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Announcements

    Notification of Transactions of Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities

    19 May
     

    RPS Group Plc (the “Company”) was advised on 19 May 2017 that Kenneth Lever purchased 40,000 ordinary shares of the Company at a price of 268.9614p.
     
    The following disclosure is made in accordance with Article 19 of the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014.

     

    1

    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

    a)

    Name

    Kenneth Lever

    2

    Reason for the notification

    a)

    Position/status

    Chairman

    b)

    Initial notification/Amendment

    Initial notification

    3

    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

    a)

    Name

    RPS Group Plc

    b)

    LEI

    213800BHEVF3ZB6NG750

    4

    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

    a)

    Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

    Identification code

    Ordinary Shares of 3p

    GB0007594764

    b)

    Nature of the transaction

    Acquisition of ordinary shares of 3p

    c)

    Price(s) and volume(s)

    Price(s): 268.9614p
    Volume(s): 40,000

    d)

    Aggregated information
    -Aggregated volume
    -Price

    N/A

    e)

    Date of the transaction

    19 May 2017

    f)

    Place of the transaction

    XLON
    London Stock Exchange, Main Market

    19 May 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 863 206
       

    Chief Executive Succession

    18 May
     

    RPS announces that Dr Alan Hearne will retire from his role as Chief Executive of RPS shortly after the publication of the Group’s half year results in August and that he will step down from the Board on 31 August 2017. John Douglas will be joining RPS and its Board on 1 June 2017 and following a period of transition will become Chief Executive on Alan’s retirement from the role. Following his retirement Alan will be available to provide consulting advice to the Board until August 2018.

    Alan joined RPS in 1978 becoming a director in 1979. He was appointed as Chief Executive in 1981 and was instrumental in successfully developing RPS into a highly respected international consultancy in the built and natural environment markets. RPS currently employs over 5,000 people in diverse locations throughout the world. Through a combination of organic growth and an acquisition strategy Alan led the development of a strongly profitable and cash generative group. During this time, RPS Group’s revenue has grown from £1 million at time of IPO in 1987, to almost £600m in 2016.

    John Douglas has had a career in strategic and operational management on an international scale. Most recently, John was Chief Executive of Coffey International Limited, an Australian listed business operating in similar markets to RPS, until its successful sale to Tetra Tech Inc. in February 2016. Prior to joining Coffey in 2011, John spent 15 years with Boral, the international building materials group, latterly as Divisional Managing Director in Australia. John was previously a consultant with Boston Consulting Group. In his early career, he worked for engineering companies in Australia and the UK. John is a civil engineer from Adelaide University and has an MBA from London Business School. He will be based in the UK.

    The only public company of which John Douglas has been a director over the last five years is Coffey International Limited in Australia. There are no other matters requiring disclosure pursuant to paragraph 9.6.13 of the Listing Rules.

    Ken Lever, Group Chairman said:

    “Over the years, Alan has contributed enormously to the development of RPS and the creation of value for shareholders and his presence in the business will be greatly missed. We wish him well in his retirement.

    I am delighted to welcome John Douglas to the Group. John’s background is highly complementary to RPS’s business operations and the Board is confident that he will provide the future direction for RPS in its next stage of growth and development.”

    18 May 2017

    Enquiries:  

    RPS Group plc
    Tel: 01494 260808/
    Ken Lever, Chairman 07710 147282

    Instinctif Partners
     
    Justine Warren
    Matthew Smallwood
    Tel: 020 7457 2020
       

    The above announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the Market Abuse Regulation.

    The information set out below is provided in accordance with section 430 (2) (b) of the Companies Act 2006.

    Alan Hearne has a service agreement with the Company incorporating a twelve month rolling notice period. On retirement from the Board he will receive a payment in lieu of notice equal to the value of six months' salary, pension contributions and contractual benefits, resulting in a total payment of £372,875. In addition he will be retained by the Company as a consultant for a period of twelve months at remuneration equal to his current basic salary of £581,400.

    Dr Hearne will be treated as a good leaver for purposes of the executive incentive plans in which he currently participates and the following specific arrangements will apply.

    (i) Dr Hearne participated in the RPS Group Plc Bonus Plan in respect of the year to 31 December 2016 and in line with performance for that year an award of 91,959 deferred shares was made in March 2016. In accordance with the rules of that plan these shares will vest and be available to Dr Hearne on 31 August 2017.

    (ii) Dr Hearne is participating in the RPS Group Short Term Annual Bonus Plan in respect of the financial year to 31 December 2017. In respect of that plan relevant performance conditions will be measured at the end of 2017 and subject to those conditions a cash payment pro-rated to the period of service as a director will then be made.

    (iii) In March 2017 Dr Hearne received an award of 229,956 shares under the RPS Group Plc Executive Long Term Incentive Plan. In accordance with the original terms of this award relevant performance conditions will be measured three years from the date of grant and the number of shares that may vest in accordance with those conditions will be pro-rated to his period of service as a director over the three year period of the award. The maximum number of shares capable of vesting is 36,751.

    RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development and management of the built and natural environment; the planning and development of strategic infrastructure, and the evaluation and development of energy, water and other resources. We have offices in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, the United States, Canada and Australia Asia Pacific and undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

    Board Change

    11 May
     

    RPS Group Plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Bainbridge as a Non-Executive Director. Allison will join the Board with effect from 1 June 2017, at which time John Bennett will step down as a Non-Executive Director.
     
    Allison Bainbridge, since 2011, has been the Group Finance Director of Vp plc (“Vp”), a quoted specialist in the equipment rental business serving international markets including rail, water, construction, civil engineering, house building and oil and gas. Prior to joining Vp, Allison held various senior finance positions with Yorkshire Water and Kelda Group Limited, being Group Finance Director of the latter from 2008 to 2010. Allison is a Chartered Accountant who trained and worked with Price Waterhouse from 1986 to 1992. Allison graduated in economics from Birmingham University and went on to take an MA in economics at Leeds University. On joining the RPS Board, Allison will also become Chair of the Audit Committee.
     
    Ken Lever, Group Chairman, commented:

    “I would like to thank John for the significant contribution he has made whilst serving on our Board. He has fulfilled his role tirelessly and diligently and his contribution will be greatly missed. I am delighted to welcome Allison to the Board. Allison’s background and business experience equip her well to contribute to the activities of the Board as we continue to develop and grow the value of RPS.”

    11 May 2017

    There are no matters requiring disclosure pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13 in respect of Allison Bainbridge other than her directorship of Vp plc as mentioned above.

    For further information, please contact:  

    RPS Group plc
     
    Ken Lever, Group Chairman Tel: 01235 863 206

    Instinctif Partners
     
    Justine Warren
    Matthew Smallwood
    Tel: 020 7457 2020
       

    SIP Announcement

    03 May
     

    On 02 May 2017 as a result of the purchase and allotment by the RPS Group Plc Share Incentive Plan (an HM Revenue & Customs approved all employee share purchase plan), the executive directors of the Company and persons discharging management responsibility have the following interests as a result of their personal participation in the Plan:-

    03 May 2017

      Purchase of Shares on 02 May 2017 £2.6525 per share. Allotment of Matching Shares 02 May 2017 £2.6525 per share. Total number of Partnership, Matching and Dividend shares held on 02 May 2017.
    Gary Young 47 47 21,399
    Alan Hearne 47 47 17,560
     

    The beneficial ownership of the Matching Shares will pass to the directors in three years’ time subject to continued employment and the retention of the underlying Partnership Shares.

    ENQUIRIES  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 438016
       

    AGM Results

    02 May
       

    RPS Group plc held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 2 May 2017 and announces that all resolutions were duly passed. Details of the proxy votes cast for each resolution will shortly be available on the Company’s website www.rpsgroup.com.

    Copies of the resolutions passed at the meeting will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at www.hemscott.com/nsm.do.

    For further information, please contact:

    Nicholas Rowe
    Company Secretary
    Tel: 01235 438016

    AGM Trading Update

    02 May

    New Regional Structure Delivering

    The Group’s trading in the first quarter of 2017 was materially better than in the equivalent period in 2016. We achieved an encouraging level of organic growth in underlying profit, supported by a reduction in the level of reorganisation costs and continuing currency benefits.

    RPS has, since 1 January 2017, been trading in three multi-disciplinary regional businesses; these have operated efficiently and effectively. Fees and segment profit grew, year on year, in the first quarter in each region.

    The Board is confident that the momentum generated in the first part of the year will enable the Group to publish Interim Results showing a material improvement on the first half result in 2016. This will provide a solid platform to deliver good results in the full year, even though we benefited in the second half of 2016 from the recovery of significant bad debts previously written off.

    Net bank debt at the end of March was £84.4 million (31 December 2016: £83.4 million) and leverage was 1.4 (31 December 2016: 1.6). Work has started to identify acquisition opportunities, primarily in the US, but we are open to opportunities in our other regional businesses.

    2 May 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    RPS Group plc Tel: 01235 863206
    Dr Alan Hearne, Chief Executive  
    Gary Young, Finance Director
       
    Instinctif Partners Tel: 020 7457 2020
    Justine Warren  
    Matthew Smallwood
       

    RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development and management of the built and natural environment; the planning and development of strategic infrastructure, and the evaluation and development of energy, water and other resources. Our main offices are in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA, Canada and Australia Asia Pacific. We undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

    This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of RPS Group plc. These statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The Board of RPS considers market expectations are best defined by the range of forecasts for PBTA published by analysts who consistently follow the Group. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

    Voting Rights and Capital

    28 Apr
     

    In conformity with the Transparency Directive's transitional provision 6 we would like to notify the market of the following:
     
    RPS Group plc's capital consists of 223,859,282 ordinary shares with voting rights. RPS Group plc does not hold any shares in Treasury. The increase in the number of shares (67,864) from those announced on 31 March 2017 relate to the Company’s Share Incentive Plan and Performance Share Plan.
     
    Therefore, the total number of voting rights in RPS Group plc remains at 223,859,282.
     
    The above figure (223,859,282) may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, RPS Group plc under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

    28 April 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    RPS Group plc  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 863 206
       

    Effects of changes to segmentation

    21 Apr
     

    On 2 March, in the results announcement for the year ended 31 December 2016, we reported that the Board had decided that, from 1 January 2017, the Group would operate and report three multi-disciplinary regional segments: Australia Asia Pacific (“AAP”), which has been in existence since 2013, Europe and North America. The latter two have been formed by combining Built and Natural Environment (“BNE”): Europe with the Europe, Africa and Middle East (“EAME”) component of Energy and BNE: North America with the North America component of Energy.
     
    The effect of these changes on the segment results for the year ended 31 December 2016 and on the six months ended 30 June 2016 is given below in notes 1 and 2 respectively.

    21 April 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    RPS Group plc  
    Dr Alan Hearne, Chief Executive
    Gary Young, Finance Director
    Tel: 01235 863 206

    Instinctif Partners
     
    Justine Warren
    Matthew Smallwood
    Tel: 020 7457 2020

    RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development and management of the built and natural environment; the planning and development of strategic infrastructure, and the evaluation and development of energy, water and other resources. Our main offices are in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA, Canada and Australia Asia Pacific. We undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

    Note 1
    Segment results for the year ended 31 December 2016 as restated

       £000’s Fees Expenses Intersegment
    revenue
    External
    revenue
      
    Europe 307,671 42,406 (1,603) 348,474
    North America 98,560 9,722 (323) 107,959
    AAP 130,140 8,439 (541) 138,038
    Group eliminations (2,075) (392) 2,467 -
    Total 534,296 60,175 - 594,471

      £000’s Underlying
    profit
    Reorganisation
    costs
    Segment Profit
      
    Europe 42,120 (3,289) 38,831
    North America 10,623 (1,079) 9,544
    AAP 15,481 (1,246) 14,235
    Total 68,224 (5,614) 62,610


    Segment results for the year ended 31 December 2016 as originally presented

      £000’s Fees Expenses Intersegment
    revenue
    External
    revenue
      
      BNE - Europe 269,029 36,166 (714) 304,481
      BNE - North America 65,382 6,398 (160) 71,620
      Energy 71,490 9,327 (485) 80,332
      AAP 130,140 8,439 (541) 138,038
      Group eliminations (1,745) (155) 1,900 -
      Total 534,296 60,175 - 594,471

      £000’s Underlying
    profit
    Reorganisation
    costs
    Segment Profit
      
      BNE - Europe 35,598 (460) 35,138
      BNE - North America 8,156 (305) 7,851
      Energy 8,989 (3,603) 5,386
      AAP 15,481 (1,246) 14,235
      Total 68,224 (5,614) 62,610


    Detailed reclassification for the year ended 31 December 2016


      £000’s Fees Expenses Intersegment
    revenue
    External
    revenue
      
    Europe 38,642 6,240 (889) 43,993
    North America 33,178 3,324 (163) 36,339
    Energy (71,490) (9,327) 485 (80,332)
    AAP - - - -
    Central (330) (237) 567 -
    Total - - - -

      £000’s Underlying
    profit
    Reorganisation
    costs
    Segment Profit
      
    Europe 6,522 (2,829) 3,693
    North America 2,467 (774) 1,693
    Energy (8,989) 3,603 (5,386)
    AAP - - -
    Total - - -

    Note 2
    Segment results for the six months ended 30 June 2016 as restated


       £000’s Fees Expenses Intersegment
    revenue
    External
    revenue
      
    Europe 151,363 20,406 (835) 170,934
    North America 47,312 5,052 (187) 52,177
    AAP 63,171 5,358 (209) 68,320
    Group eliminations (1,042) (189) 1,231 -
    Total 260,804 30,627 - 291,431

      £000’s Underlying
    profit
    Reorganisation
    costs
    Segment Profit
      
    Europe 17,093 (2,452) 14,641
    North America 5,339 (448) 4,891
    AAP 7,344 (1,037) 6,307
    Total 29,776 (3,937) 25,839


    Segment results for the six months ended 30 June 2016 as originally presented

      £000’s Fees Expenses Intersegment
    revenue
    External
    revenue
      
      BNE - Europe 131,205 17,332 (275) 148,262
      BNE - North America 31,957 3,675 (81) 35,551
      Energy 35,300 4,327 (329) 39,298
      AAP 63,171 5,358 (209) 68,320
      Group eliminations (829) (65) 894 -
      Total 260,804 30,627 - 291,431

      £000’s Underlying
    profit
    Reorganisation
    costs
    Segment Profit
      
      BNE - Europe 16,751 (383) 16,368
      BNE - North America 4,753 (151) 4,602
      Energy 928 (2,366) (1,438)
      AAP 7,344 (1,037) 6,307
      Total 29,776 (3,937) 25,839


    Detailed reclassification for the six months ended 30 June 2016

      £000’s Fees Expenses Intersegment
    revenue
    External
    revenue
      
    Europe 20,158 3,074 (560) 22,672
    North America 15,355 1,377 (106) 16,626
    Energy (35,300) (4,327) 329 (39,298)
    AAP - - - -
    Central (213) (124) 337 -
    Total - - - -

      £000’s Underlying
    profit
    Reorganisation
    costs
    Segment Profit
      
    Europe 342 (2,069) (1,727)
    North America 586 (297) 289
    Energy (928) 2,366 1,438
    AAP - - -
    Total - - -

    SIP Announcement

    05 Apr
     

    On 04 April 2017 as a result of the purchase and allotment by the RPS Group Plc Share Incentive Plan (an HM Revenue & Customs approved all employee share purchase plan), the executive directors of the Company and persons discharging management responsibility have the following interests as a result of their personal participation in the Plan:-

    05 April 2017

      Purchase of Shares on 04 April 2017 £2.5725 per share. Allotment of Matching Shares 04 April 2017 £2.5725 per share. Total number of Partnership, Matching and Dividend shares held on 04 April 2017.
    Gary Young 48 48 21,305
    Alan Hearne 49 49 17,466
     

    The beneficial ownership of the Matching Shares will pass to the directors in three years’ time subject to continued employment and the retention of the underlying Partnership Shares.

    ENQUIRIES  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 438016
       

    Voting Rights and Capital

    31 Mar
     

    In conformity with the Transparency Directive's transitional provision 6 we would like to notify the market of the following:
     
    RPS Group plc's capital consists of 223,791,418 ordinary shares with voting rights. RPS Group plc does not hold any shares in Treasury. The increase in the number of shares (213,286) from those announced on 28 February 2017 relate to the Company’s Share Incentive Plan and Performance Share Plan.
     
    Therefore, the total number of voting rights in RPS Group plc remains at 223,791,418.
     
    The above figure (223,791,418) may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, RPS Group plc under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

    31 March 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    RPS Group plc  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 863 206
       

    Block Listing Application

    22 Mar
     

    RPS Group PLC (“RPS” or the “Company”) announces that a block listing application has been made for a total of 1,000,000 ordinary shares of 3 pence each in the Company to be admitted to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange.
     
    1,000,000 ordinary shares of 3 pence each will be blocklisted pursuant to the Company’s Share Incentive Plan, Performance Share Plan, Short Term Annual Bonus Plan and Executive Long Term Incentive Plan schemes.
     
    Admission is expected to become effective on 23 March 2017.
     
    The shares will be issued fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing issued ordinary shares of the Company.

    22 March 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    RPS Group plc  
    Nick Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 438 016
       

    Director/PDMR Share Awards

    10 Mar
     

    RPS Group Plc (the “Company”) announces that on 9 March 2017 awards of shares as nil cost options were made to Alan Hearne and Gary Young, both Executive Directors of the Company, under the RPS Group Plc Executive Long Term Incentive Plan (the “ELTIP”). The number of shares to constitute these awards was calculated by reference to the average of the Company’s closing share price over the period 6-8 March 2017. The options will be exercisable in three years’ time subject to the rules of the ELTIP and to performance conditions relating to total shareholder return, growth in earnings per share and cash collection. Details of the awards are set out in the Notification of Dealing Forms found below.
     
    In addition on 9 March 2017 awards of shares as nil cost options were made to Alan Hearne and Gary Young under the RPS Group Plc Bonus Plan (the “Plan”). The number of shares to constitute these awards was also calculated by reference to the average of the Company’s closing share price over the period 6-8 March 2017. These awards relate to deferral of bonus earned under the Plan in respect of the year-ended 31 December 2016 and subject to the rules of the Plan will be exercisable in two years time. Details of these awards are also set out in the Notification of Dealing Forms set out below.
     
    This notification is made in accordance with the Market Abuse Directive.

    10 March 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 863 206
       

    NOTIFICATION OF DEALINGS FORM

    1

    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

    a)

    Name

    Alan Hearne

    2

    Reason for the notification

    a)

    Position/status

    Group Chief Executive

    b)

    Initial notification/Amendment

    Initial notification

    3

    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

    a)

    Name

    RPS Group Plc

    b)

    LEI

    213800BHEVF3ZB6NG750

    4

    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

    a)

    Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

    Identification code

    Nil cost share option in respect of ordinary shares of 3p each

    GB0007594764

    b)

    Nature of the transaction

    Award of a nil cost option over ordinary shares under the RPS Group Plc Executive Long Term Incentive Plan

    c)

    Price(s) and volume(s)

    Price(s): Nil
    Volume(s): 229,956

    d)

    Aggregated information
    -Aggregated volume
    -Price

    N/A

    e)

    Date of the transaction

    9 March 2017

    f)

    Place of the transaction

    Outside a trading venue



    NOTIFICATION OF DEALINGS FORM

    1

    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

    a)

    Name

    Gary Young

    2

    Reason for the notification

    a)

    Position/status

    Group Finance Director

    b)

    Initial notification/Amendment

    Initial notification

    3

    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

    a)

    Name

    RPS Group Plc

    b)

    LEI

    213800BHEVF3ZB6NG750

    4

    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

    a)

    Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

    Identification code

    Nil cost share option in respect of ordinary shares of 3p each

    GB0007594764

    b)

    Nature of the transaction

    Award of a nil cost option over ordinary shares under the RPS Group Plc Executive Long Term Incentive Plan

    c)

    Price(s) and volume(s)

    Price(s): Nil
    Volume(s):153,265

    d)

    Aggregated information
    -Aggregated volume
    -Price

    N/A

    e)

    Date of the transaction

    9 March 2017

    f)

    Place of the transaction

    Outside a trading venue



    NOTIFICATION OF DEALINGS FORM

    1

    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

    a)

    Name

    Alan Hearne

    2

    Reason for the notification

    a)

    Position/status

    Group Chief Executive

    b)

    Initial notification/Amendment

    Initial notification

    3

    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

    a)

    Name

    RPS Group Plc

    b)

    LEI

    213800BHEVF3ZB6NG750

    4

    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

    a)

    Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

    Identification code

    Nil cost share option in respect of ordinary shares of 3p each

    GB0007594764

    b)

    Nature of the transaction

    Award of a nil cost option over ordinary shares under the RPS Group Plc Bonus Plan by way of deferral of bonus

    c)

    Price(s) and volume(s)

    Price(s): Nil
    Volume(s):91,959

    d)

    Aggregated information
    -Aggregated volume
    -Price

    N/A

    e)

    Date of the transaction

    9 March 2017

    f)

    Place of the transaction

    Outside a trading venue



    NOTIFICATION OF DEALINGS FORM

    1

    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

    a)

    Name

    Gary Young

    2

    Reason for the notification

    a)

    Position/status

    Group Finance Director

    b)

    Initial notification/Amendment

    Initial notification

    3

    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

    a)

    Name

    RPS Group Plc

    b)

    LEI

    213800BHEVF3ZB6NG750

    4

    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

    a)

    Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

    Identification code

    Nil cost share option in respect of ordinary shares of 3p each

    GB0007594764

    b)

    Nature of the transaction

    Award of a nil cost option over ordinary shares under the RPS Group Plc Bonus Plan by way of deferral of bonus

    c)

    Price(s) and volume(s)

    Price(s): Nil
    Volume(s)25,610

    d)

    Aggregated information
    -Aggregated volume
    -Price

    N/A

    e)

    Date of the transaction

    9 March 2017

    f)

    Place of the transaction

    Outside a trading venue

    TR-1: Notification of Major Interest in Shares - Norges Bank

    10 Mar
     

    1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached:

    RPS GROUP PLC
    GB0007594764

    2. Reason for the notification (please state Yes/No):

    An acquisition or disposal of voting rights: (Yes)

    An acquisition or disposal of qualifying financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached: (No)

    An acquisition or disposal of instruments with similar economic effect to qualifying financial instruments: (No)

    An event changing the breakdown of voting rights: (No)

    Other (please specify): (No)

    3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification obligation:

    Norges Bank

    4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.):

    N/A

    5. Date of the transaction and date on which the threshold is crossed or reached:

    08 March 2017

    6. Date on which issuer notified:

    09 March 2017

    7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached:

    Above 3%

     

    8.Notified details:

    A: Voting rights attached to shares

    Class/type of shares if possible using the ISIN CODE

    Situation previous to the triggering transaction

    Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

    Number of Shares

    Number of Voting Rights

    Number of shares

    Number of voting rights

    Percentage of voting rights

    Direct

    Direct

    Indirect

    Direct

    Indirect

    GB0007594764

    6,252,818

    6,252,818

    6,985,597

    6,985,597

    3.12 %

     

    B: Qualifying Financial Instruments

    Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

    Type of financial instrument

    Expiration date

    Exercise/Conversion Period

    No. of voting rights that may
    be acquired if the instrument is
    exercised/ converted.

    Percentage of voting rights

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

     

    C: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect to Qualifying Financial Instruments

    Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

    Type of financial instrument

    Exercise price

    Expiration date

    Exercise/Conversion period

    No. of voting rights instrument refers to

    Percentage of voting rights

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    Nominal

    Delta

    n/a

    n/a

     

    Total (A+B+C)

    Number of voting rights

    Percentage of voting rights

    6,985,597

    3.12 %

     

    9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable:

    N/A

     

    Proxy Voting:

    10. Name of the proxy holder:

    Norges Bank

    11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold:

    N/A

    12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting rights:

    N/A

     

    13. Additional information:

    None

    14. Contact name:

    Philippe Chiaroni

    15. Contact telephone number:

    +4724073297
     

    RPS Group Plc 2016 Annual Report and Accounts

    08 Mar
     

    RPS Group Plc 2016 Annual Report and Accounts
     
    RPS Group Plc (the ‘Company’) announces that as from today a copy of its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 is available on its website at www.rpsgroup.com.
     
    The Company expects to mail a copy of the Report and Accounts together with its Notice of Annual General Meeting to shareholders on or around 24 March 2017.
     
    The Report and Accounts have been submitted, and the Notice of Annual General Meeting together with the related form of proxy will when issued be submitted, to the Financial Conduct Authority electronically via the National Storage Mechanism and will be available for inspection at www.hemscott.com/nsm.do.

    8 March 2017

    ENQUIRIES  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 438016
       

    SIP Announcement

    03 Mar
     

    On 01 March 2017 as a result of the purchase and allotment by the RPS Group Plc Share Incentive Plan (an HM Revenue & Customs approved all employee share purchase plan), the executive directors of the Company and persons discharging management responsibility have the following interests as a result of their personal participation in the Plan:-

    03 March 2017

      Purchase of Shares on 01 March 2017 £2.54 per share Allotment of Matching Shares 01 March 2017 £2.54 per share Total number of Partnership, Matching and Dividend shares held on 01 March 2017
    Gary Young 50 50 21,209
    Alan Hearne 49 49 17,368
     

    The beneficial ownership of the Matching Shares will pass to the directors in three years’ time subject to continued employment and the retention of the underlying Partnership Shares.

    ENQUIRIES  
    RPS Group plc  
    Nicholas Rowe, Company Secretary Tel: 01235 438016