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RNS Number : 7557G
B.P. Marsh & Partners PLC
06 March 2018

Date:                            6 March 2018

On behalf of:                 B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc

Immediate release

B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc

("B.P. Marsh", "the Company" or "the Group")

Share Buy-Back Policy


B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc (AIM: BPM), the specialist venture capital investor in early stage financial services businesses, today provides an update on its Share Buy-Back Policy pursuant to its previous announcement dated 24 July 2017.


The Group remains of the view that the authority to be able to undertake buy-backs of small parcels of ordinary shares of 10p each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") is an important stabilising mechanism in times of market or share price volatility. The Group's previous policy was to consider buy-backs when the Company's share price dropped to more than 25% below its published Net Asset Value. Pursuant to a recent decision of the Board of Directors, it has been agreed that this threshold will be amended so that buy-backs can be considered whenever the Company's share price is more than 20% below the Net Asset Value as stated in the Company's most recently published balance sheet.


All other terms of the Share Buy-Back Policy set out in the announcement on 24 July 2017 remain unchanged, and are as follows:


·    The buy-backs are to be carried out pursuant to and in accordance with the authority conferred by the Company's shareholders at the Company's annual general meeting held on 19 July 2017 for up to a maximum of 2,922,604 issued Ordinary Shares, during the period commencing 24 July 2017 and ending on the expiry of the Company's existing shareholder authority to purchase the Ordinary Shares (the "Authority"). The maximum amount of money allocated to the share buy-back at this stage is £150,000.


·    Pursuant to, and during the term of, the Authority, the Company may purchase Ordinary Shares provided that the maximum purchase price is an amount not higher than: (i) 105 per cent. of the average market value of the Ordinary Shares for the five business days immediately preceding the date on which the Ordinary Shares are purchased; and (ii) that stipulated by the Commission-adopted Regulatory Technical Standards pursuant to article 5 (6) of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU No.596/2014).


·    The Company remains committed to its previously stated objective to reduce the share price discount to net asset value and reserves the right to exercise the Authority and effect share buy-backs if, in the opinion of the Company's directors, such action would further enhance shareholder value.


·    It is the Company's intention, when the share price drops to more than 20% below its most recently published Net Asset Value, to buy small parcels of Ordinary Shares and place them into Treasury and decide at a later point what treatment to apply to them.


·    The Company will announce any market purchase of Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Authority without delay.


For further information:


B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc                                                               www.bpmarsh.co.uk

Brian Marsh OBE / Camilla Kenyon                                                     +44 (0)20 7233 3112


Nominated Adviser & Broker

Panmure Gordon

Atholl Tweedie / Adam James / Charles Leigh-Pemberton                       +44 (0)20 7886 2500


Notes to Editors:

About B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc

B.P. Marsh's current portfolio contains sixteen companies. More detailed descriptions of the portfolio can be found at www.bpmarsh.co.uk.

Since formation over 25 years ago, the Company has assembled a management team with considerable experience both in the financial services sector and in managing private equity investments. Many of the directors have worked with each other in previous roles, and all have worked with each other for at least five years.

Prior to Brian Marsh's involvement in the Company, he spent many years in insurance broking and underwriting in Lloyd's as well as the London and overseas market. He has over 30 years' experience in building, buying and selling financial services businesses, particularly in the insurance sector.

Alice Foulk joined B.P. Marsh in September 2011 having started her career at a leading Life Assurance company. In 2014 she took over as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, running the Chairman's Office and established herself as a central part of the management team.

In February 2015 she was appointed as a Director of B.P. Marsh and a member of the Investment Committee. In January 2016 Alice was appointed Managing Director of B.P. Marsh.

In her position as Managing Director, Alice is responsible for the overall performance of the Company and monitoring the Company's overall progress towards achieving the objectives and goals of the Company, as set by the Board.

Dan Topping is the Chief Investment Officer of B.P. Marsh, having been appointed as a Director in 2011. He joined the Company in February 2007, following two years at an independent London accountancy practice. Dan is the Senior Executive with overall responsibility for the portfolio and investment strategy of B.P. Marsh.

Dan graduated from the University of Durham in 2005 and is a member of the Securities and Investment Institute and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Dan is a standing member of the B.P. Marsh Investment and Valuation Committees and currently serves as a Board Director across the portfolio.

Camilla Kenyon (Millie) was appointed to the main Board in 2011, following her appointment as Head of Investor Relations in 2009. She has dual responsibilities within the Group, running both Investor Relations and the New Business Department and is Chair of the New Business Committee evaluating new investment opportunities.

Millie is nominee director in one investee company and is a member of the Investment Committee. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including numerous Board appointments and is a Member of the Investor Relations Society.

Jonathan Newman is a Chartered Management Accountant and is the Group Director of Finance and has over 17 years' experience in the financial services industry. Jon graduated from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in Business Studies and joined the Group in November 1999, following two years at Euler Trade Indemnity and two years at a Chartered Accountants. Jon is a Member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants, the Chartered Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Jon was appointed a Director of B.P. Marsh & Company Limited in September 2001, and Group Finance Director in December 2003 and was instrumental in the admission of the Group to AIM in February 2006. Jon is a member of the B.P. Marsh Investment and Valuation Committees and currently serves as a Board Director for Walsingham Motor Insurance Limited, and provides senior financial support and advice to all companies within the Group's portfolio as well as evaluating new investment opportunities.

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