RNS Number : 9571U

Barclays PLC

28 November 2023

 FORM 8.3 
                                      Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the "Code") 
 1.                                                               KEY INFORMATION 
 (a)           Full name of discloser:                                           Barclays PLC. 
 (b)           Owner or controller of interest and short 
               positions disclosed, if different from 1(a): 
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 (c)           Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose                      HOTEL CHOCOLAT GROUP PLC 
               relevant securities this form relates: 
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 (d)           If an exempt fund manager connected with an 
               offeror/offeree, state this and specify identity of 
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 (e)           Date position held/dealing undertaken:                            27 Nov 2023 
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 (f)           In addition to the company in 1(c) above, is the discloser        NO 
               disclosures in respect of any other party to the offer? 
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2.                                                               POSITIONS OF THE PERSON MAKING THE DISCLOSURE 
 (a)           Interests and short positions in the relevant securities of the offeror or offeree 
               to which the disclosure relates following the dealing(if any) 
 Class of relevant security:                                      0.1p ordinary 
                                                                         Interests                Short Positions 
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                                                                     Number         (%)        Number         (%) 
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 (1)           Relevant securities owned 
  and/or controlled:                                               1,371,108       1.00%         0           0.00% 
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 (2)           Cash-settled derivatives: 
  and/or controlled:                                                   0           0.00%     1,371,108       1.00% 
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 (3)           Stock-settled derivatives (including options) 
  and agreements to purchase/sell:                                     0           0.00%         0           0.00% 
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  TOTAL:                                                           1,371,108       1.00%     1,371,108       1.00% 
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 (b)           Rights to subscribe for new securities (including directors and other executive 
 Class of relevant security in relation to 
 which subscription right exists 
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 Details, including nature of the rights 
 concerned and relevant percentages: 
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3.                                                               DEALINGS (IF ANY) BY THE EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER 
 (a)           Purchases and sales 
       Class of relevant                 Purchase/sale                   Number of                Price per unit 
           security                                                      securities 
                                -------------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------- 
         0.1p ordinary                      Purchase                       58,000                   3.6738 GBP 
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 (b)           Cash-settled derivative transactions 
           Class of                         Product                  Nature of dealing       Number of     Price per 
           relevant                       description                                        reference        unit 
           security                                                                          securities 
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         0.1p ordinary                        SWAP                         Short               58,000      3.6738 GBP 
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 (c)           Stock-settled derivative transactions (including options) 
 (i)           Writing, selling, purchasing or varying 
    Class          Product          Writing,         Number         Exercise       Type        Expiry        Option 
     of          description      purchasing,          of            price                      date         money 
  relevant                          selling,       securities       per unit                                 paid/ 
  security                        varying etc       to which                                                received 
                                                     option                                                 per unit 
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 (ii)          Exercising 
       Class of relevant              Product description          Exercising/ exercised     Number of      Exercise 
                                                                          against                          price per 
           security                                                                          securities       unit 
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 (d)           Other dealings (including subscribing for new securities) 
       Class of relevant               Nature of Dealings                 Details               Price per unit (if 
           security                                                                                 applicable) 
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4.                                                               OTHER INFORMATION 
 (a)           Indemnity and other dealings 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: 
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 (b)           Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives 
 Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between 
 the person 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 of future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to 
 any derivative is referenced: 
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 (c)           Attachments 
 Is a Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions) attached?                                       NO 
 Date of disclosure:                                                                  28 Nov 2023 
 Contact name:                                                            Large Holdings Regulatory Operations 
 Telephone number:                                                                   020 3134 7213 
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