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3i Group plc sells 77 million shares in 3i Infrastructure plc


The bookbuilding process conducted by Citigroup Global Markets U.K. Equity Limited (“Citi”) and JPMorgan Cazenove Limited (“JPMorgan Cazenove”) on behalf of 3i Group plc (“3i Group”), in connection with the placing of existing ordinary shares (the "Placing") in 3i Infrastructure plc (“3i Infrastructure”), which was announced earlier today, has now closed.


An aggregate of 77.0 million shares in 3i Infrastructure (amounting to 9.5 per cent of the issued share capital of 3i Infrastructure) was placed in the Placing at a price of 79p per share and will be settled on 24 February 2009.  As a result of this sale, 3i Group holds 270,309,907 ordinary shares in 3i Infrastructure, representing 33.3 per cent of the issued share capital of 3i Infrastructure.


Michael Queen, Group Chief Executive of 3i Group, commented: “3i Group continues to see attractive investment opportunities in the infrastructure market. We remain committed to the infrastructure sector and to retaining a significant shareholding in 3i Infrastructure in the long term.”


Notes to editors

This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer or an invitation to acquire or dispose of any securities.


This announcement does not constitute any offer to sell or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any securities. Citi and JPMorgan Cazenove Limited, each of which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority, are acting for 3i Group plc in connection with the sale and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than 3i Group plc for providing the protections offered to prospective customers of Citi and JPMorgan Cazenove Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the sale.


This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia) or distributed, directly or indirectly to any US person as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). This announcement is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to or for the account of any US person, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.


Neither this document nor any copy of it may be distributed in Canada or in Japan or to any resident thereof or in any other jurisdiction where such distribution would be unlawful under the laws of such jurisdiction.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Letki
tel.  020 7975 3190

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