Exercise of the over-allotment option in the IPO of Balco

Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) (“Carnegie”) has today notified Balco Group AB (“Balco” or the “Company”) and Segulah IV, L.P. (the “Selling Shareholder”) that the over-allotment option has been exercised in full in respect of 1,928,589 existing shares in Balco and that the stabilisation period has ended.

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In connection with the initial public offering of the shares in Balco and the listing of the shares on Nasdaq Stockholm on 6 October 2017 (the “Offering”) the Selling Shareholder granted Carnegie, on behalf of Carnegie and Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial (together the “Joint Bookrunners”), an over-allotment option to purchase an additional of up to 1,928,589 existing shares in Balco, exercisable in whole or in part within 30 calendar days after the first day of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm. Carnegie has exercised the over-allotment option in full.

Following the exercise of the over-allotment option, Segulah IV, L.P. will hold 4,079,373 shares in Balco, corresponding to an ownership of 19.04 per cent of the total number of shares and votes in Balco.

No price stabilisation activities have been carried out since the Offering, and due to Balco’s share price performance, Carnegie has, as stabilising manager on behalf of the Joint Bookrunners, decided to end the stabilisation period.

For further information, please contact:

Kenneth Lundahl, CEO Balco
Telephone: +46 (0) 70 630 20 57
E-mail: kenneth.lundahl@balco.se

Cecilia Lannebo, IR-director Balco
Telephone: +46 (0) 72 220 82 77
E-mail: cecilia.lannebo@balco.se

This information is information that Balco is obliged to disclose pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was released for public disclosure, through the agency of the contact person above, on 20 October, 2017, at 6.00 p.m. CET.

Balco in brief

Since Balco was founded in 1987 in Växjö, Sweden, the Company has grown from being a local product-oriented supplier of concrete balconies into a leading market-oriented supplier of glazed balcony solutions. Balco primarily offers customised, innovative balcony solutions under its own brand to tenant-owner associations, private landlords, the public housing sector and construction companies. Balco operates on its Main Markets, which comprise Sweden, Denmark and Norway, as well on its Other Markets, which comprise Germany, Finland, the UK and the Netherlands.

Balco’s core expertise is in delivering glazed balconies and balcony solutions, primarily on the renovation market and to tenant-owner associations. The Company is specialised in replacing existing balconies with new glazed balconies in accordance with the so called Balco-method. The method provides many advantages for the customer, such as lower energy costs, enhanced living standard and an increase in the value of the property. Balco has a successful sales process which means that the Company assumes overall responsibility and guides the customer through the entire construction process, from project planning to concluded final inspection and aftermarket service. The Company is one of few complete balcony suppliers on its Main Markets who has the ability to provide customised and high-quality balcony solutions, irrespective of order size and complexity, with short delivery times.

Since its inception, Balco has expanded to several European countries and has today 18 sales offices in seven countries. The Company has three wholly-owned production facilities in Sweden, Denmark and Poland, and is part-owner of a strategic Polish subcontractor which, together with the large sales force, constitutes the platform from which Balco delivers its balcony solutions to customers around Northern Europe. The Company has made significant investments in its operational platform, thereby creating positive conditions for continued growth in both sales and earnings.

Balco is today the market leader in the balcony market on its Main Markets. Balco is a strong challenger in the Company’s Other Markets.

Balco’s strong market position within the Renovation segment, combined with its high quality balcony solutions, operational platform and positive underlying market trends, has contributed to a positive development in recent years. During the period 2014 to the twelve-month period ending 30 June 2017, the Group’s sales increased from SEK 568.4 million to SEK 929.0 million and adjusted EBIT increased from SEK 41.0 million to SEK 109.8 million, equivalent to an increase in adjusted EBIT margin from 7.2 percent to 11.8 percent. This makes Balco one of the most profitable companies in the balcony market.

Important information

This press release does not contain or constitute an invitation or an offer to acquire, sell, subscribe for or otherwise trade in shares or other securities in Balco. This press release has not been approved by any regulatory authority and is not a prospectus and accordingly, investors should not acquire any securities referred to in this press release, except on the basis of information provided in the prospectus which has been completed in relation to the Offering.

In certain jurisdictions, the publication or distribution of this press release may be subject to restrictions according to law, and persons in those jurisdictions where this press release has been published or distributed should inform themselves about and abide by such restrictions.

The shares or securities of Balco have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or jurisdiction within the United States, and no shares or other securities in Balco may, directly or indirectly, be offered, sold, resold, transferred, delivered or distributed to or within the United States. No shares or other securities in Balco will be offered in the United States. There are no plans to register shares or other securities in Balco, or to conduct an offering of such shares or securities, in the United States.

This press release may not be announced, published or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or any other country where such action is wholly or partially subject to legal restrictions or where such action would require additional prospectuses, other offer documentation, registrations or other actions in addition to what follows from Swedish law. The information in this press release may not be forwarded, reproduced or disclosed in such a manner that would contravene such restrictions or would require such additional prospectuses, other offer documentation, registrations or other actions. Failure to comply with this instruction may result in a violation of the Securities Act or laws applicable in other jurisdictions.

Balco is a growth company offering high quality, innovative, patented and energy-saving balcony solutions. The company’s customer-adapted products contribute to enhanced security, quality of life and an increase in value for residents of multi-family residential properties. Through a decentralized and efficient sales process, Balco has control over the entire value chain – from production to delivery. The company, which was founded in Växjö in 1987 and which has over 300 employees, is a market leader in the Nordic region, and operates on several markets in northern Europe. Sales in 2016 amounted to MSEK 802. Balco’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm Stock Exchange.

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