The Company announces that, in accordance with the terms of its general authority to make market purchases of its own shares granted to it by shareholders of the Company on 25 September 2013 and following the announcement by the Company on 13 January 2014, the Company on 26 March 2014 acquired 24,000 ordinary shares of 1 pence each in the capital of the Company (the “Ordinary Shares”) (the “Purchase”). The Purchase was made in the market for cash at a price of 197.95 pence per Ordinary Share. Following the Purchase, the Ordinary Shares will be held in treasury.
The Company advises that, following the Purchase, the Company’s issued share capital is 48,735,005 Ordinary Shares (including 164,000 Ordinary Shares held as treasury shares). Therefore the Company’s total number of Ordinary Shares with voting rights is 48,571,005.
The above figure of 48,571,005 may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules.