Tokmanni Group Corporation: Announcement of a change in shareholding according to Chapter 9, Section 10 of the Finnish Securities Market Act

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Tokmanni Group Corporation - Announcement of a change in shareholding according to Chapter 9, Section 10 of the Finnish Securities Market Act

Tokmanni Group Corporation                  Company Announcement    27 May 2016          17:30 EET

Tokmanni Group Corporation (the "Company") has today received a notification from Cidron Disco S.à r.l. ("Cidron", a company ultimately owned by Nordic Capital Fund VII1, together with associated co-investment vehicles) according to which Cidron's direct holding in the Company will increase to 45.78 percent and Cidron's holding in the Company through financial instruments will fall below the threshold of 5 percent as a result of the partial exercise of the over-allotment option by Goldman Sachs International ("Goldman Sachs") on 27 May 2016 granted by Cidron in connection with the initial public offering of the Company. 

Total positions of Cidron:

  % of shares and voting rights
(total of A)
% of shares and voting rights through financial instruments (total of B) Total of both in %
(A + B)
Total number of shares and voting rights of issuer
Resulting situation on the date on which threshold was crossed or reached 45.78 % 0.00 % 45.78 % 58,868,752
Position of previous notification (if applicable) 41.65 % 6.00 % 47.65 %  

Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reached:

A: Shares and voting rights

Class/type of shares Number of shares and voting rights % of shares and voting rights
ISIN code (if possible) Direct
(SMA 9:5)
Indirect
(SMA 9:6 and 9:7)
Direct
(SMA 9:5)
Indirect
(SMA 9:6 and 9:7)
FI4000197934 26,952,301 N/A 45.78 % N/A
SUBTOTAL A 26,952,301 45.78 %

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1              "Nordic Capital Fund VII" refers to Nordic Capital VII Alpha, L.P. and Nordic Capital VII Beta, L.P., for which Nordic Capital VII Limited acts as General Partner. 


Cidron has on 29 April 2016 entered into a share lending agreement with Goldman Sachs to cover the over-allotments in the initial public offering of the Company. Under the share lending agreement, Cidron lent to Goldman Sachs 3,532,124 existing shares. Goldman Sachs has an obligation to return the lent shares by 30 May 2016, unless Goldman Sachs wholly or partially exercises its over-allotment option granted by Cidron in connection with the initial public offering, which exercise will offset the obligation to return on a share-for-share basis. On 27 May 2016, Goldman Sachs notified Cidron that it has decided to exercise the above-mentioned over-allotment option in respect of 1,100,000 shares, which will take effect on 1 June 2016. Goldman Sachs will return to Cidron the remaining 2,432,124 borrowed shares in accordance with the above-mentioned share lending agreement. As a result, Cidron's direct holding in the Company will increase to 45.78 percent and Cidron's holding in the Company through financial instruments will fall below the threshold of 5 percent.

For further information

Joséphine Mickwitz, Head of IR and Communications, tel: +358 20 728 6535

Tokmanni in brief

Tokmanni is the largest general discount retailer in Finland measured by number of stores and revenue. In 2015, Tokmanni's revenue was EUR 755 million and on average it had approximately 3,200 employees. Tokmanni is the only nationwide general discount retailer in Finland, with 156 stores across Finland as at 31 December 2015.

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Tokmanni is the largest general discount retailer in Finland measured by number of stores and revenue. In 2017, Tokmanni’s revenue was EUR 797 million and on average it had approximately 3,200 employees. Tokmanni is the only nationwide general discount retailer in Finland, with 175 stores across Finland as at 31 December 2017.

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