The terms regarding the rights issue in Sweco are set
The Board of Directors of Sweco AB (publ) (“Sweco” or the "Company”) has on 2 November 2015, as authorized by the extraordinary general meeting held on 24 August 2015, resolved on the rights issue (“Rights Issue”) previously communicated in conjunction with the public offer Sweco made for Grontmij. Assuming full subscription of the Rights Issue, the proceeds will be approximately SEK 1,077 million before deduction of issue costs. The net proceeds from the Rights Issue will be used to repay the majority of the bridge facility raised in conjunction with the Grontmij transaction and reduce the Company’s leverage ratio to be below Sweco’s financial target of 2.0x, adjusted for extraordinary costs and on a pro forma basis.
The Board of Directors resolved on a Rights Issue of no more than 1,171,020 new A-shares and 12,191,465 new B-shares (a total of 13,362,485 new shares) (the “New Shares”) with preferential rights for shareholders to subscribe for the New Shares.
The summarised terms in the Rights Issue are as follows:
Preferential right: Those who on the record date for the Right Issue are registered as shareholders shall have a preferential right to receive subscription rights for the New Shares. Those who on the record date are registered as shareholders of Sweco will receive one (1) subscription right for A-shares for each Sweco A share held and one (1) subscription right for B-shares for each Sweco B share held. Eight (8) subscription rights for A- or B-shares respectively entitle the shareholders to subscribe for one (1) New Sweco A or B Shares respectively.
Subscription price: SEK 81 per New Share. This corresponds to a discount of approximately 34.0 per cent in relation to Sweco A Shares and approximately 32.6 per cent in relation to Sweco B Shares of the theoretical ex-rights price, based on the closing price 30 October 2015 on Nasdaq Stockholm. No commission will be charged.
Subscription period: From and including 12 November 2015 up to and including 26 November 2015.
Record date: 9 November 2015. The final day for trading including the right to participate in the Rights Issue is 5 November 2015 and the first day of trading excluding right to participate in the Rights Issue will be 6 November 2015.
Trading in subscription rights will be conducted at Nasdaq Stockholm during the period from and including 12 November 2015 up to and including 24 November 2015.
Preliminary Rights Issue time table
|6 November 2015||First day of trading excluding right to participate in the Rights Issue.|
|9 November 2015||Record date, meaning that those who on this day are registered as shareholders will receive subscription rights entitling to subscribe for New Shares.|
|9 November 2015||Estimated day for publication of prospectus.|
|12-24 November 2015||Trading in subscription rights.|
|12-26 November 2015||Subscription period.|
|1 December 2015 (on or about)||Press release of preliminary outcome of the Rights Issue.|
|3 December 2015 (on or about)||Press release of final outcome of the Rights Issue.|
Sweco’s two largest shareholders Skirner Förvaltning AB and Investmentaktiebolaget Latour, have entered into an undertaking with Sweco to subscribe and pay for their pro rata share of the Rights Issue, based on their holding in Sweco on the date of the undertaking, constituting approximately 11.4 per cent of the shares and 30.5 per cent of the votes for Skirner Förvalting AB and approximately 26.9 per cent of the shares and 20.8 per cent of the votes for Investmentaktiebolaget Latour. These undertakings mean that subscription of approximately 67.9 per cent of the total number of New Sweco A Shares and 35.8 per cent of the total number of New Sweco B Shares is covered by the subscription undertakings. No compensation will be paid out as a consequence of the subscription undertakings.
ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Nordea Bank AB (publ) are financial advisors and Cederquist is legal advisor to Sweco in the Rights Issue.
This press release does not contain or constitute an invitation or an offer to acquire, sell, subscribe for or otherwise trade in shares, subscription rights or other securities in Sweco. Invitation to the persons concerned to subscribe for shares in Sweco will only be made through the prospectus that Sweco intends to publish at Sweco's website, following the approval and registration by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen), expected to take place on 9 November 2015. The prospectus will contain, among other things, pro forma financial statements as well as information regarding the new Sweco group (inclusive of information regarding Grontmij) and Sweco's Board. This press release has not been approved by any regulatory authority and is not a prospectus, accordingly investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this press release except on the basis of information provided in the prospectus to be published by Sweco.
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.
This press release is not directed at persons located in the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia) (the ("United States"), Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan or in any other country where the offer or sale of the subscription rights, paid subscribed shares (Sw. betalda tecknade aktier "BTA") or new shares is not permitted. 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 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. Nor may the information in this press release be forwarded, reproduced or disclosed in such a manner that contravenes 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 United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or laws applicable in other jurisdictions.
In addition, if and to the extent that this press release is communicated in any European Economic Area member state that has implemented Directive 2003/71/EC (together with any applicable implementing measures, including Directive 2010/73/EC, in any member state, the "Prospectus Directive"), this press release is only addressed to and directed at persons in Sweden and the member states that the prospectus will be passported to (Finland, the Netherlands and Norway) and persons in other members state who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive and must not be acted on or relied on by other persons in that member state. This press release does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive or an offer to the public.
In the United Kingdom, this press release is being distributed only to, and is directed only at (i) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Financial Promotion Order"), (ii) persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) of the Financial Promotion Order, or (iii) other persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This press release is directed only at relevant persons and must not be acted on or relied on by anyone who is not a relevant person.
No subscription rights, paid subscribed shares (BTAs) or new shares have been or will be registered under the Securities Act, or with any other securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and no subscription rights, paid subscribed shares (BTAs) or new shares may be offered, sold, resold, transferred, delivered or distributed, directly or indirectly, into or within the United States other than pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act, and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or jurisdiction of the United States. There is no intention to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to make a public offering of the securities in the United States.
 From the proceeds of the Rights Issue of approximately SEK 1,077 million, an estimated deduction is made for Rights Issue expenses (issue costs). These costs are estimated to approximately SEK 20 million. Net of issuance costs the Company is estimated to raise approximately SEK 1,057 million. The issue proceeds of approximately SEK 1,077 million is based on the total number of Sweco A shares and Sweco B shares excluding Sweco’s own holding of 540,320 Sweco B shares.
For further information please contact:
Lisa Lagerwall, General Counsel, +46 (0)8-695 66 16, firstname.lastname@example.org
Åsa Barsness, Communications Director at Sweco, +46 (0)8-695 66 40, email@example.com
Sweco plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. Our work results in sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to electricity and clean water. With 14,500 employees in Europe, we offer our customers the right expertise for every situation. We carry out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world. Sweco is Europe's leading architecture and engineering consultancy, with sales of approximately SEK 15.2 billion (pro forma 2014). The company is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm.
The information contained herein is subject to the disclosure requirements of Sweco AB under the Swedish Securities Exchange and Clearing Operations Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 3 November 2015, 8:30 a.m. CET.