BHG Group explores the conditions to carry out a new issue of up to 10.8 million shares
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3 FEBRUARY 2021, 17.31 CET
BHG Group AB (publ) (”BHG” or the ”Company”) (Nasdaq Stockholm: BHG) intends to explore the conditions to carry out a directed new issue of up to 10.8 million shares, corresponding to up to approximately 10 percent of the share capital (the “Share Issue”). In addition to the Share Issue, the intention is to carry out a coordinated sale of approximately 1.2 million shares as part of the Company’s outstanding incentive program. The Share Issue and the sale of shares as part of the incentive program are estimated to entail a transaction of up to approximately 12.0 million shares in total, directed to Swedish and international institutional investors. BHG has appointed Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) (“Carnegie”) as Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner and Danske Bank as Joint Bookrunner to explore the conditions to carry out the Share Issue and the sale through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure.
The Share Issue is intended to be resolved by the board of directors on the basis of the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting held on 5 May 2020. The subscription price and the total number of shares will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, which will commence immediately after the publication of this press release. Pricing and allocation are expected to take place before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm on 4 February 2021. By establishing the subscription price through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, it is the assessment of the board of directors that the subscription price will accurately reflect current market conditions and demand. The closing, pricing and allocation of the bookbuilding procedure is at the discretion of the Company and may be cancelled at any time. The Company will announce the outcome in a subsequent press release after the bookbuilding procedure has been completed.
The reasons for deviating from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights in the Share Issue are to raise capital in a time and cost-effective manner as well as to further diversify the shareholder base with Swedish and international institutional investors.
BHG’s financial targets include, inter alia, the objective to achieve net sales of SEK 20 billion over the medium term, including acquisitions. The Company aims at increasing net sales over the medium term of on average 20–25 percent per annum, whereof approximately 15 percent shall comprise organic growth. The net proceeds from the Share Issue are intended to be used to support growth initiatives, mainly through further acquisitions, and maintaining financial flexibility.
BHG will not receive any proceeds for the sale of shares related to the incentive program.
The Company has, in favour of Carnegie, subject to customary exemptions, agreed not to issue shares for a period of 180 calendar days from the settlement date of the Share Issue. In addition, the Company’s board of directors as well as CEO, Adam Schatz, and CFO, Jesper Flemme, have, in favour of Carnegie, agreed not to divest any shares in BHG during a period of 180 calendar days from the settlement date of the Share Issue, subject to certain exemptions.
The Share Issue is subject to BHG’s board of directors resolving to issue new shares on the basis of the issue authorisation granted by the annual general meeting on 5 May 2020 after completion of the bookbuilding procedure.
Carnegie acts as Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner and Danske Bank acts as Joint Bookrunner in connection with the transaction. Advokatfirman Vinge and Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP are legal advisers to the Company in connection with the transaction.
For more information, please contact:
Adam Schatz, President and CEO of BHG Group
Tel: +46 (0) 709 32 43 00. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesper Flemme, CFO of BHG Group
Tel: +46 (0) 720 80 25 69. E-mail: email@example.com
Johan Hähnel, Head of Investor Relations, BHG Group
Tel: +46 (0) 70 605 63 34. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is information that BHG Group AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on 3 February 2021 at 17.31 CET.
BHG is the number 1 consumer e-commerce company in the Nordics. We’re also present in most of Eastern and Central Europe. Our strong position in these markets makes us the largest European pure-play within the Home Improvement space, meaning Do-It-Yourself and Home furnishings. With an ecosystem of online stores, supported by physical destinations and services, such as last-mile deliveries and installation, we offer the market’s leading range of well-known external and strong own brands, totalling close to 1 million unique products and encompassing a complete offering within DIY, leisure, furniture and furnishings.
The Group includes over 95 online sites — including sites like www.bygghemma.se, www.trademax.se, www.chilli.se, www.furniturebox.se and www.nordicnest.se — and over 70 showrooms. We are headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, with operations throughout Europe. Our share is traded on Nasdaq Stockholm, under the ticker “BHG.”
The BHG brands employ more than 2,000 people, working every day to create the ultimate online shopping experience by combining an unbeatable product range with smart technology, leading product expertise and a broad range of services.
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This press release does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Share Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. Such information has not been independently verified by Carnegie or Danske Bank. Carnegie and Danske Bank is acting solely for the Company in connection with the transaction and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the transaction or any other matter referred to herein. If you do not understand the contents of this press release you should consult an authorised financial adviser.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s intentions, beliefs, or current expectations about and targets for the Company’s future results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, performance, prospects, anticipated growth, strategies and opportunities and the markets in which the Company operates. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “may”, “plan”, “estimate”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “aim” or “might”, or, in each case, their negative, or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurances that they will materialize or prove to be correct. Because these statements are based on assumptions or estimates and are subject to risks and uncertainties, the actual results or outcome could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The Company does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this press release are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this press release or any obligation to update or revise the statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events. Readers of this press release should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements that are expressly or implicitly contained herein speak only as of its date and are subject to change without notice. Neither the Company nor anyone else undertake to review, update, confirm or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this press release, unless it is not required by law or Nasdaq Stockholm's rule book for issuers.
Information to distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in BHG have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in BHG may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in BHG offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in BHG is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Share Issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Carnegie and Danske Bank will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the shares in BHG.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in BHG and determining appropriate distribution channels.
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