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RNS Number : 9837U

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

08 December 2021

FORM 8.5 (EPT/RI)

PUBLIC DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY

Rule 8.5 of the Takeover Code (the "Code")

 
1.  KEY INFORMATION 
 
 
 (a)  Name of exempt principal trader:                                                  Merrill Lynch International 
 (b)  Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose                                      Equiniti Group plc 
        relevant securities this form relates: 
        Use a separate form for each offeror/offeree 
                                                                                       ------------------------------- 
 (c)  Name of the party to the offer with which exempt principal trader is connected:   Earth Private Holdings Limited 
                                                                                        (a newly-formed company owned 
                                                                                        by funds managed or advised by 
                                                                                        Siris Capital Group, LLC) 
                                                                                       ------------------------------- 
 (d)  Date dealing undertaken:                                                          07/12/2021 
                                                                                       ------------------------------- 
 (e)  In addition to the company in 1(b) above, is the                                  NO 
        exempt principal trader making disclosures in 
        respect of any other party to this offer? 
        If it is a cash offer or possible cash offer, state "N/A" 
                                                                                       ------------------------------- 
 
 
2.  DEALINGS BY THE EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER 
 

Where there have been dealings in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(b), copy table 2(a), (b), (c) or (d) (as appropriate) for each additional class

of relevant security dealt in.

The currency of all prices and other monetary amounts should be stated.

 
(a)  Purchases and sales 
 
 
 Class of relevant security   Purchases/   Total number of securities   Highest price    Lowest price 
                               sales                                     per unit         per unit 
                                                                         paid/received    paid/received 
 0.1p ordinary                Purchase     23,820                       1.797 GBP        1.797 GBP 
                             -----------  ---------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 0.1p ordinary                Sale         23,820                       1.798 GBP        1.796 GBP 
                             -----------  ---------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
 
(b)  Cash-settled derivative transactions 
 
 
 Class of             Product description   Nature of dealing             Number of reference           Price per unit 
  relevant security    e.g. CFD             e.g. opening/closing a        securities 
                                            long/short position, 
                                            increasing/reducing a 
                                            long/short position 
 N/A                  N/A                   N/A                           N/A                           N/A 
                     --------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  --------------- 
 
 
(c)  Stock-settled derivative transactions (including 
      options) 
 
 
(i)  Writing, selling, purchasing or varying 
 
 
 Class           Product        Writing,       Number          Exercise    Type            Expiry date   Option money 
 of              description    purchasing,    of               price      e.g.                          paid/ 
 relevant        e.g. call      selling,       securities to    per unit   American,                     received per 
 security        option         varying etc.   which option                European etc.                 unit 
                                               relates 
 N/A             N/A            N/A            N/A             N/A         N/A             N/A           N/A 
                -------------  -------------  --------------  ----------  --------------  ------------  -------------- 
 
 
(ii)  Exercise 
 
 
 Class of relevant security   Product description   Exercising/   Number of     Exercise Price per 
                               e.g. call option      exercised     securities    unit 
                                                     against 
 N/A                          N/A                   N/A           N/A           N/A 
                             --------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------------- 
 
 
(d)  Other dealings (including subscribing for new securities) 
 
 
 Class of relevant security         Nature of dealing          Details   Price per unit (if applicable) 
                               e.g. subscription, conversion 
            N/A                            N/A                   N/A                  N/A 
                             -------------------------------  --------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
3.  OTHER INFORMATION 
 
 
(a)  Indemnity and other dealing arrangements 
 
 
 Details of any indemnity or option arrangement, or any agreement or understanding, formal 
  or informal, relating to relevant securities which may be an inducement to deal 
  or refrain from dealing entered into by the exempt principal trader making the disclosure 
  and any party to the offer or any person acting in concert with a party to the offer: 
  Irrevocable commitments and letters of intent should not be included. If there are no such 
  agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none" 
 None 
 
 
(b)  Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating 
      to options or derivatives 
 
 
 Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between the exempt 
  principal trader making the disclosure and any other person relating to: 
  (i) the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option; or 
  (ii) The voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which 
  any derivative is referenced: 
  If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state "none" 
 None 
 
 
 Date of disclosure:    08/12/2021 
 Contact name:          Tolu Tade 
                       ---------------- 
 Telephone number:      +44207 996 3410 
                       ---------------- 
 

Public disclosures under Rule 8 of the Code must be made to a Regulatory Information

Service.

The Panel's Market Surveillance Unit is available for consultation in relation to the Code's

dealing disclosure requirements on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.

The Code can be viewed on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk .

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