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Harwood Capital LLP

29 October 2021

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THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FALLING UNDER RULE 2.8 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE "CODE") .

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) NO . 596/2014 AS IT FORMS PART OF UNITED KINGDOM DOMESTIC LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 . UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THIS INSIDE INFORMATION IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN .

For immediate release

29 October 2021

Harwood Capital LLP

("Harwood Capital" or "Harwood")

Statement regarding GYG plc

Further to Harwood Capital's announcement of 9 April 2021 with respect to a possible offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of GYG plc ("GYG") (the "Possible Offer") and GYG's subsequent announcements, Harwood is disappointed to announce that it is no longer considering making an offer for GYG and, accordingly, has ended talks with the board of directors of GYG with regard to the Possible Offer, but Harwood wishes to take this opportunity to stress that it remains a supportive shareholder of the Company and its executive management.

Consequently, except with the consent of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Panel"), Harwood, and any person acting in concert with Harwood, is bound by the restrictions under Rule 2.8 of the Code save in the circumstances set out below.

Pursuant to Note 2 on Rule 2.8 of the Code, Harwood, and any person acting in concert with Harwood, reserves the right to announce an offer or make or participate in an offer or possible offer for GYG or to take any other action which would otherwise be restricted under Rule 2.8 of the Code within six months from the date of this announcement in the following circumstances:

   (i)    with the agreement of the board of directors of GYG; 
   (ii)   if any third party announces a firm intention to make an offer for GYG; 

(iii) if GYG announces a "whitewash" proposal (see Note 1 of the Notes on Dispensations from Rule 9 of the Code) or a reverse takeover (as defined in the Code); or

(iv) if there has been a material change of circumstances (as determined by the Panel).

Harwood, and any person acting in concert with Harwood, reserves the right to acquire and/or offer to acquire GYG shares or interests in GYG shares subject to and in accordance with Rule 2.8 of the Code.

Client funds managed and/or advised by Harwood Capital or members of its group currently hold, in aggregate, 9,610,000 ordinary shares representing approximately 20.62 per cent. of GYG's existing issued ordinary share capital (excluding treasury shares).

Enquiries :

 
 Harwood Capital LLP                            Tel: +44 (0)207 640 
  Christopher Mills, Chief Investment Officer                  3200 
  Tim Sturm, Partner 
  Harry Mills, Partner 
 Strand Hanson Limited                          Tel: +44 (0)207 409 
  (Financial Adviser to Harwood Capital LLP)                   3494 
  Stuart Faulkner / Matthew Chandler 
  James Dance / Rob Patrick 
 

Important notices

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This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities, or an offer to sell any securities or the solicitation of any vote, nor shall there be any offer to purchase or sell securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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