Non-Standard Finance PLC Lapse of Offer for Provident Financial

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Fuente : UK Regulatory (RNS & others)
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Non-Standard Finance PLC Lapse of Offer for Provident Financial

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Non-Standard Finance PLC

05 June 2019

This announcement and the information herein is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, or any other Restricted Jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

This announcement contains inside information.

Non-Standard Finance plc ("NSF")

Offer for Provident Financial plc ("Provident")

Lapse of Offer

Following discussions with the regulatory authorities, NSF understands that the Regulatory Condition (as defined below) for the Offer will not be satisfied by midnight on 5 June 2019, the last time by which all conditions to the Offer must be satisfied or waived. Accordingly, NSF has decided, with the consent of the Takeover Panel, to lapse the Offer. Therefore, as of midnight on 5 June 2019, the Offer will lapse and will not be capable of further acceptance and Provident Shareholders who have accepted the Offer will cease to be bound by such acceptances.

While (i) NSF and its group is and remains appropriately capitalised; (ii) Provident and its group is and remains appropriately capitalised; and (iii) the Enlarged NSF Group would have been appropriately capitalised once Provident had become a wholly-owned subsidiary of NSF, as a result of the level of acceptances received, the Enlarged NSF Group would not have sufficient regulatory capital on a consolidated basis at Completion due to the expected level of minority interests at that point.

NSF is well-capitalised and each of its three businesses is in a market-leading position. The lapsing of the Offer does not affect the capital or regulatory position of NSF going forward, and each of its businesses remains fully authorised by the FCA and is focused on providing good customer outcomes in accordance with its regulatory obligations.

The NSF Board remains committed to its long-term strategy of delivering value to all NSF shareholders, including via its progressive dividend policy. The NSF Group's final dividend for 2018 of 2.00p per share will be paid on Friday 7 June 2019 to those NSF shareholders on the register on 24 May 2019, and NSF expects to pay an interim dividend later this year in accordance with its normal practice.

Prior to commencement of the Offer, NSF ensured that a significant proportion of its deal-related costs were on a success-only basis with the result that the total fees for the transaction, which will be treated as an exceptional item in the 2019 half year results, are expected to amount to between GBP10.0 million and GBP10.5 million before VAT, which is at the lower-end of the range estimated. NSF confirms that such fees will be met from its existing resources.

Return of acceptances

In accordance with the terms of the Offer: (i) in respect of Provident Shares held in certificated form, the Forms of Acceptance and any share certificate(s) and/or other document(s) of title will be returned by post within 14 calendar days at the risk of the Provident Shareholders; and (ii) in respect of Provident Shares held in uncertificated form, Computershare will immediately (or within such longer period as the Panel may permit, not exceeding 14 calendar days) give TFE instructions to Euroclear to transfer all Provident Shares held in escrow balances and in relation to which it is the Escrow Agent for the purposes of the Offer to the original available balances of the Provident Shareholders concerned.

Commenting on today's announcement, John van Kuffeler, NSF's Group Chief Executive said:

"I am very disappointed that despite our best efforts customers, employees and shareholders will not now benefit from our transformation plan to build a brighter future by combining Provident with NSF.

"I wish to thank our shareholders for their support and all of NSF's staff and self-employed agents for their continued dedication. NSF will continue to focus on delivering value to its customers, employees and shareholders by providing a helping hand to the 10-12 million UK consumers that are either unable or unwilling to access mainstream credit.

"Each of our businesses has a top three position in its respective market segment and we believe each is capable of delivering attractive long-term returns for NSF shareholders through a combination of capital and dividend growth."

Enquiries:

 
 Non-Standard Finance plc                           T: +44 20 3869 
  Peter Reynolds, Director, IR and Communications    9020 
 Ondra LLP (Financial Adviser to NSF)               T: +44 20 7082 
  Michael Tory                                       8750 
  Oliver Ives 
  Gurnek Teja 
 Deutsche Bank, London Branch (Financial            T: +44 20 7545 
  Adviser to NSF)                                    8000 
  James Arculus 
  Chris Raff 
  Nicholas Hunt 
  Neil Collingridge, Corporate Broking 
 Finsbury (Public Relations Adviser to              T: +44 20 7251 
  NSF)                                               3801 
  Faeth Birch 
  Michael Turner 
 Maitland/AMO (Public Relations Adviser             T: +44 20 7379 
  to NSF)                                            5151 
  Neil Bennett 
  Andy Donald 
  Finlay Donaldson 
 Shore Capital (Corporate Broker to NSF)            T: +44 20 7408 
  Mark Percy                                         4090 
  Daniel Bush 
 

Further Information

In this announcement:

"Regulatory Condition" means the condition to the Offer set out in the Offer Document at Appendix I Part A (E), namely the PRA: (i) giving notice for the purpose of section 189(4)(a) of FSMA that it has determined to approve; or (ii) being treated, by virtue of section 189(6) of FSMA, as having approved, the acquisition of control (as defined in section 181 of FSMA) over Vanquis by NSF which will arise from the successful completion of the Transaction.

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meanings set out in the Offer Document dated 9 March 2019.

All references to time in this document are to London time.

This announcement is not intended to and does not constitute or form part of any offer to exchange or subscribe for or any invitation to exchange or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Offer or otherwise. The Offer will be made solely pursuant to the terms of the Offer Document, which contains the full terms and conditions of the Offer. Any decision in respect of, or other response to, the Offer should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Offer Document.

The contents of this announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus equivalent document.

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of NSF is Peter Reynolds, NSF Director, IR and Communications.

Overseas Jurisdictions

The information contained herein is not for release, distribution or publication, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan or any other Restricted Jurisdiction where applicable laws prohibit its release, distribution or publication. The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom should inform themselves about, and observe any applicable requirements. Any failure to comply with the applicable requirements may constitute a violation of the applicable securities laws. This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the City Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Copies of this announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from the United States or any other Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send it in or into or from the United States or any other Restricted Jurisdiction. Unless otherwise determined by NSF and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the Offer may not be made directly or indirectly, in or into, or by the use of mails or any means or instrumentality (including, but not limited to, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of the United States or any other Restricted Jurisdiction and the Offer may not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities.

Notice to US investors in Provident:

The Offer is being made for the securities of a UK company and is subject to UK procedural and disclosure requirements, which are different from certain of those of the United States.

For purposes of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "US Exchange Act"): the Offer will be made pursuant to Section 14(e) and Regulation 14E under the Exchange Act benefitting from the exemptions available to "Tier II" tender offers. Accordingly, the Offer will be subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, including with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable, settlement procedures and timing of payments that may be different from those applicable under US domestic tender offer procedures and law, and certain rules applicable to tender offers made into the United States, including rules promulgated under Section 14(d) of the US Exchange Act, do not apply.

In accordance with, and to the extent permitted by, the City Code, normal UK market practice and Rule 14e-5 under the US Exchange Act, the Financial Advisers and their respective affiliates may continue to act as exempt principal traders in Provident Shares on the London Stock Exchange and will engage in certain other purchasing activities consistent with their respective normal and usual practice and applicable law, including Rule 14e-5 under the US Exchange Act. To the extent required to be disclosed in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements, information about any such purchases will be disclosed to the Panel by no later than 12 noon on the next "business day", as such term is defined in the City Code, and will be available from any Regulatory Information Service, including the Regulatory News Service on the London Stock Exchange website, www.londonstockexchange.com, and will also be available on NSF's website www.nsfgroupplc.com. To the extent that such information is required to be publicly disclosed in the United Kingdom in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements, this information will, as applicable, also be publicly disclosed in the United States.

For purposes of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act"): this document does not constitute a public offer of securities in the United States or an offer to the public in the United States to acquire or exchange securities. The New NSF Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act, and may not be offered, sold or resold except in transactions exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the US Securities Act. The New NSF Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the relevant securities laws of any other Restricted Jurisdiction and the relevant clearances have not been, and will not be, obtained from any securities commission of any Restricted Jurisdiction and no prospectus in relation to the New NSF Shares has been or will be lodged with, or registered by, any such securities commission. Accordingly, the New NSF Shares may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold, resold, delivered or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into any Restricted Jurisdiction if to do so would constitute (or result in the Offer constituting) a violation of relevant laws or require registration thereof.

Important Notices relating to Financial Advisers

Ondra LLP, which is regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as financial adviser to NSF 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 NSF for providing the protections afforded to clients of Ondra LLP nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Deutsche Bank AG is authorised under German Banking Law (competent authority: European Central Bank) and, in the United Kingdom, by the PRA. It is subject to supervision by the European Central Bank and by BaFin, Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, and is subject to limited regulation in the United Kingdom by the PRA and FCA. Neither Deutsche Bank nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates will be responsible to any person other than NSF for providing any of the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank nor for providing advice in relation to any matters referred to in this announcement. Neither Deutsche Bank nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Deutsche Bank in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein, or otherwise. Deutsche Bank is acting as financial adviser to NSF and no other person in connection with the contents of this announcement.

Shore Capital, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, acts as broker to NSF and will not regard any other person as its client and will not be responsible to anyone other than NSF for providing the protections afforded to clients of Shore Capital nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein. Neither Shore Capital nor any of its subsidiaries, associates, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Shore Capital in connection with this document, any statement contained herein, or otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Provident and certain plans and objectives of NSF with respect thereto. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as 'anticipate', 'target', 'expect', 'estimate', 'intend', 'plan', 'goal', 'believe', 'hope', 'aims', 'continue', 'will', 'may', 'should', 'would', 'could', or, in each case, their negative or other words of similar meaning. They appear in a number of places throughout the announcement and include statements regarding the intentions, beliefs or current expectations of the NSF and the NSF Board. These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by NSF in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, future developments and other factors it believes appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty, because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and the factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this document could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and you are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as at the date of this document. NSF does not assume any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this document (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required by applicable law.

There are several factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are changes in the global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business combinations or dispositions. No statement in this announcement is intended as a profit forecast or profit estimate and no statement in this presentation should be interpreted as such.

The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at the date of this announcement. Except as required by the FCA, the London Stock Exchange or applicable law (including as may be required by FCA's Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the Prospectus Rules), NSF and its directors expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement, whether as a result of any change in events, conditions or circumstances or otherwise on which any such statement is based.

Ondra LLP and Deutsche Bank (and their respective affiliates) expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Publication on website

A copy of this announcement will be made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on NSF's website at www.nsfgroupplc.com 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 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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