Non-Standard Finance plc / Provident Financial plc merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Non-Standard Finance plc of Provident Financial plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
11 June 2019 Decision announced
29 May 2019 to 12 June 2019 Invitation to comment
28 May 2019 Launch of merger inquiry
22 February 2019 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

FNTQ decision announced

11 June 2019: The CMA has decided that the offer by Non-Standard Finance plc to acquire the entire issued share capital of Provident Financial plc does not qualify for investigation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002.

Lapse of the public offer

10 June 2019: On 22 February 2019, Non-Standard Finance plc (NSF) made an offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Provident Financial plc (Provident). One of the offer conditions was that NSF had to obtain regulatory approval from the Prudential Regulation Authority. On 4 June 2019, NSF announced that this condition would not be satisfied by midnight on 5 June 2019 – the deadline by which all conditions to the offer had to be satisfied or waived – and that, as a consequence, the offer would lapse. NSF has since confirmed to the CMA that the offer has lapsed.

Invitation to comment: closes 12 June 2019

Launch of merger inquiry

28 May 2019: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Initial enforcement order

On 22 February 2019, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Non-Standard Finance plc, in relation to the the anticipated acquisition by Non-Standard Finance plc of Provident Financial plc.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Andrew Hilland
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

andrew.hilland@cma.gov.uk

Published 26 February 2019
Last updated 14 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Found not to qualify for investigation decision published.
  2. Non-Standard Finance plc has confirmed that their offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Provident Financial plc has lapsed.
  3. Invitation to comment issued and Commencement of initial period notice published.
  4. First published.