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RNS Number : 4047L

Wetherspoon (JD) PLC

30 April 2020

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR FORWARDING, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION.

LEI: 213800CHWARFAAN7UB85

For immediate release

30 April 2020

J D Wetherspoon PLC

("J D Wetherspoon" or the "company")

Results of the placing

J D Wetherspoon (LSE: JDW) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the placing of new ordinary shares in the capital of the company announced yesterday (the "placing").

A total of 15,668,430 new ordinary shares in the capital of the company (the "placing shares"), have been placed by Investec Bank plc ("Investec") at a price of 900p per share (the "placing price"). Concurrently with the placing, certain directors, including John Hutson, CEO, Ben Whitley, Finance Director, and Tim Martin, founder and chairman, and members of the senior management team of the company have subscribed for an aggregate of 33,330 new ordinary shares in the company (the "subscription shares") at the placing price, pursuant to the subscription letters entered into with the company (the "subscription"). Further details of the subscription are set out below.

Together, the placing and subscription of 15,701,760 new ordinary shares has raised gross proceeds of approximately GBP141m. The placing price of 900p represents a discount of 6.0 per cent. to the mid-market closing price of 957.5p on 29 April 2020 (being the latest practicable date prior the date of this announcement). The placing shares and subscription shares together represent 15 per cent. of the existing issued share capital of the company. The placing was implemented on a non-pre-emptive basis.

Applications have been made to the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and the London Stock Exchange (the "LSE") respectively for the admission of the placing shares and subscription shares to the premium segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the LSE (together, "admission"). It is expected that admission will take place at 8.00 a.m. on 4 May 2020. The placing shares and subscription shares, when issued, will be fully paid and will rank, pari passu, in all respects with each other and with the existing ordinary shares of the company, including, without limitation, the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue.

The placing is conditional upon, amongst other things, admission becoming effective. The placing is also conditional on the placing agreement not being terminated in accordance with its terms.

Total voting rights

Following admission, the company will have 120,380,155 ordinary shares in issue. There are no ordinary shares held in treasury. Therefore, the company hereby confirms that the total number of voting rights in the company will, following admission, be 120,380,155. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

Directors' participation

Certain directors of the company and other persons discharging managerial responsibilities (together the "PDMRs") and/or persons closely associated ("PCA") with them have agreed to subscribe for in aggregate of 33,330 subscription shares in the capital of the company, at the placing price.

The following directors, PDMRs and their PCAs participated in the subscription:

 
             Name                Number of subscription 
                                     shares acquired 
                                   in the subscription 
 Timothy Randall Martin                  20,000 
                                ----------------------- 
 John David Hutson                        3,333 
                                ----------------------- 
 David Capstick                           1,111 
                                ----------------------- 
 Benjamin Whitley                         1,110 
                                ----------------------- 
 Harry Michael Charles Morley             1,111 
                                ----------------------- 
 Debra Gilchrist                          2,777 
                                ----------------------- 
 Helena Geoghegan                         2,222 
                                ----------------------- 
 Nigel Connor                              555 
                                ----------------------- 
 Susan Alina Cacioppo                     1,111 
                                ----------------------- 
 

Related Party Transaction

Columbia Threadneedle Investments ("CTI"), a substantial shareholder of the company and who is a related party for the purposes of Chapter 11 of the listing rules of the FCA (the "listing rules") have agreed to participate in the placing for 3,291,975 placing shares, for an aggregate consideration of GBP29.6m. The participation from CTI constitutes a smaller related party transaction for the purposes of Listing Rule 11.1.10R and this announcement is therefore made in accordance with Listing Rule 11.1.10R(c). The company is grateful for Columbia Threadneedle's support.

Defined terms used in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Proposed Placing of Ordinary Shares announcement (RNS Number: 3831L) released yesterday, unless the context provides otherwise.

This announcement is released by J D Wetherspoon plc and contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 (MAR), and is disclosed in accordance with the company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

 
 J D Wetherspoon plc 
 John Hutson , Chief Executive Officer 
 Ben Whitley, Finance Director 
 
  (please address all enquiries 
  to Alex Bull email: abull@jdwetherspoon.co.uk 
  or 07770 966 923) 
 
   Investec Bank plc - Sole Financial Adviser,                        Tel: +44 (0)20 7597 
   Sole Broker, Sole Global Coordinator & Sole                        5970 
   Bookrunner 
 Christopher Baird, David Flin, Tejas Padalkar 
 
 

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. J D Wetherspoon owns and operates pubs throughout the UK and Ireland. The company aims to provide customers with good-quality food and drink, served by well-trained and friendly staff, at reasonable prices. The pubs are individually designed and the company aims to maintain them in excellent condition.

2. Visit our website www.jdwetherspoon.com.

3. The annual report and financial statements 2019 has been published on the company's website on 13 September 2019.

4. The current financial year comprises 52 trading weeks to 26 July 2020.

5. For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, the person responsible for releasing this announcement is Ben Whitley, Finance Director of J D Wetherspoon.

This Announcement should be read in its entirety. In particular, you should read and understand the information provided in the "Important Notices" section of this Announcement.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

No action has been taken by the company, Investec 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 Investec to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

This Announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the company. 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 Investec or by any of its Affiliates or as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the Announcement), or any other written, oral, visual or electronic information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, or any other statement made or purported to be made by or on behalf of Investec or any of its Affiliates in connection with the company, the placing shares, the placing, the subscription shares or the subscription and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed. Each of Investec and its Affiliates accordingly disclaims all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise in respect of the use of this Announcement, or any statements or other information contained (or omitted) in this Announcement or otherwise arising in connection therewith and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Investec or any of its Affiliates as to the accuracy, completeness or sufficiency of the information contained in this Announcement.

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, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa or 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. No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this Announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published. Persons needing advice should consult a qualified independent legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT, IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (COLLECTIVELY, THE "UNITED STATES"), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, NOR IS IT INTED THAT IT WILL BE SO APPROVED.

THE PLACING SHARES HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"), OR UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS OF, OR WITH ANY SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF, ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR TRANSFERRED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES ABSENT REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OR PURSUANT TO AN AVAILABLE EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANY APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PLACING IS BEING MADE (A) OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES IN OFFSHORE TRANSACTIONS AS DEFINED IN, AND PURSUANT TO, REGULATION S UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT AND (B) TO IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY TO PERSONS REASONABLY BELIEVED TO BE "QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS" IN TRANSACTIONS NOT INVOLVING ANY "PUBLIC OFFERING" WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 4(A)(2) OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND/OR PURSUANT TO AN EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE SHARES REFERRED TO IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES, ANY OTHER RESTRICTED TERRITORY (AS DEFINED BELOW) OR ELSEWHERE.

No prospectus has been lodged with, or registered by, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Japanese Ministry of Finance; the relevant clearances have not been, and will not be, obtained for the South Africa Reserve Bank or any other applicable body in the Republic of South Africa in relation to the placing shares and the placing shares have not been, nor will they be, registered under or offering in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa or Japan. Accordingly, the placing shares may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold, resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, or Japan or any other jurisdiction in which such activities would be unlawful.

Certain statements contained in this Announcement constitute "forward-looking statements" with respect to the financial condition, performance, strategic initiatives, objectives, results of operations and business of the company. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Announcement are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "anticipates", "estimates", "projects", "will", "may", "would", "could" or "should", or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; and (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of the company's operations. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause the company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, economic and business cycles, the terms and conditions of the company's financing arrangements, foreign currency rate fluctuations, competition in the company's principal markets, acquisitions or disposals of businesses or assets and trends in the company's principal industries. Due to such uncertainties and risks, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements in this Announcement may not occur. The forward-looking statements contained in this Announcement speak only as of the date of this Announcement. The company, its Directors and Investec each expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required to do so by applicable law or regulation, the listing rules, MAR, the DTRs, the rules of the London Stock Exchange or the FCA.

Investec is authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and the FCA. Investec is acting exclusively for the company and no one else in connection with the placing, the content of this Announcement and other matters described in this Announcement. Investec will not regard any other person as its respective client in relation to the placing, the content of this Announcement and other matters described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone (including any Placees) other than the company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice to any other person in relation to the placing, the content of this Announcement or any other matters referred to in this Announcement. Neither Investec nor any of its 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 Investec in connection with the placing, this Announcement, any statement contained herein, or otherwise.

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which ordinary shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. No statement in this Announcement is intended as a profit forecast or estimate for any period and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the company, as appropriate, for the current or future years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the company.

In connection with the placing, Investec and its Affiliates may take up a portion of the placing shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for its own account such shares and other securities of the company or related investments and may offer or sell such shares, securities or other investments otherwise than in connection with the placing. Accordingly, references in this Announcement to placing shares being issued, offered or placed should be read as including any issue, offering or placement of such shares in the company to Investec or any of its Affiliates acting in such capacity. In addition, Investec and any of its Affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps, warrants or contracts for difference) with investors in connection with which Investec or any of its Affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of such securities of the company, including the placing shares. Neither Investec nor its Affiliates intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.

The placing shares to be issued or sold pursuant to the placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the placing. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each shareholder 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.

Neither the content of the company's website (or any other website) nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into or forms part of this Announcement.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with applicable law and regulation in the United Kingdom 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 and regulations of any jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom.

Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the placing. In the European Economic Area ("EEA"), this Announcement is directed only at and may only be communicated to persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(e) of Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) ("qualified investors"). In the United Kingdom, this Announcement is directed only at Qualified Persons who are also (i) persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) order 2005 (the "order"); (ii) high net worth bodies corporate, unincorporated associations and partnerships and trustees of high value trusts as described in Article 49(2) of the order; or (iii) persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (together, "relevant persons"). Any investment or investment activity to which the Announcement relates is only available to and will only be engaged with relevant persons. This announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons.

This announcement is not being distributed by, nor has it been approved for the purposes of section 21 of FSMA by, a person authorised under FSMA. This announcement is being distributed and communicated to persons in the United Kingdom only in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not apply.

Information to Distributors

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (B) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any 'manufacturer' (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the placing shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such 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 as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (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, Investec 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 MiFID II; 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.

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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