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

 

Subject to Completion

Preliminary Pricing Supplement dated November 7, 2019

 

Preliminary Pricing Supplement

(To the Prospectus dated August 1, 2019, the Prospectus Supplement dated August 1, 2019 and the Underlying Supplement dated August 1, 2019)

Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration No. 333–232144

 

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$[·]

Buffered SuperTrackSM Notes due November 28, 2025

Linked to the Least Performing of the S&P 500® Index

and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®

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:

November 22, 2019

Issue Date:

November 29, 2019

Final Valuation Date:*

November 24, 2025

Maturity Date:*

November 28, 2025

Reference Assets:

The S&P 500® Index (the “S&P 500 Index”) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average® (the “DJIA Index”), as set forth in the following table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference Asset

Bloomberg Ticker

Initial Value

Buffer Value

 

 

 

S&P 500 Index

SPX <Index>

[·]

[·]

 

 

 

DJIA Index

INDU <Index>

[·]

[·]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The S&P 500 Index and the DJIA Index are each referred to herein as a “Reference Asset” and, collectively, as the “Reference Assets.”

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 Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is greater than or equal to the Initial Value, you will receive an amount per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows:

$1,000 + [$1,000 × Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset × Upside Leverage Factor]

§                  If the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Initial Value, but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment of $1,000 per $1,000 principal amount Note

§                  If the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Buffer Value, you will receive an amount per $1,000 principal amount Note calculated as follows:

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset + Buffer Percentage)]

If the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Buffer Value, you will lose 1.00% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1.00% that the Reference Asset Return of such Reference Asset falls below -30.00%. You may lose up to 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes at maturity.

Any payment on the Notes, including any repayment of principal, 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. SeeConsent to U.K. Bail-in PowerandSelected Risk Considerationsin this pricing supplement andRisk Factorsin 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 or beneficial owner of the Notes, by acquiring the Notes, each holder and beneficial owner 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 PS2 of this pricing supplement.

 

[Terms of the Notes Continue on the Next Page]

 

 

Initial Issue Price(1)(2)

Price to Public

Agents Commission(3)

Proceeds to Barclays Bank PLC

Per Note

$1,000

100%

2.65%

97.35%

Total

$[·]

$[·]

$[·]

$[·]

 

(1)          Because dealers who purchase the Notes for sale to certain fee-based advisory accounts may forgo 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 $973.50 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 $900.00 and $944.20 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 PS3 of this pricing supplement.

 

(3)          Barclays Capital Inc. will receive commissions from the Issuer of up to $26.50 per $1,000 principal amount Note. Barclays Capital Inc. will use these commissions to pay variable selling concessions or fees (including custodial or clearing fees) to other dealers. Barclays Capital Inc. will pay from these commissions a structuring fee of up to $3.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note, and fees for other distribution related services of $2.50 per $1,000 principal amount Note, to other broker- dealers participating in the distribution of the Notes. In no case will the total amount of selling concessions, structuring and other distribution related fees exceed $26.50 per $1,000 principal amount Note.

 

Investing in the Notes involves a number of risks. SeeRisk Factorsbeginning on page S7 of the prospectus supplement and Selected Risk Considerationsbeginning on page PS8 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

 

Buffer Percentage:

30.00%

Upside Leverage Factor:

1.25

Initial Value:

With respect to each Reference Asset, the Closing Value on the Initial Valuation Date (rounded to two decimal places), as set forth in the table above

Buffer Value:

With respect to each Reference Asset, 70.00% of the Initial Value (rounded to two decimal places), as set forth in the table above

Final Value:

With respect to each Reference Asset, the Closing Value on the Final Valuation Date (rounded to two decimal places)

Reference Asset Return:

With respect to each Reference Asset, an amount calculated as follows:

Final Value – Initial Value
Initial Value

Least Performing Reference Asset:

The Reference Asset with the lowest Reference Asset Return, as calculated in the manner set forth above

Closing Value:

The term “Closing Value” means the closing level of the applicable Reference Asset, as further described under “Reference Assets—Indices—Special Calculation Provisions” in the prospectus supplement, rounded to two decimal places (if applicable).

Calculation Agent:

Barclays Bank PLC

CUSIP / ISIN:

06747NR22 / US06747NR221

 

*                  Subject to postponement, as described underAdditional Terms of the Notesin 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 August 1, 2019, as supplemented by the prospectus supplement dated August 1, 2019 and the underlying supplement dated August 1, 2019, 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.

 

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 August 1, 2019:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000119312519210880/d756086d424b3.htm

 

·                  Prospectus Supplement dated August 1, 2019:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000095010319010190/dp110493_424b2-prosupp.htm

 

·                  Underlying Supplement dated August 1, 2019:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/312070/000095010319010191/dp110497_424b2-underlying.htm

 

Our SEC file number is 110257. As used in this pricing supplement, “we,” “us” or “our” refers to Barclays Bank PLC.

 

PS-1


 

CONSENT TO U.K. BAIL-IN POWER

 

Notwithstanding any other agreements, arrangements or understandings between us and any holder or beneficial owner of the Notes, by acquiring the Notes, each holder and beneficial owner 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 or beneficial owner 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 and beneficial owner of the Notes further acknowledges and agrees that the rights of the holders or beneficial owners 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 or beneficial owners 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.

 

PS-2


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING OUR ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE NOTES

 

The range of the estimated values of the Notes referenced above may not correlate on a linear basis with the range of any other term of the Notes as may be set forth in this pricing supplement. We determined the size of such range based on prevailing market conditions, as well as the anticipated duration of the marketing period for 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 a result of several factors, including any sales commissions to be paid to Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours, any selling concessions, discounts, commissions or fees (including any structuring or other distribution related 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 theSelected Risk Considerationsbeginning 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.

 

PS-3


 

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 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes, and you are willing and able to make an investment that may have the full downside market risk of an investment in the Least Performing Reference Asset.

 

·                  You are willing and able to accept the individual market risk of each Reference Asset and understand that any decline in the value of one Reference Asset will not be offset or mitigated by a lesser decline or any potential increase in the value of any other Reference Asset.

 

·                  You anticipate that the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset will be greater than the Initial Value.

 

·                  You understand and accept the risk that the payment at maturity will be based solely on the Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset.

 

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

 

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

 

·                  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 value of the Reference Assets.

 

·                  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 0.00% of the principal amount of your Notes in the event that the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset falls below its Barrier Value.

 

·                  You anticipate that the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset will be less than the Buffer Value.

 

·                  You are unwilling or unable to accept the risk that the negative performance of any one Reference Asset may cause you to earn no positive return or to suffer a loss of principal at maturity, regardless of the performance of the other Reference Asset.

 

·                  You are unwilling or unable to accept the individual market risk of each Reference Asset and/or do not understand that any decline in the value of one Reference Asset will not be offset or mitigated by a lesser decline or any potential increase in the value of any other Reference Asset.

 

·                  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 value of the Reference Assets.

 

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

 

·                  You seek an investment that entitles you to dividends or distributions on, or voting rights related to, the securities composing the Reference Assets.

 

·                  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 prefer the lower risk, and therefore accept the potentially lower returns, of fixed income investments with comparable maturities and credit ratings.

 

·                  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 and the documents referenced under “Additional Documents Related to the Offering of the Notes” in this pricing supplement. Neither the Issuer nor Barclays Capital Inc. makes any recommendation as to the suitability of the Notes for investment.

 

PS-4


 

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—Indices—Market Disruption Events for Securities with an Index of Equity Securities as a Reference Asset,” “Reference Assets—Least or Best Performing Reference Asset—Scheduled Trading Days and Market Disruption Events for Securities Linked to the Reference Asset with the Lowest or Highest Return in a Group of Two or More 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, the Reference Assets and the Notes are subject to adjustment by the Calculation Agent under certain circumstances, as described under “Reference Assets—Indices—Adjustments Relating to Securities with an Index as a Reference Asset”  in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

PS-5


 

HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLES OF AMOUNTS PAYABLE AT MATURITY

 

The following table illustrates the hypothetical payment at maturity under various circumstances. The “total return” as used in these examples 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 and make the following key assumption:

 

§                 Hypothetical Initial Value of each Reference Asset: 100.00*

 

§                 Hypothetical Buffer Value of each Reference Asset: 70.00 (70.00% of the hypothetical Initial Value set forth above)*

 

*            The hypothetical Initial Value of 100.00 and the hypothetical Buffer Value of 70.00 for each Reference Asset have been chosen for illustrative purposes only and does not represent likely Initial Values or Buffer Values for any Reference Asset. The actual Initial Value for each Reference Asset will be equal to its Closing Value on the Initial Valuation Date and the actual Buffer Value for each Reference Asset will be equal to 70.00% of its Initial Value.

 

For information regarding recent values of the Reference Assets, please see “Information Regarding the Reference Assets” in this pricing supplement.

 

Final Value 

 

Reference Asset Return

 

S&P 500
Index

DJIA Index

 

S&P 500
Index

DJIA Index

 

Reference Asset Return
of the Least Performing
Reference Asset

Payment at
Maturity
**

Total Return on
Notes

150.00

190.00

 

50.00%

90.00%

 

50.00%

$1,625.00

62.50%

145.00

140.00

 

45.00%

40.00%

 

40.00%

$1,500.00

50.00%

130.00

150.00

 

30.00%

50.00%

 

30.00%

$1,375.00

37.50%

125.00

120.00

 

25.00%

20.00%

 

20.00%

$1,250.00

25.00%

140.00

110.00

 

40.00%

10.00%

 

10.00%

$1,125.00

12.50%

115.00

105.00

 

15.00%

5.00%

 

5.00%

$1,062.50

6.25%

110.00

100.00

 

10.00%

0.00%

 

0.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

90.00

102.50

 

-10.00%

2.50%

 

-10.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

80.00

120.00

 

-20.00%

20.00%

 

-20.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

95.00

70.00

 

-5.00%

-30.00%

 

-30.00%

$1,000.00

0.00%

105.00

60.00

 

5.00%

-40.00%

 

-40.00%

$900.00

-10.00%

50.00

120.00

 

-50.00%

20.00%

 

-50.00%

$800.00

-20.00%

40.00

135.00

 

-60.00%

35.00%

 

-60.00%

$700.00

-30.00%

40.00

30.00

 

-60.00%

-70.00%

 

-70.00%

$600.00

-40.00%

40.00

20.00

 

-60.00%

-80.00%

 

-80.00%

$500.00

-50.00%

10.00

95.00

 

-90.00%

-5.00%

 

-90.00%

$400.00

-60.00%

102.00

0.00

 

2.00%

-100.00%

 

-100.00%

$300.00

-70.00%

 

**       per $1,000 principal amount Note

 

The following examples illustrate how the payments at maturity set forth in the table above are calculated:

 

Example 1: The Final Value of the S&P 500 Index is 140.00 and the Final Value of the DJIA Index is 110.00.

 

Because the DJIA Index has the lowest Reference Asset Return, the DJIA Index is the Least Performing Reference Asset. Because the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is greater than or equal to the Initial Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,107.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset × Upside Leverage Factor]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × 10.00% × 1.25] = $1,125.00

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is 12.50%.

 

Example 2: The Final Value of the S&P 500 Index is 90.00 and the Final Value of the DJIA Index is 102.50.

 

Because the S&P 500 Index has the lowest Reference Asset Return, the S&P 500 Index is the Least Performing Reference Asset. Because the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Initial Value, but greater than or equal to the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $1,000.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold.

 

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

 

PS-6


 

Example 3: The Final Value of the S&P 500 Index is 40.00 and the Final Value of the DJIA Index is 135.00.

 

Because the S&P 500 Index has the lowest Reference Asset Return, the S&P 500 Index is the Least Performing Reference Asset. Because the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $700.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset + Buffer Percentage)]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (-60.00% + 30.00%)] = $700.00

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is -30.00%.

 

Example 4: The Final Value of the S&P 500 Index is 40.00 and the Final Value of the DJIA Index is 30.00.

 

Because the DJIA Index has the lowest Reference Asset Return, the DJIA Index is the Least Performing Reference Asset. Because the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Buffer Value, you will receive a payment at maturity of $600.00 per $1,000 principal amount Note that you hold, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset + Buffer Percentage)]

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (-70.00% + 30.00%)] = $600.00

 

The total return on investment of the Notes is -40.00%.

 

Each example above demonstrates that the payment at maturity on your Notes will be calculated solely based on the Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset.

 

Examples 3 and 4 demonstrate that if the Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Buffer Value, you will lose 1.00% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1.00% that the Reference Asset Return of such Reference Asset falls below -30.00%. You will not benefit in the any way from the Reference Asset Return of any other Reference Asset being higher than the Reference Asset Return of the Least Performing Reference Asset.

 

You may lose up to 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes. Any payment on the Notes is subject to the credit risk of Barclays Bank PLC.

 

PS-7


 

SELECTED RISK CONSIDERATIONS

 

An investment in the Notes involves significant risks. Investing in the Notes is not equivalent to investing directly in the Reference Assets or their components. Some of the risks that apply to an investment in the Notes are summarized below, but we urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks relating to the Notes generally in the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus supplement. You should not purchase the Notes unless you understand and can bear the risks of investing in the Notes.

 

·                  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 Final Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset is less than the Buffer Value, you will lose 1.00% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1.00% that the Reference Asset Return of such Reference Asset falls below -30.00%. You may lose up to 70.00% of the principal amount of your Notes.

 

·                  You Are Exposed to the Market Risk of Each Reference Asset—Your return on the Notes is not linked to a basket consisting of the Reference Assets. Rather, it will be contingent upon the independent performance of each Reference Asset. Unlike an instrument with a return linked to a basket of underlying assets in which risk is mitigated and diversified among all the components of the basket, you will be exposed to the risks related to each Reference Asset. Poor performance by any Reference Asset over the term of the Notes may negatively affect your return and will not be offset or mitigated by any increases or lesser declines in the value of the other Reference Asset. To receive a positive return on your Notes at maturity, the Final Value of each Reference Asset must be greater than 0.00%. If Reference Asset Return of any Reference Asset is less than -30.00%, you will be exposed to the full decline in the Lesser Performing Reference Asset below the Buffer Percentage. Accordingly, your investment is subject to the market risk of each Reference Asset.

 

·                  The Payment at Maturity of the Notes is Based Solely on the Closing Value of the Least Performing Reference Asset on the Final Valuation Date—The Final Values will be based solely on the Closing Values of the Reference Assets on the Final Valuation Date. Accordingly, if the value of the Least Performing Reference Asset drops on the Final Valuation Date, the payment at maturity on the Notes may be significantly less than it would have been had it been linked to the value of the Reference Asset at any time prior to such drop. Any payment on the Notes is subject to the credit risk of Barclays Bank PLC.

 

·                  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 to be made 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  or beneficial owner of the Notes, by acquiring the Notes, each holder and beneficial owner 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 and beneficial owners 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 and the beneficial owners 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 senior debt securities 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 Any Reference Asset or Any Securities to which Any Reference Asset Provides Exposure—The return on the Notes may not reflect the return you would realize if you actually owned any Reference Asset or any securities to which any Reference Asset provides exposure. As a holder of the Notes, you will not have voting rights or rights to receive dividends or other distributions or any other rights that holders of any Reference Asset or any securities to which any Reference Asset provides exposure may have.

 

·                  Each Reference Asset Reflects the Price Return of the Securities Composing that Reference Asset, Not the Total Return—The return on the Notes is based on the performance of the Reference Assets, which reflect changes in the market prices of the securities composing the Reference Assets. The Reference Assets are not “total return” indices that, in addition to reflecting those price returns, would also reflect dividends paid on the securities composing the applicable Reference Asset. Accordingly, the return on the Notes will not include such a total return feature.

 

·                  Adjustments to Any Reference Asset Could Adversely Affect the Value of the Notes—The sponsor of any Reference Asset may add, delete, substitute or adjust the securities composing that Reference Asset or make other methodological changes to that

 

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Reference Asset that could affect their value. The Calculation Agent will calculate the value to be used as the Closing Value of that Reference Asset in the event of certain material changes in or modifications to that Reference Asset. In addition, the sponsor of any Reference Asset may also discontinue or suspend calculation or publication of that Reference Asset at any time. Under these circumstances, the Calculation Agent may select a successor index that the Calculation Agent determines to be comparable to any Reference Asset or, if no successor index is available, the Calculation Agent will determine the value to be used as the Closing Value of that Reference Asset. Any of these actions could adversely affect the value of the Reference Assets and, consequently, the value of the Notes. See “Reference Assets—Indices—Adjustments Relating to Securities with an Index as a Reference Asset” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

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

 

·                  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 a result of certain factors, such as any sales commissions to be paid to Barclays Capital Inc. or another affiliate of ours, any selling concessions, discounts, commissions or fees (including any structuring or other distribution related fees) 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.

 

·                  The 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 value referenced above might be lower if such estimated value 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

 

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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 Reference Assets or their 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.

 

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 Reference Assets 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. 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 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 Reference Assets and the components of each Reference Asset;

 

o                correlation (or lack of correlation) of the Reference Assets;

 

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 REFERENCE ASSETS

 

S&P 500® Index

 

The S&P 500 Index consists of stocks of 500 companies selected to provide a performance benchmark for the U.S. equity markets. For more information about the S&P 500 Index, see “Indices—The S&P U.S. Indices” in the accompanying underlying supplement.

 

Historical Performance of the S&P 500 Index

 

The graph below sets forth the historical performance of the S&P 500 Index based on the daily Closing Values from January 2, 2014 through November 5, 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 S&P 500® Index

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

 

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Dow Jones Industrial Average®

 

The DJIA Index is a price-weighted index that seeks to measure the performance of 30 U.S. blue-chip companies. The INDU Index covers all industries with the exception of transportation and utilities. For more information about the DJIA Index, see “Indices—The Dow Jones Industrial Average®” in the accompanying underlying supplement.

 

Historical Performance of the DJIA Index

 

The graph below sets forth the historical performance of the DJIA Index based on the daily Closing Values from January 2, 2014 through November 5, 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 Dow Jones Industrial Average®

 

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.

 

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 Reference Assets. Assuming this treatment is respected, upon a sale or exchange of the Notes (including redemption at maturity), you should recognize capital 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. This gain or loss 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. However, the IRS or a court may not respect this treatment, 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, which very generally can operate to recharacterize certain long-term capital gain as ordinary income and impose a notional interest charge. 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 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.

 

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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. In addition, the Agent will pay (and be reimbursed by the Issuer for) any additional structuring fees and other distribution related fees, as may be described on the cover of this pricing supplement.

 

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