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DGAP-News: ENCAVIS AG / Key word(s): Issue of Debt/Corporate Action
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ENCAVIS AG successfully places perpetual subordinated convertible bonds of EUR 250 million
Hamburg, November 17, 2021 - The SDAX constituent Hamburg-based wind and solar park operator ENCAVIS AG ("Encavis" or the "Company"; ISIN: DE0006095003; Prime Standard; ticker symbol: ECV) has successfully placed EUR 250 million perpetual subordinated bonds with time limited conversion rights into ordinary bearer shares of the Company (the "Bonds").
The proceeds of this successful placement will be used to finance renewable energy investments and measures towards the ">> Fast Forward 2025 Growth Programme" to increase capacity to 3.4 GW by 2025 as well as for general corporate purposes and can be accounted for as "equity" under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Acquisitions available short term of wind and solar parks already connected to the grid of around 350 megawatts (MW) should be added to the growth of the generating portfolio from the strategic development partners.
"To realise our ">> Fast Forward 2025" growth strategy, we have a project pipeline of wind and solar installations at our disposal with a total generation capacity of more than 3.5 gigawatts (GW) that we have secured with the help of our strategic development partners. We see already very short-term investments opportunities we would use the proceeds received today" underlined Dr Dierk Paskert, CEO of Encavis AG, the growth strategy of the Group.
The issuer of the Bonds is Encavis Finance B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Encavis, registered in the Netherlands (the "Issuer"). The Bonds will be unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by Encavis on a subordinated basis as to payments.
The Bonds will have no fixed redemption date and will be optionally convertible into fully paid new and/or existing no-par value ordinary bearer shares of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") until the tenth business day prior to November 24, 2027 (the "First Reset Date"). The initial conversion price is set at EUR 22.0643, a premium of 35% to the volume weighted average price (VWAP of EUR 16.3439) of the Ordinary Shares on XETRA between launch and pricing.
"We are very happy about the successful placement of the bonds to international institutional investors. Books were multiple times oversubscribed. Top conditions, partially at the lower end of the offered ranges, e.g. an interest rate of 1.875% p.a. and a premium on the conversion price of 35% mirroring Encavis AGs' market standing in the debt as well as in the equity capital markets. The advantage of the chosen structure is that bonds can be accounted for as equity under international accounting standards IFRS and will strengthen our balance sheet" said Dr Christoph Husmann, CFO of Encavis AG.
From the date of issue of the Bonds until the First Reset Date, the Bonds will bear interest at a fixed rate of 1.875% per annum. From the First Reset Date, the Bonds will bear interest at a rate equal to 10% above the applicable 5-year EUR Swap Rate, subject to a reset every five years thereafter. Interest will be payable semi-annually in arrear on May 24, and November 24, in each year, commencing on May 24, 2022. Encavis, subject to certain conditions, may elect to defer all or part of any interest payment scheduled to be paid on a cumulative basis. Any such non-payment of interest will not constitute an event of default or other breach of obligations.
The Bonds will be issued at 100% of their principal amount and may be optionally redeemed by Encavis at 100% of their principal amount for the first time with effect as of the First Reset Date and subsequently with effect as of each interest payment date thereafter, together with any accrued and unpaid interest and any outstanding arrears of interest. Encavis will have the option to effect the mandatory conversion of the Bonds, at any time on or after December 14, 2025 and before the First Reset Date. The notice of early mandatory conversion may only be given if, for a specified period of time, the share price for a period of not less than 20 out of 30 consecutive trading days preceding the notice is equal to or exceeds 130% of the conversion price then in effect.
BofA Securities and Jefferies are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Offering.
In the context of the Offering, Encavis and Encavis Finance B.V. have agreed to a lock-up period of 90 days following settlement. Settlement for the Offering is expected to take place on November 24, 2021. The Company intends to submit an application for the Bonds to be traded on the Open Market segment (Freiverkehr) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange within one month from settlement.
Encavis is a signatory of the UN Global Compact as well as of the UN PRI network. Encavis AG's environmental, social and governance performance has been awarded by two of the world's leading ESG rating agencies. MSCI ESG Ratings awarded the corporate ESG performance with "AA" and ISS ESG with their "Prime" label.
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This announcement does not constitute an offer of, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, securities of the Company or of any of its subsidiaries in the United States of America, Germany or any other jurisdiction. Neither this announcement nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, an offer in any jurisdiction. The securities offered will not be and have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act.
In the United Kingdom, this announcement is only directed at persons who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc. (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons")). This document must not be acted on, or relied upon, by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.
In member states of the European Economic Area the placement of securities described in this announcement is directed exclusively at persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 (Prospectus Regulation).
Manufacturer Target Market (MiFID II product governance) is Eligible Counterparties and Professional Clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPS Key Information Document (KID) and no UK PRIIPS KID has been prepared as the Bonds will not be available to retail investors in the EEA, the UK or elsewhere. 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 Bonds have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that: (i) the target market for the Bonds is eligible counterparties and professional clients only, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) all channels for distribution of the Bonds to eligible counterparties and professional clients are appropriate. Any person subsequently offering, selling or recommending the Bonds (a "distributor") should take into consideration the manufacturers' target market assessment; however, a distributor subject to MiFID II is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Bonds (by either adopting or refining the manufacturers' target market assessment) and determining appropriate distribution channels.
The target market assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual or legal selling restrictions in relation to any offering of the Bonds. 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 Bonds.
In Canada, offering and sales may only be made to institutional investors who are both Accredited Investors and Permitted Clients in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia or Alberta.
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This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the placement. Investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the placement for the person concerned.
BofA Securities Europe SA ("BofA Securities"), Jefferies GmbH ("JEG") and Jefferies International Limited ("JIL") (JEG and JIL together, "Jefferies" and, together with BofA Securities, the "Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners") are acting exclusively for the Issuer and the Company and no one else in connection with the Offering. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the Offering and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Issuer and the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Offering, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
In connection with the Offering, the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates may take up a portion of the Bonds in the Offering as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such Bonds and other securities of the Issuer and the Company or related investments in connection with this Bond offering or otherwise. In addition the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and any of their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps, warrants or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and any of their affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Bonds and/or other securities or of the Issuer and/or the Company. The Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
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