RNS Number : 3685G

Watkin Jones plc

26 July 2021

For immediate release  26 July 2021 

Watkin Jones plc

('Watkin Jones' or the 'Company')

Director Shareholding

Watkin Jones plc (AIM:WJG) announces that Alan Giddins, Non-Executive Director and Chair-designate, bought 64,000 ordinary shares in the Company on 22 July 2021 at a price of 230.46 pence per share.

Subsequent to this purchase of shares, Alan Giddins now holds 64,000 ordinary shares in the Company, representing 0.025% of the Company's issued share capital.

Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them.

 1    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities 
       / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                        Alan Giddins 
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 2    Reason for the notification 
 a)   Position/status             Non-Executive Director and Chair-designate 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 b)   Initial notification        Initial notification 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 3    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, 
       auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor 
 a)   Name                   Watkin Jones plc 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 b)   LEI                    2138009X19O21NU5SG79 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 4    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for 
       (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; 
       (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
 a)   Description            Ordinary Shares of GBP0.01 each 
       of the financial 
       type of instrument     ISIN: GB00BD6RF223 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 b)   Nature of              Acquisition of 64,000 ordinary shares 
       the transaction 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 c)   Price(s) and            Price     No. of shares 
       volume(s)               230.46p   64,000 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 d)   Aggregated 
       - Aggregated            Volume: 64,000 
       volume                  P rice: 230.46p 
       - Price 
     ---------------------  ------------------------------------------------ 
 e)   Date of the            22 July 2021 
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 f)   Place of the           London Stock Exchange, AIM 
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- Ends -

Watkin Jones plc 
Richard Simpson, Chief Executive Officer                          Tel: +44 (0) 20 3617 4453 
Phil Byrom, Chief Financial Officer                                  www.watkinjonesplc.com 
  Peel Hunt LLP (Nominated Adviser & Joint Corporate Broker)      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900 
Mike Bell / Ed Allsopp                                                     www.peelhunt.com 
  Jefferies Hoare Govett (Joint Corporate Broker)                 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7029 8000 
Max Jones / Will Soutar                                                   www.jefferies.com 

Media enquiries:

Henry Harrison-Topham / Richard Oldworth 
 Jamie Hooper / Steph Watson                Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000 
watkinjones@buchanan.uk.com                       www.buchanan.uk.com 

Watkin Jones is the UK's leading developer and manager of residential for rent, with a focus on the build to rent and student accommodation sectors. The Group has strong relationships with institutional investors, and a reputation for successful, on-time-delivery of high quality developments. Since 1999, Watkin Jones has delivered 43,000 student beds across 130 sites, making it a key player and leader in the UK purpose-built student accommodation market. In addition, Fresh, the Group's specialist accommodation management business, manages over 20,000 student beds and build to rent apartments on behalf of its institutional clients. Watkin Jones has also been responsible for over 80 residential developments, ranging from starter homes to executive housing and apartments. The Group is increasingly expanding its operations into the build to rent sector.

The Group's competitive advantage lies in its experienced management team and business model, which enables it to offer an end-to-end solution for investors, delivered entirely in-house with minimal reliance on third parties, across the entire life cycle of an asset.

Watkin Jones was admitted to trading on AIM in March 2016 with the ticker WJG.L. For additional information please visit www.watkinjonesplc.com

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