GIGANTE SALMON AS – CONTEMPLATED PRIVATE PLACEMENT AND LISTING ON EURONEXT GROWTH OSLO
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Bodø, 23 June, 2021
Gigante Salmon AS («Gigante Salmon» or the «Company») has engaged SpareBank 1 Markets and SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge as Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners (collectively referred to as the «Managers») to advise on and effect a contemplated private placement of new shares raising gross proceeds of up to approx. NOK 192 million, through issuing 34,909,091 new shares (the «Offer Shares») (the «Private Placement»).
The price per share in the Private Placement has been set to NOK 5.50 which is equivalent to a pre-money equity value of the Company of approx. NOK 359 million, based on 65,192,400 shares outstanding.
The net proceeds of the Private Placement will be used to fund the Company’s projected investment and working capital needs for the construction and operation of the landbased salmon farming site on Lille Indre Rosøy in Rødøy municipality.
The Company has experienced strong investor interest during pre-sound meetings, and four cornerstone investors, have, subject to certain conditions, undertaken to subscribe for and be allocated shares for approximately NOK 80 million at the Offer Price as follows;
(i) T. Kolstad Eiendom AS for NOK 40 million;
(ii) Torgnes AS for NOK 15 million;
(iii) Helgeland Invest AS for NOK 15 million; and
(iv) Middelborg Invest AS for NOK 10 million
In addition, certain investors have pre-committed, subject to completion of the Private Placement, to subscribe for and be allocated Offer Shares for a total amount of NOK 62 million. In total, the Managers have received firm cornerstone and pre-commitments to subscribe for Offer Shares for a total amount of NOK 142 million corresponding to approx. 74% of the maximum offer size.
The bookbuilding period in the Private Placement will commence today, 23 June 2021 and close on 25 June 2021 at 16:30 CET. The Managers and the Company may, however, at any time resolve to close or extend the bookbuilding period. If the bookbuilding period is shortened or extended, any other dates referred to herein may be amended accordingly.
The Private Placement will be directed towards Norwegian and international investors, in each case subject to an exemption from offer prospectus requirements and any other filing or registration requirements in the applicable jurisdictions and subject to other selling restrictions. The minimum application and allocation amount have been set to the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000. The Company may, however, at its sole discretion, allocate an amount below EUR 100,000 to the extent applicable exemptions from the prospectus requirement, pursuant to the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and ancillary regulations, are available.
Gigante Salmon has applied for and will, subject to successful completion of the Private Placement and the necessary approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange, be admitted to trading of the shares of the Company on Euronext Growth Oslo (the «Admission»). The first day of trading on Euronext Growth Oslo is expected to be shortly after completion of the Private Placement, and currently expected to be on or about 5 July 2021.
Completion of the Private Placement is conditional upon (i) the necessary corporate resolutions, including the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) and the Company’s extraordinary general meeting resolving to consummate the Private Placement and allocate the Offer Shares, (ii) the registration of the share capital increase in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises, and (iii) otherwise payment for the Offer Shares and completion of the transaction as set out herein. The Company reserves the right, at any time and for any reason, to cancel, and/or modify the terms of, the Private Placement. Neither the Company nor the Managers will be liable for any losses incurred by applicants if the Private Placement is cancelled, irrespective of the reason for such cancellation.
Gigante Salmon in brief:
Gigante Havbruk is a successful North Norwegian salmon farming company with approximately 30 years of experience, and has since 2016 developed Gigante Salmon. The project comprises an ideal location for landbased farming with a target ambition to produce up to 16,000 tonnes HOG of salmon on Lille Indre Rosøy at a competitive production cost and capex per kg. Construction of the first facility is scheduled to start in the second half of 2021 with introduction of smolt in 2023 and first harvest in late 2024.
Holds licenses for 13,731 tonnes (MAB) with targeted production of approximately 5,300 tonnes HOG in phase 1 and 16,000 tonnes HOG in full production.
Utilizing a flow-through technology with raceways, designed to optimize fish welfare, sludge handling and project economics.
Farming site located on the Helgeland coast with immediate access to nutrient and oxygen-rich seawater with a beneficial temperature profile.
Project incubated and developed by Gigante Havbruk, a fully integrated salmon farming group with more than 30 years of industry experience.
Secured construction financing, overdraft facility and leasing from SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge.
Targeting an industry leading capex level of NOK 24/kg HOG at full production.
SpareBank 1 Markets and SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge are engaged as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Private Placement, and SpareBank 1 Markets is engaged as Euronext Growth advisor in connection the Listing. Advokatfirmaet Haavind is acting as legal advisor to the Company and Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm is acting as legal advisor to the Managers.
For more information please contact:
Kjell Arild Lorentsen, Interim CEO
+47 91 12 26 88
Rune Johansen, CFO
+47 98 84 47 24
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