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Forterra plc - Results of Placing

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Forterra plc
02 July 2020
 

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For immediate release

02 July 2020

Forterra plc

("Forterra" or the "Company")

 

Results of Placing

Forterra announces the successful completion of the non-pre-emptive placing of ordinary shares in the capital of the Company announced yesterday evening (the "Placing").

A total of 28,205,128 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the "Placing Shares") have been placed by Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch ("Deutsche Bank") and Numis Securities Limited ("Numis") acting as Joint Bookrunners, raising gross proceeds of approximately £55 million. The Placing Shares have been issued at a price of 195 pence per Placing Share (the "Placing Price"). The Placing Shares being issued represent, in aggregate, approximately 14 per cent. of Forterra's issued ordinary share capital prior to the Placing.

The Placing Price of 195 pence represents a 5.6 per cent. discount to the closing mid-market share price of 206.5 pence on 01 July 2020.

Forterra consulted with a number of its major shareholders prior to the Placing in order to adhere to the principles of pre-emption through the allocation process. The Company is pleased by the strong support it has received from existing shareholders and new investors.

Applications have been made to the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and the London Stock Exchange plc (the "London Stock Exchange") for the admission of the Placing Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange (together, "Admission").  Admission is expected to take place at 8:00 a.m. (London time) on 06 July 2020. The Placing is conditional, inter alia, upon Admission becoming effective and the placing agreement between the Company and the Joint Bookrunners not being terminated.

The Placing Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the capital of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to receive all future dividends and distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.

 

Total voting rights

The Company's enlarged issued share capital immediately following Admission will comprise 228,647,196 ordinary shares. The Company does not currently hold any shares in treasury and therefore, following Admission, the total number of voting rights in the Company will be 228,647,196. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

Director participation in the Placing

Each director of the Company has agreed to acquire Placing Shares in the Placing in the amount opposite his/her name in the table below:

Name

 

Number of Placing Shares

PLC board

 

Justin Atkinson

                                10,256

Stephen Harrison

                                10,256

Ben Guyatt

                                 5,128

Katherine Innes-Ker

                                 2,564

Martin Sutherland

                                 2,564

Vince Niblett

                                 2,564

Divya Seshamani

                                 1,538

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forterra

Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive Officer

Ben Guyatt, Chief Financial Officer

 

Deutsche Bank (Joint Global Coordinator, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Corporate Broker)

Neil Collingridge / Simon Hollingsworth / Mark Hankinson

   +44 (0) 1604 707 600

 

 

 

   +44 (0) 20 754 58000

 

Numis Securities (Joint Global Coordinator, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Corporate Broker)

Heraclis Economides / Richard Thomas / Jamie Loughborough

 

FTI Consulting

Richard Mountain / Nick Hasell

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 3727 1340

     

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM ANY PART OF AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE, ANY SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES (INCLUDING ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (COLLECTIVELY, THE "UNITED STATES")), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR TO ANY PERSON TO WHOM IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTIONS. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE PLACING SHARES IS BEING MADE IN ANY JURISDICTION.

This Announcement is not for public release, publication, distribution or forwarding, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which such release, publication, distribution or forwarding would be unlawful.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an applicable 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 other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in the United States.

No action has been taken by the Company, Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch ("Deutsche Bank") or Numis Securities Limited ("Numis") or any of their respective Affiliates, or any of its or their respective directors, officers, partners, employees, advisers or agents (collectively, "Representatives"), that would, or is intended to, permit an offer of the Placing Shares or the possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other publicity material relating to such Placing Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons receiving this Announcement are required to inform themselves about and to observe any restrictions contained in this Announcement. The distribution of this Announcement, and the Placing and/or the offer or sale of the Placing Shares, may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Persons (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual or other legal obligation to forward a copy of this Announcement should seek appropriate advice before taking any action. Persons distributing any part of this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

This Announcement is directed at and is only being distributed to: (a) in member states of the European Economic Area, persons who are "qualified investors", as defined in Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation") ("Qualified Investors"), (b) in the United Kingdom, Qualified Investors who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments and fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order") or (ii) are persons who fall within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and (c) otherwise, persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (each such person in (a), (b) and (c), a "Relevant Person"). No other person should act on or rely on this Announcement and persons distributing this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so. This Announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons.

No offering document or prospectus will be made available in any jurisdiction in connection with the matters contained or referred to in this Announcement or the Placing and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published.

Deutsche Bank is subject to supervision by the European Central Bank and by BaFin, Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, and is subject to limited regulation in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") and the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA"). Numis is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA. Each of Deutsche Bank and Numis is acting exclusively for the Company and for no one else in connection with the Placing and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this Announcement) as a client in relation to the Placing or other matters referred to in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for giving advice in relation to the Placing or any other matter referred to in this Announcement.

This Announcement is being issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by or on behalf of Deutsche Bank or Numis (apart from the responsibilities or liabilities that may be imposed by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA") or the regulatory regime established thereunder) or by their respective Affiliates or any of their respective Representatives for the contents of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers or any other statement made or purported to be made by or on behalf of Deutsche Bank or Numis or any of their respective Affiliates or any of their respective Representatives in connection with the Company, the Placing Shares or the Placing and any responsibility and liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise therefor is expressly disclaimed. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Deutsche Bank or Numis or any of their respective Affiliates or any of their respective Representatives as to the accuracy, fairness, verification, completeness or sufficiency of the information or opinions contained in this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's options with respect to the Placing. Recipients of this Announcement should conduct their own investigation, evaluation and analysis of the business, data and other information described in this Announcement. This Announcement 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 Placing Shares. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult with his or her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, business, financial or tax advice.

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which the Company's shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast or profit 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 for the current or future financial periods 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 Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the main market for listed securities of 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.

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 Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Placing 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 Placing Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Placing Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Placing Shares 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 Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Deutsche Bank and Numis 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 Placing Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.


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