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Essentra plc - Retail Offer via PrimaryBid.com

RNS Number : 3530Z
Essentra plc
17 September 2020




This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014


17 September 2020


Essentra PLC


Retail Offer via PrimaryBid.com


Retail Offer

Essentra PLC ("Essentra" or the "Company"), today announces a retail offer via PrimaryBid of new ordinary shares of 25p each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") (the "Retail Shares") (the "Retail Offer").

As separately announced today, the Company is conducting a non-pre-emptive placing of new Ordinary Shares in the Company (the "Placing Shares") (the "Placing") through an accelerated bookbuild (the "Bookbuild"). The price at which the Placing Shares are to be placed (the "Placing Price") will be determined at the close of the Bookbuild. In addition, each of the directors of the Company intend to subscribe for new Ordinary Shares (the "Subscription Shares") (the "Subscription").

The issue price for the Retail Shares will be equal to the Placing Price.


Reasons for the Retail Offer

While the Placing has been structured as a non-pre-emptive offer so as to minimise cost, time to completion and use of management time, Essentra values its retail investor base and wants to give those shareholders an opportunity to participate in the equity fundraise, alongside other investors.

After consideration of the various options available to it, the Company believes that the separate Retail Offer, which will give retail investors the opportunity to participate in the Company's equity fundraising alongside the Placing and the Subscription is in the best interest of shareholders, as well as wider stakeholders in Essentra.

The net proceeds of the Retail Offer will be used alongside the net proceeds from the Placing and the Subscription to fund the proposed acquisition by the Company, strengthen the Company's balance sheet and give the Company flexibility to pursue other compelling strategic opportunities, as set out in the separate announcement of the Placing released earlier today (the "Placing Announcement").


Details of the Retail Offer

Members of the public in the UK may participate in the Retail Offer by applying exclusively through the www.PrimaryBid.com platform and the PrimaryBid mobile app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. PrimaryBid does not charge investors any commission for this service.

The Retail Offer is now open to retail investors.  The Retail Offer will close at the same time as the Bookbuild is completed. The Retail Offer may close early if it is oversubscribed.

There is a minimum subscription of £100 per investor under the terms of the Retail Offer. Subscriptions under the Retail Offer will be considered by the Company on a "first come, first served" basis (with preference to be given to the Company's existing retail investors), subject to conditions which are available to view on PrimaryBid.com. The Company, in consultation with PrimaryBid, reserves the right to scale back any order at its discretion.

No commission will be charged to investors on applications to participate in the Retail Offer made through PrimaryBid. It is important to note that once an application for the Retail Shares has been made and accepted via PrimaryBid, that application is irrevocable and cannot be withdrawn.

It is a term of the Retail Offer that the total value of the Retail Shares available for subscription at the Placing Price does not exceed €8 million, as is legally required (equivalent to approximately £7.3million at the exchange rate of €1.10 : £1 on 16 September 2020). Accordingly, the Company is not required to publish, and has not published, a prospectus in connection with the Retail Offer as it falls within the exemption set out in section 86(1)(e) and 86(4) of FSMA. The Retail Offer is not being made into any jurisdiction where it would be unlawful to do so. In particular, the Retail Offer is being made only to persons who are, and at the time the Retail Shares are subscribed for, will be outside the United States and subscribing for the Retail Shares in an "offshore transaction" as defined in, and in accordance with, Regulation S ("Regulation S") under the U.S Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Persons who are resident or otherwise located in the United States will not be eligible to register for participation in the offer through PrimaryBid or subscribe for Retail Shares.

The Retail Shares, when issued, will be fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with each other and with the existing Ordinary Shares of the Company.

Applications have been made (i) to the Financial Conduct Authority for the admission of the Retail Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List; and (ii) to London Stock Exchange plc for admission of the Retail Shares to trading on its main market for listed securities (together, "Admission").

Settlement for the Retail Shares and Admission is expected to take place on or before 8.00 a.m. on 22 September 2020. The Retail Offer is conditional, among other things, upon Admission becoming effective and on the placing agreement entered into by the Company not being terminated in accordance with its terms prior to Admission.

For further details, please refer to www.PrimaryBid.com. The terms and conditions on which the Retail Offer is made, including the procedure for application and payment for the Retail Shares, is available to all persons who register with PrimaryBid.com.

It should be noted that a subscription for the Retail Shares and any investment in the Company carry a number of risks. Investors should make their own investigations into the merits of an investment in the Company. Nothing in this Announcement amounts to a recommendation to invest in the Company or amounts to investment, taxation or legal advice. Investors should take independent advice from a person experienced in advising on investment in securities such as the Company's Ordinary Shares if they are in any doubt.

The person responsible for releasing this announcement is Jon Green (General Counsel & Company Secretary).

For further information please contact:

Essentra PLC

Paul Forman, Chief Executive

Lily Liu, Chief Financial Officer

Aamir Mohiuddin, Investor Relations Director

Lucy Yank, Group Communications Director


via Tulchan


James Deal
Kieran D'Silva


+44 (0)20 3026 4750

Tulchan Communications LLP (Financial PR)

Martin Robinson / Sophia Martin-Pavlou / Olivia Peters

+44 (0)20 7353 4200



This Announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company.

Essentra plc is a public limited company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales with registered number 05444653 and registered office at Avebury House, 201-249 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 1AU.

No action has been taken by the Company, PrimaryBid or any of their respective affiliates, or any person acting on its or their behalf that would permit an offer of the Retail Shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such Retail Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this Announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published.  Persons needing advice should consult a qualified independent legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.

This Announcement and the information contained herein, is restricted and is not for publication, release or distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States or the district of Columbia (collectively, the "United States"), Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan, Jersey or any other jurisdiction in which such publication, release or distribution would be unlawful.  Further, this Announcement is for information purposes only and is not an offer of securities in any jurisdiction. This Announcement has not been approved by the London Stock Exchange, nor is it intended that it will be so approved.

Persons distributing this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so. This Announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for, any securities in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa, Japan, Jersey or any other jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. Any failure to comply with this restriction may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions. No public offering of the Retail Shares is being made in any such jurisdiction.

The Retail Shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or under the securities laws of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered, sold or resold, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any State or any other jurisdiction of the United States.  The Retail Shares are being offered and sold only outside the United States in offshore transactions as defined in, and pursuant to, Regulation S. All potential subscribers to the Retail Shares (the "Subscribers") and all prospective beneficial owners of the Retail Shares must, now and at the time the Retail Shares are subscribed for, be outside the United States and subscribing for the Retail Shares in an "offshore transaction" as defined in, and in accordance with, Regulation S.

The relevant clearances have not been, nor will they be, obtained from the securities commission of any province or territory of Canada, no prospectus has been lodged with, or registered by, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Japanese Ministry of Finance; the relevant clearances have not been, and will not be, obtained for the South Africa Reserve Bank or any other applicable body in the Republic of South Africa in relation to the Retail Shares and the Retail Shares have not been, nor will they be, registered under or offering in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or Jersey.  Accordingly, the Retail Shares may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold, resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan, Jersey or any other jurisdiction in which such activities would be unlawful.

Certain statements contained in this Announcement constitute "forward-looking statements" with respect to the financial condition, performance, strategic initiatives, objectives, results of operations and business of the Company. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Announcement are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements.  Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words ''targets'', ''plans'', ''believes'', ''expects'', ''aims'', ''intends'', ''anticipates'', ''estimates'', ''projects'', ''will'', ''may'', "would", "could" or "should", or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; and (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of the Company's operations. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions.  Many factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements.  The important factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the macroeconomic and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and business cycles, geopolitical developments, the terms and conditions of the Company's financing arrangements, foreign currency rate fluctuations, competition in the Company's principal markets, acquisitions or disposals of businesses or assets and trends in the Company's principal industries.  Due to such uncertainties and risks, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements in this Announcement may not occur. The forward-looking statements contained in this Announcement speak only as of the date of this Announcement.  The Company, its Directors, their respective affiliates and any person acting on their behalf each expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required to do so by applicable law or regulation, the Listing Rules, the Market Abuse Regulation, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the rules of the London Stock Exchange or the FCA.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any Subscriber's investment decision with respect to the Retail Offer. The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and Subscribers may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each Subscriber or prospective Subscriber should consult his, her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which ordinary shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. No statement in this Announcement is intended as a profit forecast or estimate for any period and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company, as appropriate, for the current or future years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company.

The Retail Shares to be issued or sold pursuant to the Retail Offer will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange.

Neither the content of the Company's website (or any other website) nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into or forms part of this Announcement.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with applicable law and regulation in the United Kingdom and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom.

If you are in any doubt about the contents of this Announcement you should consult your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other financial adviser.

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