The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc ("RBS")
1 April 2016
Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting and Form of Proxy
Copies of the above documents will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism today and will be available for inspection at: www.Hemscott.com/nsm.do.
The RBS Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at 2.00 pm at the RBS Conference Centre, RBS Gogarburn, Edinburgh EH12 1HQ and the Notice of Meeting will also available to view at www.rbs.com/agm.
The documents will be mailed or made available to shareholders today, together with the Strategic Report 2015 or Annual Report and Accounts 2015, as appropriate, which will be available at www.rbs.com/annualreport
In addition to the routine AGM business the following resolutions are being proposed.
Equity Convertible Notes
In line with the authorities approved by shareholders in 2015, of which £874 million have been used and £626 million remain and will expire on 4 May 2016, two resolutions in connection with the issue of Equity Convertible Notes ("ECNs") are being proposed to renew these authorities: one an Ordinary Resolution giving the directors authority to allot Ordinary Shares or grant rights to subscribe for or to convert any security into Ordinary Shares up to an aggregate nominal amount of £1.5 billion and the other a Special Resolution empowering the directors to allot equity securities on a non-pre-emptive basis up to an aggregate nominal amount of £1.5 billion. If approved, this will provide RBS flexibility to manage its capital in the optimal way, should it wish to issue loss-absorbing capital instruments in the form of ECNs. ECNs would convert into newly issued Ordinary Shares in the Company upon the occurrence of certain events (for example, the RBS capital ratios falling below a specified level), diluting existing holdings of Ordinary Shares.
The directors may at their discretion resolve to give shareholders the opportunity to purchase the Ordinary Shares created on conversion or exchange of any Equity Convertible Notes, where desirable and practicable, and subject to applicable laws and regulations.
Authority to purchase own shares
In line with the authority approved by shareholders in 2015 which will expire on 4 May 2016, a resolution is being proposed as a Special Resolution that will, if approved, grant RBS authority to purchase its own ordinary shares on a recognised investment exchange up to a maximum of 10% of the issued Ordinary Share capital.
The directors consider it may, in certain circumstances, be in the best interests of shareholders generally for RBS to purchase its own shares and the directors will only make purchases where, in the light of market conditions prevailing at the time, they consider that such purchases will be in the best interests of shareholders generally. RBS will also require regulatory approval by the PRA for any Ordinary Share capital distributions.
The authority will expire at the next AGM or 30 June 2017 (whichever is earlier).
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