Provident Financial PLC Janus Henderson Investors statement re NSF's offer

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Provident Financial PLC Janus Henderson Investors statement re NSF's offer

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Provident Financial PLC

04 June 2019

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4 June 2019

Provident Financial plc ("Provident")

Janus Henderson Investors statement regarding NSF's unsolicited offer

Janus Henderson Investors statement on Tuesday 4(th) June regarding NSF's unsolicited offer is published below. Provident has already received and seen statements of intent from Schroders, Coltrane and M&G respectively. In total, holders of approximately 21.6 per cent. of Provident shares have publicly stated they do not intend to accept the NSF offer.

The Provident Board believes that the offer is significantly flawed and value destructive, and urges its shareholders to take no action in relation to the NSF offer.

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Dear Chairman,

I am writing on behalf of Janus Henderson Investors to inform you that our current intention is to not accept the offer made by Non-Standard Finance plc (NSF) for Provident Financial Group plc (PFG). Our intention applies to the entire shareholding in PFG held on behalf of our clients, which as at the time of writing is 3.4m shares. We do not hold any interests in shares of NSF.

We are supportive of PFG's existing strategy and recent results suggest they are making good progress towards recovery of the home credit business. We have not been convinced of a compelling logic for the combination of NSF with PFG. Therefore we do not think it is in the best interests of our clients for us to accept the offer.

I confirm that we consent to this confirmation being referenced publicly.

Yours sincerely,

Antony Marsden

Head of Governance and Responsible Investment, Janus Henderson Investors

For and on behalf of Henderson Global Investors Limited in its capacity as discretionary investment manager for The Janus Henderson Cautious Managed Fund, the Law Debenture Corp, The Lowland Investment Company plc, The Henderson Opportunities Trust plc, The Janus Henderson UK Equity Income & Growth Fund

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Sources and bases

The assertion that holders of approximately 21.6 per cent. of Provident shares have publicly stated that they do not intend to accept the NSF offer is by reference to a) the total issued share capital of Provident of 253,378,601 shares; and b) the total shareholdings in Provident of Schroders, Coltrane, M&G, and Janus Henderson Investors who hold 37,066,152 Provident shares, 9,879,504 Provident shares, 4,233,066 Provident shares, and 3,429,954 Provident shares respectively.

Enquiries

Provident Financial plc, Tel: +44 12 7435 1135

Patrick Snowball, Chairman

Malcolm Le May, Chief Executive Officer

Gary Thompson / Vicki Turner, Investor Relations, Tel: +44 12 7435 1900

Richard King, Media, Tel: +44 20 3620 3073

Barclays (Joint Lead Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to Provident)

Richard Taylor, Tel: +44 20 7623 2323

Kunal Gandhi

Francesco Ceccato

Derek Shakespeare

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Lead Financial Adviser and Corporate Broker to Provident)

Ed Byers, Tel: +44 20 7742 4000

Jeremy Capstick

Claire Brooksby

James Robinson

Jefferies (Financial Adviser to Provident)

Graham Davidson, Tel: +44 20 7029 8000

Philip Noblet

Barry O'Brien

Brunswick (PR Adviser to Provident)

Nick Cosgrove, Tel: +44 20 7404 5959

Charles Pretzlik

Simone Selzer

Further Information

Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank ("Barclays"), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and the PRA, is acting exclusively as corporate broker and financial adviser for Provident and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Provident for providing the protections afforded to clients of Barclays nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to in this announcement.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc, which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove, is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting exclusively as corporate broker and financial adviser to Provident and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Provident for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove or its affiliates, or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.

Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting for Provident and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement. In connection with such matters, Jefferies will not regard any other person as their client, and will not be responsible to anyone other than Provident for providing the protections afforded to clients of Jefferies or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein. Neither Jefferies nor any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or branches owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct, indirect, consequential, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Jefferies in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Forward looking statements

This announcement may contain certain "forward looking statements" regarding the financial position, business strategy or plans for future operations of Provident. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this document may be forward looking statements. Forward looking statements also often use words such as "believe", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "anticipate" and words of a similar meaning. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by them. Much of the risk and uncertainty relates to factors that are beyond Provident's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions and the behaviours of other market participants, and therefore undue reliance should not be placed on such statements which speak only as at the date of this document. Provident does not assume any obligation to, and does not intend to, revise or update these forward looking statements, except as required pursuant to applicable law or regulation.

Important Notices

A copy of this announcement will be made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions, on the Provident website at www.providentfinancial.com by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the business day following this announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, the content of this website is not incorporated by reference into, and does not form part of, this announcement.

This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or sell or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction. The release, publication or distribution of this communication in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in, into or from certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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