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Results of Placing

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Grainger PLC
02 September 2021





2 September 2021  

Grainger plc

("Grainger" or the "Company")



Grainger plc is pleased to announce the successful completion of the placing announced yesterday (the "Placing").

A total of 67,379,369 new Ordinary Shares in Grainger (the "Placing Shares") were placed by J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Numis Securities, raising gross proceeds of £209 million. The Placing Shares have been issued at a price of 310 pence per Placing Share (the "Issue Price"), representing a discount of 4.6 per cent. to the closing price on 1 September 2021 of 325 pence per Ordinary Share. The Placing was significantly oversubscribed with considerable support from existing shareholders.

As part of the Placing, Rob Hudson the Company's new Chief Financial Officer, acquired a total of 112,900 Placing Shares in the Placing at the Issue Price. Following Admission, his resulting holding in the Company will represent 0.02 per cent. of the enlarged issued share capital of the Company (excluding shares held in treasury). 

Helen Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Grainger, commented:

"We are delighted with the support we have received from our shareholders. Grainger has a well- articulated growth strategy to further strengthen our nationwide PRS market leadership position with 10,000 homes and a further pipeline to almost double that. Our vision is to continue to provide high quality, mid-market, well located rental homes. This placing secures significant growth in net rental income and therefore dividend."

The Placing Shares represent, in aggregate, approximately 9.99 per cent. of Grainger's issued ordinary share capital prior to the Placing. The Placing Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all future dividends and distributions declared, made or paid.

Application has been made to the Financial Conduct Authority for admission of the 67,379,369 Placing Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List maintained by the UK Listing Authority and to London Stock Exchange plc ("LSE") for admission to trading of the Placing Shares on LSE's Main Market for listed securities (together, "Admission"). It is expected that Admission will take place on 6 September 2021 and that dealings in the Placing Shares on the LSE's Main Market for listed securities will commence at the same time.

Following Admission the Company's issued share capital will be will be 741,196,149 Ordinary Shares with voting rights (the "Voting Rights Figure"). The Company holds 1,506,300 Ordinary Shares in treasury. The Voting Rights figure may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

The Placing is conditional, inter alia, upon Admission becoming effective and the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional and not being terminated.

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the same meanings as set out in the placing announcement of the Company released at 16:35 (BST) on 1 September 2021.



Further enquiries:

Grainger plc

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7940 9500

Helen Gordon

Rob Hudson


Toby Austin

Kurt Mueller



J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7742 4000

Barry Meyers

James Kelly

Paul Pulze

Beau Freker



Numis Securities


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Heraclis Economides

Richard Thomas

Ben Stoop

George Fry




Tel: +44 (0) 20 3757 4992

Ginny Pulbrook

Geoffrey Pelham Lane

Tom Huddart




The notifications below, made in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation, provide further detail. 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  




Rob Hudson



Reason for the notification





Chief Financial Officer



Initial notification


Initial Notification



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





Grainger 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


Ordinary Shares of 5p each in Grainger plc


Identification code 





Nature of the transaction 


Acquisition of Shares as part of the Placing   




Price and volumes

Price: £3.10

Volume: 112,900 Ordinary Shares




Aggregated information 

- Aggregated volume

- Price

As above



Date of the transaction 

 2 September 2021


Place of the transaction

 London Stock Exchange






This announcement is for information purposes only and is directed only at persons whose ordinary activities involve them acquiring, holding, managing and disposing of investments (as principal or agent) for the purposes of their business and who have professional experience in matters relating to investments and are: (A) (if in a member state of the European Economic Area (the "EEA"), persons who are qualified investors ("Qualified Investors"), being persons falling within the meaning of Article 2(e) of Prospectus Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation"); or (B) if in the United Kingdom, qualified investors as defined under Article 2 of Onshored Prospectus Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, Onshored Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/980 and Onshored Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/979 (the "UK Prospectus Regulation") who are also (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order"); or (ii) high net worth companies, unincorporated associations and other persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; and (C) persons to whom it may otherwise by lawfully communicated (all such persons referred to in (A), (B) and (C) above together being referred to as ("Relevant Persons").  "Onshored" for these purposes means the relevant legislation as it forms part of the law of the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. 

The distribution of this Announcement and the offering, placing and/or issue of the Placing Shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company, the Joint Bookrunners or any of their respective affiliates that would permit an offer of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such Placing Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by the Company and the Joint Bookrunners to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

This Announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy, subscribe for or otherwise acquire securities in any jurisdiction in which any such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. Any failure to comply with this restriction may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.

This Announcement or any part of it does not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for, any securities in the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia (the "United States" or "US"), Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in any such jurisdiction.

The Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or under the securities laws or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and accordingly the Placing Shares may not be offered, sold, pledged or transferred, directly or indirectly, in, into or within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the securities laws of any relevant state or jurisdiction of the United States. There is no intention to register any portion of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.

The Placing Shares have not been approved or disapproved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, any state securities commission or other regulatory authority in the United States, nor have any of the foregoing authorities passed upon or endorsed the merits of the Placing or the accuracy or adequacy of this Announcement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc, which conducts its UK investment banking activities as J.P. Morgan Cazenove, and which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting for the Company in connection with the Placing and no-one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Securities plc nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matter referred to in this Announcement.

Numis Securities Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting for the Company in connection with the Placing and no-one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Numis Securities Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matter referred to in this Announcement.

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 the Joint Bookrunners or by any of their respective affiliates or their or their respective affiliates' agents, directors, officers and employees, respectively, as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's options with respect to the Placing. The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult his, her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.

The Placing Shares will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange.

Neither the content of the Company's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this Announcement. 

Information to Distributors

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements of Chapter 3 of the FCA Handbook Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook (the "UK Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the UK Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Placing Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each defined in paragraph 3 of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the Placing Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Placing Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Placing Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Joint Bookrunners will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of Chapters 9A or 10A respectively of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Placing Shares.

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.


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