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Nimbus Group AB (publ) (”Nimbus Group” or the ”Company”) has completed a directed share issue of 1,937,781 shares.
The Board of directors of Nimbus Group has, based on the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting on 18 May 2022, resolved on a directed share issue of 1,937,781 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 41.00 per share (the “Directed Issue”). Through the Directed Issue, the Company will receive approximately SEK 79 million before transaction costs. The subscription price in the Directed Issue has been determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure (the “Bookbuilding Procedure”).
As announced through a press release yesterday, Nimbus Group has signed an agreement to acquire all of the shares in EdgeWater PowerBoats, LLC, a North American manufacturer of powerboats, for a cash consideration of USD 9.5 million (approximately SEK 100 million) on a cash and debt free basis (the “Acquisition”). Synergy effects are expected to arise through a stronger market position, access to production capacity in the US and through more efficient logistics, which is also positive from a sustainability perspective. Nimbus Group intends to use the net proceeds from the Directed Issue to finance the Acquisition. For more information, please refer to the separate press release regarding the Acquisition.
The Board of Directors of Nimbus Group has also decided to withdraw the previous proposal for a dividend of SEK 1.50 per share for 2022. While current liquidity is sufficient to support the previously suggested dividend proposal, the Board of Directors prefers to strengthen the financial buffer and stability for the Company. In accordance with the financial targets, Nimbus Group shall not have any long-term financial debt (excluding real estate related debt).
As announced through a press release yesterday, and in connection with the Bookbuilding Procedure, Nimbus Group’s President and CEO, Jan-Erik Lindström, has sold 35,000 shares in the Company, in connection with and at the same price as in the Directed Issue. 35,000 shares constitute less than 10 percent of Jan-Erik’s total number of shares in Nimbus Group and Jan-Erik has expressed his intention to remain a long-term shareholder in the Company. The Company does not receive any proceeds from the sale of these shares.
The Directed Issue was carried out with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right and with support from the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting on 18 May 2022. The Company's Board of Directors has made an overall assessment and carefully considered the possibility to raise capital through a preferential rights issue, but has concluded that a rights issue, compared to a directed share issue, (i) would take significantly longer time to execute and thereby entail a risk for the completion of the Acquisition and increased market risk exposure in general, (ii) would require significant underwriting commitments from an underwriting syndicate given the current market volatility, which would entail additional costs and/or additional dilution depending on the type of consideration paid for such underwriting commitments, (iii) likely would have had to be made at a lower subscription price given the discount levels in rights issues completed on the market in recent time, and (iv) unlike a rights issue, the Directed Issue was to some extent expected to broaden the shareholder base and provide the Company with new reputable institutional owners and strategic investors. Considering the above, the Board of Directors has made the assessment that a directed share issue with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right is the most favorable alternative for Nimbus Group and in the best interest of all of the Company’s shareholders. Thus, the Board of Directors makes the assessment that the above reasons for deviating from the shareholders’ preferential right outweigh the main rule that new cash issues shall be carried out with preferential rights for the shareholders.
Given that the subscription price in the Directed Issue was determined through the Bookbuilding Procedure with institutional investors carried out by Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) (”Carnegie”), it is the Board of Directors’ assessment that the subscription price reflects current market conditions and demand and thereby is based on market terms.
As a result of the Directed Issue, the number of shares and votes in Nimbus Group will increase by 1,937,781, from 19,377,810 to 21,315,591. The Directed Issue entails a dilution of approximately 9.1 percent of the number of shares and votes in Nimbus Group (calculated as the number of newly issued shares divided by the total number of shares in the Company after the Directed Issue). The share capital will increase by approximately SEK 107,654.50 from approximately SEK 1,076,545.00 to approximately SEK 1,184,199.50.
In connection with the Directed Issue, the Company has entered into a lock-up undertaking, with customary exceptions, on future share issuances for a period of 180 days after the settlement date. In addition, the Company’s share-owning board members, CEO, CFO and R12 Kapital AB, whereas the latter currently holds 21.9 percent of the shares and votes in Nimbus Group, have agreed not to sell any shares in Nimbus Group for a period of 90 calendar days after the settlement date, subject to customary exceptions.
Carnegie was sole global coordinator and bookrunner, Wigge & Partners Advokat KB acted as legal adviser to the Company and Baker & McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB acted as legal adviser to Carnegie in connection with the Directed Issue.
For more information, please contact:
Jan-Erik Lindström, President and CEO, Nimbus Group
Gunilla Öhman, Investor Relations, Nimbus Group
Telephone: +46 707 63 81 25
E-mail: [email protected]
A webcast telephone conference will be held today at 11.00 CET during which President and CEO Jan-Erik Lindström will present the acquisition of EdgeWater together with CFO Rasmus Alvemyr. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. The presentation will be held in English. If you wish to participate via telephone conference, please register on the link below. After registration you will be provided phone numbers and a conference ID to access the conference. You can ask questions verbally via the telephone conference.
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Press conference March 2023 (financialhearings.com)
About Nimbus Group
Nimbus Group produces and markets powerboats which includes the brands Alukin, Aquador, Bella, Falcon, Flipper, Nimbus and Paragon Yachts. Sales are made through dealer networks and the largest markets are the Nordic region, Europe and the US. In 2022, the Group had sales of SEK 1,751 million and 423 employees. Operations are conducted in Sweden, Finland, Poland, England, Norway and the US.
Nimbus Group has been listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market since February 2021.
For more information, see www.nimbusgroup.se
Erik Penser Bank
E-mail: [email protected]
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