GN Store Nord A/S announces successful completion of directed issue and private placing of new shares and existing treasury shares, raising gross proceeds of approximately DKK 2.75 bn
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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFERING MEMORANDUM OR A PROSPECTUS AS DEFINED BY REGULATION (EU) NO. 2017/1129 OF 14 JUNE 2017.
GN Store Nord A/S announces successful completion of directed issue and private placing of new shares and existing treasury shares, raising gross proceeds of approximately DKK 2.75 bn
GN Store Nord A/S ("GN") hereby announces the completion of an accelerated bookbuild process of a total of 17,319,337 shares (nominally DKK 69,277,348) of each DKK 4.00 comprising 13,719,337 new shares (the “New Shares”) and 3,600,000 existing treasury shares (the “Treasury Shares” and together with the New Shares, the “Shares”) at an offer price of DKK 160 per share, raising gross proceeds to GN of approximately DKK 2.75 bn (the "Placing").
On 24 May 2023, GN launched the Placing of New Shares and Treasury Shares at market price in connection with a private placement.
The Placing has now been successfully completed as a private placement in the form of a utilization of the Board of Directors’ authorization to increase the share capital and issue New Shares without pre-emptive rights for GN’s existing shareholders and a sale of Treasury Shares.
As the Placing was oversubscribed, an individual allocation of the Shares was made.
The Placing was made pursuant to applicable exemptions under Regulation (EU) no. 2017/1129 of 14 June 2017 on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market, as amended from the obligation to publish a prospectus.
The proceeds of the Placing are intended to be used for repayment of debt facilities.
GN, the Board of Directors and the Executive Management have agreed to a 180-day lock-up period following settlement of the Placing in relation to shares in GN. The lock-up undertakings are subject to certain customary exemptions. The Placing is not underwritten.
Admission to trading and official listing
The New Shares and the Treasury Shares will be delivered in the temporary ISIN code DK0062495669. No application for admission to trading and official listing has been, or will be, filed for the New Shares and the Treasury Shares in the temporary ISIN code, and the temporary ISIN code will only be registered with Euronext Securities Copenhagen (VP Securities A/S) for subscription of the New Shares and for the Placing of the Treasury Shares. The temporary ISIN code in Euronext Securities Copenhagen (VP Securities A/S) will be merged with the permanent ISIN code for the existing shares (the "Existing Shares”), DK0010272632, as soon as possible following registration of the share capital increase with the Danish Business Authority. The New Shares are expected to be admitted to trading and official listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S on or around 31 May 2023 under the permanent ISIN code.
The closing of the Placing is subject to the Placing not being withdrawn prior to the registration of the capital increase and GN making an announcement to that effect.
|30 May 2023||Settlement and payment for the Shares|
|30 May 2023||Expected registration of the capital increase with the Danish Business Authority|
|31 May 2023||Admission to trading and official listing of the New Shares on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S|
|1 June 2023||Merger of the temporary ISIN of the New Shares and the Treasury Shares with the ISIN of the existing shares|
The New Shares and the Treasury Shares
Following completion of the share capital increase for the New Shares, the registered share capital of GN will amount to nominally DKK 603,650,860 divided into 150,912,715 shares of nominally DKK 4.00 each.
The New Shares represent 10% of GN’s total registered share capital before the capital increase and will account for approximately 9.1 % of GN’s total registered share capital upon completion of the capital increase. Subject to settlement, a share capital increase will be registered with the Danish Business Authority and the share capital of GN will hereafter consist of 150,912,715 shares of nominally DKK 4.00 each, equivalent to a total share capital of nominally DKK 603,650,860. The number of voting rights in GN will after registration of the share capital increase amount to a total of 603,650,860 voting rights.
The New Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with existing shares in GN. The New Shares will be negotiable instruments, and no restrictions will apply to their transferability. No shares, including the New Shares, carry or will carry any special rights. Rights conferred by the New Shares, including voting rights and dividend rights, will apply from the time when the capital increase is registered with the Danish Business Authority. The New Shares must be registered in the name of the holder in GN’s register of shareholders.
The Treasury Shares have the same rights as GN’s other existing shares. New owners of any Treasury Share will be recorded in GN’s share register.
Joint Global Coordinators
BNP PARIBAS, Danske Bank A/S, DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, J.P. Morgan SE, Nordea Danmark, filial af Nordea Bank Abp, Finland, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Danmark, filial af Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Sverige, act as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Placing.
For further information, please contact:
Investors and analysts
Anne Sofie Staunsbæk Veyhe +45 45 75 85 06
Rune Sandager +45 45 75 92 57
Press and the media
Steen Frentz Laursen +45 20 65 34 20
GN facilitates communication between people through intelligent hearing, audio, video, and gaming technology. Inspired by people and driven by our passion for innovation, we leverage technologies to deliver unique user experiences that bring people closer through the power of sound and vision.
GN was founded more than 150 years ago with a vision to connect the world. Today, we proudly honor that legacy with our world-leading expertise in the human ear, audio, video and speech, wireless technologies, software, miniaturization, and collaboration with leading technology partners. GN's solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, SteelSeries, Jabra, Beltone, Interton, BlueParrott, Danavox and FalCom in 100 countries. Founded in 1869, the GN Group employs 8,000 people and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).
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This announcement does not constitute an offering memorandum or a prospectus as defined by Regulation (EU) No. 2017/1129 of 14 June 2017 and nothing herein contains an offering of securities.
This announcement is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities issued by GN Store Nord A/S (the “Company”) in any jurisdiction where such offer or sale would be unlawful and the announcement and the information contained herein are not for distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in or into such jurisdictions.
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No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this announcement and no such prospectus is required to be published.
This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in GN’s securities. Any investment decision to purchase or offer to purchase GN’s securities in connection with the Placing must be made solely on the basis of publicly available information, which has not been independently verified by BNP PARIBAS, Danske Bank A/S, DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, J.P. Morgan SE, Nordea Danmark, filial af Nordea Bank Abp, Finland, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Danmark, filial af Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Sverige, (the “Joint Global Coordinators”).
The Joint Global Coordinators and their affiliates are acting exclusively for GN and no-one else in connection with the Placing. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than GN for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
In connection with the Placing, the Joint Global Coordinators and any of their affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase shares in GN and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such shares and other securities of GN or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise. The Joint Global Coordinators do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and that can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intends”, “estimate”, “will”, “may”, “continue”, “should”, and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this announcement are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although GN believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. GN expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to the forward-looking statements set forth herein. Accordingly, GN urges readers not to place undue reliance on any of the forward-looking statements set forth herein. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.
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