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Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Santander UK Plc

ANNOUNCEMENT OF TENDER OFFER

RNS Number : 4338K
Santander UK Plc
30 July 2013
 



NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO ANY PERSON LOCATED OR RESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR TO ANY U.S. PERSON (AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "U.S. SECURITIES ACT")) OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DISTRIBUTE THIS DOCUMENT.

 

SANTANDER UK PLC

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF TENDER OFFER

 

30 July 2013

 

Santander UK plc (the "Company") today announces its invitation to holders (the "Noteholders") of the Notes described below (the "Notes" and each a "Series"), to tender their Notes (although the Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept any such tendered Notes) for purchase by the Company for cash at the respective prices set forth below (the "Tender Offer"). The Tender Offer is being made on the terms, and subject to the conditions, contained in a tender offer memorandum dated 30 July 2013 (the "Tender Offer Memorandum") prepared by the Company, and is subject to the offer and distribution restrictions set out below.

 

Copies of the Tender Offer Memorandum are (subject to the offer and distribution restrictions set out below) available from the Dealer Managers and the Tender Agent as set out below. Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

 

Description of the Notes

Issuer

ISIN

Aggregate Principal Amount outstanding

Aggregate Principal Amount held by the Santander Group

Tender Price

£300,000,000 5.827 per cent. Step Up Callable Perpetual Preferred Securities originally issued on 22 March 2004

Santander UK plc (formerly Alliance & Leicester plc)

 

XS0188550114

£300,000,000

£283,451,000*

91% (£910 for each £1,000 in principal amount)

£175,000,000 20 Year Step-Up Perpetual Callable Subordinated Notes originally issued on 28 September 2000

Santander UK plc (formerly Abbey National plc)

XS0117973262

£175,000,000

£150,534,000**

95% (£950 for each £1,000 in principal amount)

£275,000,000 30 Year Step-Up Perpetual Callable Subordinated Notes originally issued on 28 September 2000

Santander UK plc (formerly Abbey National plc)

XS0117973429

£275,000,000

£223,764,000**

100% (£1,000 for each £1,000 in principal amount)

£425,000,000 15 Year Step-Up Perpetual Callable Subordinated Notes originally issued on 28 September 2000

Santander UK plc (formerly Abbey National plc)

XS0117972967

£425,000,000

£342,557,000**

95% (£950 for each £1,000 in principal amount)

£150,000,000 10 1/8% Subordinated Guaranteed Bonds due  2023 originally issued on 4 February 1993

 

Santander UK plc (formerly Abbey National Sterling Capital plc)

XS0041864512

£72,810,000

£0

120% (£12,000 for each £10,000 in principal amount)

 

*The members of the Santander Group that hold these Notes intend to tender them in the Tender Offer.

**The members of the Santander Group that hold these Notes do not intend to tender them in the Tender Offer.

Rationale

The Tender Offer, to the extent accepted, will enable the Company to optimise in line with the evolving regulatory environment the existing Tier 1 and Tier 2 securities that the Company has outstanding whilst generating core tier one capital. Any future decision by the Company as to the exercise of early redemption calls of its capital instruments will be made with reference to the economic impact for the Company of such early redemption, regulatory requirements and prevailing market conditions.

Details of the Tender Offer

On the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Tender Offer Memorandum, the Company invites the Noteholders of each Series of Notes (subject to the offer restrictions contained herein) to tender their respective Notes for purchase by the Company, at the relevant Tender Price, in each case plus the relevant Accrued Interest Amount. 

Subject to the right of the Company to extend, terminate, withdraw or amend the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer, as described in the Tender Offer Memorandum, the Company will purchase the Notes validly tendered, in each case for cash at the relevant Tender Price as set out in the table above (plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest from the most recent interest payment date).

Indicative Timetable for the Tender Offer

The following table sets out the expected dates and times of the key events relating to the Tender Offer. This is an indicative timetable and is subject to change as a result of any extension, termination, withdrawal or amendment as set out in the Tender Offer Memorandum under "Procedure for Submitting Offers to Sell - Extension, Termination and Amendment".

None of the Company, the Tender Agent or the Dealer Managers warrants that any or all of the events referred to below will take place as and/or when described including, in particular, in the case of any publications or announcements made through or via any Clearing System, Notifying News Service or RNS nor shall they be liable for any failure of any Clearing System or any intermediary through which Noteholders hold Notes to deliver any notices to Direct Participants or Noteholders or of any Notifying News Service or RNS to publish a notice.

Noteholders are advised to check with any Intermediary through which they hold their Notes as to the deadlines by which such Intermediary would require receipt of instructions from Noteholders to participate in, or to withdraw their instructions to participate in, the Tender Offer in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer as described in the Tender Offer Memorandum in order to meet the deadlines set out below and the corresponding deadlines set by the Clearing Systems.

 

Events

Times and Dates

Commencement of the Tender Offer and release of Quarterly Management Statement...........................................................................

30 July 2013

Quarterly Management Statement of Santander UK plc released.


Notice of the Tender Offer published through RNS and on a Notifying News Service and distributed via the Clearing Systems.

 

Tender Offer Memorandum made available to Qualifying Holders (upon request).


Beginning of Tender Offer Period.


Expiration Time.........................................................................................

4:00 pm London time on 8 August 2013

Deadline for receipt by the Tender Agent of Electronic Instruction Notices.

 

End of Tender Offer Period.

 

Announcement of the results of the Tender Offer..............................

As soon as practicable on 9 August 2013

Details of the final aggregate principal amount of Notes of each Series accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offer will be distributed via the Clearing Systems and published by way of announcement on a Notifying News Service and through RNS.

 

Settlement Date.........................................................................................

13 August 2013

Settlement of the Tender Offer.


Payment of Tender Consideration in respect of Notes accepted for purchase.


 

Noteholders are advised to read the Tender Offer Memorandum carefully for full details of, and information on, the procedures for participating in the Tender Offer.

Banco Santander, S.A., Merrill Lynch International and Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc are acting as Dealer Managers for the Tender Offer and Lucid Issuer Services Limited is acting as Tender Agent.

Requests for information in relation to the Tender Offer should be directed to:

 

THE DEALER MANAGERS

BofA Merrill Lynch

Morgan Stanley

Santander Global Banking & Markets

 

Merrill Lynch International

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Banco Santander, S.A.

 

2 King Edward Street

25 Cabot Square

Ciudad Grupo Santander

 

London EC1A 1HQ

Canary Wharf

Edificio Encinar

 

United Kingdom

London E14 4QA

Avenida de Cantabria

 

 

United Kingdom

28660, Boadilla del Monte

Madrid

Spain

 

Attn: John Cavanagh, +44 20 7995 3715

[email protected]

Attn: Liability Management Group

Attn: Debt Capital Markets

 

Karl Bystedt Wikblom, +44 20 7996 0867

Tel: +44 20 7677 5040

Tel: +  44 20 7756 6615 / 7202

 

[email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected][email protected]

 

 

Requests for information in relation to the procedures for tendering Notes in, and for any documents or materials relating to, the Tender Offer should be directed to:

The TENDER AgENT

Lucid Issuer Services Limited
Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London N1 3QP
United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 207 704 0880
Email: s[email protected]
Attention: Sunjeeve Patel / David Shilson

 

For further details, please contact:

Anthony Frost

(Head of UK Communications)

020 7756 6284

James S. Johnson

(Head of Investor Relations)

020 7756 5014

For more information contact:

[email protected]

 

 

Disclaimer This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Tender Offer Memorandum. This announcement and the Tender Offer Memorandum contain important information which should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Tender Offer. If any Noteholder is in any doubt as to the action it should take, it is recommended to seek its own financial advice, including in respect of any tax consequences, from its stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial or legal adviser. Any individual or company whose Notes are held on its behalf by a broker, dealer, bank, custodian, trust company or other nominee must contact such entity if it wishes to tender such Notes pursuant to the Tender Offer. None of the Company, the Dealer Managers or the Tender Agent makes any recommendation whether Noteholders should tender Notes pursuant to the Tender Offer.

Offer and Distribution Restrictions

The distribution of this announcement and/or the Tender Offer Memorandum in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this announcement and/or the Tender Offer Memorandum come are required by each of the Company, the Dealer Managers and the Tender Agent to inform themselves about, and to observe, any such restrictions. Neither this announcement nor the Tender Offer Memorandum constitutes an offer to buy or a solicitation of an offer to sell the Notes (and tenders of Notes in the Tender Offer will not be accepted from Noteholders) in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful by reason of any regulatory approval or notification of the Tender Offer or any related offering documentation being required or for any other reason. In those jurisdictions where the securities, blue sky or other laws require the Tender Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer and either the Dealer Managers or any of their respective affiliates is such a licensed broker or dealer in such jurisdictions, the Tender Offer shall be deemed to be made on behalf of the Company by such Dealer Manager or affiliate (as the case may be) on behalf of the Company in such jurisdiction and the Tender Offer are not made in any such jurisdiction where either a Dealer Manager or any of its affiliates is not licensed.

The Dealer Managers and the Tender Agent (and their respective directors, employees or affiliates) make no representations whatsoever regarding this announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum or the Tender Offer. The Tender Agent is the agent of the Company and owes no duty to any Noteholder. None of the Company, the Dealer Managers or the Tender Agent makes any recommendation whatsoever regarding this announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum or the Tender Offer, in particular as to whether or not Noteholders should participate in the Tender Offer or refrain from taking any action in the Tender Offer with respect to any of such Notes, and none of them has authorised any person to make any such recommendation.

United States

The Tender 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 Notes may not be tendered in the Tender Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility from or within the United States or by persons located or resident in the United States within the meaning of Rule 800(h) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Accordingly, copies of the Tender Offer Memorandum and any other documents or materials relating to the Tender 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 tender of Notes in a Tender Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid and any purported tender of Notes made by a person located or resident 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.

United Kingdom

The communication of the Tender Offer Memorandum and any other documents or materials relating to the Tender 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) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments, being investment professionals as defined in Article 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "FPO"); (2) persons who fall within Article 43(2) of the FPO; or (3) any other persons to whom these documents and/or materials may lawfully be communicated. Any investment or investment activity to which the Tender Offer Memorandum relates is available only to such persons or will be engaged only with such persons and other persons should not rely on it.

France

The Tender Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, to the public in France. Neither the Tender Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or offering materials relating to the Tender 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), other than individuals, 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 Tender Offer. The Tender Offer Memorandum has not been and will not be submitted for clearance to nor approved by the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Belgium

Neither the Tender Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or materials relating to the Tender Offer have been submitted to or will be submitted for approval or recognition to the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (Autorité des services et marchés financiers/Autoriteit voor financiële diensten en markten)  and, accordingly, the Tender Offer may not be made in Belgium by way of a public offering, as defined in Article 3 of the Belgian Law of 1 April 2007 on public takeover bids or as defined in Article 3 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, each as amended or replaced from time to time. Accordingly, the Tender Offer may not be advertised and the Tender Offer will not be extended, and neither the Tender Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or materials relating to the Tender 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 "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 (as amended from time to time), acting on their own account. Insofar as Belgium is concerned, the Tender Offer Memorandum has been issued only for the personal use of the above qualified investors and exclusively for the purpose of the Tender Offer. Accordingly, the information contained in the Tender Offer Memorandum may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person in Belgium.

Italy

Neither the Tender Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or materials relating to the Tender 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.

In Italy, the Tender Offer on each Series is being carried out as exempted offers pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis, of Legislative Decree No. 58 of 24 February 2998, as amended (the "Italian Financial Services Act") and article 35-bis paragraph 4 of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of 14 May 1999, as amended.

Holders or beneficial owners of the Notes can submit offers to sell the 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 Italian Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 16190 of 29 October 2007, as amended from time to time, 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. Each intermediary must comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in connection with the Notes or the Tender Offer.

Spain

Neither the Tender Offer nor the Tender Offer Memorandum constitute an offer of securities or the solicitation of an offer of securities to the public in Spain under the Spanish Securities Market Law (Ley 24/1998, de 28 de Julio, del Mercado de Valores), Royal Decree 1310/2005, of 4 November 2005 and Royal decree 1066/2007, of 27 July 2007. Accordingly, the Tender Offer Memorandum has not been submitted for approval and has not been approved by the Spanish Securities Market Regulator (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores).

 

 


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