


Citigate Dewe Rogerson - Financial PR                                                                                           + 44 (0) 20 7638 9571

Simon Rigby                                                                                         

Angharad Couch

Ellen Wilton


Liberum Capital Limited - Nominated Advisor and Broker                                                        + 44 (0) 20 3100 2222

Clayton Bush

James Greenwood

William Hall


Notes to Editors:

Hotel Chocolat is a premium British chocolatier with a strong and distinctive brand. The business was founded in 1993 by Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris and has traded under the Hotel Chocolat brand since 2003. The Group sells its products online and through a network of stores in the UK and abroad. The Group has a cocoa plantation and eco-hotel in Saint Lucia, offering complete cocoa immersion thorough tree-to-bar experiences and wellness treatments. The Group also has a flagship restaurant and cocoa roastery in London's Borough Market: Rabot 1745. The Group was admitted to trading on AIM in 2016.  


Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them




Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated







Matthew Robert Phillip Pritchard




Reason for the notification







Chief Financial Officer



Initial notification /Amendment



Initial Notification



Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor







Hotel  Chocolat Group plc









Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted





Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Hotel Chocolat Group plc ordinary shares of 0.1p each



Identification code






Nature of the transaction



Exercise of Options



Price(s) and volume(s)
























Aggregated information


n/a (single transaction)



- Aggregated volume




- Price






Date of the transaction



1 November 2019



Place of the transaction



Outside a trading venue


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