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Wednesday 13 March, 2019

The Wellcome Trust

Results of Placing in Syncona Limited

RNS Number : 7982S
The Wellcome Trust
13 March 2019
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (THE "ANNOUNCEMENT") AND THE INFORMATION IN IT, IS RESTRICTED, AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN OR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

 

 

The Wellcome Trust Limited

 

Results of Placing of Ordinary Shares in Syncona Limited

 

13 March 2019

 

 

Further to the announcement earlier today, The Wellcome Trust Limited ("Wellcome Trust") confirms that, following strong investor demand, it has increased the size of the Placing and sold approximately 57 million ordinary shares (the "Ordinary Shares") in Syncona Limited ("Syncona" or the "Company"), representing approximately 8.7% of Syncona's issued ordinary share capital.

 

The shares were sold at 245p per share, equating to gross proceeds of approximately £141m for Wellcome Trust. Syncona will not receive any proceeds from the transaction.

 

Following completion of the Placing, Wellcome Trust will own approximately 186 million shares in Syncona, equivalent to approximately 28.1%. Wellcome Trust will continue to be a supportive, long term shareholder and has undertaken not to sell further Ordinary Shares for a period of 180 days following completion of the Placing without the prior written consent of the Bookrunner (as defined below).

 

Goldman Sachs International is acting as sole global coordinator and bookrunner (the "Bookrunner") in connection with the Placing, with Numis Securities Limited acting as Co-Lead Manager. Closing is expected to occur on 15 March 2019.

 

Enquiries:

 

Wellcome Trust

Clare Ryan
[email protected]
+44 (0)207 611 8866

 

Goldman Sachs International                   +44 (0) 20 7774 1000

Charlie Lytle

William Smiley

Tom Hartley

 

Numis Securities Limited                           +44 (0) 20 7260 1000

James Black

Freddie Barnfield

Tom Ballard

 

 

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS ADDRESSED TO AND  DIRECTED ONLY AT  PERSONS: (A) WHO, IF IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL OR NUMIS SECURITIES LIMITED AND WHO HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS AND ARE "INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 19 (5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (AS AMENDED) (THE "ORDER") OR ARE PERSONS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) ("HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC.") OF THE  ORDER; (B) WHO, IF IN A MEMBER STATE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA, ARE "QUALIFIED INVESTORS" (AS DEFINED IN SECTION 86(7) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000, AS AMENDED ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS"), BEING PERSONS FALLING WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(1)(E) OF EU DIRECTIVE 2003/71/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF 4 NOVEMBER 2003 (TOGETHER WITH ANY AMENDMENTS THERETO AND IMPLEMENTING DIRECTIVE MEASURE IN SUCH MEMBER STATES, THE "PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE")); OR (C) ARE OTHERWISE PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY LAWFULLY BE COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS IN (A), (B) AND (C) TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS"). THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN RELATES IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY AND IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF WELLCOME TRUST.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY SUCH JURISDICTION. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THIS APPENDIX, IS NOT AN OFFER OF OR SOLICITATION TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. THE SECURITIES REFERRED TO HEREIN HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE US SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"), AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT. NEITHER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOR ANY SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED OF AN INVESTMENT IN THE SECURITIES  OR  PASSED  UPON  OR  ENDORSED  THE  MERITS  OF  THE  PLACING  OR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN THE UNITED STATES. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF SECURITIES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. NO MONEY, SECURITIES OR OTHER CONSIDERATION FROM ANY PERSON INSIDE THE UNITED STATES IS BEING SOLICITED AND, IF SENT IN RESPONSE TO THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

EACH PLACEE SHOULD CONSULT ITS OWN ADVISERS AS TO LEGAL, TAX, BUSINESS AND RELATED ASPECTS OF AN INVESTMENT IN PLACING SHARES. THE PRICE OF ORDINARY SHARES IN THE COMPANY AND THE INCOME FROM THEM (IF ANY) MAY GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP AND INVESTORS MAY NOT GET BACK THE FULL AMOUNT INVESTED ON DISPOSAL OF ORDINARY SHARES.

 

NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IS OR WILL BE MADE AS TO, OR IN RELATION TO, AND NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY IS OR WILL BE ACCEPTED BY WELLCOME TRUST OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS OR EMPLOYEES AS TO, OR IN RELATION TO, THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OR ANY OTHER WRITTEN OR ORAL INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE TO OR PUBLICY AVAILABLE TO ANY INTERESTED PARTY OR ITS ADVISERS, AND ANY LIABILITY THEREFORE IS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.

 


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