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ABEO, a designer of sports and leisure equipment, announces the launch of its initial public offering (IPO) for the listing of its shares on the Euronext Paris regulated market (compartment C). On 21 September 2016, the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) approved the prospectus for ABEO's initial public offering with visa No. 16-440. This document comprises the Document de base filed on 14 June 2016 under number I.16-055, the offering circular and a summary of the prospectus.
To mark the occasion, Olivier Estèves, ABEO's Chief Executive Officer, and Jacques Janssen, Managing Director, made the following comments: "With its development model combining organic and external growth over the last 14 years, ABEO has established itself as a leading player in the sports and leisure equipment market. The initial public offering is the logical extension of our record of growth, and this move will provide us with the resources to consolidate our leadership position and accelerate our international growth strategy. “
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Availability of the prospectus
Copies of the prospectus, approved on 21 September 2016 under visa number 16-440 by the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF), comprising the Document de base filed on 14 June 2016 under number I.16-055, together with an offering circular and prospectus summary, are available free of charge on request from ABEO or may be downloaded from the ABEO (www.abeo-bourse.com) and AMF (www.amf-france.org) websites.
The reader's attention is drawn to Chapter 4 “Risk factors” of the Document de base filed with the AMF under number I.16-055, and to section 2, “Risk factors entailed in the offer”, in the offering circular approved on 21 September 2016 under number 16-440.
Société anonyme (French Public Limited Company) with registered capital of €4,008,738, divided into 5,344,984 shares.
Between €15.95 and €21.55 per share on offer.
1,066,666 new shares to be issued under a capital increase in cash; this may be raised to a maximum of 1,317,864 new shares in the event that the extension clause and greenshoe option are fully exercised.
Approximately €20.0 million on the basis of a price at the median value of the offer-price indicative range, namely €18.75, with a possible increase to around €24.7 million in the event of full exercise of the extension clause and greenshoe option, of which €1.7 million of shares transferred.
It is intended to make the shares on offer available under a global offer (the “Offer”), comprising:
If permitted by demand expressed under the OPO, the number of new shares allocated in response to orders issued in connection with that offer shall be equal to at least 10% of the total number of shares on offer, excluding those issued in the event of the extension clause being exercised, and before the potential exercise of the greenshoe option.
|21 September 2016||AMF approval visa for the prospectus|
|22 September 2016||Subscription period opens|
|5 October 2016||Subscription period closes|
|6 October 2016||Setting of the offer price and possible exercise of the extension clause|
|10 October 2016||Settlement-delivery of the new shares|
|11 October 2016||Trading starts on the Euronext Paris regulated market|
|4 November 2016||Closing date for exercise of the greenshoe option|
Persons wishing to take part in the OPO must place their orders with an authorised financial intermediary in France by 5 October 2016 at 5:00 pm (Paris time) for subscriptions at branches and 8:00 pm (Paris time) for online subscriptions.
In order to be registered, orders issued under the global placement offer must be received by the Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners by 5 October 2016 at 5:00 pm (Paris time).
Financial intermediaries and advisers
Read more at www.abeo-bourse.com
ABEO is a major player in the sports and entertainment (“sportainment”) market. The Group posted revenue of €148 million for the year ended 31 March 2016, 66% of which was generated outside France, and has around 1,000 employees.
ABEO is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of sports and leisure equipment. It also provides assistance in implementing projects to professional customers in the following sectors: specialised sports halls and clubs, leisure centres, education, local authorities, construction professionals, etc.
ABEO has a unique global offering, and operates in a wide variety of market segments, including gymnastics apparatus and landing mats, team sports equipment, physical education, climbing walls, leisure equipment and locker room fittings. The Group has a portfolio of strong brands which partner sports federations and are featured at major sporting events, including the Olympic Games.
For any questions relating to this press release or the ABEO Group, please contact:
ACTUS finance & communication
Investor relations – France Bentin [email protected] Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 36 39
Press relations – Serena Boni [email protected] Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 36 39
This press release and the information included herein do not constitute an offer of sale, purchase or subscription or the solicitation of a sale, purchase or subscription order for ABEO shares (the “Shares”) in any country. No shares have been or will be offered in France prior to obtaining the approval of the French Financial Markets Authority (the “AMF”) for a prospectus comprising the Base Document (“document de base”) that is the subject of this press release and an offering circular (securities note) to be submitted to the AMF at a later date.
The dissemination, publication or distribution of this release in certain countries may constitute a breach of applicable statutory and regulatory provisions. Accordingly, persons who are physically located in such countries in which this release is disseminated, distributed or published must enquire about and comply with such local restrictions.
This release amounts to a promotional communication and not a prospectus within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC issued by the European Parliament and Council on 4 November 2003, as amended, specifically by Directive 2010/73/EU issued by the European Parliament and Council on 24 November 2010, as amended and as transposed in each Member State of the European Economic Area (the “Prospectus Directive”).
In the case of European Economic Area Member States other than France (the “Member States”) which have transposed the Prospectus Directive, no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken in order to enable a public offering of securities that renders the publication of a prospectus mandatory in any of those Member States. As a result, the Shares may be offered in Member States solely: (a) to legal entities that are qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus Directive, or (b) in other cases that do not require ABEO to publish a prospectus under Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive.
This release has not been disseminated or approved by an “authorised person” within the meaning of Article 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. As a result, this release is solely addressed and intended for (i) persons outside the United Kingdom, (ii) investment professionals within the meaning of Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, (iii) the persons referred to in Article 49(2) (a) to (d) (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, or (iv) any other person to whom this release may be addressed in accordance with the law (the persons listed under points (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) are jointly designated as the “Eligible Persons”). The securities are only intended for Eligible Persons and any invitation, offer or agreement relating to the subscription, purchase or acquisition of the securities can only be addressed to or entered into with Eligible Persons. Any person other than an Eligible Person must refrain from using or relying on this release and the information that it contains. This release does not amount to a prospectus approved by the Financial Services Authority or by any other regulatory authority in the United Kingdom within the meaning of Section 85 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
This release does not constitute an offer of transferable securities or any kind of solicitation to purchase or subscribe to transferable securities or to any solicitation to sell transferable securities in the United States. The transferable securities that are the subject of this release have not been and will not be registered within the meaning of the US Securities Act 1933 as amended (the “US Securities Act”) and cannot be offered or sold in the United States without registration, or an exemption from the registration requirement, pursuant to the US Securities Act. The Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act and ABEO does not intend to perform any public offering of its shares in United States.