Prospectus Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2) (424b2)

Date : 06/12/2019 @ 4:39PM
Source : Edgar (US Regulatory)

Prospectus Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2) (424b2)

 

The information in this pricing supplement is not complete and may be changed This pricing supplement and the accompanying prospectus , prospectus supplement and index supplement do not constitute an offer to sell these Notes ,   and we are not soliciting an offer to buy these Notes in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted .

 

Subject to Completion

Amendment No. 1 dated June 12, 2019 to the Preliminary Pricing Supplement dated June 10, 2019

 

Preliminary Pricing Supplement

(To the Prospectus dated March 30, 2018, the Prospectus Supplement dated July 18, 2016 and the Index Supplement dated July 18, 2016)

Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration No. 333–212571

 

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Buffered SuperTrack SM  Notes due October 16, 2020
Linked to the Performance of a Basket of Reference Assets

Global Medium-Term Notes, Series A

 

Terms used in this pricing supplement , but not defined herein , shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the prospectus supplement .

 

Issuer:

Barclays Bank PLC

Denominations:

Minimum denomination of $1,000, and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof

Initial Valuation Date:

June 11, 2019

Issue Date:

June 14, 2019

Final Valuation Date:*

October 13, 2020

Maturity Date:*

October 16, 2020

Reference Asset:

A basket (the “Basket”) consisting of the Materials Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund (the “Materials Sector Fund”), the Technology Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund  (the “ Technology Sector Fund “) and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund (the “Health Care Sector Fund”) in weighted allocations as set forth in the following table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basket Component

Bloomberg Ticker

Weight

Initial Value

 

Materials Sector Fund

XLB UP <Equity>

33.333%

$[ · ]

 

Technology Sector Fund

XLK UP <Equity>

33.333%

$[ · ]

 

Health Care Sector Fund

XLV UP < Equity >

33.333%

$[ · ]

 

 

 

Each of the Materials Sector Fund, the Technology Sector Fund  and the Health Care Sector Fund are referred to as a “Basket Component” and, collectively, as the “Basket Components.”

 

 

Payment at Maturity:

If you hold the Notes to maturity, you will receive on the Maturity Date a cash payment per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold determined as follows :

 

§                    If the Basket Return is greater than 0.00% , you will receive an amount per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × lesser of (a) Basket Return and (b) Maximum Return]

 

If the Basket Return is 10.25% or more, you will receive a maximum payment at maturity of $1,102.50 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold.

 

§                    If the Basket Return is less than or equal to 0.00% but greater than or equal to -15.00%, you will receive a payment of $1,000 per $1,000 principal amount Note

 

§                    If the Basket Return is less than -15.00%, you will receive a payment per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows :

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Basket Return + Buffer Percentage)]

 

If the Basket Return is less than - 15.00%, you will lose 1.00% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1.00% that the Basket Return falls below -15.00%. You may lose up to 85.00% of your principal amount at maturity .

 

Any payment on the Notes is not guaranteed by any third party and is subject to (a) the creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC and (b) the risk of exercise of any U . K . Bail - in Power (as described on page PS-2 of this pricing supplement) by the relevant U . K . resolution authority . If Barclays Bank PLC were to default on its payment obligations or become subject to the exercise of any U . K . Bail - in Power ( or any other resolution measure ) by the relevant U . K . resolution authority , you might not receive any amounts owed to you under the Notes . See Consent to U . K . Bail - in Power and Selected Risk Considerations in this pricing supplement and Risk Factors in the accompanying prospectus supplement for more information .

 

 

Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power:

Notwithstanding any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between Barclays Bank PLC and any holder of the Notes, by acquiring the Notes, each holder of the Notes acknowledges, accepts, agrees to be bound by, and consents to the exercise of, any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority. See “ Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power ” on page PS 2 of this pricing supplement.

 

[ Terms of the Notes Continue on the Next Page ]

 

 

 

Initial Issue Price (1) (2)

 

Price to Public

 

Agent s Commission (3)

 

Proceeds to Barclays Bank PLC

Per Note

 

$1,000

 

100%

 

0.25%

 

99.75%

Total

 

$[ · ]

 

$[ · ]

 

$[ · ]

 

$[ · ]

 

(1)    Because dealers who purchase the Notes for sale to certain fee-based advisory accounts may forego some or all selling concessions, fees or commissions, the public offering price for investors purchasing the Notes in such fee-based advisory accounts may be between $997.50 and $1,000 per Note. Investors that hold their Notes in fee-based advisory or trust accounts may be charged fees by the investment advisor or manager of such account based on the amount of assets held in those accounts, including the Notes.

(2)    Our estimated value of the Notes on the Initial Valuation Date, based on our internal pricing models, is expected to be between $955.00 and $979.90 per Note. The estimated value is expected to be less than the initial issue price of the Notes. See “ Additional Information Regarding Our Estimated Value of the Notes ” on page PS 3 of this pricing supplement.

(3)    Barclays Capital Inc. will receive commissions from the Issuer of up to 0.25% of the principal amount of the Notes, or up to $2.50 per $1,000 principal amount. Barclays Capital Inc. will use these commissions to pay variable selling concessions or fees (including custodial or clearing fees) to other dealers. The actual commission received by Barclays Capital Inc. will be equal to the selling concession paid to such dealers.

 

Investing in the Notes involves a number of risks . See Risk Factors beginning on page S 7 of the prospectus supplement and Selected Risk Considerations beginning on page PS 8 of this pricing supplement .

 

The Notes will not be listed on any U . S . securities exchange or quotation system . Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these Notes or determined that this pricing supplement is truthful or complete . Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense .

 

The Notes constitute our unsecured and unsubordinated obligations. The Notes are not deposit liabilities of Barclays Bank PLC and are not covered by the U.K. Financial Services Compensation Scheme or insured by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency or deposit insurance agency of the United States, the United Kingdom or any other jurisdiction.

 


 

Terms of the Notes , Continued

 

Maximum Return:**

10.25%

 

 

Buffer Percentage:

15.00%

 

 

Basket Component Return:

With respect to each Basket Component, an amount calculated as follows:

 

Final Value – Initial Value

Initial Value

 

Initial Value:

With respect to each Basket Component, the Closing Value on the Initial Valuation Date, as set forth in the table above

Final Value:

With respect to each Basket Component, the Closing Value on the Final Valuation Date

Basket Return :

The Basket Return is equal to the average of the Basket Component Returns of each Basket Component

Closing Value:

The term “Closing Value” means the closing price of one share of the applicable Reference Asset, as further described under “Reference Assets—Exchange-Traded Funds—Special Calculation Provisions” in the prospectus supplement

Calculation Agent:

Barclays Bank PLC

CUSIP / ISIN:

06747MZG4 / US06747MZG40

 

*                   Subject to postponement , as described under Additional Terms of the Notes in this pricing supplement

 

 

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ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE OFFERING OF THE NOTES

 

You should read this pricing supplement together with the prospectus dated March 30, 2018, as supplemented by the prospectus supplement dated July 18, 2016 and the index supplement dated July 18, 2016, relating to our Global Medium-Term Notes, Series A, of which these Notes are a part. This pricing supplement, together with the documents listed below, contains the terms of the Notes and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous oral statements as well as any other written materials including preliminary or indicative pricing terms, correspondence, trade ideas, structures for implementation, sample structures, brochures or other educational materials of ours. You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters set forth under “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement and “Selected Risk Considerations” in this pricing supplement, as the Notes involve risks not associated with conventional debt securities. We urge you to consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors before you invest in the Notes.

 

When you read the prospectus supplement and the index supplement, note that all references to the prospectus dated July 18, 2016, or to any sections therein, should refer instead to the accompanying prospectus dated March 30, 2018, or to the corresponding sections of that prospectus.

 

You may access these documents on the SEC website at www.sec.gov as follows (or if such address has changed, by reviewing our filings for the relevant date on the SEC website):

 

·                   Prospectus dated March 30, 2018:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000119312518103150/d561709d424b3.htm

 

·                   Prospectus Supplement dated July 18, 2016:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000110465916132999/a16-14463_21424b3.htm

 

·                   Index Supplement dated July 18, 2016:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000110465916133002/a16-14463_22424b3.htm

 

Our SEC file number is 1 10257. As used in this pricing supplement, “we,” “us,” or “our” refers to Barclays Bank PLC.

 

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CONSENT TO U . K . BAIL - IN POWER

 

Notwithstanding any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between us and any holder of the Notes, by acquiring the Notes, each holder of the Notes acknowledges, accepts, agrees to be bound by, and consents to the exercise of, any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority.

 

Under the U.K. Banking Act 2009, as amended, the relevant U.K. resolution authority may exercise a U.K. Bail-in Power in circumstances in which the relevant U.K. resolution authority is satisfied that the resolution conditions are met. These conditions include that a U.K. bank or investment firm is failing or is likely to fail to satisfy the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “FSMA”) threshold conditions for authorization to carry on certain regulated activities (within the meaning of section 55B FSMA) or, in the case of a U.K. banking group company that is a European Economic Area (“EEA”) or third country institution or investment firm, that the relevant EEA or third country relevant authority is satisfied that the resolution conditions are met in respect of that entity.

 

The U.K. Bail-in Power includes any write-down, conversion, transfer, modification and/or suspension power, which allows for (i) the reduction or cancellation of all, or a portion, of the principal amount of, interest on, or any other amounts payable on, the Notes; (ii) the conversion of all, or a portion, of the principal amount of, interest on, or any other amounts payable on, the Notes into shares or other securities or other obligations of Barclays Bank PLC or another person (and the issue to, or conferral on, the holder of the Notes such shares, securities or obligations); and/or (iii) the amendment or alteration of the maturity of the Notes, or amendment of the amount of interest or any other amounts due on the Notes, or the dates on which interest or any other amounts become payable, including by suspending payment for a temporary period; which U.K. Bail-in Power may be exercised by means of a variation of the terms of the Notes solely to give effect to the exercise by the relevant U.K. resolution authority of such U.K. Bail-in Power. Each holder of the Notes further acknowledges and agrees that the rights of the holders of the Notes are subject to, and will be varied, if necessary, solely to give effect to, the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority. For the avoidance of doubt, this consent and acknowledgment is not a waiver of any rights holders of the Notes may have at law if and to the extent that any U.K. Bail-in Power is exercised by the relevant U.K. resolution authority in breach of laws applicable in England.

 

For more information , please see Selected Risk Considerations You May Lose Some or All of Your Investment If Any U . K . Bail - in Power Is Exercised by the Relevant U . K . Resolution Authority in this pricing supplement as well as U . K . Bail - in Power ,” “ Risk Factors Risks Relating to the Securities Generally Regulatory action in the event a bank or investment firm in the Group is failing or likely to fail could materially adversely affect the value of the securities and Risk Factors Risks Relating to the Securities Generally Under the terms of the securities , you have agreed to be bound by the exercise of any U . K . Bail - in Power by the relevant U . K . resolution authority in the accompanying prospectus supplement .

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING OUR ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE NOTES

 

The final terms for the Notes will be determined on the date the Notes are initially priced for sale to the public, which we refer to as the Initial Valuation Date, based on prevailing market conditions on or prior to the Initial Valuation Date, and will be communicated to investors either orally or in a final pricing supplement.

 

Our internal pricing models take into account a number of variables and are based on a number of subjective assumptions, which may or may not materialize, typically including volatility, interest rates , and our internal funding rates. Our internal funding rates (which are our internally published borrowing rates based on variables such as market benchmarks, our appetite for borrowing, and our existing obligations coming to maturity) may vary from the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market. Our estimated value on the Initial Valuation Date is based on our internal funding rates. Our estimated value of the Notes may be lower if such valuation were based on the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market.

 

Our estimated value of the Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is expected to be less than the initial issue price of the Notes. The difference between the initial issue price of the Notes and our estimated value of the Notes is expected to result from several factors, including any sales commissions expected to be paid to Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours, any selling concessions, discounts, commissions or fees expected to be allowed or paid to non-affiliated intermediaries, the estimated profit that we or any of our affiliates expect to earn in connection with structuring the Notes, the estimated cost which we may incur in hedging our obligations under the Notes, and estimated development and other costs which we may incur in connection with the Notes.

 

Our estimated value on the Initial Valuation Date is not a prediction of the price at which the Notes may trade in the secondary market, nor will it be the price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market. Subject to normal market and funding conditions, Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours intends to offer to purchase the Notes in the secondary market but it is not obligated to do so.

 

Assuming that all relevant factors remain constant after the Initial Valuation Date, the price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may initially buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market, if any, and the value that we may initially use for customer account statements, if we provide any customer account statements at all, may exceed our estimated value on the Initial Valuation Date for a temporary period expected to be approximately six months after the Issue Date because, in our discretion, we may elect to effectively reimburse to investors a portion of the estimated cost of hedging our obligations under the Notes and other costs in connection with the Notes which we will no longer expect to incur over the term of the Notes. We made such discretionary election and determined this temporary reimbursement period on the basis of a number of factors, which may include the tenor of the Notes and/or any agreement we may have with the distributors of the Notes. The amount of our estimated costs which we effectively reimburse to investors in this way may not be allocated ratably throughout the reimbursement period, and we may discontinue such reimbursement at any time or revise the duration of the reimbursement period after the initial Issue Date of the Notes based on changes in market conditions and other factors that cannot be predicted.

 

We urge you to read the Selected Risk Considerations beginning on page PS 8 of this pricing supplement .

 

You may revoke your offer to purchase the Notes at any time prior to the Initial Valuation Date . We reserve the right to change the terms of , or reject any offer to purchase , the Notes prior to the Initial Valuation Date . In the event of any changes to the terms of the Notes , we will notify you and you will be asked to accept such changes in connection with your purchase . You may also choose to reject such changes in which case we may reject your offer to purchase .

 

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SELECTED PURCHASE CONSIDERATIONS

 

The Notes are not suitable for all investors. The Notes may be a suitable investment for you if all of the following statements are true:

 

·                 You do not seek an investment that produces periodic interest or coupon payments or other sources of current income.

 

·                 You can tolerate a loss of up to 85.00% of your principal amount, and you are willing and able to make an investment that may have the full downside market risk of an investment in the Basket.

 

·                 You anticipate that the Basket Return will be greater than 0.00%, and you understand and are willing and able to accept the risk that your return on investment will not exceed the Maximum Return.

 

·                 You understand and accept the risk that (a) the lesser performance of some Basket Components will mitigate the performance of other Basket Components and (b) you may incur a loss at maturity even if one or more Basket Component performs positively.

 

·                 You understand and are willing and able to accept the risks associated with an investment linked to the performance of the Basket Components.

 

·                 You understand and accept that you will not be entitled to receive dividends or distributions that may be paid to holders of the securities comprising by the Basket Components, nor will you have any voting rights with respect to the securities comprising the Basket Components.

 

·                 You can tolerate fluctuations in the price of the Notes prior to scheduled maturity that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the values of the Basket Components.

 

·                 You do not seek an investment for which there will be an active secondary market, and you are willing and able to hold the Notes to maturity.

 

·                 You are willing and able to assume our credit risk for all payments on the Notes.

 

·                 You are willing and able to consent to the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by any relevant U.K. resolution authority.

 

The Notes may not be a suitable investment for you if any of the following statements are true:

 

·                 You seek an investment that produces periodic interest or coupon payments or other sources of current income.

 

·                 You seek an investment that provides for the full repayment of principal at maturity, and/or you are unwilling or unable to accept the risk that you may lose up to 85.00% of the principal amount of your Notes in the event that the Basket Return falls below -15.00%.

 

·                 You anticipate that the Basket Return will be less than 0.00%.

 

·                 You seek uncapped exposure to any positive performance of the Basket.

 

·                 You are unwilling or unable to accept the risks that the lesser performance of some Basket Components will mitigate the performance of other Basket Components and that you may incur a loss at maturity even if one or more Basket Components performs positively.

 

·                 You do not understand and/or are unwilling or unable to accept the risks associated with an investment linked to the performance of the Basket Components.

 

·                 You cannot tolerate fluctuations in the price of the Notes prior to scheduled maturity that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the values of the Basket Components.

 

·                 You seek an investment that entitles you to dividends or distributions on, or voting rights related to, the securities comprising the Basket Components the Basket Components.

 

·                 You seek an investment for which there will be an active secondary market, and/or you are unwilling or unable to hold the Notes to maturity.

 

·                 You are unwilling or unable to assume our credit risk for all payments on the Notes.

 

·                 You are unwilling or unable to consent to the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by any relevant U.K. resolution authority.

 

You must rely on your own evaluation of the merits of an investment in the Notes . You should reach a decision whether to invest in the Notes after carefully considering, with your advisors, the suitability of the Notes in light of your investment objectives and the specific information set out in this pricing supplement, the prospectus supplement, the prospectus and the index supplement. Neither the Issuer nor Barclays Capital Inc. makes any recommendation as to the suitability of the Notes for investment.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS OF THE NOTES

 

The Final Valuation Date and the Maturity Date are subject to postponement in certain circumstances, as described under “ Reference Assets—Exchange-Traded Funds—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Exchange-Traded Fund that Holds Equity Securities as a Reference Asset,” “Reference Assets—Baskets—Scheduled Trading Days and Market Disruption Events for Securities Linked to a Basket of Equity Securities, Exchange-Traded Funds and/or Indices of Equity Securities” and “Terms of the Notes—Payment Dates” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

In addition, each Basket Component and the Notes are subject to adjustment by the Calculation Agent under certain circumstances, as described under “ Reference Assets—Exchange-Traded Funds—Adjustments Relating to Securities with an Exchange-Traded Fund as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

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HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLES OF AMOUNTS PAYABLE ON THE NOTES

 

The following table and examples below illustrate the hypothetical total return at maturity on the Notes. The “total return” as used in this pricing supplement is the number, expressed as a percentage, that results from comparing the payment at maturity per $1,000 principal amount Note to $1,000. The hypothetical total returns set forth below are for illustrative purposes only and may not be the actual total returns applicable to a purchaser of the Notes. The numbers appearing in the following table and examples have been rounded for ease of analysis. The hypothetical examples below do not take into account any tax consequences from investing in the Notes.

 

Final Basket Level

Basket Return

Payment at Maturity*

Total Return

150.00

50.00%

$1,102.50

10.25%

140.00

40.00%

$1,102.50

10.25%

130.00

30.00%

$1,102.50

10.25%

120.00

20.00%

$1,102.50

10.25%

110.25

10.25%

$1,102.50

10.25%

110.00

10.00%

$1,100.00

10.00%

105.00

5.00%

$1,050.00

5.00%

103.00

3.00%

$1,030.00

3.00%

100.00

0.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

95.00

-5.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

90.00

-10.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

85.00

-15.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

80.00

-20.00%

$950.00

-5.00%

70.00

-30.00%

$850.00

-15.00%

60.00

-40.00%

$750.00

-25.00%

50.00

-50.00%

$650.00

-35.00%

40.00

-60.00%

$550.00

-45.00%

30.00

-70.00%

$450.00

-55.00%

20.00

-80.00%

$350.00

-65.00%

10.00

-90.00%

$250.00

-75.00%

0.00

-100.00%

$150.00

-85.00%

 

* per $1,000 principal amount Note

 

The following examples illustrate how total returns set forth in the table above are calculated:

 

** The hypothetical Initial Value of 100.00 for each Basket Component has been chosen for illustrative purposes only. The Initial Value for each Basket Component will be equal to the Closing Value on the Initial Valuation Date. For information regarding recent values of each Basket Component, please see “Information Regarding the Basket Components” in this pricing supplement.

 

Illustrative Calculations of Basket Component Returns, Basket Return and Payment at Maturity

 

The following example sets forth the methodology used to calculate the Basket Component Returns of each Basket Component and the Basket Return.

 

EXAMPLE 1: The Basket Return is 30.00%.

 

Basket Component

Initial Value**

Final Value

Basket Component Return

Materials Sector Fund

100.00

130.00

30.00%

Technology Sector Fund

100.00

120.00

20.00%

Health Care Sector Fund

100.00

140.00

40.00%

 

Step 1 : Calculate the Basket Component Return of each Basket Component.

 

As set forth in the table above, the Basket Component Return for each Basket Component will be equal to the performance of the Basket Component from its Initial Value to its Final Value, calculated as follows:

 

Final Value – Initial Value

Initial Value

 

Step 2 : Calculate the Basket Return.

 

The Basket Return is equal to the average of the Basket Component Returns for each Basket Component. Accordingly, the Basket Return is equal to 30.00%.

 

Step 3 : Calculate the Payment at Maturity.

 

Because the Basket Return is greater than 0.00% but also greater than the Maximum Return, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,102.50 per $1,000.00 principal amount Note that you hold, which is the maximum possible payment on the Notes, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × lesser of (a) Basket Return and (b) Maximum Return]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × 10.25%] = $1,102.50

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is 10.25%, which is equal to the Maximum Return.

 

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EXAMPLE 2: The Basket Return is 6.00%.

 

Basket Component

Initial Value**

Final Value

Basket Component Return

Materials Sector Fund

100.00

106.00

6.00%

Technology Sector Fund

100.00

103.00

3.00%

Health Care Sector Fund

100.00

109.00

9.00%

 

Step 1 : Calculate the Basket Component Return of each Basket Component.

 

As set forth in the table above, the Basket Component Return for each Basket Component will be equal to the performance of the Basket Component from its Initial Value to its Final Value, calculated as follows:

 

Final Value – Initial Value

Initial Value

 

Step 2 : Calculate the Final Basket Value.

 

The Basket Return is equal to the average of the Basket Component Returns for each Basket Component. Accordingly, the Basket Return is equal to 6.00%.

 

Step 3 : Calculate the Payment at Maturity.

 

Because the Basket Return is greater than 0.00% and less than Maximum Return, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,060.00 per $1,000.00 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows :

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × lesser of (a)  Basket Return and (b) Maximum Return]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × 6.00%] = $1,060.00

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is 6.00%.

 

EXAMPLE 3: The Basket Return is -5.00%.

 

Basket Component

Initial Value**

Final Value

Basket Component Return

Materials Sector Fund

100.00

105.00

5.00%

Technology Sector Fund

100.00

95.00

-5.00%

Health Care Sector Fund

100.00

85.00

-15.00%

 

Step 1 : Calculate the Basket Component Return of each Basket Component.

 

As set forth in the table above, the Basket Component Return for each Basket Component will be equal to the performance of the Basket Component from its Initial Value to its Final Value, calculated as follows:

 

Final Value – Initial Value

Initial Value

 

Step 2 : Calculate the Final Basket Value.

 

The Basket Return is equal to the average of the Basket Component Returns for each Basket Component. Accordingly, the Basket Return is equal to -5.00%.

 

Step 3 : Calculate the Payment at Maturity.

 

Because the Basket Return is less than or equal to 0.00% but greater than or equal to -15.00%, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,000 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold.

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is 0.00%.

 

EXAMPLE 4: The Basket Return is -70.00%.

 

Basket Component

Initial Value**

Final Value

Basket Component Return

Materials Sector Fund

100.00

20.00

-80.00%

Technology Sector Fund

100.00

30.00

-70.00%

Health Care Sector Fund

100.00

40.00

-60.00%

 

Step 1 : Calculate the Basket Component Return of each Basket Component.

 

As set forth in the table above, the Basket Component Return for each Basket Component will be equal to the performance of the Basket Component from its Initial Value to its Final Value, calculated as follows:

 

Final Value – Initial Value

Initial Value

 

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Step 2 : Calculate the Final Basket Value.

 

The Basket Return is equal to the average of the Basket Component Returns for each Basket Component. Accordingly, the Basket Return is equal to -70.00%.

 

Step 3 : Calculate the Payment at Maturity.

 

Because the Basket Return is less than -15.00%, you will receive a payment at maturity of $450.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Basket Return + Buffer Percentage)]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (-70.00% + 15.00%)] = $450.00

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is -55.00%.

 

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SELECTED RISK CONSIDERATIONS

 

An investment in the Notes involves significant risks. Investing in the Notes is not equivalent to investing directly in the Basket Components or their components. These risks are explained in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus supplement, including the risk factors discussed under the following headings of the prospectus supplement:

 

·              “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally”; and

·              “Risk Factors—Additional Risks Relating to Securities with Reference Assets That Are Equity Securities, Indices of Equity Securities or Exchange-Traded Funds that Hold Equity Securities.”

 

In addition to the risks described above, you should consider the following :

 

·                   Your Investment in the Notes May Result in a Significant Loss —The Notes differ from ordinary debt securities in that the Issuer will not necessarily repay the full principal amount of the Notes at maturity. If the Basket Return is less than -15.00%, you will lose 1.00% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1.00% that the Basket Return falls below -15.00%. You may lose up to 85.00% of the principal amount of your Notes .

 

·                   Potential Return Limited to the Maximum Return —If the Basket Return is greater than 0.00%, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,000 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold plus an additional payment that will not exceed $1,000 times the Maximum Return. Accordingly, (i) the maximum payment that you may receive at maturity is $1,102.50 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, and (ii) you will not benefit from any appreciation of the Basket beyond a Basket Return of 10.25%, which may be significant. Any payment on the Notes, including the repayment of principal, is subject to the credit risk of Barclays Bank PLC.

 

·                   The Payment at Maturity on Your Notes is Based Solely on the Final Values of the Basket Components ; the Basket is Not Equally Weighted Among the Basket Components —The Basket Component Return of each Basket Component (and, in turn, the Basket Return) will be based solely on the Final Value of each Basket Component. Accordingly, if the value of one or more Basket Components drops on the Final Valuation Date, the payment at maturity on the Notes may be significantly less than it would otherwise have been had it been linked to the values of the Basket Components at any time prior to such drop.

 

·                   The Performance of the Basket Components May Offset Each Other ; Correlation ( or Lack of Correlation) Among the Basket Components May Adversely Affect the Return on the Notes —The Basket Return will be calculated based on the average performance of the Basket Components, as described on the cover of this pricing supplement. The lesser performance of some Basket Components will mitigate, and may completely offset, the greater performance of other Basket Components. You may lose a significant portion of your investment even if one or more Basket Components performs positively.

 

Correlation is a measure of the degree to which the returns of a pair of assets are similar to each other over a given period in terms of timing and direction. Movements in the values of the Basket Components may not correlate with each other. At a time when the value of a Basket Component increases in value, the value of other Basket Components may not increase as much or may even decline in value. In addition, high correlation of movements in the values of Basket Components could adversely affect your return during periods of decline for the Basket Components.

 

Changes in the values of the Basket Components and/or the correlation among them may adversely affect the market value of your Notes and the return that you will receive at maturity.

 

·                   Credit of Issuer —The Notes are unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of the Issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of any third party. Any payment on the Notes, including any repayment of principal, is subject to the ability of Barclays Bank PLC to satisfy its obligations as they come due and is not guaranteed by any third party. As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC may affect the market value of the Notes, and in the event Barclays Bank PLC were to default on its obligations, you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the terms of the Notes.

 

·                   You May Lose Some or All of Your Investment If Any U . K . Bail-in Power Is Exercised by the Relevant U . K . Resolution Authority —Notwithstanding any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between Barclays Bank PLC and any holder of the Notes, by acquiring the Notes, each holder of the Notes acknowledges, accepts, agrees to be bound by, and consents to the exercise of, any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority as set forth under “Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power” in this pricing supplement. Accordingly, any U.K. Bail-in Power may be exercised in such a manner as to result in you and other holders of the Notes losing all or a part of the value of your investment in the Notes or receiving a different security from the Notes, which may be worth significantly less than the Notes and which may have significantly fewer protections than those typically afforded to debt securities. Moreover, the relevant U.K. resolution authority may exercise the U.K. Bail-in Power without providing any advance notice to, or requiring the consent of, the holders of the Notes. The exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority with respect to the Notes will not be a default or an Event of Default (as each term is defined in the indenture) and the trustee will not be liable for any action that the trustee takes, or abstains from taking, in either case, in accordance with the exercise of the U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority with respect to the Notes. See “Consent to U.K. Bail-in Power” in this pricing supplement as well as “U.K. Bail-in Power,” “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally—Regulatory action in the event a bank or investment firm in the Group is failing or likely to fail could materially adversely affect the value of the securities” and “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to the Securities Generally—Under the terms of the securities, you have agreed to be bound by the exercise of any U.K. Bail-in Power by the relevant U.K. resolution authority” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

·                   Owning the Notes is Not the Same as Owning the Basket Components, the Securities Composing the Underlying Indices or the Component Securities Held by the Basket Components —The return on the Notes may not reflect the return you would

 

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realize if you actually owned the Basket Components, the securities composing the underlying indices, which the Basket Components are designed to track (each, an “Underlying Index”, and together, the “Underlying Indices”), or the component securities held by the Basket Components. As a holder of the Notes, you will not have voting rights or rights to receive dividends or other distributions or other rights that holders of the Basket Components, the securities composing the Underlying Index or the component securities held by the Basket Components would have .

 

·                   Historical Performance of the Basket Components Should Not Be Taken as Any Indication of the Future Performance of the Basket Components Over the Term of the Notes —The value of each Basket Component has fluctuated in the past and may, in the future, experience significant fluctuations. The historical performance of a Basket Component is not an indication of the future performance of that Basket Component over the term of the Notes. The historical correlation between Basket Components is not an indication of the future correlation between them over the term of the Notes. Therefore, the performance of the Basket Components individually or in comparison to each other over the term of the Notes may bear no relation or resemblance to the historical performance of any of the Basket Components.

 

·                   Certain Features of Exchange-Traded Funds Will Impact the Value of the Basket Components and the Value of the Notes :

 

o                 Management Risk . This is the risk that the investment strategy for the Basket Components, the implementation of which is subject to a number of constraints, may not produce the intended results. An investment in an exchange-traded fund involves risks similar to those of investing in any fund of equity securities traded on an exchange, such as market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic and political developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in security prices. Because, however, the Basket Components are not “actively” managed, they generally do not take defensive positions in declining markets and generally will not sell a security if the issuer of such security was in financial trouble. Accordingly, the performance of the Basket Components could be lower than other types of mutual funds that may actively shift their portfolio assets to take advantage of market opportunities or to lessen the impact of a market decline.

 

o                 Derivatives Risk . The Basket Components may invest in futures contracts, options on futures contracts, other types of options and swaps and other derivatives. A derivative is a financial contract, the value of which depends on, or is derived from, the value of an underlying asset such as a security or an index. Compared to conventional securities, derivatives can be more sensitive to changes in interest rates or to sudden fluctuations in market prices, and thus the Basket Components’ losses, and, as a consequence, the losses on your Notes, may be greater than if the Basket Components invested only in conventional securities.

 

o                 Tracking and Underperformance Risk ( Particularly in Periods of Market Volatility ). The performance of each Basket Component may not replicate the performance of, and may underperform, its Underlying Index. Each Basket Component will reflect transaction costs and fees that will reduce its relative performance.

 

Moreover, it is also possible that a Basket Component may not fully replicate or may, in certain circumstances, diverge significantly from the performance of its Underlying Index due to differences in trading hours between the Basket Component and its Underlying Index or due to other circumstances. During periods of market volatility, securities underlying a Basket Component may be unavailable in the secondary market, market participants may be unable to calculate accurately the intraday net asset value per share of the Basket Component and the liquidity of the Basket Component may be adversely affected. This kind of market volatility may also disrupt the ability of market participants to create and redeem shares in a Basket Component. Further, market volatility may adversely affect, sometimes materially, the prices at which market participants are willing to buy and sell shares of a Basket Component. As a result, under these circumstances, the market value of a Basket Component may vary substantially from the net asset value per share of the Basket Component. This variation in performance is called “tracking error” and, at times, the tracking error may be significant.

 

·                   An Investment in the Notes Involves Industry Concentration Risk —As described below under “Information Regarding the Reference Assets”, the investment objective of each Basket Component is to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded equity securities of companies in one particular sector or group of industries. The performance of companies in each relevant sector will be influenced by many complex and unpredictable factors, including industry competition, interest rates, geopolitical events, government regulation and supply and demand for the products and services offered by such companies. Any adverse development in the particular sector tracked by any Basket Component may have a material adverse effect on the securities held in the portfolio of such Basket Component and, as a result, may have a material adverse effect on the price of the Basket Component and the value of the Notes.

 

·                   The Technology Sector Fund No Longer Provides Exposure to the Communication Services Sector —The Technology Sector Fund seeks to track the Technology Select Sector Index. In September 2018, the Technology Select Sector Index was reconstituted to eliminate the telecommunication services industry group, the internet software & services sub-industry, the home entertainment software sub-industry and companies operating online marketplaces for consumer products and services. We refer to the stocks of such companies as “communication services stocks.” The Technology Sector Fund implemented corresponding changes to its portfolio by divesting communication services stocks representing nearly 25.00% of the net asset value of the Technology Sector Fund. As a result, the Technology Sector Fund no longer holds any communication services stocks. Consequently, the Technology Sector Fund is less diversified and is more concentrated in its sector than it was before this change to its portfolio. This change represents a significant change in the nature and holdings of the Technology Sector Fund and could adversely affect the performance of the Technology Sector Fund and, in turn, your return on the securities.

 

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·                   The Estimated Value of Your Notes is Expected to be Lower Than the Initial Issue Price of Your Notes —The estimated value of your Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is expected to be lower, and may be significantly lower, than the initial issue price of your Notes. The difference between the initial issue price of your Notes and the estimated value of the Notes is expected as a result of certain factors, such as any sales commissions expected to be paid to Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours, any selling concessions, discounts, commissions or fees expected to be allowed or paid to non-affiliated intermediaries, the estimated profit that we or any of our affiliates expect to earn in connection with structuring the Notes, the estimated cost which we may incur in hedging our obligations under the Notes, and estimated development and other costs which we may incur in connection with the Notes.

 

·                   T he Estimated Value of Your Notes Might be Lower if Such Estimated Value Were Based on the Levels at Which Our Debt Securities Trade in the Secondary Market —The estimated value of your Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is based on a number of variables, including our internal funding rates. Our internal funding rates may vary from the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market. As a result of this difference, the estimated values referenced above might be lower if such estimated values were based on the levels at which our benchmark debt securities trade in the secondary market.

 

·                   The Estimated Value of the Notes is Based on Our Internal Pricing Models , Which May Prove to be Inaccurate and May be Different from the Pricing Models of Other Financial Institutions —The estimated value of your Notes on the Initial Valuation Date is based on our internal pricing models, which take into account a number of variables and are based on a number of subjective assumptions, which may or may not materialize. These variables and assumptions are not evaluated or verified on an independent basis. Further, our pricing models may be different from other financial institutions’ pricing models and the methodologies used by us to estimate the value of the Notes may not be consistent with those of other financial institutions which may be purchasers or sellers of Notes in the secondary market. As a result, the secondary market price of your Notes may be materially different from the estimated value of the Notes determined by reference to our internal pricing models.

 

·                   The Estimated Value of Your Notes Is Not a Prediction of the Prices at Which You May Sell Your Notes in the Secondary Market , if any , and Such Secondary Market Prices ,  If Any , Will Likely be Lower Than the Initial Issue Price of Your Notes and May be Lower Than the Estimated Value of Your Notes —The estimated value of the Notes will not be a prediction of the prices at which Barclays Capital Inc., other affiliates of ours or third parties may be willing to purchase the Notes from you in secondary market transactions (if they are willing to purchase, which they are not obligated to do). The price at which you may be able to sell your Notes in the secondary market at any time will be influenced by many factors that cannot be predicted, such as market conditions, and any bid and ask spread for similar sized trades, and may be substantially less than our estimated value of the Notes. Further, as secondary market prices of your Notes take into account the levels at which our debt securities trade in the secondary market, and do not take into account our various costs related to the Notes such as fees, commissions, discounts, and the costs of hedging our obligations under the Notes, secondary market prices of your Notes will likely be lower than the initial issue price of your Notes. As a result, the price at which Barclays Capital Inc., other affiliates of ours or third parties may be willing to purchase the Notes from you in secondary market transactions, if any, will likely be lower than the price you paid for your Notes, and any sale prior to the Maturity Date could result in a substantial loss to you.

 

·         The Temporary Price at Which We May Initially Buy The Notes in the Secondary Market And the Value We May Initially Use for Customer Account Statements ,  If We Provide Any Customer Account Statements At All , May Not Be Indicative of Future Prices of Your Notes —Assuming that all relevant factors remain constant after the Initial Valuation Date, the price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may initially buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market (if Barclays Capital Inc. makes a market in the Notes, which it is not obligated to do) and the value that we may initially use for customer account statements, if we provide any customer account statements at all, may exceed our estimated value of the Notes on the Initial Valuation Date, as well as the secondary market value of the Notes, for a temporary period after the initial Issue Date of the Notes. The price at which Barclays Capital Inc. may initially buy or sell the Notes in the secondary market and the value that we may initially use for customer account statements may not be indicative of future prices of your Notes.

 

·                   We and Our Affiliates May Engage in Various Activities or Make Determinations That Could Materially Affect the Notes in Various Ways and Create Conflicts of Interest —We and our affiliates play a variety of roles in connection with the issuance of the Notes, as described below. In performing these roles, our and our affiliates’ economic interests are potentially adverse to your interests as an investor in the Notes.

 

In connection with our normal business activities and in connection with hedging our obligations under the Notes, we and our affiliates make markets in and trade various financial instruments or products for our accounts and for the account of our clients and otherwise provide investment banking and other financial services with respect to these financial instruments and products. These financial instruments and products may include securities, derivative instruments or assets that may relate to the Basket Components and/or the securities comprising the Basket Components. In any such market making, trading and hedging activity, and other financial services, we or our affiliates may take positions or take actions that are inconsistent with, or adverse to, the investment objectives of the holders of the Notes. We and our affiliates have no obligation to take the needs of any buyer, seller or holder of the Notes into account in conducting these activities. Such market making, trading and hedging activity, investment banking and other financial services may negatively impact the value of the Notes.

 

In addition, the role played by Barclays Capital Inc., as the agent for the Notes, could present significant conflicts of interest with the role of Barclays Bank PLC, as issuer of the Notes. For example, Barclays Capital Inc. or its representatives may derive compensation or financial benefit from the distribution of the Notes and such compensation or financial benefit may serve as incentive to sell the Notes instead of other investments. Furthermore, we and our affiliates establish the offering price of the Notes for initial sale to the public, and the offering price is not based upon any independent verification or valuation.

 

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In addition to the activities described above, we will also act as the Calculation Agent for the Notes. As Calculation Agent, we will determine any values of the Basket Components and make any other determinations necessary to calculate any payments on the Notes. In making these determinations, the Calculation Agent may be required to make discretionary judgements relating to the Reference Assets, including determining whether a market disruption event has occurred or whether certain adjustments to the Reference Assets or other terms of the Notes are necessary, as further described in the accompanying prospectus supplement. In making these discretionary judgments, our economic interests are potentially adverse to your interests as an investor in the Notes, and any of these determinations may adversely affect any payments on the Notes.

 

·                   Lack of Liquidity —The Notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. Barclays Capital Inc. and other affiliates of Barclays Bank PLC intend to make a secondary market for the Notes but are not required to do so, and may discontinue any such secondary market making at any time, without notice. Barclays Capital Inc. may at any time hold unsold inventory, which may inhibit the development of a secondary market for the Notes. Even if there is a secondary market, it may not provide enough liquidity to allow you to trade or sell the Notes easily. Because other dealers are not likely to make a secondary market for the Notes, the price at which you may be able to trade your Notes is likely to depend on the price, if any, at which Barclays Capital Inc. and other affiliates of Barclays Bank PLC are willing to buy the Notes. The Notes are not designed to be short-term trading instruments. Accordingly, you should be able and willing to hold your Notes to maturity.

 

·                   The U . S . Federal Income Tax Consequences of an Investment in the Notes Are Uncertain —There is no direct legal authority regarding the proper U.S. federal income tax treatment of the Notes, and we do not plan to request a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”). Consequently, significant aspects of the tax treatment of the Notes are uncertain, and the IRS or a court might not agree with the treatment of the Notes as prepaid forward contracts, as described below under “Tax Considerations.” If the IRS were successful in asserting an alternative treatment for the Notes, the tax consequences of the ownership and disposition of the Notes could be materially and adversely affected.

 

Even if the treatment of the Notes is respected, the IRS may assert that the Notes constitute “constructive ownership transactions” within the meaning of Section 1260 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), in which case gain recognized in respect of the Notes that would otherwise be long-term capital gain and that was in excess of the “net underlying long-term capital gain” (as defined in Section 1260) would be treated as ordinary income, and a notional interest charge would apply as if that income had accrued for tax purposes at a constant yield over the term of the Notes. Our special tax counsel has not expressed an opinion with respect to whether the “constructive ownership” rules apply to the Notes.

 

In addition, in 2007 the Treasury Department and the IRS released a notice requesting comments on various issues regarding the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar instruments. Any Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, possibly with retroactive effect. You should review carefully the sections of the accompanying prospectus supplement entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences—Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders—Notes Treated as Prepaid Forward or Derivative Contracts” and, if you are a non-U.S. holder, “—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders,” and consult your tax advisor regarding the U.S. federal tax consequences of an investment in the Notes (including the potential application of the constructive ownership rules, possible alternative treatments and the issues presented by the 2007 notice), as well as tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.

 

·                   Many Economic and Market Factors Will Impact the Value of the Notes —The value of the Notes will be affected by a number of economic and market factors that interact in complex and unpredictable ways and that may either offset or magnify each other, including

 

o                 the market price of, dividend rate on and expected volatility of the Basket Components and the components of each Basket Component;

 

o                 correlation (or lack of correlation) of the Basket Components;

 

o                 the time to maturity of the Notes;

 

o                 interest and yield rates in the market generally;

 

o                 a variety of economic, financial, political, regulatory or judicial events;

 

o                 supply and demand for the Notes; and

 

o                 our creditworthiness, including actual or anticipated downgrades in our credit ratings.

 

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INFORMATION REGARDING THE BASKET COMPONENTS

 

We have derived all information contained in this pricing supplement regarding each Reference Asset, including, without limitation, its make-up, method of calculation and changes in its components, from the prospectus for the Select Sector SPDR Trust (the “Select Sector Trust”) dated January 31, 2019 and other publicly available information. We have not independently verified such information. Such information reflects the policies of, and is subject to change by the Select Sector SPDR ®  Trust (the “Select Sector Trust”) and SSgA Funds Management, Inc. (“SSgA FM”). Each Reference Asset is an investment portfolio managed by SSgA FM, the investment adviser to the funds that comprise the Select Sector Trust.

 

Each Reference Asset is an exchange-traded fund that trades on the NYSE Arca. The ticker symbol for the Materials Sector Fund is “XLB,” the ticker symbol for the Technology Sector Fund is “XLK” and the ticker symbol for the Health Care Sector Fund is “XLV.”

 

The Select Sector Trust is a registered investment company that consists of nine separate investment portfolios (each, a “Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund”), including each Reference Asset. Each Reference Asset is an index fund that invests in a particular sector or group of industries represented by a specified Select Sector Index. The companies included in each Select Sector Index are selected on the basis of general industry classifications from a universe of companies defined by the S&P 500 ®  Index. For a description of the S&P 500 ®  Index, please see “Indices—The S&P U.S. Indices” in the accompanying index supplement.

 

The Select Sector Indices (each, a “Select Sector Index”) upon which the Select Sector SPDR ®  Funds are based together comprise all of the companies in the S&P 500 ®  Index. The investment objective of each Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund is to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded equity securities of companies in a particular sector or group of industries, as represented by a specified market sector index.

 

Information provided to or filed with the SEC by the Select Sector Trust pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, can be located by reference to SEC file numbers 333-57791 and 811-08837, respectively, through the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. For additional information regarding the Select Sector Trust or any Reference Asset, please see the prospectus for the Select Sector Trust. In addition, information about the Select Sector Trust, SSgA FM and each Reference Asset may be obtained from other sources including, but not limited to, press releases, newspaper articles and other publicly disseminated documents and the Select Sector Trust website at http://www.sectorspdrs.com. We have not undertaken any independent review or due diligence of the SEC filings related to any of the Reference Assets. Information contained on the Select Sector Trust website is not incorporated by reference in, and should not be considered a part of, this pricing supplement.

 

The Materials Sector Fund

 

The Materials Sector Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded equity securities of companies in the materials sector, as represented by the Materials Select Sector Index. The Materials Select Sector Index includes companies from the chemicals, metals and mining, paper and forest products, containers and packaging and construction materials industries.

 

The Technology Sector Fund

 

The Energy Sector Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded equity securities of companies in the technology sector, as represented by the Technology Select Sector Index. The Technology Select Sector Index measures the performance of the GICS ®  information technology and telecommunication services sectors, which currently includes companies in the following industries: IT services; software; communications equipment; technology hardware, storage and peripherals; electronic equipment, instruments and components; and semiconductors and semiconductor equipment. Prior to September 2018, the Technology Select Sector Index also included companies in the GICS ®  media industry group and certain companies from the internet & direct marketing retail sub-industry.

 

The Health Care Sector Fund

 

The Materials Sector Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded equity securities of companies in the healthcare sector, as represented by the Healthcare Select Sector Index. The Health Care Select Sector Index is a capped modified market capitalization-based index that measures the performance of the GICS ®  health care sector, which currently includes companies in the following industries: health care equipment & supplies; health care providers & services; health care technology; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; and life sciences tools and services.

 

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Historical Performance of the Materials Sector Fund

 

The graph below sets forth the historical performance of the Materials Sector Fund based on the daily Closing Values from January 2, 2014 through June 6, 2019. We obtained the Closing Values shown in the graph below from Bloomberg Professional ®  service (“Bloomberg”). We have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information obtained from Bloomberg.

 

Historical Performance of the Materials Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund

 

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

 

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Historical Performance of the Technology Sector Fund

 

The graph below sets forth the historical performance of the Technology Sector Fund based on the daily Closing Values from January 2, 2014 through June 6, 2019. We obtained the Closing Values shown in the graph below from Bloomberg. We have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information obtained from Bloomberg.

 

Historical Performance of the Technology Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund

 

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

 

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Historical Performance of the Health Care Sector Fund

 

The graph below sets forth the historical performance of the Health Care Sector Fund based on the daily Closing Values from January 2, 2014 through June 6, 2019. We obtained the Closing Values shown in the graph below from Bloomberg. We have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information obtained from Bloomberg.

 

Historical Performance of the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ®  Fund

 

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

 

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TAX CONSIDERATIONS

 

You should review carefully the sections entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences—Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders—Notes Treated as Prepaid Forward or Derivative Contracts” and, if you are a non-U.S. holder, “—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders,” in the accompanying prospectus supplement. The following discussion, when read in combination with those sections, constitutes the full opinion of our special tax counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, regarding the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of owning and disposing of the Notes. The following discussion supersedes the discussion in the accompanying prospectus supplement to the extent it is inconsistent therewith.

 

Based on current market conditions, in the opinion of our special tax counsel, it is reasonable to treat the Notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes as prepaid forward contracts with respect to the Basket. Assuming this treatment is respected, upon a sale or exchange of the Notes (including redemption at maturity), you should recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized on the sale or exchange and your tax basis in the Notes, which should equal the amount you paid to acquire the Notes. Subject to the application of the constructive ownership rules, any gain or loss recognized on your Notes should be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if you hold your Notes for more than a year, whether or not you are an initial purchaser of Notes at the original issue price. The Notes could be treated as constructive ownership transactions within the meaning of Section 1260 of the Code, in which case any gain recognized in respect of the Notes that would otherwise be long-term capital gain and that was in excess of the “net underlying long-term capital gain” (as defined in Section 1260) would be treated as ordinary income, and a notional interest charge would apply as if that income had accrued for tax purposes at a constant yield over the term of the Notes. Our special tax counsel has not expressed an opinion with respect to whether the constructive ownership rules apply to the Notes. Accordingly, U.S. holders should consult their tax advisors regarding the potential application of the constructive ownership rules.

 

The IRS or a court may not respect the treatment of the Notes described above, in which case the timing and character of any income or loss on the Notes could be materially and adversely affected. In addition, in 2007 the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS released a notice requesting comments on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar instruments. The notice focuses in particular on whether to require investors in these instruments to accrue income over the term of their investment. It also asks for comments on a number of related topics, including the character of income or loss with respect to these instruments; the relevance of factors such as the nature of the underlying property to which the instruments are linked; the degree, if any, to which income (including any mandated accruals) realized by non-U.S. investors should be subject to withholding tax; and whether these instruments are or should be subject to the constructive ownership regime described above. While the notice requests comments on appropriate transition rules and effective dates, any Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, possibly with retroactive effect. You should consult your tax advisor regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, including the potential application of the constructive ownership rules, possible alternative treatments and the issues presented by this notice.

 

Treasury regulations under Section 871(m) generally impose a withholding tax on certain “dividend equivalents” under certain “equity linked instruments.” A recent IRS notice excludes from the scope of Section 871(m) instruments issued prior to January 1, 2021 that do not have a “delta of one” with respect to underlying securities that could pay U.S.-source dividends for U.S. federal income tax purposes (each an “Underlying Security”). Based on our determination that the Notes do not have a “delta of one” within the meaning of the regulations, we expect that these regulations will not apply to the Notes with regard to non-U.S. holders. Our determination is not binding on the IRS, and the IRS may disagree with this determination. Section 871(m) is complex and its application may depend on your particular circumstances, including whether you enter into other transactions with respect to an Underlying Security. If necessary, further information regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) will be provided in the pricing supplement for the Notes. You should consult your tax advisor regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) to the Notes.

 

You should review the section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders—Foreign Account Tax Compliance Withholding” in the accompanying prospectus supplement. The discussion in that section is modified to reflect regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department indicating an intent to eliminate the requirement under FATCA of withholding on gross proceeds (other than amounts treated as interest) of the disposition of financial instruments. The U.S. Treasury Department has indicated that taxpayers may rely on these proposed regulations pending their finalization.

 

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SUPPLEMENTAL PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

 

We will agree to sell to Barclays Capital Inc. (the “Agent”), and the Agent will agree to purchase from us, the principal amount of the Notes, and at the price, specified on the cover of the related pricing supplement, the document that will be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) containing the final pricing terms of the Notes. The Agent will commit to take and pay for all of the Notes, if any are taken.

 

We expect that delivery of the Notes will be made against payment for the Notes on the Issue Date indicated on the cover of this pricing supplement, which is expected to be more than two business days following the Initial Valuation Date. Under Rule 15c6 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in two business days, unless the parties to any such trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, purchasers who wish to trade the Notes on any date prior to two business days before delivery will be required, by virtue of the fact that the Notes will initially settle in more than two business days, to specify alternative settlement arrangements to prevent a failed settlement. See “Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

The Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and may not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area (“EEA Retail Investor”). For these purposes, an EEA Retail Investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended from time to time, “MiFID”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive 2002/92/EC (as amended from time to time), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Directive 2003/71/EC (as amended from time to time, including by Directive 2010/73/EU ). Consequently no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (as amended from time to time, the “PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to EEA Retail Investors has been prepared and therefore offering or selling such Notes or otherwise making them available to any EEA Retail Investor may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation.

 

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