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Wednesday 08 December, 2021

WPP PLC

Extension of share buyback programme

RNS Number : 9578U
WPP PLC
08 December 2021
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8 December 2021

 

 

 

WPP plc ("WPP" or the "Company")

 

Extension of share buyback programme

 

On 28 October 2021, WPP announced that it had entered into an agreement with Goldman Sachs International ("Goldman Sachs") in relation to the purchase by Goldman Sachs of WPP's ordinary shares of 10 pence each ("Ordinary Shares") for an aggregate purchase price of up to £200m (the "Original Programme"). Ordinary Shares acquired by Goldman Sachs under the Original Programme were to be simultaneously on-sold by Goldman Sachs to WPP.

As at 7 December 2021, £199m of Ordinary Shares under the Original Programme had been purchased. On 8 December 2021 WPP entered into a further agreement with Goldman Sachs in relation to the purchase by Goldman Sachs of Ordinary Shares for an aggregate purchase price of up to £50m (the "Extended Programme"). Ordinary Shares acquired by Goldman Sachs under this further agreement will be simultaneously on-sold by Goldman Sachs to WPP.

The purchase of shares in accordance with the Extended Programme is expected to commence on or shortly after 8 December 2021 and a further announcement will be made upon completion. The purpose of the Programme is to reduce the share capital of WPP.

Any purchase of Ordinary Shares contemplated by this announcement will be carried out on the London Stock Exchange and/or other trading venues.1 WPP's shareholders generally authorised WPP to purchase up to a maximum of 121,258,871 Ordinary Shares at its 2021 Annual General Meeting held on 9 June 2021, subject to certain limitations (the "Authority"). The aggregate number of Ordinary Shares acquired by the Company pursuant to the Extended Programme shall not exceed the maximum number of Ordinary Shares which the Company is authorised to purchase pursuant to the Authority. The Authority expires on the earlier of the date of the Annual General Meeting of the Company to be held in 2022 and 1 September 2022. The Extended Programme will be executed in accordance with (and subject to the limits prescribed by) the Authority and will be conducted within the parameters prescribed by the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014/EU (as in force in the UK and as amended by the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019), the Commission Delegated Regulation 2016/1052/EU (as in force in the UK and as amended by the FCA's Technical Standards (Market Abuse Regulation) (EU Exit) Instrument 2019) and in accordance with Chapter 12 of the UK Listing Rules. Any market repurchase of Ordinary Shares will be announced no later than 7.30am on the business day following the calendar day on which the repurchase occurred.

Goldman Sachs will make any disclosures it is legally required to make in relation to such transactions.

[1]  Includes Cboe BXE, Cboe CXE and Turquoise.

 

 

For further information:

Investors and analysts


Peregrine Riviere

+44 7909 907193

Fran Butera (US)

+1 914 484 1198



Media


Chris Wade, WPP

+44 (0)20 7282 4600  

Richard Oldworth,
Buchanan Communications

+44 20 7466 5000

+44 7710 130 634

 

About WPP  

WPP is a creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients and communities. For more information, visit www.wpp.com  

 

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