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SHIRE PLC: Transaction in Own Shares


Transaction in Own Shares

April 5, 2013 - Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) (the "Company"), announces that in accordance with the authority granted by shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2012 it purchased 88,500 of its ordinary shares of 5 pence each ("Ordinary Shares") on April 4, 2013 through both direct purchases of Ordinary Shares and through the purchase of Ordinary Shares underlying ADRs. The highest and lowest price paid for the directly acquired Ordinary Shares was 1982.00 pence per share and 1966.00 pence per share respectively and for those Ordinary Shares acquired through the purchase of ADRs was 3004.00 cents per share and 2983.83 cents per share respectively.

The purchased shares will be held as treasury shares. Following the above purchase, the Company holds 6,204,188 Ordinary Shares as treasury shares and has 556,602,122 Ordinary Shares in issue (excluding treasury shares).

The purchases were made by an independent third party which makes its trading decisions independently of, and uninfluenced by the Company. The independence of the third party enables the Company to continue to purchase Ordinary Shares (including Ordinary Shares underlying ADRs) during close periods and other prohibited periods, should they arise. The third party has been appointed by the Company to make purchases to December 31, 2013.

For further information please contact:

Investor Relations

Eric Rojas erojas@shire.com +1 781 482 0999

Sarah Elton-Farr seltonfarr@shire.com +44 1256 894157

NOTES TO EDITORS

Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.

Through our deep understanding of patients' needs, we develop and provide healthcare in the areas of:

* Behavioral Health and Gastro Intestinal conditions


      * Rare Diseases
      * Regenerative Medicine
    as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians.

We aspire to imagine and lead the future of healthcare, creating value for
patients, physicians, policymakers, payors and our shareholders.

www.shire.com
                                                                              

Registered in Jersey, No. 99854, 22 Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8PX

Press Release

www.shire.com

-0- Apr/05/2013 06:00 GMT

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