FEBRUARY 23 2016
NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN OR SOUTH AFRICA OR IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
Nordic Capital Fund VI1) and Nordic Capital Fund VII2) (together "Nordic Capital" or the "Shareholder") have sold 18,673,397 shares in Thule Group AB (publ) ("Thule Group" or the "Company"), representing approximately 18.5 percent of the total number of shares in Thule Group in an accelerated book-building process at a price of SEK 106 per share (the "Placing"). Strong investor demand resulted in an increase from c. 15 million shares to 18,673,397 shares sold.
The Placing will contribute to an increased liquidity and free float in the Thule Group share. After the Placing, Nordic Capital owns 10,608,828 shares, representing approximately 10.5 percent of the total number of shares in the Company.
Nordic Capital remains as Thule Group's largest shareholder and will continue to have representatives on the Board of Directors of Thule Group and actively participate to contribute to the Company's long-term strategy.
The Shareholder has agreed to a 60 days lock-up on the remaining shares held in Thule Group.
Goldman Sachs International and Nordea acted as Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Placing.
Katarina Janerud, Communication Manager
NC Advisory AB, advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds
tel: +46 8 440 50 69
This announcement is for information only and does not constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful, including without limitation, the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
This announcement and the information contained herein, is not an offer of securities for sale in, and is not for transmission to or publication, distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia) (the "United States"). The securities being offered have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or under any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, resold, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States unless registered under the Securities Act or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, such registration requirements and in accordance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the securities discussed herein is being made in the United States.
This announcement is directed only at: (A) persons in member states of the European Economic Area (the "EEA") who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the EU Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the relevant member state of the EEA) and includes any relevant implementing measure in each relevant member state of the EEA) (the "Qualified Investors"); (B) in the United Kingdom, Qualified Investors who are persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments and who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order"); or (ii) who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49 of the Order; or (iii) are persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated; and (C) other persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated, (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). If you are not a Relevant Person, you will not be eligible to participate in the offering, and you should not act upon, or rely on, this announcement.
1) Nordic Capital VI Limited, acting in its capacity as General Partner of Nordic Capital VI Alpha, L.P. and Nordic Capital VI Beta, L.P., together with any associated co-investment vehicles.
2) Nordic Capital VII Limited, acting in its capacity as General Partner of Nordic Capital VII Alpha, L.P. and Nordic Capital VII Beta, L.P., together with any associated co-investment vehicles.