Transaction In Own Shares

January 23, 2013

Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) (the “Company”), announces that in accordance with the authority granted by shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2012 it purchased 43,341 of its ordinary shares of 5 pence each (“Ordinary Shares”) on January 22, 2013 through both direct purchases of Ordinary Shares and through the purchase of Ordinary Shares underlying ADRs. The highest and lowest price paid for the directly acquired Ordinary Shares was 2098.00 pence per share and 2070.00 pence per share respectively and for those Ordinary Shares acquired though the purchase of ADRs was 3317.00 cents per share and 3308.33 cents per share respectively.

The purchased shares will be held as treasury shares. Following the above purchase, the Company holds 4,557,215 Ordinary Shares as treasury shares and has 557,997,948 Ordinary Shares in issue (excluding treasury shares). 

The purchases were made by an independent third party which makes its trading decisions independently of, and uninfluenced by the Company.  The independence of the third party enables the Company to continue to purchase Ordinary Shares (including Ordinary Shares underlying ADRs) during close periods and other prohibited periods, should they arise. The third party has been appointed by the Company to make purchases to December 31, 2013.

For further information please contact:

Investor Relations
Eric Rojas
erojas@shire.com
+1 781 482 0999
Sarah Elton-Farr
seltonfarr@shire.com
+44 1256 894157
Notes to editors

Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.

Through our deep understanding of patients’ needs, we develop and provide healthcare in the areas of:

  • Behavioral Health and Gastro Intestinal conditions
  • Rare Diseases
  • Regenerative Medicine

as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians.

We aspire to imagine and lead the future of healthcare, creating value for patients, physicians, policymakers, payors and our shareholders.