LONDON, April 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — NatWest Group plc (the “Offeror“) is announcing today, in respect of its previously announced tender offer to purchase for cash (the “Offer“) any and all of its outstanding 5.125% Subordinated Tier 2 Notes due 2024 (the “Notes“), the Reference Yield and the Purchase Price for Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase in respect of the Offer.
The Offer is being made on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the offer to purchase dated March 27, 2023 and the related Notice of Guaranteed Delivery (together, the “Offer to Purchase”). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this announcement have the same meaning as in the Offer to Purchase.
Pricing for the Offer
The Reference Yield listed below was determined at 2:00 p.m., New York City time, today. The Purchase Price listed below is based on the Reference Yield plus the Fixed Spread as set forth in the table below:
Title of Security
Principal Amount Issued
Principal Amount Outstanding
Fixed Spread (bps)
Tier 2 Notes due 2024
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc(1)
May 28, 2024
2025 (ISIN: US91282CGN
$996.76 per $1,000
(1) Now NatWest Group plc.
The Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on April 3, 2023, unless extended (such date and time, as the same may be extended, the “Expiration Deadline“) or earlier terminated. Holders must validly tender and not validly withdraw their Notes at or prior to the Expiration Deadline in order to be eligible to receive the Purchase Price. Notes validly tendered may be withdrawn at any time prior to the Withdrawal Deadline, but not thereafter.
In addition to the Purchase Price, holders of the Notes accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer will also receive, on the Settlement Date, any accrued and unpaid interest on each $1,000 principal amount of such Notes (rounded to the nearest cent) from, and including, the last interest payment date up to, but not including, the Settlement Date (“Accrued Interest“). Holders whose Notes are tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Guaranteed Delivery Procedures will not receive payment in respect of any interest for the period from and including the Settlement Date to the Guaranteed Delivery Settlement Date. Accrued Interest for each $1,000 principal amount of such Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase will be rounded to the nearest $0.01, with $0.005 being rounded upwards, in accordance with the conditions of such Notes.
Unless the Offer is extended, reopened or earlier terminated, the Settlement Date is expected to be April 5, 2023, and the Guaranteed Delivery Settlement Date is expected to be April 6, 2023.
The Offer is not conditional upon any minimum amount of Notes being tendered. However, the Offer is conditional upon the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions described in the Offer to Purchase.
Notes tendered pursuant to the Offer may be withdrawn at any time before the Withdrawal Deadline. In addition, if the Offer is extended, the Withdrawal Deadline will be extended to the earlier of (i) the Expiration Deadline (as extended) and (ii) the 10th Business Day after the commencement of the Offer (the “Commencement Date“). Notes tendered pursuant to the Offer may also be withdrawn at any time after the 60th Business Day after the Commencement Date if, for any reason, the Offer has not been consummated within 60 Business Days of the Commencement Date. If the Offer is terminated without any Notes being purchased thereunder, the Notes tendered pursuant thereto will be promptly returned to the tendering holders.
The relevant deadline set by DTC or any intermediary for the submission of Tender Instructions may be earlier than the deadlines set out herein.
Copies of the Offer to Purchase are available at the following web address: https://deals.is.kroll.com/natwest
Requests for assistance or additional copies of the Offer to Purchase may be directed to the Tender Agent and any questions regarding the terms of the Offer may be directed to the Dealer Managers listed below:
Kroll Issuer Services Limited
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 20 7704 0880
NatWest Treasury Markets
Email: [email protected]
Head of Treasury DCM
Telephone: +44 7747 455969
Email: [email protected]
Head of Debt Investor Relations
Telephone: +44 776 916 1183
London EC2M 4AA
Global Arranger and Lead Dealer Manager
NatWest Markets Securities Inc.
Telephone: +44 20 7678 5222 (UK)
Telephone: +1 203 897 6166 (U.S.)
Telephone: +1 866 884 2071 (U.S. Toll Free)
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Liability Management
TD Securities (USA) LLC
Telephone: +1 212 827 2842 (U.S.)
Telephone: +1 866 584 2096 (U.S. Toll Free)
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Liability Management Group
This announcement and the Offer to Purchase (including the documents incorporated by reference therein) contain important information which should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Offer. If you are in any doubt as to the contents of this announcement or the Offer to Purchase or the action you should take, you are recommended to seek your own financial and legal advice, including as to any tax consequences, immediately from your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial or legal adviser. Any individual or company whose Notes are held on its behalf by a broker, dealer, bank, custodian, trust company or other nominee or intermediary must contact such entity if it wishes to participate in the Offer. None of the Offeror, the Dealer Managers, the Tender Agent or the trustee (as applicable) with respect to the Notes (or any of their respective directors, employees or affiliates) make any recommendation as to whether holders should tender Notes pursuant to the Offer.
European Economic Area (“EEA”)
The communication of this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the Offer does not constitute an offer of securities to the public for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended, the “Prospectus Regulation”) and accordingly the requirement to produce a prospectus under the Prospectus Regulation does not apply to the Offer.
The communication of this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the Offer are not being made, and such documents and/or materials have not been approved, by an authorized person for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “FSMA”). Accordingly, this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and such other documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of the Offer to Purchase and such other documents and/or materials is exempt from the restriction on financial promotions under section 21 of the FSMA on the basis that they are only being distributed to and are only directed at persons to whom they can lawfully be circulated outside the United Kingdom or to: (i) persons in the United Kingdom having professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within the definition of investment professionals (as defined in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended, the “Order”)); (ii) persons falling within Article 43 of the Order; or (iii) any other persons to whom the Offer to Purchase and such other documents and/or materials may otherwise lawfully be communicated under the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). This announcement and the Offer to Purchase and such documents and/or materials are directed only at relevant persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement and the Offer to Purchase relate is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.
The communication of this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the Offer does not constitute an offer of securities to the public for the purposes of s of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended) as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA) (the “UK Prospectus Regulation“) and accordingly the requirement to produce a prospectus under the UK Prospectus Regulation does not apply to the Offer.
Neither this announcement, the Offer to Purchase nor any other documents or materials relating to the Offer have been submitted to or will be submitted for approval or recognition to the Financial Services and Markets Authority (Autorité des services et marchés financiers / Autoriteit voor financiële diensten en markten) and, accordingly, the Offer may not be made in Belgium by way of a public offering, as defined in Articles 3 and 6 of the Belgian Law of April 1, 2007 on public takeover bids as amended or replaced from time to time. Accordingly, the Offer may not be advertised and the Offer will not be extended, and neither this announcement, the Offer to Purchase nor any other documents or materials relating to the Offer (including any memorandum, information circular, brochure or any similar documents) have been or shall be distributed or made available, directly or indirectly, to any person in Belgium other than “qualified investors” in the sense of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation, acting on their own account. This announcement and the Offer to Purchase have been issued only for the personal use of the above qualified investors and exclusively for the purpose of the Offer. Accordingly, the information contained in this announcement and the Offer to Purchase may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person in Belgium.
This announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or offering materials relating to the Offer may not be distributed in the Republic of France except to qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) as defined in Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation. This announcement and the Offer to Purchase have not been and will not be submitted for clearance to the Autorité des marchés financiers.
None of the Offer, this announcement, the Offer to Purchase or any other documents or materials relating to the Offer has been or will be submitted to the clearance procedure of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (“CONSOB”), pursuant to applicable Italian laws and regulations.
The Offer is being carried out in the Republic of Italy (“Italy“) as an exempted offer pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis of the Legislative Decree No. 58 of February 24, 1998, as amended (the “Financial Services Act”) and article 35-bis, paragraph 4 of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of May 14, 1999, as amended (the “Issuers’ Regulation”). The Offer is also being carried out in compliance with article 35-bis, paragraph 7 of the Issuers’ Regulation.
Holders or beneficial owners of the Notes located in Italy can tender the Notes through authorized persons (such as investment firms, banks or financial intermediaries permitted to conduct such activities in Italy in accordance with the Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 20307 of February 15, 2018, as amended from time to time, and Legislative Decree No. 385 of September 1, 1993, as amended) and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or with requirements imposed by CONSOB or any other Italian authority.
Each intermediary must comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in connection with the Notes and the Offer.
The Offer does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell Notes (and offers to sell will not be accepted from the holders) in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. In those jurisdictions where the securities or other laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer or similar and any of the Dealer Managers or any of the Dealer Manager’s respective affiliates is such a licensed broker or dealer in that jurisdiction, the Offer shall be deemed to be made by such Dealer Manager or affiliate, as the case may be, on behalf of the Offeror in such jurisdiction.
Each holder participating in the Offer will be deemed to give certain representations in respect of the jurisdictions referred to above and generally as set out in the Offer to Purchase. Any tender of Notes pursuant to the Offer to Purchase from a holder that is unable to make these representations will be rejected. Each of the Offeror, the Dealer Managers and Kroll Issuer Services Limited reserves the right, in its absolute discretion (and without prejudice to the relevant holder’s responsibility for the representations made by it), to investigate in relation to any tender of Notes, whether any such representation given by a holder is correct and, if such investigation is undertaken and as a result the Offeror determines (for any reason) that such representation is not correct, such offer to sell will be rejected.
The Offeror and its respective affiliates expressly reserve the right at any time or from time to time following completion or termination of the Offer, to purchase or exchange or offer to purchase or exchange Notes or to issue an invitation to submit offers to sell Notes (including, without limitation, those tendered pursuant to the Offer but not accepted for purchase) through open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, tender offers, exchange offers or otherwise, in each case on terms that may be more or less favorable than those contemplated by the Offer. In addition, the Offeror also reserves the right to issue new debt securities from time to time, including during the term of the Offer.
Legal Entity Identifier
NatWest Group plc
From time to time, the Offeror may make statements, both written and oral, regarding its assumptions, projections, expectations, intentions or beliefs about future events. These statements constitute “forward-looking statements”. The Offeror cautions that these statements may and often do vary materially from actual results. Accordingly, the Offeror cannot assure you that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. You should read the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in the Offer to Purchase and in the Annual Report of the Offeror on Form 20-F which is incorporated by reference therein, and in the section entitled “Forward-Looking Statements” in the Annual Report of the Offeror on Form 20-F, which is incorporated by reference in the Offer to Purchase.
Any forward-looking statements made herein, the Offer to Purchase or in the documents incorporated by reference therein speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, any applicable stock exchange or any applicable law, the Offeror expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein, in the Offer to Purchase or the documents incorporated by reference therein to reflect any changes in expectations with regard thereto or any new information or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. The reader should, however, consult any additional disclosures that the Offeror has made or may make in documents that the Offeror has filed or may file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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