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Thursday 17 December, 2020

Peel Hunt LLP

Proposed secondary placing in On the Beach Group

RNS Number : 0718J
Peel Hunt LLP
17 December 2020
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) NO. 596/2014

 

PROPOSED SECONDARY PLACING OF UP TO 3.9 MILLION ORDINARY SHARES IN ON THE BEACH GROUP PLC (THE "COMPANY" OR "ON THE BEACH").

 

Hawksford Trustees Jersey Limited (as trustees of the SC 2014 Settlement) ("Hawksford") (the "Selling Shareholder") announces its intention to sell up to 3.9 million ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") in the Company, which represents approximately 2.5% of the Company's issued share capital.

The Placing Shares are being offered by way of an accelerated bookbuild (the "Placing"), which will be launched immediately following this announcement. Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt") and Numis Securities Limited ("Numis", and together with Peel Hunt the "Joint Bookrunners") are acting for the Selling Shareholder in connection with the Placing.

The remainder of the Company's ordinary shares held by Hawksford following the Placing will be subject to a lock-up which ends 180 days after completion of the Placing (subject to waiver by the Joint Bookrunners and to certain customary exceptions).

The final number of Placing Shares to be placed and the price at which they will be placed will be agreed by the Joint Bookrunners and the Selling Shareholder at the close of the bookbuild process, and the results of the Placing will be announced as soon as practicable thereafter. The timings for the close of the bookbuild process are at the absolute discretion of the Joint Bookrunners. The Placing is subject to demand, price and market conditions.

The Company is not a party to the Placing and will not receive any proceeds from the Placing.

Contacts / Enquiries

 

 

Peel Hunt

Al Rae / Sohail Akbar / Max Irwin (ECM)

Adrian Trimmings / Andrew Clark / Will Bell (Consumer, Retail & Leisure)

 

+44 20 7418 8900

Numis

Heraclis Economides / Tom Jacob / Ollie Steele

William Baunton (ECM)

+44 20 7260 1000

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) PERSONS IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA ("EEA") WHO ARE QUALIFIED INVESTORS WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(E) OF REGULATION (EU) 2017/1129 (THE "PROSPECTUS REGULATION") ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS") AND (B) IF IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, PERSONS WHO (I) HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS 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 ARE HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS OR PARTNERSHIPS OR TRUSTEES OF HIGH VALUE TRUSTS AS DESCRIBED IN ARTICLE 49(2) OF THE ORDER AND (II) ARE QUALIFIED INVESTORS AND (C) OTHERWISE, PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFUL TO COMMUNICATE IT (EACH SUCH PERSON IN (A), (B) AND (C), A "RELEVANT PERSON"). NO OTHER PERSON SHOULD ACT OR RELY ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. THE ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OF ANY SECURITIES.

This announcement is not for publication or distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia), Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa or any other jurisdiction where such publication, distribution or release would be unlawful. The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession this document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No action has been taken that would permit an offering of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.

This announcement does not constitute or form part of an offer for sale or solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa or any other jurisdiction. The Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "SecuritiesAct"), or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in the United States absent registration except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of, the Securities Act and in accordance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in the United States or in any other jurisdiction.

No offer and sale of Placing Shares is or will be made in Canada, except to persons who are: (a) an "accredited investor" within the meaning of Section 1.1 of National Instrument 45-106 - Prospectus Exemptions ("NI 45-106") of the Canadian Securities Administrators or subsection 73.3(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario) (the "OSA"), as applicable, and is either purchasing the Placing Shares as principal for its own account, or is deemed to be purchasing the Placing Shares as principal for its own account in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws, for investment only and not with a view to resale or redistribution; (b) such person was not created or used solely to purchase or hold the Placing Shares as an accredited investor under NI 45-106; (c) a "permitted client" within the meaning of National Instrument 31-103 - Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations ("NI 31-103") of the Canadian Securities Administrators; and (d) entitled under applicable Canadian securities laws to purchase the Placing Shares without the benefit of a prospectus under such securities laws.

No prospectus or offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing. Any investment decision in connection with the Placing must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to On the Beach Group plc and On the Beach Group plc'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.

In connection with the Placing, either of the Joint Bookrunners or any of their respective affiliates may take up a portion of the Placing Shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell for its own accounts such Placing Shares and other securities of On the Beach Group plc or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise. Accordingly, references to the Placing 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 either of the Joint Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. The Joint Bookrunners 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 On the Beach Group plc or its shares.

Numis and Peel Hunt are each authorised and regulated by the FCA. Each of the Joint Bookrunners is acting for the Selling Shareholder only in connection with the Placing and no one else, and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Selling Shareholder for providing the protections offered to clients of the Joint Bookrunners nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing Shares or the Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to in this announcement.  

This announcement has been issued by the Joint Bookrunners on behalf of the Selling Shareholder and is the sole responsibility of the Selling Shareholder apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, that may be imposed on Numis or Peel Hunt by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Neither Numis nor Peel Hunt nor any of their respective directors, unlimited partners, officers, employees, advisers or affiliates accepts any responsibility whatsoever and makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, for the contents of this announcement, including its accuracy, completeness or verification or for any other statement made or purported to be made by the Selling Shareholder or on the Selling Shareholder's behalf or on Numis' or Peel Hunt's behalf, in connection with the Selling Shareholder or the Placing, and nothing in this announcement is or shall be relied upon as a promise or representation in this respect, whether as to the past or the future. Each of Numis and Peel Hunt accordingly disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by law all and any responsibility and liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which it might otherwise have in respect of this announcement and any such statement.

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