The Board of Directors of Beijer Electronics Group resolves on a fully covered preferential rights issue of approximately SEK 225

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The Board of Directors of Beijer Electronics Group resolves on a fully covered preferential rights issue of approximately SEK 225 million in order to accelerate the development of the Group

The Board of Directors of Beijer Electronics Group AB (publ) (”Beijer Electronics Group”) has resolved to launch a preferential rights issue of approximately SEK 225 million before issue costs, subject to approval by an Extraordinary General Meeting September 1, 2017.

Summary

  • During the past two years, Beijer Electronics Group has undergone a strategic transformation, creating a foundation for a solid and profitable long-term growth. The Group’s Board of Directors and Management Team believes that further strengthening the balance sheet would enable the Group to accelerate the execution of the strategic plans and capture the opportunities that current market trends entail.
  • The Group’s current capital structure restricts the Group’s scope of action and a reduced net debt would allow the Group to raise its level of ambition by focusing on implementing additional growth initiatives, e.g. acquisitions and sustained development spend.
  • The Board of Directors has therefore resolved on a preferential rights issue of approximately SEK 225 million before issue costs, subject to approval by an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held September 1, 2017.
  • The complete terms of the rights issue, including subscription price, are expected to be announced at the latest on August 29, 2017. Conditional on approval by the Extraordinary General Meeting, the record date will be September 5, 2017 and the subscription period will run from September 5, 2017, up to and including September 22, 2017.
  • Beijer Electronics Group’s largest shareholders Stena Sessan Investment AB, SEB Fonder, Nordea Fonder, Svolder and Fjärde AP-Fonden have expressed their support for the rights issue and submitted subscription commitments and intentions to subscribe for the shares, for which they have the right to subscribe with subscription rights, representing approximately 69.7 per cent of the rights issue in total. 
  • Stena Sessan Investment AB and Svolder have respectively submitted guarantee undertakings for the share of the rights issue that is not covered by the subscription commitments. The rights issue is thereby fully covered.
  • Invitation to the Extraordinary General Meeting on September 1, 2017 will be announced through a separate press release.

Background and rationale

Beijer Electronics Group is an innovative technology company within industrial automation and data communication. During the past two years, the Group has undergone a strategic transformation, creating a foundation for a solid and profitable long-term growth. The Group’s Board of Directors and Management Team believes that further strengthening the balance sheet would enable the Group to accelerate the execution of its strategic plans. The Group would thereby be more confident in its ability to capture the opportunities that current market trends within the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution, including Internet of Things, entail. The Group will also benefit from its global platform that the Group has established during the last decade to a greater extent.

The Management Team of Beijer Electronics Groups has, as part of the ongoing strategic planning, identified a number of potential acquisition targets, including small and medium-sized companies, which would enhance the Group’s competitiveness in attractive segments and thereby enable a higher growth rate. As a result of the strengthened balance sheet, the Group would, to an even greater extent, be able to focus on acquisitions over the coming years. 

The Group has, during the second half of 2015 and 2016, implemented a number of initiatives with the goal of gradually transforming the business to become more customer-oriented and to lower the cost base. In addition, a number of key recruitments have been made to ensure the three business entities’ ability to execute on the business strategies defined by the Group’s Board of Directors and the Management Team.

For the business entity Beijer Electronics, it is worth highlighting the strategy and action programme the Group initiated in order to optimise the cost structure, the offering and the organisation as to adapt to the changed market conditions and the termination of the contract with Mitsubishi Electric in the end of 2015. The terminated contract with Mitsubishi Electric resulted in a decrease of net sales of approximately SEK 170 million in 2016 compared to 2015. The overall goal of the Board of Directors has been to create a more customer-oriented and flexible organisation, fully focused on own products, which has resulted in own products currently constituting approximately 90 % of net sales. The intention is also, in a long term perspective, to increase the share of sales from software, to focus on certain selected segments for robust terminals as well as to focus resources on fewer markets and target larger customers.

In the other business entities – Westermo och Korenix – the Group has made large investments in product development, changing internal processes as well as adapting the organisation to ensure a competitive offering and thereby enable future growth. Within the business entity Westermo, the Group initiated an investment program of approximately SEK 175 million in 2014. The investment program strengthens Westermo’s offering within Mission Critical Edge Networks and Westermo IP Train, consequently enhancing the business entity’s competitiveness within attractive growth segments such as the train segment, a segment with especially high customer requirements. In addition, the business entity’s sales organisation has been expanded to ensure that the new offering reaches the customers.

The strategic transformation, in combination with continuous and intensive product development, have led the Board of Directors and the Management Team of Beijer Electronics Group to believe that the current level of net debt restricts the Group’s scope of action. Therefore the Board of Directors of Beijer Electronics Group has resolved on a preferential rights issue of SEK 225 million on July 14, 2017. The rights issue will strengthen the Group’s financial position through a reduction of net debt. The reduction of net debt, will to a greater extent enable the Group to implement growth-focused initiatives, for example acquisitions. The Board of Directors and the Management Team of Beijer Electronics Group believe that strengthening the balance sheet will enable the Group to carry out contemplated offensive investments approximately two years earlier than currently planned. In addition, the Group will be less sensitive to temporary fluctuations in the market and sales.

In the beginning of 2016, the Board of Directors decided that the Group, within a 2-3 year timeframe, will achieve minimum organic growth of seven per cent per year, and a minimum operating margin of ten per cent. The intention is to reach these targets during the latter part of 2018.

Terms of the rights issue

On July 14, 2017, the Board of Directors resolved, subject to approval at the Extraordinary General Meeting on September 1, 2017, to conduct a preferential rights issue of approximately SEK 225 million before issue costs. Those who are registered as shareholders by Euroclear Sweden on the record date September 5, 2017 have preferential rights to subscribe to shares in the rights issue in proportion to the existing number of shares held on the record day. In case all shares are not subscribed for with subscription rights, the Board of Directors shall, within the framework of the preferential rights issue’s maximum amount, make a decision as to the allocation of shares subscribed for without subscription rights. Such shares should firstly be allocated to those who subscribed for shares with subscription rights, whether or not they were shareholders on the record date, pro rata in proportion to the number of subscription rights that each shareholder had utilised for subscription. Secondly, shares shall be allotted to others who have registered for subscription of shares without subscription rights. Thirdly, potential remaining shares shall be assigned the guarantors which have guaranteed the rights issue. To the extent that shares cannot be allotted as stated above, they will be allotted by drawing lots.

The complete terms and conditions of the preferential rights issue, including the increase in share capital, number of shares issued and issue price, is expected to be announced at the latest on the August 29, 2017.

The subscription period is expected to run from September 7, 2017 up to and including September 22, 2017. The Board of Directors of Beijer Electronics Group has the right to extend the subscription period. A potential extension will be announced by the Group through a press release no later than September 22, 2017. Trading with subscription rights is expected to run between September 7-20, 2017.

The Board of Directors’ decision regarding the preferential rights issue is subject to approval at the Extraordinary General Meeting September 1, 2017. For more information, please see the notice to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting in a separate press release. The formal notice to attend the Extraordinary Meeting will announced around July 21, 2017.

Subscription commitments, intentions to subscribe and guarantee undertakings

Beijer Electronics Group’s largest shareholders support the rights issue. Stena Sessan Investment AB, Svolder and Fjärde AP-Fonden, together representing approximately 44.2 per cent of the share capital in Beijer Electronics Group, have endorsed the decision of the rights issue, submitted binding subscription commitments for subscription of shares corresponding to their respective pro rata portion of the rights issue and committed to vote in favour of the rights issue at the Extraordinary General Meeting. In addition, SEB Fonder and Nordea Fonder have expressed their intensions to subscribe their pro rata portion of the rights issue respectively and to vote in favour of the rights issue at the Extraordinary General Meeting. At the time of the decision of the rights issue, the principle shareholders have an ownership share of approximately 69.7 per cent of the capital in Beijer Electronics Group (based on ownership details as of June 30, 2017). Stena Sessan Investment AB and Svolder have also issued guarantee undertakings corresponding to the part of the rights issue that is not covered by the subscription commitments. Stena Sessan Investment AB has received exemption from the mandatory bid obligation from the Swedish Securities Council, which otherwise could emerge in relation to Stena Sessan Investment AB’s subscription of shares in the rights issue. Stena Sessan Investment AB and Svolder receive a customary remuneration from the Group for their guarantee undertakings.

Preliminary timetable for the rights issue

August 29, 2017 
Announcement of complete terms and conditions, including subscription price and the number of shares to be issued

September 1, 2017 
Extraordinary General Meeting to approve the rights issue resolved by the Board of Directors

September 1, 2017 
Last day of trading in Beijer Electronics Group’s shares including right to participate in the rights issue

September 4, 2017 
First day of trading in Beijer Electronics Group’s shares excluding right to participate in the rights issue

September 4, 2017 
Estimated date for publication of the prospectus

September 5, 2017 
Record date for the right to participate in the rights issue, in other words, shareholders that are registered in the share register this day will receive subscription rights that entail rights to participate in the rights issue

September 17 – 20, 2017 
Trading in subscription rights

September 7 – 22, 2017 
Subscription period

September 27, 2017 
Announcement of preliminary results of the rights issue

Extraordinary General Meeting

Invitation to the Extraordinary General Meeting that takes place Friday September 1, 2017 at 14.00 in the Group’s facilities in Malmö will be notified in a separate press release.

Financial and legal advisors

Danske Bank is acting as financial advisor and Mannheimer Swartling as legal advisor to Beijer Electronics Group in connection with the rights issue.  

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The information in this press release does not contain or constitute an offer to acquire, subscribe or otherwise trade in shares or other securities in Beijer Electronics Group. Any invitation to the persons concerned to subscribe for shares in Beijer Electronics Group will only be made through the prospectus that Beijer Electronics Group estimates to publish on or around September 4, 2017.

The information in this press release may not be released, published or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and provinces, every state in the United States and the District of Columbia), Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zeeland, Switzerland, Singapore or South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such action is subject to legal restrictions or would require other measures than those required by Swedish law.

This press release does not contain or constitute an offer to acquire or subscribe to securities in the United States. No subscription rights, BTAs (interim shares) or shares have or will be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or the securities legislation of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States may not be offered, subscribed, sold or otherwise transferred, directly or indirectly, in or within the United States, other than pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction that is not subject to, the registration requirements under the U.S. Securities Act and in accordance with the securities legislation in the relevant state or any other jurisdiction of the United States. Beijer Electronics Group does not intend to register any portion of the offering of the securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering in the securities in the United States.

For more information please contact:

Beijer Electronics Group:

President and CEO, Per Samuelsson, tel +46 (0)40 35 86 10, mobile +46 (0)708 58 54 40
CFO Joakim Laurén, tel +46 (0)40 35 84 96, mobile +46 (0)703 35 84 96

The information in this press release is information that Beijer Electronics Group AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication through the agency of Joakim Laurén at 12.55 CET on July 14, 2017.

Beijer Electronics Group  is a fast growing technology company with extensive experience of industrial automation and data communication. The company develops and markets competitive products and solutions that focus on the user. Since its start-up in 1981, Beijer Electronics Group has evolved into a multinational group with sales over 1.1 billion SEK 2016. The company is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Stockholm Small Cap list under the ticker BELE. www.beijergroup.com

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Beijer Electronics Group AB (publ) is a fast growing technology company with extensive experience of industrial automation and robust data communication. The company develops and markets competitive products and solutions with focus on the user. Since its start-up in 1981, Beijer Electronics Group has evolved into a multinational group with sales over 1.1 billion SEK 2016. The company is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm’s Small Cap list under the ticker BELE. www.beijergroup.com

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