Regulatory News

Exercise of Options

06 April 2023

Equals (AIM:EQLS), the fast-growing payments group focused on the SME marketplace, announces that Richard Cooper, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has exercised and retained a total of 333,334 new ordinary shares of £0.01 each (“New Ordinary Shares”) at a price of 29 pence per share under the 2020 Long Term Incentive Plan. The New Ordinary Shares have now been allotted and issued by the Company. Following this exercise of options, Richard Cooper’s total holding has increased by 333,334 ordinary shares and he now holds 1,183,334 ordinary shares, representing 0.65% of the Company’s issued share capital.

Application has been made for the admission of the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM (“Admission”) and such Admission is expected to become effective at 08:00am on 14 April 2023. The New Ordinary Shares shall rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares in issue.

Following Admission, the Company will have 181,793,295 ordinary shares of 1 pence each in issue admitted to trading on AIM. The Company holds no shares in Treasury. Accordingly, the above figure will be used as the denominator for the calculations by which shareholders will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.


For more information, please contact:

Equals Group plc 
Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO
Richard Cooper, CFO
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7778 9308
Canaccord Genuity (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker) 
Max Hartley / Harry Rees Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8150
Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Broker)  
Paul Shackleton / John Welch Tel: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900
Buchanan (Financial Communications)  
Henry Harrison-Topham / Toto Berger
[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000


Notes to Editors:

Equals Group is a technology-led international payments group augmented by highly personalised service for the payment needs of SME’s whether these be FX, card payments or via Faster Payments.  Founded in 2007, the Group listed on AIM in 2014.  For more information, please visit


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

1Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated
a) Name Richard Cooper
2Reason for the notification
a) Position/status Chief Financial Officer
Initial notification /Amendment Initial notification
Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor
a) Name Equals Group plc
b) LEI 213800CPI5S2GYB3RI27
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
Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument
Identification code
Ordinary Shares of 1 pence each
b) Nature of the transaction Exercise of share options
c) Price(s) and volume(s)
Price No. of shares
29.0p 333,334
d) Aggregated information
- Aggregated volume
- Price
n/a single transaction
e) Date of the transaction 6 April 2023
f) Place of the transaction London Stock Exchange, AIM