NatWest Group plc (the “Company”) has agreed with HM Treasury to make an off-market purchase (the “Off-Market Purchase”) of 392,448,233 ordinary shares in the Company with a nominal value of £1.0769* each (“Ordinary Shares”) at a price of 316.2 pence per Ordinary Share, being the closing price of the Ordinary Shares on the London Stock Exchange on 30 May 2024.  The total consideration for the Off-Market Purchase will be £1,240,921,312.75.


The purchased Ordinary Shares represent 4.50 per cent of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital (excluding treasury shares). The Off-Market Purchase is expected to settle on 4 June 2024.


A contract (the “Directed Buyback Contract”) between the Company and HM Treasury was approved by the shareholders of the Company at a General Meeting held on 6 February 2019 and signed on 7 February 2019. Amendments to the Directed Buyback Contract were approved by the shareholders of the Company at a General Meeting held on 25 August 2022 and signed on 17 November 2022 and at the Annual General Meeting held on 23 April 2024 and signed on 07 May 2024.  The authority from shareholders to make off-market purchases of Ordinary Shares from HM Treasury (or its nominee) under the terms of the Directed Buyback Contract was renewed at the Annual General Meeting on 23 April 2024.


The Company intends to cancel 222,448,233 of the purchased Ordinary Shares and hold the remaining 170,000,000 Ordinary Shares in treasury. Holding Ordinary Shares as treasury shares gives the Company the ability to cancel or re-issue such Ordinary Shares at a later date, quickly and cost effectively, and may provide the Company with additional flexibility in the management of its capital base, including the allotment of Ordinary Shares in relation to its employee share plans.


Under Chapter 11 of the Listing Rules, the Directed Buyback Contract constitutes a related party transaction. However, the Off-Market Purchase is treated as a smaller related party transaction under LR 11.1.10 R.


Upon settlement of the above transaction:

  • the Company will hold 301,835,417 of its Ordinary Shares as treasury shares;
  • the Company will have in issue 8,328,623,628 Ordinary Shares (excluding treasury shares)** and 483,140 Cumulative Preference Shares of £1; and
  • HM Treasury will hold approximately 22.5*** per cent. of the Company’s voting rights.


The Company continues to target CET1 ratio in the range of 13-14%. The transaction is broadly TNAV per share neutral.


Paul Thwaite, CEO of Natwest Group commented: “This transaction represents another important milestone for NatWest Group, building on recent momentum in the reduction of HM Treasury’s stake in the bank. We believe it is a positive use of capital for the bank and for our shareholders and represents further progress against the ambition to return NatWest Group to full private ownership. Our focus remains on delivering for our customers which will, in turn, deliver for our shareholders and the UK economy.”


*The nominal value of Ordinary Shares without rounding is £1.076923076923077 per share

**This number does not take into account any purchases of Ordinary Shares which (i) may have taken place but have not, at the date of this announcement, settled under the Company’s On Market Share Buyback Programme which commenced on 19 February 2024 (the “Programme”) or (ii) may take place under the Programme between the date of this announcement and settlement of the Off-Market Purchase.

*** This number is based on the Company’s most recent TR-1 notification of major shareholdings on 31 May 2024 in respect of HM Treasury’s shareholding notification dated 30 May 2024 and does not take into account any sales executed by HM Treasury since the notification date.


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