Annual General Meeting

06 Jul 2005

At the Annual General Meeting of 3i Group plc at 10:30 this morning, Baroness Hogg, Chairman of 3i, will comment that:

"3i's strong financial performance and the development of the business over the last year have afforded us the opportunity both to accelerate our growth plans and to return £500m to shareholders."

Philip Yea Chief Executive will comment that:

"The Group has made a promising start to the financial year with good levels of new investment and realisations and our continued international development is progressing well."

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting where resolutions will be put to shareholders relating to the proposed £500 million return of capital.

For information please contact:

Patrick Dunne Group Communications Director  020 7975 3283  
Philip Gawith The Maitland Consultancy  020 7379 5151  

Notes to editors

3i is a world leader in private equity and venture capital. We focus on buyouts, growth capital and venture capital and invest across Europe, in the United States and in Asia.

Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our relationships in business. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio and to our shareholders.