TR-1: Notification of Major Interest in Shares - Threadneedle Investments

22 April 2015

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 qualifying financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached: (No)

An acquisition or disposal of instruments with similar economic effect to qualifying financial instruments: (No)

An event changing the breakdown of voting rights: (No)

Other (please specify): (No)

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

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and its group

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

See additional information under 13.

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

17 April 2015.

6. Date on which issuer notified:

21 April 2015.

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

Below the threshold of 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 Resulting situation after the triggering transaction
Number of Shares Number of Voting Rights Number of shares Number of voting rights Percentage of voting rights
Direct Direct Indirect Direct Indirect
GB0007594764 12,036,115 12,036,115 178,179 178,179 10,396,618 0.080% 4.690%

 

B: Qualifying Financial Instruments
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction
Type of financial instrument Expiration date Exercise/Conversion Period No. of voting rights that may
be acquired if the instrument is
exercised/ converted.
Percentage of voting rights

 

C: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect to Qualifying Financial Instruments
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction
Type of financial instrument Exercise price Expiration date Exercise/Conversion period No. of voting rights instrument refers to Percentage of voting rights
Nominal Delta

 

Total (A+B+C)
Number of voting rights Percentage of voting rights
10,574,797 4.770%

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

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., which through intermediate holding companies controls the voting rights of Columbia Management Investment Advisers, Columbia Wanger Asset Management, Threadneedle Management Luxembourg SA and Threadneedle Asset Management Holdings Ltd, which itself controls the voting rights of Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd, Threadneedle International Ltd and Threadneedle Pensions Ltd.

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:

Registered Owner

Ameriprise Financial Inc A/c 241,454
Columbia Wanger Asset Management LLC A/c 3,172,470
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Limited A/c 740190 99,392
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Limited A/c 739874 459,547
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Limited A/c 740311 55,202
Nortrust Nominees Ltd A/c ZLA05 582,638
Nortrust Nominees Ltd A/c ZLA07 2,977,876
Littledown Nominees Ltd A/c 07197 178,179
Littledown Nominees Ltd A/c 10479 5,087
Nortrust Nominees Ltd A/c ZLA12 136,723
Nortrust Nominees Ltd A/c ZLA14 39,517
Nortrust Nominees Ltd A/c 34789 339,439
Littledown Nominees Ltd A/c 10488 721,970
Littledown Nominees Ltd A/c 10490 815,303
Littledown Nominees Ltd A/c 31348 750,000

 

14. Contact name:

Mark Powney, Threadneedle Group

15. Contact telephone number:

+44 (0) 1793 363 135