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House of Control Group AS: NOK 650 million private placement successfully completed
Oslo, 7 October 2020. Reference is made to the press release from House of Control Group AS (House of Control” or the “Company”) published on 5 October 2020 regarding a contemplated private placement and listing on Merkur Market.
House of Control is pleased to announce that the Private Placement (as defined below) has been successfully completed with a total transaction size of approximately NOK 650 million through the allocation of 30,950,000 shares at a price of NOK 21.00 per share. The Private Placement raised gross proceeds of approximately NOK 350 million to the Company through the sale of 16,665,000 new shares (the “Primary Offering") and approximately NOK 300 million to certain existing shareholders in the Company (the “Selling Shareholders”) through the sale of 14,285,000 existing shares (the "Secondary Offering", and together with Primary Offering, the "Private Placement"). Following the Private Placement, the Company will have 56,913,200 shares outstanding.
The Private Placement attracted very strong interest from Norwegian, Nordic and international high-quality institutional investors and was multiple times oversubscribed. Five cornerstone investors subscribed for and were allocated shares for NOK 325 million: (i) Luxor Capital Group 150 million; (ii) Berenberg Bank 50 million; (iii) Consensus Asset Management 50 million; (iv) Handelsbanken Fonder 50 million; and (v) DNB Asset Management 25 million.
The net proceeds from the Primary Offering will primarily be used to pursue inorganic growth initiatives as well as for general corporate purposes.
The Company, members of the Company’s management and board and Selling Shareholders have entered into customary lock-up arrangements with the Managers (as defined below) that will restrict, subject to certain exceptions, their ability to, without the prior written consent of the Managers, issue, sell or dispose of shares, as applicable, for a period of six months (the Company and the Selling Shareholders) and twelve months (members of the Company’s management and board)
Completion of the Private Placement is conditional upon (i) approval from an Extraordinary General Meeting in the Company, currently expected to be held on or about 14 October 2020, and ii) the registration of the share capital increase in the Norwegian Business Register.
Allocation to investors will be communicated on or about 7 October 2020. The Private Placement will be settled by the Manager on a delivery-versus-payment basis on or about 20 October 2020 following the registration of the new share capital in the Norwegian Registry of Business Enterprises and the issuance of the new shares in VPS. The delivery-versus-payment settlement in the Private Placement is facilitated by a pre-funding agreement between the Company and the Managers.
The Company has applied for, and will, subject to the necessary approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange, list the shares of the Company on Merkur Market (the “Listing”). The first day of trading on Merkur Market is expected to be on or about 20 October 2020.
ABG Sundal Collier ASA and Pareto Securities AS are engaged as financial advisors to the Company and as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Private Placement and Listing. Advokatfirmaet CLP DA is acting as legal advisor to House of Control, while Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisor to the Managers. Corporate Communications AS is acting as communication advisor to the Company.
For more information, please contact:
Lasse Sten, Chief Executive Officer
+47 91 88 21 25
Carl Fabian Flaaten, Chief Financial Officer
+47 90 04 31 84
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The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act.
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