RNS Number : 8209O
17 May 2024

Issued: 17 May 2024, London UK




GSK completes sale of remaining shares in Haleon



GSK plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced that, further to its announcement on 16 May 2024, GSK has agreed to sell 385,320,110 ordinary shares in Haleon plc ("Haleon") at a price of 324 pence per share (the "Placing Shares"), raising gross proceeds of approximately £1,248m (the "Placing").

Following settlement of the Placing, GSK will have fully exited its position and will no longer hold any ordinary shares in Haleon.

Following the successful demerger and premium listing of Haleon as announced on 18 July 2022, GSK initially retained a 12.94% stake in Haleon. As a result of the disposals announced on 12 May 2023, 6 October 2023, 16 January 2024 and 16 May 2024, GSK has since sold a total of 1,195m ordinary shares in Haleon for cumulative gross proceeds of approximately £3.9bn. GSK's exit of its position in Haleon is consistent with its previous commitments to monetise its holding in a disciplined manner.


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The contents of this announcement have been prepared by and are the sole responsibility of GSK.

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell, otherwise dispose of or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to sell, otherwise dispose of, issue, purchase, otherwise acquire or subscribe for, any security.

Information regarding forward-looking statements

GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described under Item 3.D 'Risk factors' in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2023 and GSK's Q1 Results for 2024.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation to acquire any ordinary shares in Haleon. This Announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in Haleon. Any investment must be made solely on the basis of publicly available information, which has not been independently verified by Goldman Sachs International ("Goldman Sachs") or Merrill Lynch International ("BofA Securities").

No offer

Neither this announcement nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any offer or purchase whatsoever in any jurisdiction and shall not constitute or form part of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction. The securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The securities referred to herein may not be deposited in an unrestricted depositary receipt facility for 40 days following the commencement of the Offering or for so long as the securities are "restricted securities" within the meaning of Rule 144 under the Securities Act. GSK does not intend to register any part of the Offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering in the United States of the shares to which this announcement relates.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or an offer or invitation to purchase securities. This announcement is only addressed to, and directed at, persons who are "qualified investors", being persons falling within the meaning of Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part of domestic law in the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and who: (a) (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within the definition of "investment professionals" in article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"); or (ii) are persons falling within article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc") of the Order; or (b) persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated, (each such persons in (a) and (b) together being referred to as "Relevant Persons").

In addition, this announcement is not being distributed, nor has it been approved for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA"), by a person authorised under FSMA.

This document is directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Under no circumstances should persons who are not Relevant Persons rely or act upon the contents of this announcement. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates in the United Kingdom is available only to, and will be engaged only with, Relevant Persons. Persons distributing this announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

The Placing and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the Placing in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken that would permit the Placing or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for such purpose is required. Persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

In connection with the Placing, Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities and their respective affiliates may take up a portion of the Placing Shares as a principal position at any stage at their sole discretion, inter alia, to take account of the objectives of GSK, MiFID II/ UK MiFID II requirements and in accordance with allocation policies and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell for their own accounts such Placing Shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise.  Accordingly, references in this announcement to the Placing Shares being sold, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by, Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities or their respective affiliates acting in such capacity.  In addition, Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities and their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities and their respective affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Placing Shares. Neither Goldman Sachs nor BofA Securities intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.

Any communications that a transaction is or that the book is "covered" (i.e. indicated demand from investors in the book equals or exceeds the amount of the securities being offered) is not any indication or assurance that the book will remain covered or that the transaction and securities will be fully distributed by Goldman Sachs or BofA Securities.

None of Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities or any of their or their respective affiliates' directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to Haleon, GSK, their respective subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

Goldman Sachs and BofA Securities are each authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority, and are acting for GSK and for no one else in connection with the Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than GSK for providing the protections afforded to their customers or for affording advice in relation to the Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to in this announcement.


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