Directors' Interest in Share Options

RNS Number : 2017K
Oxford Biomedica PLC
23 June 2014

For immediate release

23 June 2014




Directors' Interest in Share Options


Oxford, UK - 23 June 2014:Oxford BioMedica plc ("Oxford BioMedica" or "the Company") (LSE:OXB), the leading gene-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the following grants under the Oxford BioMedica Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) were made to three Directors on 20 June 2014:


LTIP: number of shares granted

Total shares over which options are held (note 1)

Percentage of issued shares under option

John Dawson




Peter Nolan




Tim Watts






1. The total shares over which options are held including the grants described.


The grants are nominal cost options and are subject to a three year holding period. They are exercisable from the third anniversary of the grant, subject to the satisfaction of a performance condition.


As for grants made in 2012 and 2013 the performance condition is Absolute Total Shareholder Return (TSR) as measured by the growth in share price over a 3 year period as the company does not anticipate making any dividend payments over the performance period.  Accordingly, vesting has been linked directly to share price targets.  The grants will only vest if share price targets as defined in the table below are achieved over the period of the award. By rewarding growth in share price, the plan will ensure that Directors will only benefit if significant returns are made to shareholders through share price appreciation. The vesting schedule is as follows:


Share price target

% of award vesting

Below 5.0p


At 5.0p*

25% vesting

At 7.5p*

100% vesting

*Straight line vesting between these points


The share price at the assessment date will be the average of the closing share prices over the preceding 3 months.


Although no grant can be exercised until the end of the three year vesting period, directors will be able to "bank" a fraction of the appropriate vesting percentage on each anniversary of the date of grant, should the target have been met at those dates. This will be limited to 25% of the potential vesting amount after one year, 50% after two years and 100% after three years. Banked grants will not actually vest until the third anniversary of grant.






Tim Watts

Company Secretary,

Oxford BioMedica plc

23 June 2014



Oxford BioMedica plc

Oxford BioMedica plc (LSE: OXB) is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative gene-based medicines and therapeutic vaccines that aim to improve the lives of patients with high unmet medical needs. The Company's technology platform includes a highly efficient LentiVector® gene delivery system, which has specific advantages for targeting diseases of the central nervous system and the eye; and a unique tumour antigen (5T4), which is an ideal target for anti-cancer therapy. Through in-house and collaborative research, Oxford BioMedica has a broad pipeline with current partners and licensees including Sanofi, Pfizer, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MolMed, Sigma-Aldrich, Biogen Idec, Emergent BioSolutions ImaginAb and Immune Design Corp. Further information is available at




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