Provident Financial plc (Provident or the Company) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the placing announced earlier today (the Placing).

A total of 5,911,330 new ordinary shares in Provident (the Placing Shares) have been placed by J.P. Morgan Securities plc, which conducts its UK investment banking activities as J.P. Morgan Cazenove (J.P. Morgan Cazenove) at a price of 2,030 pence per Placing Share, raising proceeds of approximately £120,000,000 (before expenses).

The Placing Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares of 208/11 pence each in the capital of the Company, including the right to receive all future dividends and distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.

Applications will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange plc (together Admission). It is expected that Admission will take place at 8.00 a.m. on 19 August 2014 and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at the same time.

As part of the Placing, Invesco Ltd (Invesco) purchased 1,100,000 Placing Shares for a total consideration of £22,330,000. Invesco currently holds approximately 19.2 per cent. of the current issued share capital of the Company. The issue of Placing Shares to Invesco, which is a substantial shareholder of the Company under Chapter 11 of the Listing Rules, amounts to a smaller related party transaction as defined in Listing Rule 11.1.10.

David Stevenson, Provident    + 44 (0) 1274 351 351
Simone Selzer, Brunswick Group    + 44 (0) 2074 045 959
Investor Relations     
Gary Thompson, Provident    + 44 (0) 1274 351 351
J.P. MORGAN CAZENOVE    +44 (0) 20 7742 4000
Piers Davison
Greg Chamberlain
Kamalini Hull
Charlie Walker     
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This Announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by J.P. Morgan Cazenove or by any of its affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

J.P. Morgan Cazenove is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting solely for the Company and no one else in connection with the Placing and it will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing and/or any other matter referred to in this Announcement. Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on J.P. Morgan Cazenove by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or by the regulatory regime established under it, neither J.P. Morgan Cazenove nor any of its affiliates accepts any responsibility whatsoever for the contents of the information contained in this Announcement or for any other statement made or purported to be made by or on behalf of J.P. Morgan Cazenove or any of its affiliates in connection with the Company, the Placing Shares or the Placing. J.P. Morgan Cazenove and its affiliates accordingly disclaim all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above) in respect of any statements or other information contained in this Announcement and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by J.P. Morgan Cazenove or any of its affiliates as to the accuracy, completeness or sufficiency of the information contained in this Announcement.

The distribution of this Announcement and the offering of the Placing Shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company or J.P. Morgan Cazenove that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company and J.P. Morgan Cazenove to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

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This Announcement contains (or may contain) certain forward-looking statements with respect to certain of the Company's current expectations and projections about future events. These statements, which sometimes use words such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "plan", "estimate", "expect" and words of similar meaning, reflect the directors' beliefs and expectations and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially from any expected future results or performance expressed or implied by the forward-looking statement. Statements contained in this Announcement regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. The information contained in this Announcement is subject to change without notice and, except as required by applicable law, the Company does not assume any responsibility or obligation to update publicly or review any of the forward-looking statements contained in it. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Announcement. No statement in this Announcement is or is intended to be a profit forecast or profit estimate or to imply that the earnings of the Company for the current or future financial years will necessarily match or exceed the historical or published earnings of the Company. The price of shares and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested on disposal of the shares.

The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange.

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