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18 December 2018
Grainger plc (the "Company")
Results of Rump Placing
Following the announcement earlier today regarding valid acceptances under the Rights Issue announced by the Company on 14 November 2018, the Company confirms that J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Numis Securities Limited (the "Banks") have procured subscribers for all of the 7,888,061 New Ordinary Shares for which valid acceptances were not received, representing approximately 4.05 per cent. of the total number of New Ordinary Shares offered pursuant to the Rights Issue, at a price of 210.0 pence per New Ordinary Share.
The net proceeds (if any) from the placing of such New Ordinary Shares (after the deduction of the Rights Issue Price of 178.0 pence per New Ordinary Share and the expenses of procuring subscribers including any applicable brokerage and commissions and amounts in respect of VAT which are not recoverable) will be paid (without interest) to those persons whose rights have lapsed in accordance with the terms of the Rights Issue, pro rata to the entitlements not taken up, save that no payment will be made of amounts of less than £5.00 per holding, which amounts will be aggregated and ultimately accrue for the benefit of the Company.
Following the allotment of the New Ordinary Shares to reflect both the receipt of valid acceptances under the Rights Issue and the shares for which the Banks have procured subscribers, the Company's issued share capital will consist of 612,098,116 ordinary shares of five pence each. The Company holds 1,506,300 ordinary shares in treasury and is not permitted to exercise voting rights in respect of these shares. Therefore, as at 18 December 2018, the total number of voting rights in the Company is 612,098,116. This figure may be used by Shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the Company under the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.
Capitalised terms used in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the combined prospectus and class 1 circular dated 14 November 2018 (the "Prospectus"), which is available on the Company's website (www.graingerplc.co.uk).
For further information, please contact:
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive Officer
Vanessa Simms, Chief Financial Officer
Kurt Mueller, Director of Corporate Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7940 9500
Telephone: +44 (0) 203 757 4992
J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Lead Financial Adviser, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker to Grainger)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 742 4000
Numis Securities Limited (Sponsor, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker to Grainger)
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7260 1000
Kempen (Financial Adviser)
Thomas ten Hoedt
Telephone: +31 20 348 8500
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This announcement is not a prospectus but an advertisement and investors should not acquire any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of the information contained in the Prospectus. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed by any person for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness.
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Each of J.P. Morgan Cazenove, which is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and the PRA, and Numis (together with J.P. Morgan Cazenove, the "Banks"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and the Rights Issue and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of the Banks, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition, the Rights Issue or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Neither the Banks nor any of their respective affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, tort or, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of the Banks in connection with this announcement, any statement contained in herein or otherwise.
Kempen & Co N.V. ("Kempen") which is authorised and regulated in the Netherlands by the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) is acting exclusively for the Company and to no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition. Kempen, nor any of its respective affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, tort or, under statute or otherwise) to any person in connection with this announcement, any statement contained in herein or otherwise.
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