RNS Number : 4213T

Time Finance PLC

22 July 2022

22 July 2022

Time Finance plc

("Time Finance", the "Group" or the "Company")

New Long Term Incentive Plan

Director/PDMR Shareholding

Time Finance plc, the AIM listed specialist finance provider announces the establishment of a 2022 Share Option Scheme (the "2022 Option Scheme" or the "Scheme"). The 2022 Option Scheme has been designed to incentivise and retain the Company's executives and senior management to deliver sustainable growth for the Company's shareholders and any options awarded under the 2022 Option Scheme are expected to be satisfied without further dilution for the Group's shareholders. The Group also announces awards of share options under the 2022 Option Scheme as set out below.

2022 Share Option Scheme

The Company has established the 2022 Option Scheme as an unapproved (i.e. non tax-advantaged) share option scheme under which nil-cost options over ordinary shares of 10 pence each in the capital of the Company ("Options") may be awarded. Options awarded under the 2022 Option Scheme will be subject to a three-year vesting period from the date of grant, with the number of awards which ultimately vest dependent on the grantee's continued service and on stretching performance conditions set by the Time Finance Remuneration Committee.

The Options today awarded under the 2022 Option Scheme, details of which are provided below, are the only Options that will be awarded under the Scheme. No future Option awards will be made under the 2022 Option Scheme.

As a result, it is currently expected that the Options awarded under the 2022 Option Scheme will be capable of being satisfied in full from unallocated existing ordinary shares held by the Company's Employee Benefit Trust, without any further dilutionary effect.

The sale of ordinary shares acquired pursuant to exercises of Options will not be permitted for a period of 12 months, save for sales of ordinary shares to meet the income tax and both the employee and employer National Insurance liabilities on exercise, subject to orderly market and closed period restrictions. The sale of ordinary shares in the ensuing period of 12 months will be permitted subject to orderly market and close period restrictions.

Following the implementation of the 2022 Share Option Scheme, no further share options will be awarded under the Company's 2020 Share Option Scheme, details of which were announced by the Company on 29 October 2020 (the "2020 Option Scheme"). 405,000 unvested share options remain in issue under the 2020 Option Scheme.

Share Option Awards

Under the 2022 Option Scheme, the Company has today granted a total of 1,835,000 Options (the "Awarded Options"), representing 1.98 per cent. of the Company's current undiluted issued ordinary share capital.

The Awarded Options will vest in three equal tranches over a three-year period subject to stretching annual performance conditions in respect of the profitability of the Group over the three years ended 31 May 2025 and to Remuneration Committee discretion.

Vested Awarded Options may be exercised at nil-cost from the date of vesting up until the date falling 5 years from the date of vesting, provided that the recipient remains an employee of the Group at the date that the Awarded Options are exercised.

Of the Awarded Options, 1,235,000 Awarded Options have been granted to Ed Rimmer, the Company's Chief Executive Officer and the remaining 600,000 Awarded Options have been granted to PDMR's of the Group. The notifications below, provided in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation, provide further details.

   For further information, please 
 Time Finance plc 
 Ed Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer                       01225 474230 
 James Roberts, Chief Financial Officer                   01225 474230 
 Cenkos Securities plc (NOMAD and 
 Ben Jeynes / Max Gould (Corporate 
  Julian Morse (Sales)                                   0207 397 8900 
 Walbrook PR                                             0207 933 8780 
 Paul Vann /Joseph Walker                                 07768 807631 

About Time Finance:

Time Finance's core strategy is to focus on providing or arranging the finance UK SMEs require to fund their businesses. It offers a multi-product range for SMEs including asset, vehicle, loan and invoice finance. While primarily an 'own-book' lender the Group does operates a 'hybrid' lending and broking model enabling it to optimize business levels through market and economic cycles.

More information is available on the Company website www.timefinance.com .

   The information below is disclosed in accordance with Article 
   19 of the EU Market Abuse Regulation. 
         Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities 
     1    / person closely associated 
    a)   Name                                   1) Ed Rimmer 
                                                 2) Steve Nichols 
                                                 3) Sharon Bryden 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
         Reason for the notification 
    a)   Position/status                        1) Chief Executive Officer 
                                                 2) PDMR 
                                                 3) PDMR 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
    b)   Initial notification        Initial notification 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
         Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, 
     3    auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor 
    a)   Name                        Time Finance plc 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
    b)   LEI                         213800VG3QJGBP2MKR86 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
         Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for 
     4    (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; 
          (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
          have been conducted 
    a)   Description of the          Ordinary Shares of 10p each 
          financial instrument, 
          type of instrument          ISIN: GB00BCDBXK43 
          Identification code 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
    b)   Nature of the transaction   Award of nil-cost share options 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
    c)   Price(s) and volume(s)       Price(s)              Volume(s) 
                                                  1) nil     1,235,000 
                                                   2) nil     300,000 
                                                   3) nil     300,000 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
    d)   Aggregated information 
          - Aggregated volume         n/a single transactions 
          - Price 
        --------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
    e)   Date of the transaction                1) 21 July 2022 
                                                 2) 21 July 2022 
                                                 3) 21 July 2022 
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    f)   Place of the transaction    Outside of a trading venue 
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