BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLC – TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

2019/04/15 12:30:00
SENS announcement for JSE listed company: BTI
                        

BTI 201904150025A
TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

British American Tobacco p.l.c.
Incorporated in England and Wales
(Registration number: 03407696)
Short name: BATS
Share code: BTI
ISIN number: GB0002875804
(‘British American Tobacco p.l.c.’ or ‘the Company’)

British American Tobacco p.l.c.
TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR HOLDINGS (to be sent to the relevant issuer and to the FCA in Microsoft
Word format if possible)i

1a. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer
of existing shares to which voting rights are British American Tobacco p.l.c.
attachedii:
1b. Please indicate if the issuer is a non-UK issuer (please mark with an ‘X’ if appropriate)
Non-UK issuer

2. Reason for the notification (please mark the appropriate box or boxes with an ‘X’)

An acquisition or disposal of voting rights X

An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments

An event changing the breakdown of voting rights

Other (please specify)iii:

3. Details of person subject to the notification obligationiv
Name The Capital Group Companies, Inc. (‘CGC’)
City and country of registered office (if applicable) Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA

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

Name N/A

City and country of registered office (if applicable)

5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or
11 April 2019
reachedvi:
12 April 2019
6. Date on which issuer notified (DD/MM/YYYY):
(received 15 April 2019)
7. Total positions of person(s) subject to the notification obligation
% of voting rights
% of voting rights Total number of
through financial Total of both in %
attached to shares voting rights of
instruments (8.A + 8.B)
(total of 8. A) issuervii
(total of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2)
Resulting situation
on the date on which 11.0201% 0.0000% 11.0201% 2,293,772,897
threshold was
crossed or reached
Position of previous
10.9932% 0.0000% 10.9932%
notification (if
applicable)

8. Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or
reachedviii
A: Voting rights attached to shares
Class/type of Number of voting rightsix % of voting rights
shares
ISIN code (if Direct Indirect Direct Indirect
(Art 9 of Directive (Art 10 of Directive (Art 9 of Directive (Art 10 of Directive
possible) 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.1) 2004/109/EC) 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.1) 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.2.1)
(DTR5.2.1)
Ordinary Shares
228,440,346 9.9592%
(ISIN:GB0002875804)
ADRs
24,335,870 1.0610%
(ISIN:US1104481072)

SUBTOTAL 8. A 252,776,216 11.0201%

B 1: Financial Instruments according to Art. 13(1)(a) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1.1 (a))
Number of voting rights
Type of financial Expiration Exercise/ that may be acquired if
% of voting rights
instrument datex Conversion Periodxi the instrument is
exercised/converted.
N/A

SUBTOTAL 8. B 1

B 2: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect according to Art. 13(1)(b) of Directive
2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1.1 (b))
Type of Expiration Exercise/ Physical or Number of
% of voting rights
financial datex Conversion cash voting rights
instrument Period xi settlementxii
N/A

SUBTOTAL
8.B.2

9. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation (please mark the
applicable box with an ‘X’)
Person subject to the notification obligation is not controlled by any natural person or legal entity and does
xiii
not control any other undertaking(s) holding directly or indirectly an interest in the (underlying) issuer

Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are
xiv
effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entity (please add additional X
rows as necessary)
% of voting rights
% of voting rights if it
through financial Total of both if it equals
equals or is higher
Namexv instruments if it equals or is higher than the
than the notifiable
or is higher than the notifiable threshold
threshold
notifiable threshold
The Capital Group
Companies, Inc.
11.0201% 0.0000% 11.0201%
Holdings by CG
Management companies
are set out below:
• Capital Guardian Trust
1
Company
• Capital International,
1
Inc.
• Capital International
1
Limited
• Capital International
1
Sàrl
• Capital Research and 10.7801% 0.0000% 10.7801%
2
Management Company
1
Indirect subsidiaries of Capital Research and Management Company.
2
Subsidiary of The Capital Group Companies, Inc.

10. In case of proxy voting, please identify:
Name of the proxy holder N/A

The number and % of voting rights held N/A
The date until which the voting rights will be held N/A

11. Additional informationxvi
CGC is the parent company of Capital Research and Management Company (‘CRMC’). CRMC is a U.S.-
based investment management company that manages the American Funds family of mutual funds. CRMC
manages equity assets for various investment companies through three divisions, Capital Research Global
Investors, Capital International Investors and Capital World Investors. CRMC in turn is the parent company
of Capital Group International, Inc. (‘CGII’), which in turn is the parent company of five investment
management companies (‘CGII management companies’): Capital Guardian Trust Company, Capital
International, Inc., Capital International Limited, Capital International Sàrl and Capital International K.K. The
CGII management companies primarily serve as investment managers to institutional clients.

Neither CGC nor any of its affiliates own shares of British American Tobacco p.l.c. for its own account.
Rather, the shares reported on this Notification are owned by accounts under the discretionary investment
management of one or more of the investment management companies described above.

Place of completion Los Angeles, CA, USA

Date of completion 12 April 2019

Name of duly authorised officer of issuer responsible for making notification:

S Kerr
Assistant Secretary
British American Tobacco p.l.c.

15 April 2019

Enquiries:
Investor Relations
Mike Nightingale/Rachael Brierley/John Harney
+44 20 7845 1180/1519/1263

Sponsor: UBS South Africa (Pty) Ltd

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