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Friday 03 November, 2017

Allied Irish Banks

AIB announces results of Court Meeting and EGM

RNS Number : 5677V
Allied Irish Banks PLC
03 November 2017
 

This announcement and the information contained herein is restricted and not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, into any jurisdiction in which release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

 

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or a prospectus equivalent document. This announcement does not constitute an offer, a solicitation of an offer or an invitation to any person to subscribe for or to purchase (whether directly or indirectly) any securities. No shares in Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. or AIB Group plc have been marketed to, nor are any such shares available for purchase by, the public in Ireland, the United Kingdom or elsewhere in connection with the matters described herein.

 

Terms used and not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meaning given to such terms in the circular published by Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. on 10 October 2017.

 

 

 

3 November 2017

 

ALLIED IRISH BANKS, P.L.C. ("AIB BANK")

 

Resolution strategy for AIB Bank and its subsidiaries ("AIB" or the "AIB Group"):

Results of Court Meeting and EGM

 

As announced on 2 October 2017, AIB Bank intends to implement a corporate reorganisation pursuant to which a new company, AIB Group plc ("AIB HoldCo") will be introduced as the holding company of the AIB Group. The reorganisation will be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Companies Act 2014 (and a related reduction of capital of AIB Bank) (the "Scheme").

 

Today, two meetings of AIB Bank shareholders were held in connection with the Scheme and related matters. The first meeting was a meeting, convened by the High Court of Ireland, of  shareholders of AIB Bank other than AIB HoldCo (which holds one share in AIB Bank) (the "Court Meeting") to approve the Scheme. The second meeting was an extraordinary general meeting of AIB Bank shareholders (the "EGM") to approve certain matters related to the Scheme (including the proposed reduction of capital of AIB Bank under the Scheme) and also, on an advisory basis, the proposed reduction of capital of AIB HoldCo.

 

At these meetings, all resolutions were duly passed. The results of the voting on each of the resolutions are available in the Additional Information section of this announcement. 

 

In accordance with Irish Listing Rule 6.6.2 and UK Listing Rule 9.6.2, copies of the resolutions will be submitted to the Irish Stock Exchange and the UK's National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at Company Announcements Office, The Irish Stock Exchange, 28 Anglesea Street, Dublin 2 and http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM.

 

The hearing by the High Court of Ireland to sanction the Scheme (including the related AIB Bank reduction of capital) is expected to be held on or around 6 December 2017.

 

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Sarah McLaughlin

Group Company Secretary

AIB Bankcentre

Dublin

Tel: +353-1-6414489

email:

[email protected]

Niamh Hore

Investor Relations

AIB Bankcentre

Dublin

Tel: +353-1-6411817

email:

[email protected]

Orla Bird

Head of Communications

AIB Bankcentre

Dublin

Tel: +353-1-6415375

email:

[email protected]


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Court Meeting

The resolution proposed at the Court Meeting held today was duly passed.

The results of the voting on the resolution are as follows:

Resolution: To approve the Scheme.

 

Present (in person or by proxy) and voting

Votes for Resolution

Votes against the Resolution

Votes Withheld


No. of Shareholders

Ordinary Shares Represented

No. of Shareholders

Ordinary Shares Represented

No. of Shareholders

Ordinary Shares Represented

No. of Shareholders

Ordinary Shares Represented

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Total

1,587

 

2,542,814,038

1,454

91.6194%

2,542,800,690

99.9995%

133

8.3805%

13,348

0.0005%

28

N/a

578

N/a

 

No ordinary shares of €0.625 each in AIB Bank ("AIB Bank Shares") held by AIB HoldCo were voted at the Court Meeting. The total number of Scheme Shares (i.e. issued AIB Bank Shares at the record time for entitlement to vote at the Court Meeting excluding those held by AIB HoldCo) was 2,714,381,237.

 

Extraordinary General Meeting

The two resolutions proposed at the Extraordinary General Meeting held today were duly passed.

The results of the voting on each resolution are as follows:

 

Resolution

Votes for

%

Votes against

%

Votes total

% of issued share capital

Votes withheld

1)     To approve the Scheme

 

2,544,333,836

99.9996%

8,964

0.0004%

2,544,342,800

93.7356%

3,606,669

2)     To approve, on an advisory basis, the creation of distribute reserves in AIB Group plc following implementation of the Scheme of Arrangement.

2,544,333,832

99.9996%

8,974

0.0004%

2,544,342,806

93.7356%

3,606,654

 

The total number of AIB Bank Shares in issue at the record time for the entitlement to vote at the EGM was 2,714,381,238. 

Note regarding withheld votes

The "Vote Withheld" option is provided to enable abstention on any particular resolution. However, it should be noted that a "Vote Withheld" is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the proportion of the votes "For" and "Against" a resolution. 


FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of the AIB Group and certain plans and objectives of the AIB Bank Board or the AIB HoldCo Board. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", "will", "may", "should", "would", "could", their negative  or other variations or other words of similar meaning. These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by the AIB Bank Board or (as the case may be) the AIB HoldCo Board in light of their respective experiences and its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and the factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this announcement could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed in, reflected or contemplated in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. As a result, investors should not rely on such forward-looking statements in making their investment decisions. No representation or warranty is made as to the achievement or reasonableness of, and no reliance should be placed on, such forward-looking statements.

 

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this announcement. None of AIB Bank, the AIB Bank Board, AIB HoldCo or the AIB HoldCo Board assume any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this announcement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.

 

The statements contained in this announcement are made as at the date of this announcement, unless some other time is specified in relation to them, and publication of this announcement shall not give rise to any implication that there has been no change in the facts set out in this announcement since such date. Nothing contained in this announcement shall be deemed to be a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of the AIB Group except where expressly stated.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

 

The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness.

 

The contents of this announcement are not to be construed as legal, financial or tax advice. Each prospective investor should consult his own legal adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial or tax advice, respectively.

 

Goodbody Stockbrokers UC ("Goodbody"), trading as Goodbody, is authorised and regulated in Ireland by the Central Bank of Ireland and in the UK is authorised and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"), is acting exclusively for AIB Bank and AIB HoldCo as joint Irish sponsor and joint UK sponsor, and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement. It will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of the Prospectus) as a client in relation to the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than AIB Bank and AIB HoldCo for providing the protections afforded to its clients for the contents of this announcement or for providing any advice in relation to this announcement or the matters referred to in this announcement. Neither Goodbody, nor any of its directors, officers, employees, advisers, agents, affiliates nor any other person acting on its behalf accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, in respect of, either the contents of this announcement including its truth, accuracy, fairness or completeness (or as to whether any information has been omitted)or any other information relating to AIB Bank or AIB HoldCo, or on behalf of either of them, in connection with either AIB Bank or AIB HoldCo, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

 

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc ("Morgan Stanley"), which is authorised in the UK by the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") and regulated in the UK by the PRA and FCA, is acting exclusively for AIB Bank and AIB HoldCo as joint Irish sponsor and joint UK sponsor, and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement. It will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of the Prospectus) as a client in relation to the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than AIB Bank and AIB HoldCo for providing the protections afforded to its clients for the contents of this announcement or for providing any advice in relation to this announcement or the matters referred to in this announcement. Neither Morgan Stanley, nor any of its directors, officers, employees, advisers, agents, affiliates,  nor any other person acting on its behalf accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, in respect of, either the contents of this announcement including its truth, accuracy, fairness or completeness (or as to whether any information has been omitted), or any other information relating to AIB Bank or AIB HoldCo, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

 

NOTICE TO OVERSEAS INVESTORS

 

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement and the documents referred to herein in jurisdictions other than Ireland and the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession any of this announcement and the documents referred to herein come should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable restrictions or requirements. Any failure to comply with such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, AIB Bank and AIB HoldCo disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such requirements by any person.

 

This announcement and the documents referred to herein do not constitute an offer or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, subscribe for, sell or issue, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, subscribe for, sell or issue, any securities pursuant to this announcement or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. This announcement does not comprise a prospectus or a prospectus equivalent document.

 

NOTICE TO INVESTORS IN THE UNITED STATES

The Scheme relates to the shares of an Irish company (a "foreign private issuer" as defined under Rule 3b-4 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act")) and is proposed to be made by means of a scheme of arrangement and related reduction of capital of AIB Bank provided for under, and governed by, Irish law. Neither the proxy solicitation rules nor the tender offer rules under the Exchange Act will apply to the Scheme. Accordingly, the AIB HoldCo Shares to be issued pursuant to the Scheme have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") or under the relevant securities laws of any State or territory or other jurisdiction of the United States, and are expected to be offered in the United States in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by section 3(a)(10) thereof and exemptions provided under the laws of the States of the United States in which eligible Scheme Shareholders may reside.

The AIB HoldCo Shares to be issued under or in connection with the Scheme to a Scheme Shareholder who is neither an affiliate, for the purpose of the Securities Act, of AIB Bank or AIB HoldCo on or prior to the time the Scheme becomes effective nor an affiliate of AIB HoldCo at the Scheme Effective Time would not be "restricted securities" under the Securities Act. Scheme Shareholders who are affiliates of AIB Bank or AIB HoldCo on or prior to the Scheme Effective Time or affiliates of AIB HoldCo after the Scheme Effective Time may, under Rule 145(d) under the Securities Act, be subject to timing, manner of sale and volume restrictions on the sale of AIB HoldCo Shares received in connection with the Scheme.

The Scheme is subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in Ireland to schemes of arrangement and capital reductions, which differ from the disclosure and other requirements of U.S. securities laws.

None of the securities referred to in this announcement have been approved or disapproved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, any state securities commission in the United States or any other US regulatory authority, nor have such authorities passed upon or determined the adequacy or accuracy of the information contained in this announcement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

 


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