Nordic Capital and Avista announce the proposed sale and placing of shares in ConvaTec
March 28 2017
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Nordic Capital and Avista announce the proposed sale of a 19.95% shareholding in ConvaTec Group Plc to Novo A/S (the investment holding company of the Novo Nordisk Foundation) and a proposed placing of approximately 300 million ordinary shares (a further 15.37%)
Proposed sale of 19.95% shareholding to Novo A/S
Nordic Capital and Avista (each as defined below) have today agreed the sale of a 19.95% shareholding (the "Sale") in ConvaTec Group Plc ("ConvaTec") to Novo A/S, the investment holding company in the Novo group, responsible for the management of the assets of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, a charitable foundation focused on contributing significantly to research and development that improves the health and welfare of people. The Sale will comprise 389.3 million shares and will be completed at a price of 260 pence per share.
As a result of the Sale, Novo A/S will obtain the right to appoint one director to the board of directors of ConvaTec (the "ConvaTec Board"), to replace one of the existing shareholder nominated directors, pursuant to the relationship agreement between Nordic Capital, Avista and ConvaTec. Novo A/S has nominated Mr Kasim Kutay, the Chief Executive Officer of Novo A/S, for appointment to the board of ConvaTec with effect from completion of the Sale. Mr Kutay's appointment has been approved by the Nomination Committee and Board of ConvaTec. At least one Nordic Capital or Avista nominated director will resign from the ConvaTec Board on completion of the Sale.
Raj Shah, Partner, NC Advisory (UK) LLP, advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds, commented:
"We are delighted to be able to introduce a supportive, long-term investor of the calibre of Novo A/S to the ConvaTec register. ConvaTec is a leading global medical technology company and the interest of Novo A/S in acquiring a cornerstone shareholding is a validation of ConvaTec's strategy and outlook. We have also decided to take advantage of strong reverse enquiry from institutional investors following ConvaTec's maiden results earlier this month to conduct a placing of shares."
Proposed placing to institutional investors (the "Proposed Placing")
In addition to the Sale to Novo A/S, Goldman Sachs International ("Goldman Sachs"), Merrill Lynch International ("BofA Merrill Lynch") and UBS Limited ("UBS") have been appointed as Joint Bookrunners by Nordic Capital and Avista to sell approximately 300 million ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") of ConvaTec to institutional investors by way of an accelerated bookbuild which will be launched immediately following this announcement.
Nordic Capital and Avista currently own 849,181,983 shares (43.51%) and 366,540,257 shares (18.78%), respectively. Following the Sale and Proposed Placing, this will reduce to approximately 366.7 million shares being held by Nordic Capital and 159.7 million shares being held by Avista (18.79% and 8.19%), respectively.
The final number of Placing Shares to be placed and the price at which the Placing Shares are to be placed will be agreed by the Joint Bookrunners and Nordic Capital and Avista at the close of the bookbuild process, and the result of the Proposed Placing will be announced as soon as practicable thereafter.
In connection with the Sale, Novo A/S, Nordic Capital and Avista has each agreed with the other not to sell any ordinary shares in ConvaTec which are not sold in the Proposed Placing for a period of 90 days after completion of the Sale and Proposed Placing (subject to certain customary exceptions, including the consent of other parties, the ability to accept or agree to accept offers for over 50% of the share capital of ConvaTec, and any enforcement by the lenders under the terms of existing margin loans entered into by Nordic Capital and Avista).
In connection with the Proposed Placing, Nordic Capital and Avista have agreed not to sell any ordinary shares in ConvaTec which are not sold in the Proposed Placing for a period of 90 days after completion of the Proposed Placing (subject to waiver by the Joint Bookrunners and certain customary exceptions, including any enforcement by the lenders under the terms of existing margin loans entered into by Nordic Capital and Avista).
To permit the Sale to Novo A/S and the Proposed Placing, BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS have waived the 180 day lock-up arrangement put in place at the time of the ConvaTec IPO in October 2016, which was due to expire on 29 April 2017, in respect of shares in the Sale and the Proposed Placing.
ConvaTec will not receive any proceeds from the Sale or the Proposed Placing.
About Novo A/S and the Novo Nordisk Foundation
Novo A/S is a private limited liability company wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
The company is the holding company in the Novo Group and responsible for managing the Foundation's assets. Besides being the major shareholder in the Novo Group companies, Novo A/S provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies, takes significant ownership positions in well-established companies within the life sciences and manages a broad portfolio of financial assets. Read more at www.novo.dk.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is a Danish foundation with corporate interests. The Foundation has two objectives: 1) to provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities of the companies in the Novo Group; and 2) to support scientific, humanitarian and social purposes.
The vision of the Foundation is to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the health and welfare of people.
Since 2010, the Foundation has donated more than DKK 10 billion, primarily for research at public institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic countries. Read more at www.novonordiskfoundation.com.
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"Nordic Capital" refers to 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 associated co-investment vehicles and 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 associated co-investment vehicles.
"Avista" is the limited liability companies and limited partnerships managed by Avista Capital Managing Member, LLC with interests in ConvaTec, including Avista Capital Partners LP, Avista Capital Partners II LP and their affiliated funds and co-invest vehicles.
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No prospectus or offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the Proposed Placing. Any investment decision in connection with the Proposed Placing must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to ConvaTec and ConvaTec's shares. Such information has not been independently verified. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness.
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In connection with the Proposed Placing, BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS or any of their respective affiliates acting as an investor for its own account may take up as a portion of the Placing Shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell for its own account such Placing Shares and other securities of ConvaTec or related investments in connection with the Proposed Placing or otherwise. In addition, BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS or any of their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps and contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS (or any of their respective affiliates) may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Placing Shares. Accordingly, references to the shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by, BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, UBS and any of their respective affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
This announcement does not purport to identify or suggest the risks (direct or indirect) which may be associated with an investment in ConvaTec or ConvaTec's shares.
Each of Merrill Lynch International, Goldman Sachs, and UBS, which are authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority ("PRA") and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and the PRA, are acting on behalf of the Sellers only in connection with the Proposed Placing and no one else, and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Sellers for providing the protections offered to clients of BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing Shares or the Proposed Placing.