TR-1: Notification of Major Interest in Shares

27 June 2013

1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached:

RPS GROUP PLC

2. Reason for the notification (please state Yes/No):

An acquisition or disposal of voting rights: (Yes)

An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached: N/A

An acquisition or disposal of instruments with similar economic effect to qualifying financial instruments: N/A

An event changing the breakdown of voting rights: N/A

Other (please specify):N/A

3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification obligation:

Aberforth Partners LLP

4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.):


Shareholder Shares
1. Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc 7,701,759
2. Aberforth UK Small Companies Fund 680,529
3. Aberforth Greared Income Trust plc 2,130,400

All shares are registered in the name of Norubat Nominees Ltd A/c Aberforth


5. Date of the transaction and date on which the threshold is crossed or reached:

25/06/2013

6. Date on which issuer notified:

25/06/2013

7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached:

5%

8. Notified details:

A: Voting rights attached to shares

Class/type of shares if possible using the ISIN CODE Situation previous to the Triggering transaction
Number of shares Number of voting rights
Ord shs GB0007594764 11,048,106 10,048,106

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

Class/type of shares if possible using the ISIN CODE Number of shares Number of voting rights % of voting rights
Direct Direct Indirect Direct Indirect
Ord shs GB0007594764 10,512,687 - 10,612,687 - 4.78%

B: Qualifying Financial Instruments

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

Type of financial instrument Expiration Date Exercise/Conversion Period/ Date Number of voting acquired if the instrument is exercised/
converted.
% of voting right

C: Financial Instruments with similar seonomic effect to Qualifying Fincial Instruments

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

Type of financial
instrument
Exercise
price
Expiration
date
Exercise/
Conversion
period
Number of voting rights
instrument refers to
% of voting rights
Nominal Delta

Total (A+B+C)

Number of voting rights 10,512,687
Percentage of voting rights 4.78%

9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable:

Held by Aberforth Partners LLP


Proxy Voting:

10. Name of the proxy holder:

N/A

11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold:

N/A

12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting rights:

N/A

13. Additional information:

 

14. Contact name:

Pauline Robson, Aberforth Partners LLP

15. Contact telephone number:

0131 220 0733


For notes on how to complete form TR-1 please see the FSA website.

Note: Annex should only be submitted to the FSA not the issuer

Annex: Notification of major interests in shares

A: Identity of the persons or legal entity subject to the notification obligation

Full name
(including legal form of legal entities)
RPS Group plc
Contact address
(registered office for legal entities)
RPS Group Plc., 20 Western Avenue,
Milton Park, Abingdon
Oxfordshire, OX14 4SH
Phone number & email [email protected]
send FAO Co Sec Nick Rowe
Tel 01235 438000
Other useful information
(at least legal representative for legal persons)

B: Identity of the notifier, if applicable

Full name Mike Bassi, F&C Asset Management plc
Contact address 80 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3BU
Phone number & email [email protected]
0131 718 1093
Other useful information
(e.g. functional relationship with the person or legal entity subject to the notification obligation)

C: Additional information