Information  X 
Enter a valid email address

Benchmark Group PLC (BMK)

  Print   

Friday 29 September, 2000

Benchmark Group PLC

Director Shareholding

Benchmark Group PLC
28 September 2000

                             BENCHMARK GROUP PLC

                     ACQUISITION OF SHARES BY DIRECTORS
                   UNDER THE BENCHMARK CO-INVESTMENT PLAN

Benchmark Group PLC ('the Company') hereby gives notice that its wholly owned
subsidiary, The Benchmark Employee Trust Company Limited ('the Trust') has
acquired 25,177 Ordinary shares in the Company at 272 pence each on 28 September
2000 ('the Purchase') under the Company's Co-Investment Plan ('the Plan).

Under the rules of the Plan, participants may invest a proportion of their
annual bonus to acquire Ordinary shares of the Company ('Initial Shares')
through the Trust.  Subject to satisfying certain conditions, participants will
receive additional free shares ('Matching Shares') which are acquired by the
Trust at the same time as the Initial Shares.

Included in the acquisition were 7,298 Initial Shares and 3,649 Matching Shares
for Mr N J Kempner, Chief Executive ('Mr Kempner'), and 3,649 Initial Shares and
1,824 Matching Shares for Mr K C Wong ('Mr Wong'), both directors of the
Company.  The Matching Shares are transferable under the rules of the Plan on 28
September 2003.

All employees and executive directors of the Company are potential beneficiaries
under the Trust.

Following this announcement, Mr Kempner and Mr Wong are beneficially interested
in 168,101 and 36,037 Ordinary shares in the Company respectively and
representing 0.139% and 0.030% respectively of the issued Ordinary share capital
of the Company.


                  GRANTS OF SHARE OPTIONS TO DIRECTORS

Benchmark Group PLC ('Benchmark') hereby gives notice of share options granted
to Mr N J Kempner ('Mr N Kempner') and Mr K C Wong ('Mr K Wong'), Directors of
Benchmark under the Benchmark Group PLC 1996 Unapproved Executive Share Option
Scheme ('the Scheme').

By a deed dated 28 September 2000 between Benchmark and Mr N Kempner, an option
was granted to Mr N Kempner to acquire a total of 174,902 Ordinary shares in
Benchmark at a price of 271.00 pence per share and by a deed also dated 28
September 2000 between Benchmark and Mr K Wong, an option was granted to Mr K
Wong to acquire 164,246 Ordinary shares in Benchmark at a price of 271.00 pence
per share, both in accordance with the terms and rules of the Scheme ('the Basic
Options').

By a further deed dated 28 September 2000 between Benchmark and Mr N Kempner, an
option was granted to Mr N Kempner to acquire a total of 22,879 Ordinary shares
in Benchmark at a price of 271.00 pence per share and by a further deed also
dated 28 September 2000 between Benchmark and Mr K Wong, an option was granted
to Mr K Wong to acquire 23,084 Ordinary shares in Benchmark at a price of 271.00
pence per share, both in accordance with the terms and rules of the Scheme ('the
Super Options').

The Basic Options are exercisable between 28 September 2003 and 28 September
2007.

The Super Options are exercisable between 28 September 2005 and 28 September
2007.

Following this notification, Mr N Kempner and Mr K Wong held options over
Benchmark Ordinary shares totalling 684,723 shares and 603,062 shares
respectively.


                       DEALINGS BY DIRECTORS


1)  NAME OF COMPANY

Benchmark Group PLC


2)  NAME OF DIRECTOR

N J Kempner

3)  Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of
    holding of the shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a
    non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder
    if it is a holding of that person's spouse or children under the
    age of 18 or in respect of an non-beneficial interest


4)  Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the
    number of shares held by each of them. (If notified)



5)  Please state whether notification relates to a person(s) connected
    with the Director named in 2 above and identify the connected person(s)


YES

6)  Please state the nature of the transaction. For PEP transactions
    please indicate whether general/single co PEP and if discretionary/non
    discretionary



7)  Number of shares/amount of
    stock acquired

7,298

8)   (0.006 %)
    of issued Class


9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class


11) Class of security

Ordinary 50p


12) Price per share

272p

13) Date of transaction

28/09/2000

14) Date company informed

28/09/2000

15) Total holding following this notification

168,101

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.139

     IF A DIRECTOR HAS BEEN GRANTED OPTIONS BY THE COMPANY PLEASE
                    COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BOXES

17) Date of grant

28 September 2000

18) Period during which or date on which exercisable

174,902 Between 28/9/2003 & 28/9/2007
22,879  Between 28/9/2005 & 28/9/2007


19) Total amount paid (if any) for grant of the option



20) Description of shares or debentures involved: class, number.

Ordinary 50p

21) Exercise price (if fixed at time of grant) or indication that price
    is to be fixed at time of exercise

271p

22) Total number of shares or debentures over which options held
    following this notification

684,723

23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

W Y Wong  0207 287 6881

25) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for
    making this notification

   Date of Notification   28 September 2000                              



                       DEALINGS BY DIRECTORS


1)  NAME OF COMPANY

Benchmark Group PLC


2)  NAME OF DIRECTOR

K C WONG

3)  Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of
    holding of the shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a
    non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder
    if it is a holding of that person's spouse or children under the
    age of 18 or in respect of an non-beneficial interest


4)  Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the
    number of shares held by each of them. (If notified)



5)  Please state whether notification relates to a person(s) connected
    with the Director named in 2 above and identify the connected person(s)


YES

6)  Please state the nature of the transaction. For PEP transactions
    please indicate whether general/single co PEP and if discretionary/non
    discretionary



7)  Number of shares/amount of
    stock acquired

3,649

8)   (0.003 %)
    of issued Class


9)  Number of shares/amount
    of stock disposed



10)  ( N/A %)
    of issued Class


11) Class of security

Ordinary 50p


12) Price per share

272p

13) Date of transaction

28/09/2000

14) Date company informed

28/09/2000

15) Total holding following this notification

36,037

16) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

0.03

     IF A DIRECTOR HAS BEEN GRANTED OPTIONS BY THE COMPANY PLEASE
                    COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BOXES

17) Date of grant

28 September 2000

18) Period during which or date on which exercisable

164,246 Between 28/9/2003 & 28/9/2007
23,084  Between 28/9/2005 & 28/9/2007


19) Total amount paid (if any) for grant of the option



20) Description of shares or debentures involved: class, number.

Ordinary 50p

21) Exercise price (if fixed at time of grant) or indication that price
    is to be fixed at time of exercise

271p

22) Total number of shares or debentures over which options held
    following this notification

603,062

23) Any additional information



24) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

W Y Wong  0207 287 6881

25) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for
    making this notification

   Date of Notification   28 September 2000                              



                                                    

a d v e r t i s e m e n t