Purchase of Shares by EBT
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Purchase of Shares by Employee Benefit Trust
21 July 2022
Hostmore plc (the "Company"), the hospitality business focused on American-themed casual dining brand, 'Fridays', the cocktail-led bar and restaurant brand, '63rd+1st', and the fast casual dining brand 'Fridays and Go', announces that Intertrust Employee Benefit Trustee Limited, the trustee of the Hostmore plc 2021 Employee Benefit Trust (the "Trust"), confirmed yesterday that it has completed the market purchase of ordinary shares of £0.20 each in the Company (the "Shares") for the benefit of the Trust, to help meet future obligations arising under the Company's long-term incentive plan (the "Market Purchases").
As a result of the Market Purchases, a total of 1,470,036 Shares, representing approximately 1.17% of the Company's total issued share capital, were acquired for the benefit of the Trust. The Company's issued share capital continues to comprise 126,127,279 Shares.
The Market Purchases were funded by amounts advanced by the Company by way of loan, such funding having been provided for within recent public announcements as to the Company's outlook.
Robert B. Cook, Chief Executive Officer
Alan Clark, Chief Financial Officer
+44 330 460 5588
Oliver Hughes, Simon Hockridge, Eleni Menikou
+44 203 128 8100
NOTES TO EDITORS
Hostmore plc is a growing hospitality business with its current operations focused on the American-themed casual dining brand, 'Fridays', the cocktail-led bar and restaurant brand, '63rd+1st', and the fast casual dining brand 'Fridays and Go'. While Fridays has been trading for over three decades in the UK, Hostmore was established in 2021 to provide a platform for the development of hospitality brands under the leadership of an experienced management team that has a record of building businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Hostmore's businesses are defined by their iconic brand experience and vibrant heritage. As of 21 July 2022, Hostmore operates 90 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Jersey, a majority of which are in high footfall locations, including retail parks, shopping centres and city centres. Hostmore is exploring opportunities with TGI Friday's, Inc., the franchisor of Fridays, to expand its existing brands into new franchise territories and is seeking to add rapidly growing, early-stage businesses to its portfolio of complementary hospitality brands, as well as to extend its offering in other experience-led, leisure concepts.