Fortaco / Stock exchange releases / Inside information: Fortaco Group successfully issues subsequent bonds in an amount of EUR 25.0 million

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Fortaco Group Holdco Oyj (the “Group”) has, following a bookbuilding process, successfully placed a subsequent bond issue (the “Subsequent Bond Issue” or the “Subsequent Bonds”) in an amount of EUR 25.0 million under the Group’s existing senior secured floating rate bond loan 2022/2027 with ISIN NO0012547274 (the “Bonds”). Following the Subsequent Bond Issue, the outstanding amount under the Bonds will be EUR 127.5 million. The transaction was met with strong demand from primarily new and existing institutional investors based in the Nordics and continental Europe and was placed at a price of 100.25% of par.

With reference to the press release issued on 8 March 2024, proceeds from the Subsequent Bond Issue will be applied towards financing general corporate purposes (including acquisitions and capital expenditure). In connection with the Subsequent Bond Issue, the equity of the Group is planned to be strengthened with EUR 10.0 million, by way of either unconditional shareholders' contribution or shareholder loans.

Settlement of the Subsequent Bond Issue is expected to be on or about 26 March 2024. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the Bonds, an application will be made for the Subsequent Bonds to be admitted to trading on the corporate bonds list of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

Pareto Securities AB acted as sole bookrunner and Roschier Advokatbyrå and Gernandt & Danielsson acted as legal advisors in connection with the Subsequent Bond Issue.

 

For further information about the Group:

Lars Hellberg

President & CEO, Fortaco Group

+358 40 572 9488   

lars.hellberg@fortacogroup.com

 

 

For further information about the bond issue:

Markus Wirenhammar

Head of Investment Banking, Pareto Securities AB

+46 70 892 51 86

markus.wirenhammar@paretosec.com

 

Disclaimer

General

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United Kingdom

In the event that this release is distributed in the United Kingdom, it shall be directed only at persons who are either (a) "investment professionals" for the purposes of Article 19(5) of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"), (b) high net worth companies, unincorporated associations and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated in accordance with Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, or (c) persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) in connection with the issue or sale of any Bonds may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). Any investment or investment activity to which this release relates will be available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. This release is not a prospectus for the purposes of Section 85(1) of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Accordingly, this release has not been approved as a prospectus by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") under Section 87A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and has not been filed with the FCA pursuant to the UK Prospectus Rules nor has it been approved by a person authorized under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

United States

This release does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. In the event that this release is distributed in the United States, it shall be directed only at persons who are "qualified institutional buyers" ("QIBs") as defined in Rule 144A ("Rule 144A") promulgated under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") in reliance upon Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The Bonds have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States. Accordingly, the Bonds may not be offered, sold (directly or indirectly), delivered or otherwise transferred within or into the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. Persons, absent registration or under an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The Bonds are being offered and sold only (i) outside the United States to persons other than U.S. persons (which shall include dealers or other professional fiduciaries in the United States acting on a discretionary basis for non-U.S. beneficial owners (other than an estate or trust)) in reliance upon Regulation S under the Securities Act ("Regulation S") and (ii) in the United States to QIBs in reliance upon Rule 144A under the Securities Act. As used herein, the terms "United States" and "U.S. person" have the meanings as given to them in Rule 902 of Regulation S under the Securities Act.