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Sanne Group PLC

16 March 2020

Sanne Group plc

(SANNE or the Group)

Disposal of SANNE's Jersey private client business

SANNE, a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate business services, has reached agreement to sell its Jersey based private client business (the Business) to JTC plc (JTC).

As part of the transaction, it is intended for all clients and staff of the Business to transfer to JTC. Completion of the transaction is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and is anticipated that the transaction will complete during 2020.

This transaction represents an important strategic move in focusing SANNE on its core, high growth global alternatives markets. Following the transaction, SANNE's alternatives business will represent over 90% of the Group's activities.

Given the size of the Business and JTC's experience and platform in the market, transfer of the clients and employees is expected to occur swiftly following receipt of all necessary approvals. The consideration to be paid for the Business is capped at a maximum of GBP12m, to be paid in cash upon completion, and subject to the satisfactory migration of clients to JTC.

In its full year results for the year ending 31 December 2019, SANNE expects to report that the Business generated revenue of GBP5.7 million and gross profit of GBP3.7 million during 2019. Due to natural client attrition in 2019, the run rate revenues of the clients expected to transfer to JTC will be slightly lower. The gross assets associated with the Business, at 31 December 2019, are expected to be GBP3.0 million. Proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce Group leverage and, as a result, the transaction will have a small dilutive impact on Group earnings.

Martin Schnaier, Chief Executive Officer at SANNE said about the transaction:

"As SANNE continues to focus its global operations on the growing alternatives and corporate sector, we were keen to ensure we found a leading player in the market that shares the same passion for high quality client service as we do. We believe our people and our clients will benefit from JTC's experience and expertise in this sector. I wish all of our people every success as they enter a new chapter with JTC."

Nigel Le Quesne, Chief Executive Officer of JTC plc said:

"We are delighted to welcome SANNE's private client team and clients to JTC. We have built a strong reputation for client service excellence, innovation and consistent growth. Our Jersey platform continues to deliver strong commercial performance, and we look forward to using our extensive acquisition experience to ensure a positive and seamless transition for both clients and new colleagues.

In these uncertain times we are focused on looking after our fantastic people. We have a great business which has consistently demonstrated excellent resilience and sustained growth throughout multiple economic cycles."

Enquiries:

   Sanne Group plc                                                   +44 (0) 1534 722 787 

Martin Schnaier, Chief Executive Officer

James Ireland, Chief Financial Officer

   Tulchan Communications                                   +44 (0) 20 7353 4200 

Tom Murray

Notes to editors:

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About SANNE

SANNE is a leading global provider of outsourced alternative asset and corporate business services. Established for over 32 years and listed as a FTSE 250 company on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, SANNE employs more than 1,800 people worldwide and administers structures and funds that have in excess of GBP250 billion of assets.

Key clients include leading alternative asset managers, global financial institutions, family offices and international corporates. SANNE operates from a global network of offices located in leading financial jurisdictions, which are spread across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

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