TIDMSMWH

RNS Number : 2941M

WH Smith PLC

20 September 2021

TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

1. Issuer Details

ISIN

GB00B2PDGW16

Issuer Name

WH SMITH PLC

UK or Non-UK Issuer

UK

2. Reason for Notification

An acquisition or disposal of voting rights

3. Details of person subject to the notification obligation

Name

BlackRock, Inc.

City of registered office (if applicable)

Wilmington

Country of registered office (if applicable)

USA

4. Details of the shareholder

Full name of shareholder(s) if different from the person(s) subject to the notification obligation, above

City of registered office (if applicable)

Country of registered office (if applicable)

5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or reached

16-Sep-2021

6. Date on which Issuer notified

17-Sep-2021

7. Total positions of person(s) subject to the notification obligation

 
                          % of voting rights      % of voting rights      Total of both in %      Total number of 
                          attached to shares      through financial       (8.A + 8.B)             voting rights held 
                          (total of 8.A)          instruments (total                              in issuer 
                                                  of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2) 
   Resulting situation 
    on the date on 
    which threshold 
    was crossed or 
    reached                5.080000                1.060000                6.140000                8052490 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   Position of 
    previous 
    notification (if 
    applicable)            4.960000                1.180000                6.140000 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
 

8. Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reached

8A. Voting rights attached to shares

 
Class/Type of shares    Number of direct        Number of indirect      % of direct voting      % of indirect voting 
ISIN code(if possible)  voting rights (DTR5.1)  voting rights           rights (DTR5.1)         rights (DTR5.2.1) 
                                                (DTR5.2.1) 
GB00B2PDGW16                                       6650849                                         5.080000 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
Sub Total 8.A              6650849                                         5.080000% 
                        ==============================================  ============================================== 
 

8B1. Financial Instruments according to (DTR5.3.1R.(1) (a))

 
Type of financial           Expiration date   Exercise/conversion period  Number of voting rights   % of voting rights 
instrument                                                                that may be acquired if 
                                                                          the instrument is 
                                                                          exercised/converted 
 Securities Lending                                                        714864                    0.540000 
                                                                          ========================  ================== 
Sub Total 8.B1                                                             714864                      0.540000% 
                                                                          ========================  ================== 
 

8B2. Financial Instruments with similar economic effect according to (DTR5.3.1R.(1) (b))

 
Type of financial   Expiration date   Exercise/conversion   Physical or cash    Number of voting    % of voting rights 
instrument                            period                settlement          rights 
 CFD                                                           Cash              686777              0.520000 
                                                              ================  ==================  ================== 
Sub Total 8.B2                                                                   686777              0.520000% 
                                                                                ==================  ================== 
 

9. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation

2. Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entities (please add additional rows as necessary)

 
Ultimate controlling    Name of controlled      % of voting rights if   % of voting rights      Total of both if it 
person                  undertaking             it equals or is higher  through financial       equals or is higher 
                                                than the notifiable     instruments if it       than the notifiable 
                                                threshold               equals or is higher     threshold 
                                                                        than the notifiable 
                                                                        threshold 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 1)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 1)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 1)               International 
                           Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BR Jersey 
   (Chain 1)               International 
                           Holdings L.P. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 1)               (Singapore) Holdco 
                           Pte. Ltd. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock HK Holdco 
   (Chain 1)               Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Lux Finco 
   (Chain 1)               S.a.r.l. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Japan 
   (Chain 1)               Holdings GK 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Japan 
   (Chain 1)               Co., Ltd. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         Trident Merger, LLC 
   (Chain 2) 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 2)               Investment 
                           Management, LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 3)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 3)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 3)               International 
                           Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BR Jersey 
   (Chain 3)               International 
                           Holdings L.P. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 3, 
   (Chain 3)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 1 
   (Chain 3)               LP 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 
   (Chain 3)               West Bay Finco 
                           Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 
   (Chain 3)               West Bay IV Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Group 
   (Chain 3)               Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Finance 
   (Chain 3)               Europe Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 3)               Investment 
                           Management (UK) 
                           Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 4)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 4)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 4)               International 
                           Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BR Jersey 
   (Chain 4)               International 
                           Holdings L.P. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Australia 
   (Chain 4)               Holdco Pty. Ltd. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 4)               Investment 
                           Management 
                           (Australia) Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 5)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 5)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 4, 
   (Chain 5)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 6, 
   (Chain 5)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Delaware 
   (Chain 5)               Holdings Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 5)               Institutional Trust 
                           Company, National 
                           Association 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 6)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 6)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 4, 
   (Chain 6)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 6, 
   (Chain 6)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Delaware 
   (Chain 6)               Holdings Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Fund 
   (Chain 6)               Advisors 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 7)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 7)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 8)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 8)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 8)               International 
                           Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BR Jersey 
   (Chain 8)               International 
                           Holdings L.P. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 3, 
   (Chain 8)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 1 
   (Chain 8)               LP 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 
   (Chain 8)               West Bay Finco 
                           Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 
   (Chain 8)               West Bay IV Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Group 
   (Chain 8)               Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Finance 
   (Chain 8)               Europe Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 8)               (Netherlands) B.V. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Asset 
   (Chain 8)               Management 
                           Deutschland AG 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 9)               Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 9)               Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 9)               International 
                           Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BR Jersey 
   (Chain 9)               International 
                           Holdings L.P. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 3, 
   (Chain 9)               LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Canada 
   (Chain 9)               Holdings LP 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Canada 
   (Chain 9)               Holdings ULC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Asset 
   (Chain 9)               Management Canada 
                           Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 10)              Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 10)              Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Capital 
   (Chain 10)              Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Advisors, 
   (Chain 10)              LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 2, 
   (Chain 11)              Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Financial 
   (Chain 11)              Management, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock 
   (Chain 11)              International 
                           Holdings, Inc. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BR Jersey 
   (Chain 11)              International 
                           Holdings L.P. 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Holdco 3, 
   (Chain 11)              LLC 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 1 
   (Chain 11)              LP 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 
   (Chain 11)              West Bay Finco 
                           Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Cayman 
   (Chain 11)              West Bay IV Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Group 
   (Chain 11)              Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Finance 
   (Chain 11)              Europe Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   BlackRock, Inc.         BlackRock Advisors 
   (Chain 11)              (UK) Limited 
                        ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
 

10. In case of proxy voting

Name of the proxy holder

The number and % of voting rights held

The date until which the voting rights will be held

11. Additional Information

BlackRock Regulatory Threshold Reporting Team

Jana Blumenstein

020 7743 3650

12. Date of Completion

17 September 2021

13. Place Of Completion

12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, U.K

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