Update on UK passport tender

De La Rue plc (“De La Rue” or the “Company”), the world’s leading security and anti-counterfeiting provider for banknotes, identity and brand protection, today notes the decision by Her Majesty’s Passport Office (“HMPO”), not to award De La Rue the contract to design and produce the UK passport when its existing contract expires in July 2019.

De La Rue has worked closely with HMPO over the last nine years, designing and producing the UK passport and establishing it as one of the most secure passports in the world. The current ten-year contract has a total value of c£400m. Today’s decision is expected to have no impact on the performance of current and next financial year as we continue to fulfil the contract until July 2019 and assist with the transition process thereafter. The Company is disappointed with the outcome of the tender process and will now consider its options including an appeal.


De La Rue plc’s LEI code is 213800DH741LZWIJXP78.




De La Rue plc +44 (0)1256 605000

Martin Sutherland          Chief Executive Officer

Lili Huang                     Head of Investor Relations


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Katharine Spence

Stuart Donnelly



Notes to the editors:

  1. De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial designer and printer of passports, producing c14m passports a year
  2. De La Rue is involved in a wide range of identity solution projects with customers including Cameroon, Kenya, the State of Qatar, Malta, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the UK
  3. De La Rue produced its first passport in 1915
  4. De La Rue is an active member of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and an adviser to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), helping to define passport standards and electronic infrastructure

About De La Rue

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods.

As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system.  De La Rue is the only integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting.

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