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Capital reduction - notice of completion

In previous updates on 30 April 2018 and 10 May 2018 on various steps being implemented as part of the ring-fencing strategy of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (“RBSG” and, together with its subsidiaries, "RBS Group"), RBS Group announced its intention to undertake a court-approved capital reduction of NatWest Markets Plc ("NatWest Markets").

NatWest Markets announces that the reduction of its share capital and cancellation of its share premium account and capital redemption reserve (the “Reduction”) is now effective following the confirmation of the Reduction by the Court of Session, Edinburgh on 29 June 2018 and the registration of the court order with the Registrar of Companies in Scotland on 2 July 2018. This follows approval of the Reduction by special resolution of NatWest Markets passed at a general meeting of NatWest Markets on 3 May 2018.

As a result of the Reduction, 6,209 million ordinary shares of £1 each in NatWest Markets, the balance of its share premium account (approximately £27,692 million as at 3 May 2018) and the balance of its capital redemption reserve (approximately £0.1 million as at 3 May 2018) have been cancelled.

The Reduction included the return of capital to RBSG in the form of the entire issued share capital of NatWest Holdings Limited (the intermediate holding company of the future ring-fenced sub-group), effectively separating the ring-fenced sub-group from the multiple RBS Group entities outside of the ring-fence, as required by the ring-fencing legislation. A return of capital in cash has also been made to RBSG with the balance of the capital reduced creating distributable reserves.

On a pro forma basis, the Reduction would have caused the NatWest Market’s CET1 ratio at 31 May 2018 to reduce from 21.1% to 18.9%, as depicted in the table below. There will continue to be further distributions to RBSG in line with the RBS Group’s internal capital management plan and stated capital targets.

The Reduction does not have any effect on the RBS Group CET1 ratio.

Implementation of the Reduction, and thereby creating the legal separation of those RBS Group entities that will be within the ring-fenced sub-group from those held outside the ring-fence, represents the achievement of a further key milestone in our journey to compliance with the ring-fencing legislation.

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This announcement contains information that qualified or may have qualified as inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 (MAR). For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is made by Matt Waymark, Head of Investor Relations for The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
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