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BT Group PLC
29 January 2016
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This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of the Prospectus Rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and not a prospectus and not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or to acquire, securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction, including in or into the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan or South Africa. Neither this announcement nor anything contained in it shall form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with any offer or commitment whatsoever in any jurisdiction. A prospectus has been published on 26 January 2016 (the "Prospectus") by BT Group plc ("BT" or the "Company") in connection with the issuance of new ordinary shares in the Company (the "Consideration Shares") and the proposed admission of the Consideration Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc's main market for listed securities ("Admission"). A copy of the Prospectus is available from the Company's registered office at 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ and online at http://www.btplc.com/listings, subject to applicable securities laws.
29 January 2016
BT GROUP PLC
Completion of the acquisition of EE Limited
Following the announcement earlier today regarding the Admission of 1,594,900,429 Consideration Shares, BT announces that completion of its acquisition of EE Limited took place today. Together with the Consideration Shares, Deutsche Telekom and Orange have received cash consideration of GBP3,464m in total. As a result of the acquisition, Deutsche Telekom and Orange own 12% and 4% respectively of BT's issued share capital.
As described in the Prospectus, the appointment of Timotheus Höttges to the BT Board has now taken effect.
BT Group plc
Ross Cook Tel: 020 7356 5369
Damien Maltarp Tel: 020 7356 4909
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BT's purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. Following the acquisition of EE on 29 January 2016, BT consists principally of six customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, EE, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group's reported revenue was GBP17,979m with reported profit before taxation of GBP2,645m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com.
This announcement (the "Announcement") and the information contained in it is restricted and is not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in, into or from the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia, collectively the "United States"), Canada, Australia, Japan or South Africa or any other state or jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful restricted, unlawful or unauthorised (each a "Restricted Territory"). This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy, acquire or subscribe for shares in the capital of the Company in any Restricted Territory or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of the Prospectus Rules of the FCA and not a prospectus and investors should not purchase or subscribe for any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the Prospectus published by the Company in connection with Admission. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness. Copies of the Prospectus are available from the Company's registered office and online at http://www.btplc.com/listings, subject to applicable securities laws.
The Consideration Shares and any other securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The Consideration Shares may not be offered or sold, and this Prospectus may not be distributed, directly or indirectly within the United States or to US Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act). Neither the Securities Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the Consideration Shares or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of this Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.
This Announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility, of the Company. This Announcement is for information only and does not constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful, including without limitation, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan or South Africa. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
J.P. Morgan Limited, which conducts its UK investment banking activities as J.P. Morgan Cazenove ("J.P. Morgan Cazenove"), and which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting solely for the Company and no one else in connection with Admission and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this Announcement) as a client in relation to Admission and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to Admission or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to in this Announcement.
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