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Associated British Foods PLC
01 March 2024
 

1 March 2024

 

Associated British Foods plc

 

Associated British Foods plc share repurchase programme

 

Further to its announcements on 7 and 9 November 2023, Associated British Foods plc (the 'Company') announces that it has entered into a non-discretionary arrangement (the 'Engagement') with Barclays Capital Securities Limited ('Barclays') to execute the second tranche of its up to £500 million share buyback programme (the 'Programme').

 

The second tranche will be in the sum of up to £250 million and will commence following completion of the first tranche of the Programme on a date to be announced which is expected to be no later than 1 May 2024. It is anticipated that the second tranche will end no earlier than 30 June 2024 and no later than 1 October 2024 (the 'Engagement Period').

 

Under this arrangement, Barclays will act as riskless principal and will make decisions independently from the Company under the Engagement. Barclays will carry out the arrangement through the acquisition of ordinary shares in the Company for subsequent repurchase by the Company. Purchases may continue during any closed period to which the Company is subject during the Engagement Period.

 

The sole purpose of the share buyback is to reduce the capital of the Company. All ordinary shares repurchased as part of this arrangement will be cancelled.

 

Share purchases will take place in open market transactions and be carried out on the London Stock Exchange and/or other recognised investment exchange(s) and may be made from time to time depending on market conditions, share price, trading volume and other factors.

 

Any purchases of ordinary shares by the Company in relation to this announcement will be effected within certain pre-set parameters and in accordance with (and subject to the limits prescribed by) the Company's general authority to repurcha.se ordinary shares granted by its shareholders at the Company's AGM on 8 December 2023, the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014 (as it forms part of UK law pursuant to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) and Chapter 12 of the Financial Conduct Authority's Listing Rules.

 

Further enquiries:

 

+44 (0)20 7399 6545

Eoin Tonge, Finance Director

Chris Barrie, Corporate Affairs Director

 

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