SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13G

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

 

Vodafone Group Plc
(Name of Issuer)

Ordinary Shares of 20 20/21 US cents each
(Title of Class or Securities)

BH4HKS3
(SEDOL Number)

May 13, 2022
(Date of Event to Which This Filing Relates)

 

 

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:

 

 Rule 13d-1(b)

 

 Rule 13d-1(c)

 

 Rule 13d-1(d)

 

*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

(Continued on following pages)

 
 

 

1

Names of reporting persons:

Atlas 2022 Holdings Limited

2

Check the appropriate box if a member of a group (see instructions)

(a) (b)

3 SEC use only
4

Citizenship or place of organization:

Cayman Islands

Number of shares beneficially owned by each reporting person with 5

Sole voting power:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares 1, 2

6

Shared voting power:

0 ordinary shares

7

Sole dispositive power:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares

8

Shared dispositive power:

0 ordinary Shares1

9

Aggregate amount beneficially owned by each reporting person:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1, 2

10 Check if the aggregate amount in Row (11) excludes certain shares (see instructions)
11

Percent of class represented by amount in row (11):

9.81%1, 2

12

Type of reporting person (see instructions):

CO

       

 

 

1 Atlas 2022 Holdings Limited is wholly-owned by Etisalat Telecommunications Group Company PJSC (“e&”), which is in turn 60% owned by the Emirates Investment Authority (“EIA”). Together these entities indirectly and directly beneficially own 2,766,197,163 ordinary shares of Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”), as of May 13, 2022, representing approximately 9.81% of the voting rights attached to Vodafone shares.
2 Based on a total of 28,188,412,866 ordinary shares outstanding as of May 13, 2022 as reported by Vodafone in its press release dated May 13, 2022.
 
 

 

1

Names of reporting persons:

Etisalat Telecommunications Group Company PJSC

2

Check the appropriate box if a member of a group (see instructions)

(a) (b)

3 SEC use only
4

Citizenship or place of organization:

United Arab Emirates

Number of shares beneficially owned by each reporting person with 5

Sole voting power:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1, 2

6

Shared voting power:

0 ordinary shares

7

Sole dispositive power:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1, 2

8

Shared dispositive power:

0 ordinary shares

9

Aggregate amount beneficially owned by each reporting person:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1, 2

10 Check if the aggregate amount in Row (11) excludes certain shares (see instructions)
11

Percent of class represented by amount in row (11):

9.81%1, 2

12

Type of reporting person (see instructions):

CO

       

 

 

1 Atlas 2022 Holdings Limited is wholly-owned by Etisalat Telecommunications Group Company PJSC (“e&”), which is in turn 60% owned by the Emirates Investment Authority (“EIA”). Together these entities indirectly and directly beneficially own 2,766,197,163 ordinary shares of Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”), as of May 13, 2022, representing approximately 9.81% of the voting rights attached to Vodafone shares.
2 Based on a total of 28,188,412,866 ordinary shares outstanding as of May 13, 2022 as reported by Vodafone in its press release dated May 13, 2022.
 
 

 

1

Names of reporting persons:

Emirates Investment Authority

2

Check the appropriate box if a member of a group (see instructions)

(a) (b)

3 SEC use only
4

Citizenship or place of organization:

United Arab Emirates

Number of shares beneficially owned by each reporting person with 5

Sole voting power:

0

6

Shared voting power:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1, 2

7

Sole dispositive power:

0

8

Shared dispositive power:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1

9

Aggregate amount beneficially owned by each reporting person:

2,766,197,163 ordinary shares1, 2

10 Check if the aggregate amount in Row (11) excludes certain shares (see instructions)
11

Percent of class represented by amount in row (11):

9.81%1, 2

12

Type of reporting person (see instructions):

OO3

       

 

 

 

1 Atlas 2022 Holdings Limited is wholly-owned by Etisalat Telecommunications Group Company PJSC (“e&”), which is in turn 60% owned by the Emirates Investment Authority (“EIA”). Together these entities indirectly and directly beneficially own 2,766,197,163 ordinary shares of Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”), as of May 13, 2022, representing approximately 9.81% of the voting rights attached to Vodafone shares.
2 Based on a total of 28,188,412,866 ordinary shares outstanding as of May 13, 2022 as reported by Vodafone in its press release dated May 13, 2022.
3 EIA is a public institution established in 2007 by the Government of the United Arab Emirates as sole Federal investment vehicle. EIA is wholly owned and subject to constitutional supervision by the Government. EIA is an independent legal identity with full capacity to act in fulfilling its statutory mandate and objectives.
 
 
Item 1.    (a) Name of Issuer.

Vodafone Group Plc (the “Issuer”)

Item 1. (b) Address of Issuer’s Principal Executive Offices.

 

Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2FN, England.

 

Item 2.    (a, b, c) Names of Person Filing, Address of Principal Business Office, Citizenship.

This Schedule 13G is being filed by:

(i) Atlas 2022 Holdings Limited, a limited liability exempted company formed under the laws of the Cayman Islands (“Atlas Holdings”);
(ii) Etisalat Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, a public joint-stock company incorporated under the laws of the United Arab Emirates (“e&”); and
(iii) Emirates Investment Authority, a public institution established under the laws of the United Arab Emirates (“EIA”).

Each of the foregoing is referred to as a “Reporting Person” and collectively as the “Reporting Persons.” Each of the Reporting Persons is party to that certain Joint Filing Agreement, as attached in exhibit 99.1. Accordingly, the Reporting Persons are hereby filing a joint Schedule 13G.

Atlas Holdings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of e&, which in turn is 60% owned by EIA (which, therefore, is deemed a control person of Atlas Holdings and e&).

The address of the principal business office of Atlas Holdings is 190 Elgin Avenue, George Town, Grand Cayman KY1-9001, Cayman Islands.

The address of the principal business office of Etisalat is Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, Head Office Building, Intersection of Zayed the 1st Street and Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, PO Box 3838, Abu Dhabi.

The address of the principal business office of EIA is PO Box 3235, International Tower, ADNEC Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.

Item 2. (d) Title of Class of Securities.

The Issuer’s Ordinary Shares of 20 20/21 US cents each (“ordinary shares”).

Item 2. (e) SEDOL (and CUSIP) Number.

There is no CUSIP number assigned to the Issuer’s ordinary shares. The ordinary shares SEDOL number is BH4HKS3. CUSIP 92857W308 has been assigned to the American Depository Receipts ("ADRs") of the Issuer, which are quoted on the NASDAQ under the symbol "VOD". Each ADR represents 10 ordinary shares.

Item 3.    

Not applicable.

Item 4.   Ownership.

The aggregate percentage of ordinary shares reported by each person named herein is based upon 28,188,412,866 ordinary shares outstanding as of May 13, 2022, as reported by the Issuer in its press release dated May 13, 2022.

 

 
 

 

A. Atlas Holdings

 

(a) Row (9) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G is hereby incorporated by reference.

(b)                Row (11) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G is hereby incorporated by reference.

(c)                Rows (5) through (8) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G set forth the number of ordinary shares as to which there is sole power to vote or direct the vote or to dispose or to direct the disposition, and the number of Ordinary Shares of the Issuer as to which there is shared power to vote or to direct the vote, or shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition.

B. e&

 

(a) Row (9) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G is hereby incorporated by reference.

(b)                Row (11) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G is hereby incorporated by reference.

(c) Rows (5) through (8) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G set forth the number of Ordinary Shares as to which there is sole power to vote or direct the vote or to dispose or to direct the disposition, and the number of Ordinary Shares of the Issuer as to which there is shared power to vote or to direct the vote, or shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition.

C. EIA

 

(a) Row (9) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G is hereby incorporated by reference.

(b)                Row (11) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G is hereby incorporated by reference.

(c) Rows (5) through (8) of the cover pages to this Schedule 13G set forth the number of Ordinary Shares as to which there is sole power to vote or direct the vote or to dispose or to direct the disposition, and the number of Ordinary Shares of the Issuer as to which there is shared power to vote or to direct the vote, or shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition.

Item 5.   Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.

If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the following    ¨.

 

Item 6.   Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.

Not applicable.

 

Item 7.    Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company.

See Item 2.

 

Item 8.    Identification and Classification of Members of the Group.

Not applicable.

 

Item 9.    Notice of Dissolution of Group.

Not applicable.

 

Item 10. Certification.

By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

 
 

 

Signature

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date: May 16, 2022

 

ATLAS 2022 HOLDINGS LIMITED

By:

 

/s/ Hatem Mohamed Galal Dowidar                  

Name: Hatem Mohamed Galal Dowidar

Title: Director

 

 

 

 
 

 

Signature

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date: May 16, 2022

 

ETISALAT TELECOMMUNICATIONS GROUP COMPANY PJSC

By:

 

/s/ Hatem Mohamed Galal Dowidar                 

Name: Hatem Mohamed Galal Dowidar

Title: Group CEO

 

 

 
 

Signature

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date: May 16, 2022

 

EMIRATES INVESTMENT AUTHORITY

By:

 

/s/ Mubarak Al Mansoori                      

Name: Mubarak Al Mansoori

Title: CEO

 

 
 

EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No Description
99.1 Joint Filing Agreement, dated May 16, 2022

 

 

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