SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rules 13a-16 or 15d-16 under
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Dated July 23, 2021
Commission File Number: 001-10086
PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
VODAFONE HOUSE, THE CONNECTION, NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE, RG14 2FN, ENGLAND
(Address of principal executive offices)
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This Report on Form 6-K contains a Stock Exchange Announcement dated 23 July 2021 entitled ‘VODAFONE GROUP PLC – SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAMME’.
23 July 2021
VODAFONE GROUP PLC
SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAMME
In March 2019, Vodafone Group Plc ('Vodafone') issued a two-tranche mandatory convertible bond ('MCB'), the first tranche of which (£1,720,000,000 1.20 per cent. Subordinated Mandatory Convertible Bonds; ISIN XS1960588850) matured on 12 March 2021, and the second tranche of which is due to mature in March 2022. In order to satisfy the conversion of the first tranche of the MCB, 1,426,710,898 shares were issued from existing shares held in treasury. Between (i) 22 March 2021 and 18 May 2021, and (ii) 19 May 2021 and 23 July 2021, Vodafone undertook irrevocable and non-discretionary share buy-back programmes to reduce the issued share capital of Vodafone to partially offset the increase in the issued share capital as a result of the maturing of the first tranche of the MCB (the ‘Programmes’). Vodafone today announces it will commence a new irrevocable and non-discretionary share buy-back programme (the ‘New Programme’). The sole purpose of the New Programme is to further reduce the issued share capital of Vodafone to partially offset the increase in the issued share capital as a result of the maturing of the first tranche of the MCB.
Vodafone currently intends to launch additional share buy-back programmes over the next 8 months to reduce the issued share capital of Vodafone, to further offset the increase in the issued share capital as a result of the maturing of the first tranche of the MCB, before the second tranche of the MCB matures in March 2022. Details of any such programmes, including the target number of shares to be repurchased, would be announced before any trading under such programmes begins.
Further details of the New Programme
Vodafone has given irrevocable and non-discretionary instructions to Goldman Sachs International ('Goldman Sachs') in relation to the New Programme, which will commence on 26 July 2021 and will end no later than 17 November 2021 (the ‘Designated Period’). Goldman Sachs will act as principal during the New Programme and will make its trading decisions concerning the timing of the purchases of Vodafone’s ordinary shares independently of Vodafone.
The number of ordinary shares permitted to be purchased by Vodafone, pursuant to the authority granted by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of Vodafone on 28 July 2020 (the ‘2020 AGM’), is 2,677,388,122 ordinary shares. The number of ordinary shares to be purchased under the New Programme will not exceed 467,988,432 ordinary shares and is therefore, together with the Programmes, within the 2020 AGM approved limit. The purchased shares will be held as treasury shares. The maximum amount allocated to the New Programme is £570 million (considering money received or paid under the accompanying option structure).
Any purchases of ordinary shares by Vodafone in relation to this announcement will be made on the London Stock Exchange and effected within certain pre-set parameters and in accordance with the authority granted by shareholders at the 2020 AGM, the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of section 3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended) and Chapter 12 of the Listing Rules and will be discontinued in the event Vodafone ceases to have the necessary general authority to repurchase ordinary shares.
Details of the authority granted at the 2020 AGM can be found on our website under: https://investors.vodafone.com/sites/vodafone-ir/files/vodafone/agm/2020/result_of_AGM_2020.pdf
Details of the mandatory convertible bond can also be found on our website under: https://otp.tools.investis.com/Utilities/PDFDownload.aspx?Newsid=1237908
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorised.
|PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY|
|Dated: July 23, 2021||By:||/s/ R E S MARTIN|
|Name: Rosemary E S Martin|
|Title: Group General Counsel and Company Secretary|