Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s rights offering oversubscribed

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The preliminary result of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj’s (“Ahlstrom-Munksjö” or the “Company”) rights offering (the “Offering”), for which the subscription period ended December 12, 2018, indicates that 18,974,313 shares, corresponding to approximately 98.7 percent of the new shares offered (the “Offer Shares”) were subscribed for pursuant to the exercise of subscription rights. Additionally, 7,686,683 Offer Shares were subscribed for without subscription rights. Thus, a total of 26,660,996 shares were subscribed for in the Offering, corresponding to approximately 138.8 percent of the Offer Shares, and the Offering is oversubscribed. The subscription price was EUR 7.81 for the Offer Shares that will be registered with Euroclear Finland and listed on Nasdaq Helsinki, and SEK 80.15 for the Offer Shares that will be registered with Euroclear Sweden and listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. As a result of the Offering, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will receive proceeds amounting to approximately EUR 150 million before taking into account any transaction costs in relation to the Offering as well as any fluctuations in the EUR/SEK currency exchange rate.

Hans Sohlström, President and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö comments: “I would like to thank you for your valuable support for our growth journey. In 2018, we took a great leap forward in strengthening Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s position as a global leader in chosen markets through strategic acquisitions and investments.”

The final results of the Offering will be published on or about December 18, 2018. Allotment of Offer Shares will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Offering. With respect to Offer Shares to be registered at Euroclear Sweden and traded on Nasdaq Stockholm, a notification regarding allotment of Offer Shares subscribed for without subscription rights will be sent to the subscriber and the deadline for payments pursuant to the notification will be on December 27, 2018. No notification will be sent to subscribers who have not received any allotment. Subscribed and allotted Offer Shares must be paid for in cash in accordance with the instructions in the notification. As a result of the Offering, the total number of shares in the Company will increase by 19,214,742 from 96,438,573 to 115,653,315.

The Offer Shares subscribed for in Finland and Sweden with subscription rights and without subscription rights in Finland are expected to be registered with the Finnish Trade Register on or about December 19, 2018 and the Offer Shares subscribed for without subscription rights in Sweden on or about December 28, 2018. The last day of trading in interim shares in Finland on Nasdaq Helsinki and in paid subscribed shares (BTA) in Sweden on Nasdaq Stockholm is expected to be on December 19, 2018. Interim shares are expected to be combined with the existing shares of the Company in Finland on or about December 20, 2018 and paid subscribed shares (BTA) are expected to be re-registered as Offer Shares in Sweden on or about December 28, 2018. Trading in the Offer Shares registered with Euroclear Finland is expected to commence on Nasdaq Helsinki on or about December 20, 2018. Trading in the Offer Shares registered with Euroclear Sweden is expected to commence on Nasdaq Stockholm on or about December 28, 2018 (Offer Shares subscribed for with subscription rights) and January 4, 2019 (Offer Shares subscribed for without subscription rights).

The Offer Shares will entitle their holders to possible dividend and other distribution of funds, if any, and to other shareholder rights in the Company after they have been (i) registered with the Finnish Trade Register on the dates set above and (ii) registered in the Company’s shareholder register maintained by Euroclear Finland or the register of the Company’s shareholders maintained by Euroclear Sweden on the dates set above for the expected commencing of trading on Nasdaq Helsinki and Nasdaq Stockholm.

Nordea Bank Abp and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Helsinki Branch act as managers and Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd as legal adviser in the Offering.

For further information, please contact: 

Hans Sohlström, President and CEO, +358 10 888 2520
Johan Lindh, Head of Investor Relations, +358 10 888 4994, 
Juho Erkheikki, Investor Relations Manager, +358 10 888 4731, juho.erkheikki@ahlstrom-munksjo.com


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In connection with the product governance requirements of: (a) EU directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”), (b) Articles 9 and 10 of the Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 of April 7, 2016 supplementing MiFID II, and (c) Chapter 5 of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s regulations regarding investment services and activities, FFFS 2017:2 and (d) other local implementation activities, (together the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and aside from liability for damages which may be incumbent on a “producer” (in accordance with the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements), the shares in the Company have been subject to an authorization process, in which the target market for shares in the Company is (i) non-professional clients and investors who fulfil the requirements for professional clients and equal counterparties, each in accordance with MiFID II (the “Target Market”), and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II. Notwithstanding the Target Market assessment, the distributors should note that: the value of the shares in the Company may decrease and investors may not regain all or part of the invested amount; shares in the Company do not guarantee revenue or capital protection; and an investment in the Company’s shares are solely suited for investors who are not in need of a guaranteed revenue or a capital protection, who (either alone or together with a suitable financial or other advisor) are capable of evaluating the benefits and risks with such an investment and have sufficient means to carry such losses that may arise thereof. The Target Market evaluation does not affect the requirements in any contractual, legal or regulatory sales restrictions in relation to the Offering.

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This release includes estimates relating to the synergy benefits expected to arise from the transaction and the combination of the business operations of Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Expera as well as the related integration costs, which have been prepared by Ahlstrom-Munksjö and are based on a number of assumptions and judgments. Such estimates present the expected future impact of the transaction and the combination of the business operations of Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Expera on the combined company’s business, financial condition and results of operations. The assumptions relating to the estimated synergy benefits and related integration costs are inherently uncertain and are subject to a wide variety of significant business, economic, and competitive risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual synergy benefits from the transaction and the combination of the business operations of Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Expera, if any, and related integration costs to differ materially from the estimates in this release.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö in brief

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers. Our mission is to expand the role of fiber-based solutions for sustainable every day life. Our offering include filter materials, release liners, food and beverage processing materials, decor papers, abrasive and tape backings, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, medical fiber materials and solutions for diagnostics as well as a range of specialty papers for industrial and consumer end-uses. Our annual net sales is about EUR 3 billion and we employ some 8,000 people. The Ahlstrom-Munksjö share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and Stockholm. Read more at www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com.