DUBLIN, IRELAND / ACCESSWIRE / March 31, 2023 / CRH plc, the global leader in building materials solutions, is pleased to announce that it has completed the latest phase of its share buyback programme, returning a further $0.3 billion of cash to shareholders.
Between 19 December 2022 and 30 March 2023, 5.9 million ordinary shares were repurchased on Euronext Dublin. This brings total cash returned to shareholders under our ongoing share buyback programme to $4.3 billion since its commencement in May 2018.
CRH today also announces that it has entered into arrangements with UBS A.G., London Branch ("UBS") to repurchase ordinary shares on CRH's behalf for a maximum consideration of $750 million* (the "Buyback"). The Buyback will commence today, 31 March 2023, and will end no later than 29 June 2023. This $750 million tranche is the initial stage of the wider $3 billion programme announced on 2 March 2023.
Under the terms of the Buyback, ordinary shares will be repurchased on the London Stock Exchange and/or Euronext Dublin. CRH has entered into non-discretionary instructions with UBS, acting as principal, to conduct the Buyback on its behalf and to make trading decisions under the Buyback independently of CRH in accordance with certain pre-set parameters.
The maximum number of ordinary shares that may be repurchased under the Buyback is 50,000,000. The purpose of the Buyback is to reduce the share capital of CRH. The Buyback will at all times be conducted in accordance with the applicable annual general authorities granted by shareholders to repurchase CRH's ordinary shares.
The Buyback will also be conducted within the parameters prescribed by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052 and the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014 (including as it forms part of retained EU law in the United Kingdom ("UK") from time to time, and, where relevant, pursuant to the UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the UK's Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019) and Chapter 12 of the UK Financial Conduct Authority's Listing Rules. The repurchased ordinary shares will be held in treasury pending their cancellation or re-issue in due course.
Any decision in relation to any future buyback programmes will be based on an ongoing assessment of the capital needs of the business and general market conditions.
* Being an amount equal to €690 million (based on a FX rate of $1.00:€0.92 fixed for the duration of the Buyback).
Contact CRH at Dublin 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)
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CRH (LSE:CRH)(ISE:CRG)(NYSE:CRH) is the leading provider of building materials solutions that build, connect and improve our world. Employing c.75,800 people at c.3,160 locations in 29 countries, CRH has market leadership positions in both North America and in Europe. As the essential partner for road and critical utility infrastructure, commercial building projects and outdoor living solutions, CRH's unique offering of materials, products and value-added services helps to deliver a more resilient and sustainable built environment. A Fortune 500 company, CRH is a constituent member of the FTSE 100 Index, the EURO STOXX 50 Index, the ISEQ 20 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Europe. The company is ranked among sector leaders by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating agencies. CRH's American Depositary Shares are listed on the NYSE. For more information visit www.crh.com.
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