EQS Group-News: PolyPeptide Group / Key word(s): IPO
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Zug, 29 April 2021 - PolyPeptide Group AG ("PolyPeptide" or "the Group"), a global leader in peptide development and manufacturing, today announced the successful pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) at CHF 64.00 per share. The shares will be listed and start trading under the ticker symbol "PPGN" on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX) today.
- PolyPeptide's IPO was priced at CHF 64.00 per share, implying a market capitalization of CHF 2,120 million.
- The IPO was multiple times oversubscribed given strong demand from investors across Switzerland and internationally.
- The free float amounts to approx. 35% before any exercise of the over-allotment option and 40% if the over-allotment option is exercised in full.
- The shares of PolyPeptide (SIX: PPGN) will be listed and start trading on SIX today.
Peter Wilden, Chairman of PolyPeptide: "With its focused strategy since its beginnings in 1952, PolyPeptide has become a leader in its field and today manufactures around one-half of all currently approved peptide drug substances. While today's listing on SIX marks an important milestone in the history of our company, it should also be seen as a strong expression of our ambition to drive innovation for the benefit of patients around the world. My thanks go to the PolyPeptide team and everyone who helped make this possible."
During the IPO process, the syndicate banks successfully placed 3,125,000 new shares as well as 8,396,740 existing shares offered by the Group's sole shareholder, Draupnir Holding B.V., each at an offer price of CHF 64.00 per share. Furthermore, the selling shareholder has granted an over-allotment option of up to 1,728,261 existing shares, exercisable at the offer price in whole or in part within 30 calendar days after the first day of trading, which implies a total placement volume of up to CHF 848 million.
Based on the offer price, PolyPeptide's implied market capitalization is CHF 2,120 million. The free float amounts to approx. 35% before any exercise of the over-allotment option. Assuming full exercise of the over-allotment option, the free float will amount to 40%, and Draupnir Holding B.V. will retain a 60% stake in the company.
As planned, PolyPeptide raised gross proceeds of CHF 200 million from the sale of the new shares in the offering, which are intended to be used to accelerate ongoing capital expenditures, advance the Group's expansion into adjacent business areas and, over the longer term, to potentially pursue other organic and non-organic growth opportunities.
Raymond De Vré, Chief Executive Officer of PolyPeptide: "The successful IPO is a recognition of PolyPeptide's excellent track record and for its team, working relentlessly to meet even the highest customer expectations. Going forward, we are now striving to also meet investors' expectations and to earn their trust, and we look forward to continued market engagement in the future."
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About PolyPeptide Group
PolyPeptide Group AG, Dammstrasse 19, 6300 Zug, Switzerland
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Identification of Target Market
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The MiFID II Target Market Assessment and the UK Target Market Assessment are without prejudice to any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the offering of the Securities.
Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the MiFID II Target Market Assessment, the underwriters (as defined below) established in the EEA will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties under MiFID II and that, notwithstanding the UK Target Market Assessment, the underwriters established in the UK will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties under Chapter 3 of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook. For the avoidance of doubt, the MiFID II Target Market Assessment and the UK Target Market Assessment do not constitute: (a) in the case of the MiFID II Target Market Assessment, an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II and in the case of the UK Target Market Assessment, an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of Chapters 9A or 10A respectively of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook; 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 offered Securities. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own relevant target market assessment in respect of the offered Securities and determining appropriate distribution channels.
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Each of Credit Suisse AG, Morgan Stanley Europe SE, Merrill Lynch International, Danske Bank A/S, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG and Zürcher Kantonalbank (the "underwriters") is acting exclusively for PolyPeptide Group and no one else in connection with any transaction referred to in this document. Each of the underwriters will not regard any other person as a client and will not be responsible to anyone other than PolyPeptide Group for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients nor for the giving of advice in relation to any transaction, matter or arrangement referred to herein.
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