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Helios Underwriting Plc
12 August 2019
 

Embargoed for 7.00am on 12 August 2019

Helios Underwriting plc

LEI: 213800FX86DJW5TCM864

 

Helios Underwriting plc

("Helios" or the "Company")

Proposed Ordinary Share repurchases

 

In its circular to shareholders dated 19th June 2019, the Board of Helios stated that the Directors had no present intention of exercising the share repurchase authority which was subsequently granted at the shareholder meeting on 16 July 2019.  Whilst the Board's view of the outlook for the Company remains unchanged, it notes the recent price weakness and illiquidity of Helios's Ordinary Shares.  At the present time the price is below the price of 128p at which Ordinary Shares were issued as part of the placing and open offer announced in June 2019 and at a substantial discount to the NAV per Ordinary Share as at 31 December 2018 of 176p as adjusted for the effect of the placing and open offer, the acquisition of Nameco 1113 and the recent payment of dividends totalling 3p per Ordinary Share.  Given the potential for NAV enhancement, and as a reflection of their firm belief in the Company's prospects, the Directors believe that now is an appropriate opportunity to recommence a limited level of share repurchase activity and that such repurchases would be in the best interests of shareholders generally.

 

Accordingly, and pursuant to the authority granted by shareholders, the Company may repurchase Ordinary Shares provided that the maximum price which may be paid for Ordinary Shares on the London Stock Exchange is the higher of:

a)   an amount equal to 105% of the average mid-market value of an Ordinary Share for the five business days prior to the day on which the purchase is made; and

b)   the value of an Ordinary Share calculated on the basis of the higher of the price quoted for the last independent trade of, and the highest current independent bid for, any number of the Company's Ordinary Shares on the trading venue where the purchase is carried out.

Repurchased shares will be held in treasury. As Ordinary Shares will only be acquired below net asset value per share, any repurchases are expected to enhance net asset value per Ordinary Share.

The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.The Company confirms that it currently has no other unpublished price sensitive information other than what has been disclosed above.

 

For further information please contact:

 

 

Helios Underwriting plc

Nigel Hanbury - Chief Executive                                                020 7863 6655/ nigel.hanbury@huwplc.com

Arthur Manners - Chief Financial Officer                                 07754 965 917

Shore Capital

Robert Finlay/David Coaten                                                       020 7408 4090

 

About Helios

Helios provides a limited liability direct investment into the Lloyd's insurance market and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker: HUW). Helios trades within the Lloyd's insurance market writing approximately £54m of capacity for the 2019 account. The portfolio provides a good spread of business being concentrated in property insurance and reinsurance. For further information please visit www.huwplc.com.

 


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