The information in this preliminary pricing supplement is not complete and may be changed. This preliminary pricing supplement and the accompanying prospectus, prospectus supplement and underlying supplement do not constitute an offer to sell the Notes and we are not soliciting an offer to buy the Notes in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

Subject to Completion

Preliminary Pricing Supplement dated February 23, 2024

Pricing Supplement dated February    , 2024

(To the Prospectus dated May 23, 2022, the Prospectus Supplement dated June 27, 2022

and the Underlying Supplement dated June 27, 2022)

Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration No. 333-265158

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Buffered Dual Directional Notes due March 5, 2029

Linked to the S&P 500® Futures Excess Return Index

Global Medium-Term Notes, Series A

Unlike ordinary debt securities, the Notes do not pay interest and do not guarantee any return of principal at maturity. Instead, as described below, the Notes offer leveraged exposure to potential appreciation of the Underlier from the Initial Underlier Value to the Final Underlier Value and an unleveraged positive return based on any potential depreciation of the Underlier from the Initial Underlier Value to the Final Underlier Value, but only if the Final Underlier Value is greater than or equal to the Buffer Value. Investors should be willing to forgo dividend payments and, if the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value, be willing to lose up to 70.00% of their investment at maturity.

Terms used in this pricing supplement, but not defined herein, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the prospectus supplement.

Issuer: Barclays Bank PLC
Denominations: Minimum denomination of $1,000, and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof
Initial Valuation Date: February 28, 2024 Final Valuation Date: February 28, 2029
Issue Date: March 4, 2024 Maturity Date: March 5, 2029
Reference Asset:* The S&P 500® Futures Excess Return Index (Bloomberg ticker symbol “SPXFP<Index>”) (the “Underlier”)
Payment at Maturity:

You will receive on the Maturity Date a cash payment per $1,000 principal amount Note determined as follows:

§      If the Final Underlier Value is greater than the Initial Underlier Value, you will receive a payment per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows:

$1,000 + ($1,000 × Underlier Return × Upside Leverage Factor)

§      If the Final Underlier Value is less than or equal to the Initial Underlier Value but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows:

$1,000 + ($1,000 × Absolute Value Return)

If the Final Underlier Value is less than or equal to the Initial Underlier Value but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, you will receive a positive 1% return on the Notes for each 1% decrease of the Underlier. In no event will this return exceed 30.00%.

§      If the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value, you will receive an amount per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows:

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Underlier Return + Buffer Percentage)]

If the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value, your Notes will be exposed to the decline of the Underlier in excess of the Buffer Percentage and you will lose up to 70.00% of your investment at maturity. Any payment on the Notes, including any repayment of principal, is not guaranteed by any third party and is subject to (a) the creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC and (b) the risk of exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power (as described on page PS-5 of this pricing supplement) by the relevant U.K. resolution authority. See “Selected Risk Considerations” and “Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power” in this pricing supplement and “Risk Factors” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power: Notwithstanding and to the exclusion of any other term of the Notes or any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between Barclays Bank PLC and any holder or beneficial owner of the Notes (or the trustee on behalf of the holders of the Notes), by acquiring the Notes, each holder and beneficial owner of the Notes acknowledges, accepts, agrees to be bound by, and consents to the exercise of, any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority. See “Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power” on page PS-5 of this pricing supplement.
Upside Leverage Factor: 1.50
Buffer Percentage: 30.00%
Underlier Return: Final Underlier Value – Initial Underlier Value
Initial Underlier Value
Absolute Value Return: The absolute value of the Underlier Return. For example, a -5% Underlier Return will result in a +5% Absolute Value Return.

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Initial Issue Price(1)(2)

Price to Public

Agents Commission(3)

Proceeds to Barclays Bank PLC

Per Note $1,000 100% 4.225% 95.775%
Total $● $● $● $●

(1)Because dealers who purchase the Notes for sale to certain fee-based advisory accounts may forgo some or all selling concessions, fees or commissions, the public offering price for investors purchasing the Notes in such fee-based advisory accounts may be between $957.75 and $1,000 per Note. Investors that hold their Notes in fee-based advisory or trust accounts may be charged fees by the investment advisor or manager of such account based on the amount of assets held in those accounts, including the Notes.

(2)Our estimated value of the Notes on the Initial Valuation Date, based on our internal pricing models, is expected to be between $910.00 and $933.80 per Note. The estimated value is expected to be less than the initial issue price of the Notes. See “Additional Information Regarding Our Estimated Value of the Notes” on page PS-6 of this pricing supplement.

(3)Barclays Capital Inc. will receive commissions from the Issuer of up to $42.25 per $1,000 principal amount Note. Barclays Capital Inc. will use these commissions to pay variable selling concessions or fees (including custodial or clearing fees) to other dealers. The actual commission received by Barclays Capital Inc. will be equal to the selling concession paid to such dealers.

Investing in the Notes involves a number of risks. See Risk Factorsbeginning on page S-9 of the prospectus supplement and Selected Risk Considerationsbeginning on page PS-10 of this pricing supplement.

The Notes will not be listed on any U.S. securities exchange or quotation system. Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these Notes or determined that this pricing supplement is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The Notes constitute our unsecured and unsubordinated obligations. The Notes are not deposit liabilities of Barclays Bank PLC and are not covered by the U.K. Financial Services Compensation Scheme or insured by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency or deposit insurance agency of the United States, the United Kingdom or any other jurisdiction.

 

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(Terms of the Notes continued from previous page)

Buffer Value:           , which is 70.00% of the Initial Underlier Value (rounded to two decimal places)
Initial Underlier Value:           , the Closing Value of the Underlier on the Initial Valuation Date
Final Underlier Value: The Closing Value of the Underlier on the Final Valuation Date
Closing Value:* Closing Value has the meaning assigned to “closing level” set forth under “Reference Assets—Indices—Special Calculation Provisions” in the prospectus supplement.
Calculation Agent: Barclays Bank PLC
CUSIP / ISIN: 06745PYA3 / US06745PYA38

*If the Underlier is discontinued or if the sponsor of the Underlier fails to publish the Underlier, the Calculation Agent may select a successor index or, if no successor index is available, will calculate the value to be used as the Closing Value of the Underlier. In addition, the Calculation Agent will calculate the value to be used as the Closing Value of the Underlier in the event of certain changes in or modifications to the Underlier. For more information, see “Reference Assets—Indices—Adjustments Relating to Securities with an Index as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

The Final Valuation Date may be postponed if that day is not a scheduled trading day or if a market disruption event occurs on that day as described under “Reference Assets—Indices—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Index of Equity Securities as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement. In addition, the Maturity Date will be postponed if that day is not a business day or if the Final Valuation Date is postponed as described under “Terms of the Notes—Payment Dates” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

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ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE OFFERING OF THE NOTES

 

You should read this pricing supplement together with the prospectus dated May 23, 2022, as supplemented by the prospectus supplement dated June 27, 2022 relating to our Global Medium-Term Notes, Series A, of which these Notes are a part, and the underlying supplement dated June 27, 2022. This pricing supplement, together with the documents listed below, contains the terms of the Notes and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous oral statements as well as any other written materials including preliminary or indicative pricing terms, correspondence, trade ideas, structures for implementation, sample structures, brochures or other educational materials of ours. You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters set forth under “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement and “Selected Risk Considerations” in this pricing supplement, as the Notes involve risks not associated with conventional debt securities. We urge you to consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors before you invest in the Notes.

 

You may access these documents on the SEC website at www.sec.gov as follows (or if such address has changed, by reviewing our filings for the relevant date on the SEC website):

 

·Prospectus dated May 23, 2022:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000119312522157585/d337542df3asr.htm

 

·Prospectus Supplement dated June 27, 2022:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0000312070/000095010322011301/dp169388_424b2-prosupp.htm

 

·Underlying Supplement dated June 27, 2022:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0000312070/000095010322011304/dp169384_424b2-underl.htm

 

Our SEC file number is 110257. As used in this pricing supplement, “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Barclays Bank PLC.

 

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SUPPLEMENTAL TERMS OF THE NOTES

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the accompanying prospectus supplement, the section “Reference Assets—Indices—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Index of Equity Securities as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement will apply to the Notes with the following modifications:

 

·A market disruption event will occur with respect to the Underlier only if one or more of the following events occurs, in each case as determined by the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion: (i) the occurrence of a market disruption event with respect to the S&P 500® Index pursuant to the provisions of “Reference Assets—Indices—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Index of Equity Securities as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement; or (ii) the occurrence of a market disruption event with respect to the Underlier pursuant to the provisions of “Reference Assets—Indices—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Index Composed of Commodities as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement, where “index component” means, for this purpose, any futures contract included in the Underlier.

 

·“Scheduled trading day” as used in “Reference Assets—Indices—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Index of Equity Securities as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement means any day on which (1) the Calculation Agent is scheduled to be open for business in London and New York, and (2) the exchanges on which all futures contracts included in the Underlier are scheduled to be open for trading, in each case as determined by the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion.

 

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consent to u.k. bail-in power

 

Notwithstanding and to the exclusion of any other term of the Notes or any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between us and any holder or beneficial owner of the Notes (or the trustee on behalf of the holders of the Notes), by acquiring the Notes, each holder and beneficial owner of the Notes acknowledges, accepts, agrees to be bound by, and consents to the exercise of, any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority.

 

Under the U.K. Banking Act 2009, as amended, the relevant U.K. resolution authority may exercise a U.K. Bail-in Power in circumstances in which the relevant U.K. resolution authority is satisfied that the resolution conditions are met. These conditions include that a U.K. bank or investment firm is failing or is likely to fail to satisfy the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “FSMA”) threshold conditions for authorization to carry on certain regulated activities (within the meaning of section 55B FSMA) or, in the case of a U.K. banking group company that is a European Economic Area (“EEA”) or third country institution or investment firm, that the relevant EEA or third country relevant authority is satisfied that the resolution conditions are met in respect of that entity.

 

The U.K. Bail-in Power includes any write-down, conversion, transfer, modification and/or suspension power, which allows for (i) the reduction or cancellation of all, or a portion, of the principal amount of, interest on, or any other amounts payable on, the Notes; (ii) the conversion of all, or a portion, of the principal amount of, interest on, or any other amounts payable on, the Notes into shares or other securities or other obligations of Barclays Bank PLC or another person (and the issue to, or conferral on, the holder or beneficial owner of the Notes such shares, securities or obligations); (iii) the cancellation of the Notes and/or (iv) the amendment or alteration of the maturity of the Notes, or amendment of the amount of interest or any other amounts due on the Notes, or the dates on which interest or any other amounts become payable, including by suspending payment for a temporary period; which U.K. Bail-in Power may be exercised by means of a variation of the terms of the Notes solely to give effect to the exercise by the relevant U.K. resolution authority of such U.K. Bail-in Power. Each holder and beneficial owner of the Notes further acknowledges and agrees that the rights of the holders or beneficial owners of the Notes are subject to, and will be varied, if necessary, solely to give effect to, the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority. For the avoidance of doubt, this consent and acknowledgment is not a waiver of any rights holders or beneficial owners of the Notes may have at law if and to the extent that any U.K. Bail-in Power is exercised by the relevant U.K. resolution authority in breach of laws applicable in England.

 

For more information, please see “Selected Risk Considerations—Risks Relating to the Issuer—You May Lose Some or All of Your Investment If Any U.K. Bail-in Power Is Exercised by the Relevant U.K. Resolution Authority” in this pricing supplement as well as “U.K. Bail-in Power,” “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally—Regulatory action in the event a bank or investment firm in the Group is failing or likely to fail, including the exercise by the relevant U.K. resolution authority of a variety of statutory resolution powers, could materially adversely affect the value of any securities” and “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally—Under the terms of the securities, you have agreed to be bound by the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

PS-5 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING OUR ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE NOTES

 

The final terms for the Notes will be determined on the date the Notes are initially priced for sale to the public, which we refer to as the Initial Valuation Date, based on prevailing market conditions on or prior to the Initial Valuation Date, and will be communicated to investors either orally or in a final pricing supplement.

 

Our internal pricing models take into account a number of variables and are based on a number of subjective assumptions, which may or may not materialize, typically including volatility, interest rates and our internal funding rates. Our internal funding rates (which are our internally published borrowing rates based on variables such as market benchmarks, our appetite for borrowing, and our existing obligations coming to maturity) may vary from the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market. Our estimated value on the Initial Valuation Date is based on our internal funding rates. Our estimated value of the Notes might be lower if such valuation were based on the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market.

 

Our estimated value of the Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is expected to be less than the initial issue price of the Notes. The difference between the initial issue price of the Notes and our estimated value of the Notes is expected to result from several factors, including any sales commissions expected to be paid to Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours, any selling concessions, discounts, commissions or fees expected to be allowed or paid to non-affiliated intermediaries, the estimated profit that we or any of our affiliates expect to earn in connection with structuring the Notes, the estimated cost that we may incur in hedging our obligations under the Notes, and estimated development and other costs that we may incur in connection with the Notes.

 

Our estimated value on the Initial Valuation Date is not a prediction of the price at which the Notes may trade in the secondary market, nor will it be the price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market. Subject to normal market and funding conditions, Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours intends to offer to purchase the Notes in the secondary market but it is not obligated to do so.

 

Assuming that all relevant factors remain constant after the Initial Valuation Date, the price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may initially buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market, if any, and the value that we may initially use for customer account statements, if we provide any customer account statements at all, may exceed our estimated value on the Initial Valuation Date for a temporary period expected to be approximately six months after the Issue Date because, in our discretion, we may elect to effectively reimburse to investors a portion of the estimated cost of hedging our obligations under the Notes and other costs in connection with the Notes that we will no longer expect to incur over the term of the Notes. We made such discretionary election and determined this temporary reimbursement period on the basis of a number of factors, which may include the tenor of the Notes and/or any agreement we may have with the distributors of the Notes. The amount of our estimated costs that we effectively reimburse to investors in this way may not be allocated ratably throughout the reimbursement period, and we may discontinue such reimbursement at any time or revise the duration of the reimbursement period after the initial Issue Date of the Notes based on changes in market conditions and other factors that cannot be predicted.

 

We urge you to read the Selected Risk Considerationsbeginning on page PS-10 of this pricing supplement.

 

You may revoke your offer to purchase the Notes at any time prior to the Initial Valuation Date. We reserve the right to change the terms of, or reject any offer to purchase, the Notes prior to the Initial Valuation Date. In the event of any changes to the terms of the Notes, we will notify you and you will be asked to accept such changes in connection with your purchase. You may also choose to reject such changes in which case we may reject your offer to purchase.

 

PS-6 

 

Selected Purchase Considerations

 

The Notes are not appropriate for all investors. The Notes may be an appropriate investment for you if all of the following statements are true:

 

·You do not seek an investment that produces periodic interest or coupon payments or other sources of current income.

·You understand that the Absolute Value Return feature applies only if the Underlier decreases from the Initial Underlier Value but not by more than 30.00%, that any positive return in the event that the Final Underlier Value is less than the Initial Underlier Value is limited to 30.00% and that any decline in the Final Underlier Value from the Initial Underlier Value by more than 30.00% will result in a loss, rather than a positive return, on the Notes.

·You can tolerate a loss of up to 70.00% of your principal amount, and you are willing and able to make an investment that may have downside market risk similar to that of an investment in the Underlier.

·You do not anticipate that the Final Underlier Value will fall below the Buffer Value.

·You understand and are willing and able to accept the risks associated with an investment linked to the performance of the Underlier.

·You understand and accept that you will not have any rights with respect to the futures contracts composing the Underlier or be entitled to receive dividends or distributions that may be paid to holders of the securities composing the reference index of those futures contracts (the “Reference Index”), nor will you have any voting rights with respect to the securities composing the Reference Index.

·You can tolerate fluctuations in the price of the Notes that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the value of the Underlier.

·You do not seek an investment for which there will be an active secondary market, and you are willing and able to hold the Notes to maturity.

·You are willing and able to assume our credit risk for all payments on the Notes.

·You are willing and able to consent to the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by any relevant U.K. resolution authority.

 

The Notes may not be an appropriate investment for you if any of the following statements are true:

 

·You seek an investment that produces periodic interest or coupon payments or other sources of current income.

·You are unwilling or unable to accept that the Absolute Value Return feature applies only if the Underlier decreases from the Initial Underlier Value but not by more than 30.00%, that any positive return in the event that the Final Underlier Value is less than the Initial Underlier Value is limited to 30.00% or that any decline in the Final Underlier Value from the Initial Underlier Value by more than 30.00% will result in a loss, rather than a positive return, on the Notes.

·You seek an investment that provides for the full repayment of principal at maturity, and/or you are unwilling or unable to accept the risk that you may lose up to 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes in the event that the Final Underlier Value falls below the Buffer Value.

·You anticipate that the Final Underlier Value will fall below the Buffer Value.

·You do not understand and/or are unwilling or unable to accept the risks associated with an investment linked to the performance of the Underlier.

·You seek an investment that entitles you to rights with respect to the futures contracts composing the Underlier or to dividends or distributions on, or voting rights related to, the securities composing the Reference Index.

·You cannot tolerate fluctuations in the price of the Notes that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the value of the Underlier.

·You seek an investment for which there will be an active secondary market, and/or you are unwilling or unable to hold the Notes to maturity.

·You prefer the lower risk, and therefore accept the potentially lower returns, of fixed income investments with comparable maturities and credit ratings.

·You are unwilling or unable to assume our credit risk for all payments on the Notes.

·You are unwilling or unable to consent to the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by any relevant U.K. resolution authority.

 

You must rely on your own evaluation of the merits of an investment in the Notes. You should reach a decision whether to invest in the Notes after carefully considering, with your advisors, the appropriateness of the Notes in light of your investment objectives and the specific information set out in this pricing supplement, the prospectus, the prospectus supplement and the underlying supplement. Neither the Issuer nor Barclays Capital Inc. makes any recommendation as to the appropriateness of the Notes for investment.

 

The Notes are not futures contracts or swaps and are not regulated under the Commodity Exchange Act of 1936, as amended (the “Commodity Exchange Act”). The Notes are offered pursuant to an exemption from regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act, commonly known as the hybrid instrument exemption, that is available to securities that have one or more payments indexed to the value, level or rate of one or more commodities, as set out in section 2(f) of that statute. Accordingly, you are not afforded any protection provided by the Commodity Exchange Act or any regulation promulgated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

 

PS-7 

 

Hypothetical EXAMPLES OF AMOUNTS PAYABLE at Maturity

 

The following table illustrates the hypothetical payment at maturity under various circumstances. The examples set forth below are purely hypothetical and are provided for illustrative purposes only. The numbers appearing in the following table and examples have been rounded for ease of analysis. The hypothetical examples below do not take into account any tax consequences from investing in the Notes and make the following key assumptions:

 

§Hypothetical Initial Underlier Value: 100.00*

§Hypothetical Buffer Value: 70.00 (70.00% of the hypothetical Initial Underlier Value set forth above)*

*The hypothetical Initial Underlier Value of 100.00 and the hypothetical Buffer Value of 70.00 have been chosen for illustrative purposes only and do not represent a likely actual Initial Underlier Value or Buffer Value. The actual Initial Underlier Value will be equal to the Closing Value of the Underlier on the Initial Valuation Date, and the actual Buffer Value will be equal to 70.00% of the Initial Underlier Value.

 

For information regarding recent values of the Underlier, please see “Information Regarding the Underlier” in this pricing supplement.

 

Final Underlier Value Underlier Return Absolute Value Return Payment at Maturity per $1,000 Principal Amount Note
200.00 100.00% N/A $2,500.00
190.00 90.00% N/A $2,350.00
180.00 80.00% N/A $2,200.00
170.00 70.00% N/A $2,050.00
160.00 60.00% N/A $1,900.00
150.00 50.00% N/A $1,750.00
140.00 40.00% N/A $1,600.00
130.00 30.00% N/A $1,450.00
120.00 20.00% N/A $1,300.00
110.00 10.00% N/A $1,150.00
105.00 5.00% N/A $1,075.00
102.50 2.50% N/A $1,037.50
100.00 0.00% 0.00% $1,000.00
95.00 -5.00% 5.00% $1,050.00
90.00 -10.00% 10.00% $1,100.00
80.00 -20.00% 20.00% $1,200.00
70.00 -30.00% 30.00% $1,300.00
69.99 -30.01% N/A $999.90
60.00 -40.00% N/A $900.00
50.00 -50.00% N/A $800.00
40.00 -60.00% N/A $700.00
30.00 -70.00% N/A $600.00
20.00 -80.00% N/A $500.00
10.00 -90.00% N/A $400.00
0.00 -100.00% N/A $300.00

 

The following examples illustrate how the payments at maturity set forth in the table above are calculated:

 

Example 1: The value of the Underlier increases from an Initial Underlier Value of 100.00 to a Final Underlier Value of 105.00.

 

Because the Final Underlier Value is greater than the Initial Underlier Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,075.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + ($1,000 × Underlier Return × Upside Leverage Factor)

$1,000 + ($1,000 × 5.00% × 1.50)

$1,000 + ($1,000 × 7.50%) = $1,075.00

 

Example 2: The value of the Underlier decreases from an Initial Underlier Value of 100.00 to a Final Underlier Value of 95.00.

 

Because the Final Underlier Value is less than or equal to the Initial Underlier Value but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,050.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + ($1,000 × Absolute Value Return)

 

Because the absolute value of the Underlier Return of -5.00% is +5.00%, the Absolute Value Return is +5.00% and the payment at maturity is calculated as follows:

 

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$1,000 + ($1,000 × 5.00%) = $1,050.00

 

Example 2 demonstrates that, if the Final Underlier Value is less than or equal to the Initial Underlier Value but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, you will receive a positive 1% return on the Notes for each 1% decrease of the Underlier.

 

Example 3: The value of the Underlier decreases from an Initial Underlier Value of 100.00 to a Final Underlier Value of 40.00.

 

Because the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $700.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Underlier Return + Buffer Percentage)]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (-60.00% + 30.00%)] = $700.00

 

Example 3 demonstrates that, if the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value, your investment in the Notes will be exposed to the decline of the Underlier in excess of the Buffer Percentage.

 

You may lose up to 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes. Any payment on the Notes, including the repayment of principal, is subject to the credit risk of Barclays Bank PLC.

 

PS-9 

 

Selected Risk Considerations

 

An investment in the Notes involves significant risks. Investing in the Notes is not equivalent to investing directly in the Underlier or its components. Some of the risks that apply to an investment in the Notes are summarized below, but we urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks relating to the Notes generally in the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus supplement. You should not purchase the Notes unless you understand and can bear the risks of investing in the Notes.

 

Risks Relating to the Notes Generally

 

·Your Investment in the Notes May Result in a Significant Loss—The Notes differ from ordinary debt securities in that the Issuer will not necessarily repay the full principal amount of the Notes at maturity. If the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value, your Notes will be exposed to the decline of the Underlier in excess of the Buffer Percentage. You may lose up to 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes.

 

·Your Potential for a Positive Return from Depreciation of the Underlier Is Limited—The Absolute Value Return feature applies only if the Final Underlier Value is less than the Initial Underlier Value but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, which is equal to 70.00% of the Initial Underlier Value. Thus, any potential return on the Notes in the event that the Final Underlier Value is less than the Buffer Value is limited to 30.00%. Any decline in the Final Underlier Value from the Initial Underlier Value by more than 30.00% will result in a loss, rather than a positive return, on the Notes.

 

·No Interest Payments—As a holder of the Notes, you will not receive interest payments.

 

·Any Payment on the Notes Will Be Determined Based on the Closing Values of the Underlier on the Dates Specified—Any payment on the Notes will be determined based on the Closing Values of the Underlier on the dates specified. You will not benefit from any more favorable value of the Underlier determined at any other time.

 

·Contingent Repayment of the Principal Amount Applies Only at Maturity—You should be willing to hold your Notes to maturity. If you sell your Notes prior to such time in the secondary market, if any, you may have to sell your Notes at a price that is less than the principal amount even if at that time the value of the Underlier has increased from the Initial Underlier Value. See “—Risks Relating to the Estimated Value of the Notes and the Secondary Market—Many Economic and Market Factors Will Impact the Value of the Notes” below.

 

·Owning the Notes Is Not the Same as Owning the Futures Contracts Composing the Underlier or the Securities Composing the Reference Index—The return on the Notes may not reflect the return you would realize if you actually owned the futures contracts composing the Underlier or the securities composing the Reference Index. As a holder of the Notes, you will not have any rights with respect to the futures contracts composing the Underlier or voting rights or rights to receive dividends or other distributions or other rights that holders of the securities composing the Reference Index would have.

 

·The U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of an Investment in the Notes Are Uncertain—There is no direct legal authority regarding the proper U.S. federal income tax treatment of the Notes, and we do not plan to request a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”). Consequently, significant aspects of the tax treatment of the Notes are uncertain, and the IRS or a court might not agree with the treatment of the Notes as prepaid forward contracts, as described below under “Tax Considerations.” If the IRS were successful in asserting an alternative treatment for the Notes, the tax consequences of the ownership and disposition of the Notes could be materially and adversely affected.

 

In addition, in 2007 the Treasury Department and the IRS released a notice requesting comments on various issues regarding the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar instruments. Any Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, possibly with retroactive effect. You should review carefully the sections of the accompanying prospectus supplement entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences—Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders—Notes Treated as Prepaid Forward or Derivative Contracts” and, if you are a non-U.S. holder, “—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders,” and consult your tax advisor regarding the U.S. federal tax consequences of an investment in the Notes (including possible alternative treatments and the issues presented by the 2007 notice), as well as tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.

 

Risks Relating to the Issuer

 

·Credit of Issuer—The Notes are unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of the Issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of any third party. Any payment to be made on the Notes, including any repayment of principal, is subject to the ability of Barclays Bank PLC to satisfy its obligations as they come due and is not guaranteed by any third party. As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC may affect the market value of the Notes, and in the event Barclays Bank PLC were to default on its obligations, you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the terms of the Notes.

 

·You May Lose Some or All of Your Investment If Any U.K. Bail-in Power Is Exercised by the Relevant U.K. Resolution Authority—Notwithstanding and to the exclusion of any other term of the Notes or any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between Barclays Bank PLC and any holder or beneficial owner of the Notes (or the trustee on behalf of the holders of the Notes), by acquiring the Notes, each holder and beneficial owner of the Notes acknowledges, accepts, agrees to be bound by, and consents to the exercise of, any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority as set forth under “Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power” in this pricing supplement. Accordingly, any U.K. Bail-in Power may be exercised in such a manner as to result in you and other holders and beneficial owners of the Notes losing all or a part of the value of your investment

 

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in the Notes or receiving a different security from the Notes, which may be worth significantly less than the Notes and which may have significantly fewer protections than those typically afforded to debt securities. Moreover, the relevant U.K. resolution authority may exercise the U.K. Bail-in Power without providing any advance notice to, or requiring the consent of, the holders and beneficial owners of the Notes. The exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority with respect to the Notes will not be a default or an Event of Default (as each term is defined in the senior debt securities indenture) and the trustee will not be liable for any action that the trustee takes, or abstains from taking, in either case, in accordance with the exercise of the U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority with respect to the Notes. See “Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power” in this pricing supplement as well as “U.K. Bail-in Power,” “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally—Regulatory action in the event a bank or investment firm in the Group is failing or likely to fail, including the exercise by the relevant U.K. resolution authority of a variety of statutory resolution powers, could materially adversely affect the value of any securities” and “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally—Under the terms of the securities, you have agreed to be bound by the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

Risks Relating to the Underlier

 

·The Underlier Reflects the Price Return of the Futures Contracts Composing the Underlier, Not the Total Return—The return on the Notes is based on the performance of the Underlier, which reflect changes in the market prices of the futures contracts composing the Underlier and positive or negative yields associated with rolling those futures contracts. The Underlier is not a “total return” index that, in addition to reflecting those price and roll returns, would also reflect interest on a hypothetical cash position collateralizing the futures contracts composing the Underlier. Accordingly, the return on the Notes will not include such a total return feature.

 

·Adjustments to the Underlier Could Adversely Affect the Value of the Notes—The sponsor of the Underlier may add, delete, substitute or adjust the futures contracts composing the Underlier or make other methodological changes to the Underlier that could affect its performance, and the sponsor of the Reference Index may add, delete, substitute or adjust the securities composing the Reference Index or make other methodological changes to the Reference Index that could affect the performance of the Underlier. The Calculation Agent will calculate the value to be used as the Closing Value of the Underlier in the event of certain material changes in or modifications to the Underlier. In addition, the sponsor of the Underlier may also discontinue or suspend calculation or publication of the Underlier at any time. Under these circumstances, the Calculation Agent may select a successor index that the Calculation Agent determines to be comparable to the Underlier or, if no successor index is available, the Calculation Agent will determine the value to be used as the Closing Value of the Underlier. Any of these actions could adversely affect the value of the Underlier and, consequently, the value of the Notes. See “Reference Assets—Indices—Adjustments Relating to Securities with an Index as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

·The Performance of the Underlier Will Differ from the Performance of the Reference Index—A variety of factors can lead to a disparity between the performance of an equity index futures contract and its reference index, including the expected dividend yields of the equity securities included in the reference index, an implicit financing cost associated with the futures contract and policies of the exchange on which the futures contracts are traded, such as margin requirements. A decline in expected dividends yields or an increase in margin requirements may adversely affect the performance of the Underlier. In addition, the implicit financing cost will negatively affect the performance of the Underlier, with a greater negative effect when market interest rates are higher. During periods of high market interest rates, the Underlier is likely to underperform the Reference Index, perhaps significantly.

 

·Negative Roll Returns Associated with the Futures Contracts Composing the Underlier May Adversely Affect the Level of the Underlier and the Value of the Notes—Unlike equity securities, the futures contracts composing the Underlier, by their terms, have stated expirations. As the futures contracts composing the Underlier approach expiration, they are replaced by contracts of the same series that have a later expiration. For example, a futures contract notionally purchased and held in June may specify a September expiration date. As time passes, the contract expiring in September is replaced by a contract for delivery in December. This is accomplished by notionally selling the September contract and notionally purchasing the December contract. This process is referred to as “rolling.” Excluding other considerations, if prices are higher in the distant delivery months than in the nearer delivery months, the notional purchase of the December contract would take place at a price that is higher than the price of the September contract, thereby creating a negative “roll return.” Negative roll returns adversely affect the returns of the futures contracts composing the Underlier and, therefore, the value of the Underlier and any payments on, and the value of, the Notes. Because of the potential effects of negative roll returns, it is possible for the value of the Underlier to decrease significantly over time, even when the levels of the Reference Index are stable or increasing.

 

·The Underlier Is Subject to Significant Risks Associated with Futures Markets—Futures markets are subject to temporary distortions or other disruptions due to various factors, including lack of liquidity, the participation of speculators and government regulation and intervention. In addition, futures exchanges generally have regulations that limit the amount of the futures contract price fluctuations that may occur in a single day. These limits are generally referred to as “daily price fluctuation limits” and the maximum or minimum price of a contract on any given day as a result of those limits is referred to as a “limit price.” Once the limit price has been reached in a particular contract, no trades may be made at a price beyond the limit, or trading may be limited for a set period of time. Limit prices have the effect of precluding trading in a particular contract or forcing the liquidation of contracts at potentially disadvantageous times or prices. These circumstances could delay the calculation of the value of the

 

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Underlier. These factors and others can cause the prices of the futures contracts composing the Underlier to be volatile and could adversely affect the value of the Underlier and any payments on, and the value of, your Notes.

 

·Historical Performance of the Underlier Should Not Be Taken as Any Indication of the Future Performance of the Underlier Over the Term of the Notes—The value of the Underlier has fluctuated in the past and may, in the future, experience significant fluctuations. The historical performance of the Underlier is not an indication of the future performance of the Underlier over the term of the Notes. Therefore, the performance of the Underlier over the term of the Notes may bear no relation or resemblance to the historical performance of the Underlier.

 

Risks Relating to Conflicts of Interest

 

·We and Our Affiliates May Engage in Various Activities or Make Determinations That Could Materially Affect the Notes in Various Ways and Create Conflicts of Interest—We and our affiliates play a variety of roles in connection with the issuance of the Notes, as described below. In performing these roles, our and our affiliates’ economic interests are potentially adverse to your interests as an investor in the Notes.

 

In connection with our normal business activities and in connection with hedging our obligations under the Notes, we and our affiliates make markets in and trade various financial instruments or products for our accounts and for the account of our clients and otherwise provide investment banking and other financial services with respect to these financial instruments and products. These financial instruments and products may include securities, derivative instruments or assets that may relate to the Underlier or its components. In any such market making, trading and hedging activity, and other financial services, we or our affiliates may take positions or take actions that are inconsistent with, or adverse to, the investment objectives of the holders of the Notes. We and our affiliates have no obligation to take the needs of any buyer, seller or holder of the Notes into account in conducting these activities. Such market making, trading and hedging activity, investment banking and other financial services may negatively impact the value of the Notes. 

 

In addition, the role played by Barclays Capital Inc., as the agent for the Notes, could present significant conflicts of interest with the role of Barclays Bank PLC, as issuer of the Notes. For example, Barclays Capital Inc. or its representatives may derive compensation or financial benefit from the distribution of the Notes and such compensation or financial benefit may serve as an incentive to sell the Notes instead of other investments. Furthermore, we and our affiliates establish the offering price of the Notes for initial sale to the public, and the offering price is not based upon any independent verification or valuation.

 

In addition to the activities described above, we will also act as the Calculation Agent for the Notes. As Calculation Agent, we will determine any values of the Underlier and make any other determinations necessary to calculate any payments on the Notes. In making these determinations, we may be required to make discretionary judgments, including determining whether a market disruption event has occurred on any date that the value of the Underlier is to be determined; if the Underlier is discontinued or if the sponsor of the Underlier fails to publish the Underlier, selecting a successor index or, if no successor index is available, determining any value necessary to calculate any payments on the Notes; and calculating the value of the Underlier on any date of determination in the event of certain changes in or modifications to the Underlier. In making these discretionary judgments, our economic interests are potentially adverse to your interests as an investor in the Notes, and any of these determinations may adversely affect any payments on the Notes.

 

Risks Relating to the Estimated Value of the Notes and the Secondary Market

 

·Lack of Liquidity—The Notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. Barclays Capital Inc. and other affiliates of Barclays Bank PLC intend to make a secondary market for the Notes but are not required to do so, and may discontinue any such secondary market making at any time, without notice. Barclays Capital Inc. may at any time hold unsold inventory, which may inhibit the development of a secondary market for the Notes. Even if there is a secondary market, it may not provide enough liquidity to allow you to trade or sell the Notes easily. Because other dealers are not likely to make a secondary market for the Notes, the price at which you may be able to trade your Notes is likely to depend on the price, if any, at which Barclays Capital Inc. and other affiliates of Barclays Bank PLC are willing to buy the Notes. The Notes are not designed to be short-term trading instruments. Accordingly, you should be able and willing to hold your Notes to maturity.

 

·Many Economic and Market Factors Will Impact the Value of the Notes—The value of the Notes will be affected by a number of economic and market factors that interact in complex and unpredictable ways and that may either offset or magnify each other, including:

othe values and expected volatility of the Underlier and the components of the Underlier;

othe time to maturity of the Notes;

odividend rates on the components of the Reference Index;

ointerest and yield rates in the market generally;

oa variety of economic, financial, political, regulatory or judicial events;

osupply and demand for the Notes; and

oour creditworthiness, including actual or anticipated downgrades in our credit ratings.

 

·The Estimated Value of Your Notes Is Expected to Be Lower Than the Initial Issue Price of Your Notes—The estimated value of your Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is expected to be lower, and may be significantly lower, than the initial issue price of your Notes. The difference between the initial issue price of your Notes and the estimated value of the Notes is expected

 

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as a result of certain factors, such as any sales commissions expected to be paid to Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours, any selling concessions, discounts, commissions or fees expected to be allowed or paid to non-affiliated intermediaries, the estimated profit that we or any of our affiliates expect to earn in connection with structuring the Notes, the estimated cost which we may incur in hedging our obligations under the Notes, and estimated development and other costs which we may incur in connection with the Notes.

 

·The Estimated Value of Your Notes Might Be Lower If Such Estimated Value Were Based on the Levels at Which Our Debt Securities Trade in the Secondary Market—The estimated value of your Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is based on a number of variables, including our internal funding rates. Our internal funding rates may vary from the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market. As a result of this difference, the estimated values referenced above might be lower if such estimated values were based on the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market.

 

·The Estimated Value of the Notes Is Based on Our Internal Pricing Models, Which May Prove to Be Inaccurate and May Be Different from the Pricing Models of Other Financial Institutions—The estimated value of your Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is based on our internal pricing models, which take into account a number of variables and are based on a number of subjective assumptions, which may or may not materialize. These variables and assumptions are not evaluated or verified on an independent basis. Further, our pricing models may be different from other financial institutions’ pricing models and the methodologies used by us to estimate the value of the Notes may not be consistent with those of other financial institutions which may be purchasers or sellers of Notes in the secondary market. As a result, the secondary market price of your Notes may be materially different from the estimated value of the Notes determined by reference to our internal pricing models.

 

·The Estimated Value of Your Notes Is Not a Prediction of the Prices at Which You May Sell Your Notes in the Secondary Market, If Any, and Such Secondary Market Prices, If Any, Will Likely Be Lower Than the Initial Issue Price of Your Notes and May Be Lower Than the Estimated Value of Your Notes—The estimated value of the Notes will not be a prediction of the prices at which Barclays Capital Inc., other affiliates of ours or third parties may be willing to purchase the Notes from you in secondary market transactions (if they are willing to purchase, which they are not obligated to do). The price at which you may be able to sell your Notes in the secondary market at any time will be influenced by many factors that cannot be predicted, such as market conditions, and any bid and ask spread for similar sized trades, and may be substantially less than our estimated value of the Notes. Further, as secondary market prices of your Notes take into account the levels at which our debt securities trade in the secondary market, and do not take into account our various costs related to the Notes such as fees, commissions, discounts, and the costs of hedging our obligations under the Notes, secondary market prices of your Notes will likely be lower than the initial issue price of your Notes. As a result, the price at which Barclays Capital Inc., other affiliates of ours or third parties may be willing to purchase the Notes from you in secondary market transactions, if any, will likely be lower than the price you paid for your Notes, and any sale prior to the Maturity Date could result in a substantial loss to you.

 

·The Temporary Price at Which We May Initially Buy the Notes in the Secondary Market and the Value We May Initially Use for Customer Account Statements, If We Provide Any Customer Account Statements at All, May Not Be Indicative of Future Prices of Your Notes—Assuming that all relevant factors remain constant after the Initial Valuation Date, the price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may initially buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market (if Barclays Capital Inc. makes a market in the Notes, which it is not obligated to do) and the value that we may initially use for customer account statements, if we provide any customer account statements at all, may exceed our estimated value of the Notes on the Initial Valuation Date, as well as the secondary market value of the Notes, for a temporary period after the initial Issue Date of the Notes. The price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may initially buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market and the value that we may initially use for customer account statements may not be indicative of future prices of your Notes.

 

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Information Regarding the UNDERLIER

 

The Underlier measures the performance of a rolling position in the nearest maturing quarterly E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts are U.S. dollar-denominated futures contracts based on the S&P 500® Index. The S&P 500® Index consists of stocks of 500 companies selected to provide a performance benchmark for the U.S. equity markets. For more information about the Underlier, see Annex A in this pricing supplement.

 

Historical Performance of the Underlier

 

The graph below sets forth the historical performance of the Underlier based on the daily Closing Values from January 2, 2019 through February 21, 2024. We obtained the Closing Values shown in the graph below from Bloomberg Professional® service (“Bloomberg”). We have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information obtained from Bloomberg.

 

Historical Performance of the S&P 500® Futures Excess Return Index

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

 

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Tax Considerations

 

You should review carefully the sections in the accompanying prospectus supplement entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences—Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders—Notes Treated as Prepaid Forward or Derivative Contracts” and, if you are a non-U.S. holder, “—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders.” The following discussion, when read in combination with those sections, constitutes the full opinion of our special tax counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, regarding the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of owning and disposing of the Notes. The following discussion supersedes the discussion in the accompanying prospectus supplement to the extent it is inconsistent therewith.

 

Based on current market conditions, in the opinion of our special tax counsel, it is reasonable to treat the Notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes as prepaid forward contracts with respect to the Underlier. Assuming this treatment is respected, upon a sale or exchange of the Notes (including redemption at maturity), you should recognize capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized on the sale or exchange and your tax basis in the Notes, which should equal the amount you paid to acquire the Notes. This gain or loss on your Notes should be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if you hold your Notes for more than a year, whether or not you are an initial purchaser of Notes at the original issue price. However, the IRS or a court may not respect this treatment, in which case the timing and character of any income or loss on the Notes could be materially and adversely affected. In addition, in 2007 the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS released a notice requesting comments on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar instruments. The notice focuses in particular on whether to require investors in these instruments to accrue income over the term of their investment. It also asks for comments on a number of related topics, including the character of income or loss with respect to these instruments; the relevance of factors such as the nature of the underlying property to which the instruments are linked; the degree, if any, to which income (including any mandated accruals) realized by non-U.S. investors should be subject to withholding tax; and whether these instruments are or should be subject to the “constructive ownership” regime, which very generally can operate to recharacterize certain long-term capital gain as ordinary income and impose a notional interest charge. While the notice requests comments on appropriate transition rules and effective dates, any Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, possibly with retroactive effect. You should consult your tax advisor regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, including possible alternative treatments and the issues presented by this notice.

 

Treasury regulations under Section 871(m) generally impose a withholding tax on certain “dividend equivalents” under certain “equity linked instruments.” A recent IRS notice excludes from the scope of Section 871(m) instruments issued prior to January 1, 2025 that do not have a “delta of one” with respect to underlying securities that could pay U.S.-source dividends for U.S. federal income tax purposes (each an “Underlying Security”). Based on our determination that the Notes do not have a “delta of one” within the meaning of the regulations, we expect that these regulations will not apply to the Notes with regard to non-U.S. holders. Our determination is not binding on the IRS, and the IRS may disagree with this determination. Section 871(m) is complex and its application may depend on your particular circumstances, including whether you enter into other transactions with respect to an Underlying Security. If necessary, further information regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) will be provided in the pricing supplement for the Notes. You should consult your tax advisor regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) to the Notes.

 

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SUPPLEMENTAL PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

 

We will agree to sell to Barclays Capital Inc. (the “agent”), and the agent will agree to purchase from us, the principal amount of the Notes, and at the price, specified on the cover of this pricing supplement. The agent will commit to take and pay for all of the Notes, if any are taken.

 

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Annex A

 

THE S&P 500® FUTURES EXCESS RETURN INDEX

 

All information contained in this pricing supplement regarding the Underlier, including, without limitation, its make-up, method of calculation and changes in its components, has been derived from publicly available information, without independent verification. This information reflects the policies of, and is subject to change by, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“S&P Dow Jones”). The Underlier is calculated, maintained and published by S&P Dow Jones. S&P Dow Jones has no obligation to continue to publish, and may discontinue the publication of, the Underlier.

 

The Underlier measures the performance of a rolling position in the nearest maturing quarterly E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts (Symbol: ES) (the “Underlying Futures Contracts”) trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the “Exchange”). E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts are U.S. dollar-denominated futures contracts based on the S&P 500® Index. For more information about the S&P 500® Index, see “Indices—The S&P U.S. Indices” in the accompanying underlying supplement. The Underlier is reported by Bloomberg under the ticker symbol “SPXFP.”

 

Index Rolling

 

As each Underlying Futures Contract approaches maturity, it is replaced by the next maturing Underlying Futures Contract in a process referred to as “rolling.” The rolling of the Underlier occurs quarterly over a one-day rolling period (the “roll day”) every March, June, September and December, effective after the close of trading five business days preceding the last trading date of the maturing Underlying Futures Contract, subject to adjustment in the case of holidays or market disruptions.

 

Index Calculations

 

The Underlier is an excess return index, meaning that its performance is based solely on changes in the daily contract price of its Underlying Futures Contract and positive or negative yields associated with rolling Underlying Futures Contracts. An excess return index is distinct from a total return index, which, in addition to reflecting those price and roll returns, would also reflect interest on a hypothetical cash position collateralizing the Underlying Futures Contracts

 

The closing level of the Underlier on any trading day reflects the change in the daily contract price of the Underlying Futures Contract since the immediately preceding trading day. On each quarterly roll day, the closing level of the Underlier reflects the change from the daily contract price of the maturing Underlying Futures Contract on the immediately preceding trading day to the daily contract price of the next maturing Underlying Futures Contract on that roll day.

 

The daily contract price of an Underlying Futures Contract will be the settlement price reported by the Exchange. If the Exchange fails to open due to unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters, inclement weather, outages, or other events, the Underlier uses the prior daily contract prices. In situations where the Exchange is forced to close early due to unforeseen events, such as computer or electric power failures, weather conditions or other events, S&P Dow Jones calculates the closing level of the Underlier based on the daily contract prices published by the Exchange or, if no daily contract price is available, the Index Committee will determine the course of action.

 

Index Governance

 

An S&P Dow Jones index committee (the “Index Committee”) maintains the Underlier. All committee members are full-time professional members of S&P Dow Jones’ staff. The Index Committee may revise index policy covering rules for including currencies, the timing of rebalancing or other matters. The Index Committee considers information about changes to the Underlier and related matters to be potentially market moving and material. Therefore, all Index Committee discussions are confidential.

 

The Index Committees reserve the right to make exceptions when applying the methodology of the Underlier if the need arises. In any scenario where the treatment differs from the general rules stated in this document or supplemental documents, notice will be provided, whenever possible.

 

In addition to the daily governance of the Underlier and maintenance of its index methodology, at least once within any 12-month period, the Index Committee reviews the methodology to ensure the Underlier continues to achieve the stated objectives, and that the data and methodology remain effective. In certain instances, S&P Dow Jones may publish a consultation inviting comments from external parties.

 

License Agreement

 

The Underlier is a product of S&P Dow Jones and has been licensed for use by Barclays Bank PLC. “Standard & Poor’s,” “S&P” and “S&P 500” are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“SPFS”). These trademarks have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones and its affiliates and sublicensed to Barclays Bank PLC for certain purposes.

 

The Notes are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P Dow Jones, SPFS, or any of their respective affiliates (collectively, “S&P”). S&P does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Notes or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Notes particularly or the ability of the Underlier to track general market performance. S&P’s only relationship to Barclays Bank PLC with respect to the Underlier is the licensing of the Underlier and certain trademarks, service marks and/or trade names of S&P and/or its licensors. The Underlier is determined, composed and calculated by S&P without regard to Barclays Bank PLC or the Notes. S&P has no obligation to take the needs of

 

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Barclays Bank PLC or the owners of the Notes into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Underlier. S&P is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices, and amount of the Notes or the timing of the issuance or sale of the Notes or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Notes are to be converted into cash, surrendered or redeemed, as the case may be. S&P has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Notes. There is no assurance that investment products based on the Underlier will accurately track the performance of the index or provide positive investment returns. S&P Dow Jones is not an investment advisor. Inclusion of an instrument within the Underlier is not a recommendation by S&P to buy, sell, or hold such security, nor is it considered to be investment advice. In addition, CME Group Inc. and its affiliates may trade financial products which are linked to the performance of the Underlier. It is possible that this trading activity will affect the value of the Underlier and the Notes.

 

S&P DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE UNDERLIER OR ANY DATA RELATED THERETO OR ANY COMMUNICATION (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS)) WITH RESPECT THERETO. S&P SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY DAMAGES OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR DELAYS THEREIN. S&P MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY BARCLAYS BANK PLC, OWNERS OF THE NOTES, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE UNDERLIER OR WITH RESPECT TO ANY DATA RELATED THERETO. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT WHATSOEVER SHALL S&P BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, TRADING LOSSES, LOST TIME OR GOODWILL, EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THERE ARE NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF ANY AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN S&P AND BARCLAYS BANK PLC, OTHER THAN THE LICENSORS OF S&P.

 

THE UNDERLYING FUTURES CONTRACTS

 

E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts are U.S. dollar-denominated futures contracts, based on the S&P 500® Index, traded on the Exchange, representing a contract unit of $50 multiplied by the S&P 500® Index, measured in cents per index point.

 

E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts listed for the nearest nine quarters, for each March, June, September and December, and the nearest three Decembers are available for trading. Trading of the E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts will terminate at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on the third Friday of the contract month.

 

The daily settlement prices of the E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts are based on trading activity in the relevant contract (and in the case of a lead month also being the expiry month, together with trading activity on lead month-second month spread contracts) on the Exchange during a specified settlement period. The final settlement price of E-mini® S&P 500® futures contracts is based on the opening prices of the component stocks in the S&P 500® Index, determined on the third Friday of the contract month.

 

OVERVIEW OF FUTURES MARKETS

 

Futures contracts are contracts that legally obligate the holder to buy or sell an asset at a predetermined delivery price during a specified future time period. Futures contracts are traded on regulated futures exchanges, in the over-the-counter market and on various types of physical and electronic trading facilities and markets. The futures contracts included in the Underlier are exchange-traded futures contracts. An exchange-traded futures contract provides for the purchase and sale of a specified type and quantity of an underlying asset or financial instrument during a stated delivery month for a fixed price. A futures contract provides for a specified settlement month in which the cash settlement is made or in which the underlying asset or financial instrument is to be delivered by the seller (whose position is therefore described as “short”) and acquired by the purchaser (whose position is therefore described as “long”).

 

No purchase price is paid or received on the purchase or sale of a futures contract. Instead, an amount of cash or cash equivalents must be deposited with the broker as “initial margin.” This amount varies based on the requirements imposed by the exchange clearing houses, but it may be lower than 5% of the notional value of the contract. This margin deposit provides collateral for the obligations of the parties to the futures contract

 

By depositing margin, which may vary in form depending on the exchange, with the clearing house or broker involved, a market participant may be able to earn interest on its margin funds, thereby increasing the total return that it may realize from an investment in futures contracts.

 

In the United States, futures contracts are traded on designated contract markets. At any time prior to the expiration of a futures contract, a trader may elect to close out its position by taking an opposite position on the exchange on which the trader obtained the position, subject to the availability of a liquid secondary market. This operates to terminate the position and fix the trader’s profit or loss. Futures contracts are cleared through the facilities of a centralized clearing house and a brokerage firm, referred to as a “futures commission merchant,” which is a member of the clearing house.

 

Unlike equity securities, futures contracts, by their terms, have stated expirations. At a specific point in time prior to expiration, trading in a futures contract for the current delivery month will cease. As a result, a market participant wishing to maintain its

 

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exposure to a futures contract on a particular asset or financial instrument with the nearest expiration must close out its position in the expiring contract and establish a new position in the contract for the next delivery month, a process referred to as “rolling.” For example, a market participant with a long position in a futures contract expiring in November who wishes to maintain a position in the nearest delivery month will, as the November contract nears expiration, sell the November contract, which serves to close out the existing long position, and buy a futures contract expiring in December. This will “roll” the November position into a December position, and, when the November contract expires, the market participant will still have a long position in the nearest delivery month.

 

Futures exchanges and clearing houses in the United States are subject to regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Exchanges may adopt rules and take other actions that affect trading, including imposing speculative position limits, maximum price fluctuations and trading halts and suspensions and requiring liquidation of contracts in certain circumstances.

 

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