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Nordic Halibut AS (“Nordic Halibut” or the “Company”) has engaged Pareto Securities AS and SpareBank 1 Markets AS as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners (together the “Managers”), and Norne Securities AS as Co-manager, to advise on and effect a private placement of new shares in the Company (the “Offer Shares”) to raise gross proceeds of approximately NOK 200 million (the “Private Placement”) at a fixed price per share of NOK 20.70 (the “Offer Price”). The total number of Offer Shares to be allocated will be 9,661,835. The Managers have received pre-commitments (please see below) which in aggregate cover the entire offer size.
The net proceeds to the Company from the Private Placement will be used for (i) the increased equity portion of CAPEX for the Tingvoll facility (approximately NOK 20 million), and (ii) the increased working capital need, general corporate purposes and capital buffer (approximately NOK 180 million).
Certain close associates of primary insiders and existing shareholders in the Company have pre-committed to subscribe for Offer Shares at the Offer Price in the Private Placement for a total amount of approximately NOK 200 million, distributed as follows:
– Kontrari AS, represented on the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) by Vegard Gjerde and Jan Erik Sivertsen, which, together with associated companies, hold approximately 50.1% of the Company’s shares, has pre-committed to subscribe for shares for NOK 123.5 million.
– Farvatn Private Equity AS, represented on the Board by Tore Hopen, holding approximately 11.97% of the Company’s shares, has pre-committed to subscribe for shares for 63.5 million.
– T.D. Veen AS, represented on the Board by Øyvind Schanke, holding approximately 7.75% of the Company’s shares, has pre-committed to subscribe for shares for NOK 10 million.
– Aino AS, represented on the Board by Aino Olaisen, holding approximately 1.47% of the Company’s shares, has pre-committed to subscribe for shares for NOK 3 million.
In the case of applications from other existing shareholders and/or strong demand in general, the pre-committing shareholders’ allocations may be scaled back.
The Private Placement is directed towards Norwegian and international investors, in each case subject to and in compliance with applicable exemptions from relevant registration, filing and prospectus requirements, and subject to other applicable selling restrictions. The minimum application and allocation amount has been set to the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000. The Company may, however, at its sole discretion, offer and allocate Offer Shares for an
amount below the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000 to the extent applicable exemptions from the prospectus requirement pursuant to the EU Prospectus Regulation are available.
The application period for the Private Placement commences today, 5 December 2023 at 16:30 CET, and is expected to end on 6 December 2023 at 08:00 CET (the “Application Period”). The Company may, in consultation with the Managers, at any time and for any reason at its sole discretion shorten or extend the Application Period. If the Application Period is shortened or extended, the other dates referred to herein may be changed correspondingly.
The allocation will be determined after the expiry of the Application period, and the final allocation will be made by the Board at its sole discretion. The Board will focus on criteria such as (but not limited to) pre-commitments, indications from the wall-crossing phase of the Private Placement, existing ownership in the Company, timeliness of the application, relative order size, sector knowledge, perceived investor quality and investment horizon.
The Offer Shares allocated in the Private Placement will be settled on a delivery-versus-payment basis by delivery of existing and unencumbered shares in the Company already admitted to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo made available to the Managers by shareholders Kontrari AS and Kontrazi AS pursuant to a share lending agreement between the share lenders, the Company and the Managers(the “Share Lending Agreement”). The Offer Shares subscribed in the Private Placement will thus be tradable upon notification of allocation, expected to be on or about 6 December 2023 (T). The settlement date in the Private Placement is expected to be on or about 8 December 2023 (T+2). The Managers will settle the share loan with new shares in the Company to be resolved issued by the Board pursuant to an authorisation granted by the annual general meeting held on 10 May 2023 (the “Authorisation”).
Completion of the Private Placement for investors allocated Offer Shares is subject to (i) all corporate resolutions of the Company required to implement the Private Placement being validly made, including without limitation, the resolution by the Board to approve the Private Placement and issue the Offer Shares pursuant to the Authorisation, and (ii) the Share Lending Agreement being in full force and effect. The Company reserves the right to cancel, and/or modify the terms of, the Private Placement at any time and for any reason prior to the notification of allocation.
The Company has considered the Private Placement in light of the equal treatment obligations under the Norwegian Securities Trading Act, the Norwegian Private Limited Companies Act, Euronext Growth Oslo Rule Book II and the Oslo Stock Exchange’s Guidelines on equal treatment, and is of the opinion that it is in the common interest of the Company and its shareholders to raise equity through a private placement, taking into consideration the time, costs and risk of alternative methods of securing the desired funding and that a repair offering may be carried out subsequent to the private placement (see below). A private placement allows for the Company to utilize current market conditions and raise capital more quickly, at
a lower discount compared to a rights issue and without the underwriting commissions normally seen with rights offerings.
The Company may, subject to completion of the Private Placement and certain other conditions, resolve to carry out a subsequent repair offering of new shares at the Offer Price, which, subject to applicable securities law, will be directed towards existing shareholders in the Company as of 5 December 2023 (as registered in the VPS two trading days thereafter), who (i) were not included in the wall-crossing phase of the Private Placement, (ii) were not allocated Offer Shares in the Private Placement, and (iii) are not resident in a jurisdiction where such offering would be unlawful or would (in jurisdictions other than Norway) require any prospectus, filing, registration or similar action.
Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS acts as legal counsel to the Company, and Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS acts as legal counsel to the Managers.
For more information, please contact:
CEO Edvard Henden, email@example.com, tel: +47 91 14 11 65
CFO Kenneth Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +47 45 21 24 24
This information is considered to include inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. This announcement was published by CFO Kenneth Meyer on 5 December 2023 at 16:47 CET.
Nordic Halibut in brief:
Nordic Halibut is a leading farmer of Atlantic halibut located in Western Norway and with headquarters in Averøy, Nordmøre. The Company has a fully integrated and well-developed value chain from genetics to sales and has had a significant breakthrough in early phase production. A growth plan to expand production volumes is implemented with production target of 4,500 tonnes HOG within 2026 and 10,350 tonnes HOG within 2031. Nordic Halibut will create shareholder value by pursuing value accretive organic growth through increased production.
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of the Company. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures. Any offering of the securities referred to in this announcement will be made by means of a set of subscription materials provided to potential investors. Investors should not subscribe for any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information contained in the aforementioned subscription material.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to “qualified institutional buyers” as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act.
In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression “Prospectus Regulation” means Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as amended (together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State).
This communication is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons in the United Kingdom that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only for relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.
Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “strategy”, “intends”, “estimate”, “will”, “may”, “continue”, “should” and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believe 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 their control. Actual events may differ significantly from any anticipated development due to a number of factors, including without limitation, changes in public sector investment levels, changes in the general economic, political and market conditions in the markets in which the Company operates, the Company’s ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel, changes in the Company’s ability to engage in commercially acceptable acquisitions and
strategic investments, and changes in laws and regulation and the potential impact of legal proceedings and actions. 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. The Company does not make any guarantee that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this announcement are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this announcement or any obligation to update or revise the statements in this announcement to reflect subsequent events. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this announcement.
The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review, update, confirm, or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this announcement.
Neither the Managers nor any of their affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities of the Company. Neither the Managers nor any of its affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.
In connection with the Private Placement, the Managers and any of their affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase shares 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 the Company or related investments in connection with the Private Placement or otherwise. Accordingly, references in any subscription materials to the shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by, such Manager and any of their affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. The Managers 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.