Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON:LLOY) is today launching a share buyback programme to repurchase up to £1 billion of ordinary shares, as previously announced on 21 February 2018.
The company has entered into an agreement with UBS AG, London Branch (“UBS”) to conduct the share buyback programme on its behalf and to make trading decisions under the programme independently of the Company. Under the terms of the programme, the maximum consideration is £1 billion. The programme will commence on 8 March 2018 and will end no later than 4 February 2019. The sole purpose of the programme is to reduce the ordinary share capital of the Company.
UBS will purchase the Company’s ordinary shares as principal and sell them on to the Company in accordance with the terms of their engagement. The Company intends to cancel the shares it purchases through the programme.
Any purchases of ordinary shares by the Lloyds Banking Group in relation to this announcement will be made in accordance with certain pre-set parameters set out in the terms of UBS’s engagement, the general authority of the Company to repurchase shares granted by shareholders at the Company’s annual general meeting held on 11 May 2017 (which permits the Company to purchase no more than 7,154,088,636 of the Company’s ordinary shares), the EU Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014), the Commission Delegated Regulation (2016/1052) and Chapter 12 of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rules.
For the avoidance of doubt, no repurchases will be made in the United States or in respect of the Company’s American Depositary Receipts.