Shore Capital acting as Joint Financial and Rule 3 Adviser, Nomad and Corporate Broker to Nucleus Financial Group on its recommended cash offer by James Hay Holdings

The Boards of James Hay Holdings Ltd and Nucleus Financial Group have announced they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all cash offer made by James Hay Holdings, with Shore Capital acting as Joint Financial and Rule 3 Adviser, Nominated Adviser and Broker to Nucleus.

Under the terms of the agreement, James Hay Holdings will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Nucleus, and Nucleus shareholders will receive 188p in cash for each Nucleus share – a 42 per cent premium to the undisturbed share price and valuing the share capital of Nucleus at approximately £145m. The offer is subject to shareholder, legal and regulatory approvals and is expected to complete in Q2 2021.

The Acquisition combines the James Hay Group, a specialist pensions innovator with a 40-year track record of providing retirement solutions to larger financial adviser firms, with Nucleus’ reputation as an award-winning, adviser-led, financial planning and investment platform for small to medium-sized adviser firms. The combination creates the capability to service the entire adviser market with a wide range of financial planning and retirement needs, including leading SIPP and drawdown features among a broad range of tax wrappers (including ISAs, GIAs, onshore and offshore bonds).

Shore Capital has advised Nucleus since 2018, raising £32m for shareholders at the time of its IPO on AIM.

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