Lehto Group Plc: FULL EXERCISE OF OVER-ALLOTMENT OPTION IN LEHTO GROUP'S SHARES AND DISCONTINUATION OF STABILISATION PERIOD

Stock Exchange Release 18 May 2016, at 10.30 a.m. EET

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OP Corporate Bank plc ("OP"), the global coordinator in the initial public offering of Lehto Group Plc ("Lehto Group" or "Company"), has today fully exercised the over-allotment option granted by certain shareholders of the Company ("Selling Shareholders") by purchasing 1,467,268 shares in Lehto Group from the Selling Shareholders. Simultaneously, OP redelivers to Lehto Invest Oy 1,467,268 shares in Lehto Group it borrowed on the basis of a share lending agreement related to the initial public offering.

The Selling Shareholders have sold a total of 3,199,608 shares in Lehto Group in the initial public offering including the shares sold through the exercise of the over-allotment option. The ownership of the Selling Shareholders and the other old shareholders in Lehto Group after selling the shares covered by the over-allotment option and after the redelivery of the of the shares borrowed on the basis of the share lending agreement will be 42,110,796 shares representing approximately 72.3% of all outstanding shares in Lehto Group. The ownership of Lehto Invest Oy in Lehto Group after selling the shares covered by the over-allotment option and after the redelivery of the of the shares borrowed on the basis of the share lending agreement will be 21,735,216 shares representing approximately 37.3% of all outstanding shares in Lehto Group.

No stabilisation measures have been carried out since the listing and due to Lehto Group's share price development OP has discontinued the stabilisation period.

Lehto Group Plc

Pertti Huuskonen, the chairman of the Board of Directors

Hannu Lehto, CEO

More information:

Veli-Pekka Paloranta, CFO tel. +358 400 944 074

Pertti Huuskonen, the chairman of the Board of Directors tel. +358 400 680 816

Lehto Group in brief

Lehto Group is a Finnish construction and real estate group focusing on economically driven construction. The Company's mission is to be an innovative reformer of the construction industry. The Company has divided its operations into four service areas: Business Premises, Housing, Social Care and Educational Premises and Building Renovation. Lehto Group currently operates in Finland and is geographically concentrated in growth centres, which form a significant part of the construction volume. The Company's headquarters are located in Kempele. The Company employed 423 people at the end of the financial year 2015.

 

DISCLAIMER

This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Africa or the United States, or any other jurisdiction in which release or distribution would be unlawful. The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

The information contained herein shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the securities referred to herein in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration, exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Investors must neither accept any offer for, nor acquire, any securities to which this document refers, unless they do so on the basis of the information contained in the applicable prospectus approved by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority and published by the Company.

These written materials do not constitute an offer for sale of securities in the United States, nor may the securities be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder. The securities will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and there will be no public offering of the securities in the United States.

The Company has not authorised any offer to the public of securities in any member state of the European Economic Area other than Finland. With respect to each member state of the European Economic Area other than Finland which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a "Relevant Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of securities requiring publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. As a result, the securities may only be offered in Relevant Member States (a) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive; or (b) in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive. For the purposes of this paragraph, the expression "an offer of securities to the public" means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the securities to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to exercise, purchase or subscribe for the securities, as the same may be varied by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Relevant Member State, and the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression "2010 PD Amending Directive" means Directive 2010/73/EU.

The information contained herein shall not constitute a public offering of shares in the United Kingdom. This document is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) to investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order") or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). Any investment activity to which this document relates will be only available to, and will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.

This document includes "forward-looking statements" that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control and could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning the Company's dividend policy, financial targets, plans, objectives, goals, future events, performance and/or other information that is not historical information. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances after the date made, except as required by law.

 

OP Corporate Bank plc and Pareto Securities Oy (together, the "Bookrunners") are acting exclusively for the Company in connection with the listing. The Bookrunners will not regard any other person as their respective client in relation to the listing and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for giving advice in relation to the listing or transactions related thereto.

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About Us

Lehto is the fastest growing construction and real e group. We operate in four service areas: Business Premises, Housing, Social Care and Educational Premises, and Building Renovation. We are the innovator and pioneer of the construction sector. Our economically driven operating model makes construction more profitable, ensures the quality of construction and brings significant time and cost savings to the customer. We employed around 1,300 people (Q1 2018). Our net sales for 2017 amounted to EUR 598 million.

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