11 June 2018
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Ruth Markland joins the Quilter plc Board of Directors
Quilter plc (the “Company”) announces that Ruth Markland has been appointed as a non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director of the Company, effective on admission of the Company’s ordinary shares (the “Shares”) to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange which is currently expected to take place on 25 June 2018 (“Admission”). Ruth will also be a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
Ruth is the seventh Director to be appointed to the Board since Glyn Jones became Chairman in September 2016.
Ruth has extensive FTSE 100 public company experience, having served over 12 years on the Board of Standard Chartered plc, and over 10 years on the Board of The Sage Group plc. During Ruth’s tenure with both companies, she held various positions including Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Ruth is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Arcadis NV and an independent non-executive of Deloitte LLP. In her various board roles, Ruth has also had extensive board committee experience including audit, risk, remuneration, nominations and financial crime risk committees.
Glyn Jones, Chairman of the Board, comments:
“I am delighted that Ruth has agreed to join the Board. Ruth’s extensive skills and experience will be a valuable addition to the Board and, as the Senior Independent Director, will provide a wise sounding board to me and my fellow directors. Her public company experience will be invaluable as we move into a listed environment.”
There are no other details that are required to be disclosed in respect of this appointment under Paragraph 9.6.13 of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority save as disclosed in this announcement.
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The final offer price (the “Offer Price”) in respect of the Company’s initial public offering (the “Global Offer”) and the number of Shares to be sold by the Selling Shareholder in the Global Offer will be determined in due course and is currently expected to be announced on or about 25 June 2018. A number of factors will be considered in determining the final Offer Price and the number of Shares to be sold in the Global Offer, including the level and nature of demand for the Shares during the bookbuilding process, the prevailing market conditions and the objective of establishing an orderly and liquid after-market in the Shares. If the indicative price range in respect of the Global Offer (the “Price Range”) announced by the Selling Shareholder on 11 June and to be included in the supplementary prospectus to be published by the Company on 11 June 2018 (the “Price Range Supplement”) changes prior to the announcement of the final Offer Price, the revised Price Range will be announced and advertised as soon as possible and the Company will publish an additional supplementary prospectus. In certain circumstances, the Selling Shareholder may decide not to proceed with the Global Offer, but still to proceed with Admission. Any purchase of Shares in respect of the proposed Global Offer should be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the prospectus published by the Company on 20 April 2018 (the “Prospectus”), the supplementary prospectus published by the Company on 30 April 2018 (the “Q1 Results Supplement”), the Price Range Supplement and in any other prospectus supplements to be issued by the Company in connection with the Global Offer. The date of Admission may be influenced by things such as market conditions. There is no guarantee that Admission will occur and you should not base your financial decisions on Quilter plc’s intentions in relation to Admission at this stage. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Persons considering making such investments should consult an authorised person specialising in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Global Offer. The value of shares can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Global Offer for the person concerned.
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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 Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the 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 Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the 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 Global Offer. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Underwriters 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 Shares.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.