VM UK PLC Launches Share Buyback Programme

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Virgin Money UK PLC
30 June 2022





LEI: 213800ZK9VGCYYR6O495


30 June 2022







Virgin Money UK PLC ("Virgin Money" or the "Company") today announces a share buyback programme, with an initial repurchase of up to £75 million in aggregate between its ordinary shares of £0.10 each (the "Shares") listed on the London Stock Exchange and CHESS Depositary Interests ("CDIs"), each representing one Share, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (the "Buyback"). Subject to trading liquidity, Virgin Money intends to repurchase Shares and CDIs in approximately equal proportions. The Buyback is expected to commence on 30 June 2022 and will end no later than 17 December 2022.


David Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, said: "As Virgin Money continues to deliver against its strategic objectives and maintain a strong capital base, I am pleased to confirm the launch of our inaugural share buyback programme. Buybacks will play a significant role in the capital return policy we announced in May, as the Company targets profitable growth and distributes excess capital. Today's announcement marks an important step in that journey."


As the Company executes its strategy to improve statutory profitability, drive growth, and enhance capital returns, the buyback programme will play an important role in delivering value for shareholders. Virgin Money set out its updated capital framework and approach to shareholder distributions at its interim results on 5 May 2022, outlining a 30% full year dividend pay-out, supplemented with buybacks, subject to an ongoing assessment of surplus capital, market conditions and regulatory approval. Following Prudential Regulation Authority approval and with continued robust levels of capital, today's buyback announcement supplements the 2.5p interim dividend in line with our announced framework.


The Company has entered into a non-discretionary arrangement with Citigroup Global Markets Limited to purchase Shares as riskless principal and to make trading decisions independently of the Company. Any purchase of Shares pursuant to this engagement will be carried out on the London Stock Exchange or other recognised investment exchanges[1]. The Company has also entered into a discretionary arrangement with Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited (together with Citigroup Global Markets Limited, the "Brokers") to purchase CDIs on the Australian Securities Exchange on an agency basis during open periods.  The purpose of the Buyback is to reduce the Company's issued share capital by returning surplus capital to shareholders. It is the Company's present intention that the repurchased Shares and CDIs (once transmuted into Shares) will be cancelled.


The Buyback will be effected in accordance with the scope of the authority to repurchase ordinary shares conferred on the Company at its February 2022 Annual General Meeting, Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (the Market Abuse Regulation), the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052 (both form part of Retained EU Law as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) and Chapter 12 of the Listing Rules. The Buyback is subject to the continuing approval of the Prudential Regulation Authority.


Announcement authorised for release by Lorna McMillan, Group Company Secretary.



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Group Company Secretary


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Virgin Money UK PLC is registered in England and Wales (company number: 09595911) and as a foreign company in Australia (ARBN 609 948 281) and has its registered office at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL



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