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HydrogenPro AS: Private Placement of approx. NOK 600 million successfully placed
Oslo, 30 September 2020. Reference is made to the press release from HydrogenPro AS (the “Company”) published on 28 September 2020 regarding a contemplated private placement and listing on Merkur Market.
The Company is pleased to announce that the Private Placement (as defined below) has been successfully placed. Based on the interest in general and a subscription from the Company’s business partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (parent company to Mitsubishi Power) (“Mitsubishi”), the offering was upsized to comprise a primary offering of 24,663,000 new shares with gross proceeds of approx. NOK 550 million (the “Primary Offering») and a secondary offering through a sale from Richard Espeseth (the «Selling Shareholder») of 2,242,000 existing shares with gross proceeds of approx. NOK 50 million (the «Secondary Offering», and together with Primary Offering, the «Private Placement»). The total transaction size was approx. NOK 600 million through the allocation of 26,905,000 shares at a price of NOK 22.30 per share.
The Private Placement attracted very strong interest from Norwegian, Nordic and international high-quality institutional investors and was more than 14 times covered excluding the demand from, and allocation to, cornerstone investors and Mitsubishi.
Five cornerstone investors applied for, and were allocated, shares for NOK 250 million distributed as follows: NOK 120 million from DNB Asset Management AS, NOK 50 million from Klaveness Marine Finance AS, NOK 30 million from Sissener AS, NOK 25 million from Pareto Asset Management AS and NOK 25 million from Erste Asset Management GmbH. In addition, Mitsubishi applied for, and was allocated, shares for NOK 120 million.
Mr. Walter Qvam the chairman of HydrogenPro AS made the following statement in connection with the private placement: “We are extremely pleased with our first reception in the public markets and the offering clearly demonstrates the capital market’s interest for the accelerating market for green hydrogen. Our private placement was substantially oversubscribed by a large group of quality investors and we are proud to be associated with our new shareholders. We are also delighted that Mitsubishi has joined us as shareholder, and we will jointly develop operational and strategic opportunities”.
Mr. Mårten Lunde, CEO of HydrogenPro AS commented as follows: “The Company now enters a new phase in its development. We will strengthen the organisation, continue to scale up our system design and engineering capacity and refine our close relationships with our key partners in order to position the Company optimally relative to our attractive growth prospects. This will certainly be an interesting journey.”
The net proceeds from the Primary Offering will predominantly be used to fund working capital, expansion of the organization, supply chain development and general corporate purposes.
The Selling Shareholder will sell approx. 16.5% of his shares in the company, however, he will remain the majority owner of the company post transaction with an ownership of approx. 20.3%.
The Company and Selling Shareholder as well as members of the Company’s management and board have entered into customary lock-up arrangements with the Manager (as defined below) that will restrict, subject to certain exceptions, their ability to, without the prior written consent of the Manager, issue, sell or dispose of shares, as applicable, for a period of twelve months.
The completion of the Private Placement is subject to (i) corporate resolutions of the Company required to implement the issue of the New Shares, including the Company’s board of directors’ resolution to proceed with the Private Placement and an extraordinary general meeting’s resolution to issue the New Shares, currently expected held on or about 8 October 2020, and (ii) registration in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises of the share capital increase pertaining to the New Shares, and (iii) the New Shares being issued in VPS.
The Company will have 56,069,363 shares outstanding following the completion of the Private Placement and the post money market capitalization of the Company, based on the offering price of NOK 22.30 per share, will thus be approx. NOK 1,250 million.
Conditional allocation to investors will be communicated on or about 30 September 2020. The Private Placement will be settled by the Manager on a delivery-versus-payment basis on or about 14 October 2020 following the registration of the new share capital in the Norwegian Registry of Business Enterprises and the issuance of the new shares in VPS. The delivery-versus-payment settlement in the Private Placement is facilitated by a pre-funding agreement between the Company and the Manager.
The Company has applied for, and will, subject to the necessary approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange, list the shares of the Company on Merkur Market (the “Listing”). The first day of trading on Merkur Market is expected to be on or about 14 October 2020.
Pareto Securities AS (the «Manager») is engaged as financial advisors to the Company and as Manager and Bookrunner in connection with the Private Placement and Listing. Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is acting as legal advisor to HydrogenPro, while Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisor to the Manager.
For more information, please contact:
Walter Qvam, Chairman
+47 905 25 226
Mårten Lunde, CEO
+47 48 14 84 51
HydrogenPro in brief:
HydrogenPro was founded in 2013 and the Company’s principal business it to provide customised turn-key plants for large-scale production of green hydrogen to global industrial clients. The Company’s activities include design, engineering and optimization of such plants, purchasing of parts, components and sub-systems for integration into complete plants and systems for hydrogen production. The activities also include commissioning and testing of such plants before they are accepted by clients of the Company. As part of its business model, the Company will also seek to secure service and maintenance agreements related to such hydrogen production plants.
The Company aims to be a world leading designer and supplier of alkaline electrolyser technology plants and solutions that meet the highest requirements for safety, reliability and long lifetime at competitive cost.
By combining in-depth knowledge from the electrolyser industry with innovative design and technologies, HydrogenPro continuously aspire to pioneer game-changing ideas and solutions to realise and maximise new opportunities in a smarter, sustainable and hydrogen powered future. The Company has been chosen supplier for several important contracts within the large-scale segment of the electrolyser market during the last couple of years and is now preparing itself for execution of these projects. HydrogenPro will shortly embark on a program to strengthen its organisation and recruit new talent interested in building a company which offer truly sustainable energy solutions for the future.
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of the Company. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the «Securities Act»), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to «qualified institutional buyers» as defined in Rule 144A under
the Securities Act.
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