Embellence Group publishes prospectus in connection with the listing of the company’s shares on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market
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Embellence Group AB (publ) (”Embellence Group” or the ”Company”), a leading1 House of Brands2 in interior decoration, with a focus on premium brands within wallpaper, textile, rugs and other interior decoration, today publishes a prospectus regarding the offering to the public, and to institutional investors in Sweden and abroad, of the Company’s shares and the intention to list the Company’s shares on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market (the “Offering” and “Nasdaq First North Premier” respectively). The Company has prepared a prospectus in connection with the Offering which today has been approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen) and published on the Company’s website. The first day of trading on Nasdaq First North Premier is expected to commence on 24 March 2021 subject to that customary requirements are fulfilled, including the distribution requirement.
The Offering in brief
- The Offering is directed to the public in Sweden and to institutional investors in Sweden and abroad
- The Offering Price has been set at SEK 42 (the “Offering Price”), corresponding to a value of the total number of shares in Embellence Group of approximately SEK 900 million
- The Offering comprises 7,490,000 existing shares, corresponding to a value of approximately SEK 315 million, offered by WA Wallvision AB (publ) (the ”Principal Owner”). The Offering corresponds to approximately 35 per cent of the total number of shares in the Company. No new shares will be offered and the Company will thus not receive any proceeds through the Offering
- In addition, the Principal Owner has reserved the right to increase the Offering with up to 2,200,000 shares, corresponding to 10.3 per cent of the total number of shares in the Company
- To cover any overallotment in connection with the Offering, the Principal Owner has, at the request of Handelsbanken Capital Markets (“Sole Global Coordinator” or “Handelsbanken”), undertaken to sell 1,123,500 additional existing shares in the Company (the “Overallotment Option”)
- The total value of the Offering, based on the Offering Price, amounts to approximately SEK 315 million and to approximately SEK 362 million if the Overallotment Option is exercised in full and to approximately SEK 454 million if the Offering is fully increased
- The outcome of the Offering is expected to be published through a press release on or around 24 March 2021
- The trading in Embellence Group’s shares on Nasdaq First North Premier is expected to commence on 24 March 2021 and the settlement date is expected to be 26 March 2021
- Strand Kapitalförvaltning, Prior & Nilsson, FE Småbolag Sverige, Gerald Engström, Provobis and Nordic Cross Asset Management have undertaken to, subject to customary conditions, acquire approximately 5 million shares in the Offering, corresponding to approximately 58 per cent of the of the number of shares in the Offering provided that the Overallotment option is exercised in full and to approximately 23 per cent of the total number of shares in the Company
Full terms and instructions for the Offering are set out in the prospectus that the Company has prepared in connection with the Offering and which has today been approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and published on the Company’s website, www.embellencegroup.com.
Olle Svensk, CEO of Embellence:
“The listing on Nasdaq First North Premier is a natural step in our journey to build a leading, brand-driven global group in wallpaper, textile, and rugs. Our target is to double the Company’s size by 2025 by focusing on continued international expansion in the premium segment, which shows attractive organic growth. Also, complemented by a clear acquisition agenda. I, together with the entire Company welcome new shareholders to be part of our continued journey.”
Morten Falkenberg, Chairman of the Board of Embellence:
”Embellence Group has during the past few years successfully developed its position as a leading House of Brands in interior decoration – with focus on premium wallpaper and on driving development in a changing market for wallpaper and interior decoration. A listing of Embellence Group’s shares is a logical and important step in the Company’s advancement and we look forward to developing our strong portfolio of brands and our international expansion with the target to continue delivering profitable growth in a listed environment.”
About Embellence Group
Embellence Group is a leading House of Brands in interior decoration, with a focus on premium brands within wallpaper, textile, rugs and other interior decoration. With more than 100 years’ history, a competitive brand portfolio, and an international position, customers are offered high-quality products that contribute to a more beautiful and inspiring everyday life.
For the past ten years, the Company has successfully expanded internationally and has established strong presence in large parts of the world, with a leading position in Sweden, Norway, Italy and the UK. Embellence Group’s brand portfolio comprises Cole & Son, Wall&decò, Boråstapeter, Perswall and Pappelina. The brands’ collective design archive contains everything from exclusive prints with a high degree of design to more timeless and classical styles.
For the full year 2020, Embellence Group had net sales of SEK 570 million. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company managed to maintain the sales level with an improved profitability where the Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 14 per cent from 13 per cent 2019.
Background and reasons for the Offering
The Principal Owner, WA Wallvision AB (publ), which in turn is controlled by Litorina Coinvest L.P. and approximately another 150 shareholders, believes that Embellence Group currently is ready to expand its shareholder base. This will enable Embellence Group to strengthen its balance sheet in the future by utilizing the Swedish and international capital markets, which will expand the Company’s financing alternatives for continued growth, both organic as well as through acquisitions. A listing will also create an increased liquidity in the share, which facilitates additional acquisitions and shareholding by employees. The board of directors and executive management of Embellence Group, supported by the Principal Owner, consider the listing of the Company’s shares to be a logical and important step in the Company’s development, which will also increase the awareness of Embellence Group and its operations among customers and suppliers.
The Principal Owner will remain as shareholder in the Company after the Offering and will thus continue to contribute to the Company's future development. The Principal Owner will receive revenue from the sale of the existing shares, after the deduction of transaction costs. In addition, several board members intend to acquire shares in the Offering, although without guaranteed allotment.
Prospectus and preliminary timeline
A prospectus with full terms has been published today on Embellence Group’s website (www.embellencegroup.com). Subscription to acquire shares can be made via Handelsbanken (www.handelsbanken.se) and Avanza (www.avanza.se).
16-23 March 2021
Outcome of the Offering and first day of trading
24 March 2021
26 March 2021
In connection with the Offering, Handelsbanken will act as stabilisation manager and may conduct transactions in order to maintain the market price of Embellence Group’s share at a level above which might otherwise prevail in the open market. Such stabilisation transactions may be carried out on Nasdaq First North Premier, in the over-the-counter market or otherwise, at any time during the period starting on the date of commencement of trading in the shares on Nasdaq First North Premier and ending not later than 30 calendar days thereafter. Handelsbanken has no obligation to undertake any stabilisation measures and there is no assurance that stabilisation measures will be undertaken. Under no circumstances will transactions be conducted at a price higher than the one set forth in the Offering. Handelsbanken may use the Overallotment Option in order to facilitate any stabilisation transaction. The stabilisation transactions, if conducted, may be discontinued at any time without prior notice but must be discontinued no later than within the aforementioned 30-day period. No later than by the end of the seventh trading day after stabilisation transactions have been undertaken, Handelsbanken must disclose that stabilisation transactions have been undertaken, in accordance with article 5(4) of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052. Handelsbanken will disclose whether or not stabilisation measures were undertaken, the date on which stabilisation started, the date on which stabilisation was last carried out as well as the price range within which stabilisation was carried out for each of the dates when stabilisation measures were undertaken.
Handelsbanken Capital Markets is Sole Global Coordinator and Bookrunner. Advokatfirman Vinge is legal advisor to the Company and Baker McKenzie is legal advisor to the Sole Global Coordinator. Sundling Wärn Partners AB is advisor to the Principal Owner.
For more information, please contact:
Pär Ihrskog, Investor Relations
Phone: +46 70 637 17 34
This information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person on 15 March 2021 at 17:15 CET.
1 Embellence Group considers that the Company is leading since the Company, pursuant to the Market Study Report, in Sweden and Norway has a market share in the premium segment which is estimated to 43 and 63 per cent, respectively. The corresponding market shares in the value segment amount to 47 and 42 per cent, respectively. In the UK and Italy, Embellence Group primarily operates in the premium segment, with estimated market shares of 23 per cent and 29 per cent, respectively. 2 ”House of Brands” refers to a company consisting of several brands which are independent of each other.
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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 Embellence Group 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 "EU Target Market Assessment"). Solely for the purposes of each manufacturer's product approval process in the United Kingdom, the target market assessment in respect of the shares in the Company has led to the conclusion that: (i) the target market for such shares is only eligible counterparties, as defined in the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook, and professional clients, as defined in Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("UK MiFIR"); and (ii) all channels for distribution of such shares to eligible counterparties and professional clients are appropriate (the "UK Target Market Assessment" and, together with the EU Target Market Assessment, the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in Embellence Group may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Embellence Group offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Embellence Group 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 Offering. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Sole Global Coordinator will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
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