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SDCL Energy Effcncy. (SEIT)

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Friday 17 September, 2021

SDCL Energy Effcncy.

Result of Issue

RNS Number : 0795M
SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Tst
17 September 2021
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, TO US PERSONS OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND OR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR INTO ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO MIGHT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OR BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO CONTAIN INSIDE INFORMATION.

 

17 September 2021  

 

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc

(the "Company")

 

Result of Open Offer, Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer

 

The Board of Directors (the "Board") of SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc (the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Open Offer, Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer (the "Initial Issue") has received a strong level of support from both institutional and retail investors.

 

Taking into account the Company's acquisition pipeline, the Board, after consultation with the Investment Manager and the bookrunner, Jefferies International Limited, has determined to increase the target size of the Initial Issue from gross proceeds of £175 million to £250 million. Accordingly, the Initial Issue will result in the issue of 226,244,343 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the "Ordinary Shares") at the Issue Price of 110.5 pence per share. The Investment Manager remains confident in its ability to efficiently apply the gross proceeds to its broad pipeline of investment opportunities in a timely manner.

 

Notwithstanding the increased issue size, total applications still significantly exceeded the gross proceeds accepted and therefore a scaling back exercise has taken place. All valid applications received in respect of Qualifying Shareholders' Open Offer Entitlements under the Open Offer will be met in full, whilst applications under the Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer have been scaled back.

 

The Issue of Ordinary Shares will be split as follows:

· 79,274,806 Ordinary Shares under the Open Offer (including the Excess Application Facility);

· 134,712,840 Ordinary Shares under the Placing;

· 6,185,472 Ordinary Shares under the Offer for Subscription; and

· 6,071,225  Ordinary Shares under the Intermediaries Offer.

 

The Open Offer, Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer remain conditional, inter alia, upon:

· the Placing Agreement having become unconditional in all respects, save for the condition relating to Admission, and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms before Admission occurs; and ;

· Admission having become effective by not later than 8.00 a.m. on 21 September 2021 (or such later date as the Company and the Sponsor may agree, being not later than 8.00 a.m. on 22 September 2021) .

 

The Company will announce the results of the General Meeting as soon as practicable after the meeting concludes. The new Ordinary Shares, when issued, will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of Admission.

 

Tony Roper, Chairman of SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc commented:

 

"We are extremely grateful to all existing and new shareholders for the strong support they have shown. This is our largest placing to date and our first to include an intermediaries offer. The issue was once again significantly over-subscribed, reflecting the strength of opportunity in the energy efficiency sector and the confidence of our shareholders in our ability to deliver. Given the depth and quality of our near-term investment pipeline, a significant portion of which is made up of organic investment opportunities which are either committed, have a right of first refusal, or are in exclusivity, the Board has chosen to increase the target capital raise to £250 million, from £175 million.

The Investment Manager has identified a broad pipeline of exciting opportunities for investment, and we are confident that the proceeds of this raise will be invested in a timely and efficient manner into existing assets and new investments that further diversify and complement the Company's portfolio.

This is a critical time for the energy efficiency sector, with the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis, in which it will play a key role by providing new opportunities to invest in cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy."

 

Admission of Ordinary Shares and Total Voting Rights

 

Applications have been made for 226,244,343 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to the Premium Listing segment of the Official List of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market for listed securities ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will take effect, and dealings in the Placing Shares will commence, at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 21 September 2021.

 

The new Ordinary Shares will be issued in registered form and may be held in uncertificated form. The new Ordinary Shares allocated will be issued to Placees through the CREST system unless otherwise stated. The new Ordinary Shares will be eligible for settlement through CREST with effect from Admission. The new Ordinary Shares, when issued, will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of Admission.

 

Immediately following Admission, the Company will have 903,331,478 ordinary shares in issue and therefore the total voting rights in the Company will be 903,331,478. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they may determine whether or not they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of article 7 of the UK version of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (withdrawal) Act 2018. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Unless otherwise defined, capitalised terms used in this announcement shall have the same meaning as set out in the Prospectus published on 2 September 2021.

 

 

Dealing Codes

 

Ticker

SEIT

ISIN of the Ordinary Shares

GB00BGHVZM47

SEDOL of the Ordinary Shares

BGHVZM4

ISIN of the Open Offer Entitlements

GB00BMW3XZ61

SEDOL of the Open Offer Entitlements

BMW3XZ6

ISIN of the Excess Open Offer Entitlements

GB00BMW3Y088

SEDOL of the Excess Open Offer Entitlements

BMW3Y08

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)

213800ZPSC7XUVD3NL94

 

For Further Information

 

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

Jonathan Maxwell

Purvi Sapre

Eugene Kinghorn

Keith Driver

 

T: +44 (0) 20 7287 7700

 

Jefferies International Limited

Tom Yeadon

Gaudi Le Roux

Harry Spooner

 

T: +44 (0) 20 7029 8000

 

TB Cardew

Ed Orlebar

Joe McGregor

T: +44 (0) 20 7930 0777

M: +44 (0) 7738 724 630

E: [email protected]

 

Important Information

 

This announcement is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy the Shares in the Company in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of South Africa, Japan, or in any other jurisdiction where such offer or sale would be unlawful.

 

This communication is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America. This communication is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.

 

The Company has not been and will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "Investment Company Act") and, as such, holders of the Shares will not be entitled to the benefits of the Investment Company Act.  No offer, sale, resale, pledge, delivery, distribution or transfer of the Shares may be made except under circumstances that will not result in the Company being required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. 

 

This communication is only addressed to, and directed at, persons in member states of the European Economic Area who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation ("Qualified Investors").  For the purposes of this provision, the expression "Prospectus Regulation" means Regulation (EU) 2017/1129. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to and will only be engaged in with such persons. This communication must not be acted on or relied on in any member state of the European Economic Area who are not Qualified Investors.

 

The merits or suitability of any securities must be independently determined by the recipient on the basis of its own investigation and evaluation of the Company. Any such determination should involve, among other things, an assessment of the legal, tax, accounting, regulatory, financial, credit and other related aspects of the securities.

 

This announcement may not be used in making any investment decision.  This announcement does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision and investors should ensure that they obtain all available relevant information before making any investment.  This announcement does not constitute and may not be construed as an offer to sell, or an invitation to purchase or otherwise acquire, investments of any description, nor as a recommendation regarding the possible offering or the provision of investment advice by any party. No information in this announcement should be construed as providing financial, investment or other professional advice and each prospective investor should consult its own legal, business, tax and other advisers in evaluating the investment opportunity. No reliance may be placed for any purposes whatsoever on this announcement or its completeness.

 

Nothing in this announcement constitutes investment advice and any recommendations that may be contained herein have not been based upon a consideration of the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any specific recipient.

 

The information and opinions contained in this announcement are provided as at the date of the document and are subject to change and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein and no responsibility, obligation or liability or duty (whether direct or indirect, in contract, tort or otherwise) is or will be accepted by the Company, SDCL, Jefferies or any of their affiliates or by any of their respective officers, employees or agents in relation to it. No reliance may be placed for any purpose whatsoever on the information or opinions contained in this announcement or on its completeness, accuracy or fairness. The document has not been approved by any competent regulatory or supervisory authority.

 

The Company has a limited trading history. Potential investors should be aware that any investment in the Company is speculative, involves a high degree of risk, and could result in the loss of all or substantially all of their investment. Results can be positively or negatively affected by market conditions beyond the control of the Company or any other person. The returns set out in this announcement are targets only. There is no guarantee that any returns set out in this announcement can be achieved or can be continued if achieved, nor that the Company will make any distributions whatsoever. There may be other additional risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause the returns generated by the Company to be materially lower than the returns set out in this announcement. Past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance.

 

The information in this announcement may include forward-looking statements, which are based on the current expectations and projections about future events and in certain cases can be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "anticipate", "project", "estimate", "intend", "continue", "target", "believe" (or the negatives thereon) or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements, as well as those included in any related materials, are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company, including, among other things, the development of its business, trends in its operating industry, and future capital expenditures and acquisitions. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events in the forward-looking statements may not occur. 

 

Each of the Company, SDCL, Jefferies and their affiliates and their respective officers, employees and agents expressly disclaim any and all liability which may be based on this announcement and any errors therein or omissions therefrom.

 

No representation or warranty is given to the achievement or reasonableness of future projections, management targets, estimates, prospects or returns, if any.  Any views contained herein are based on financial, economic, market and other conditions prevailing as at the date of this announcement.  The information contained in this announcement will not be updated.

 

This announcement does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, any offer or invitation or inducement for sale, transfer or subscription of, or any solicitation of any offer or invitation to buy or subscribe for or to underwrite, any share in the Company or to engage in investment activity (as defined by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) in any jurisdiction nor shall it, or any part of it, or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or investment decision whatsoever, in any jurisdiction. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation regarding any securities.

 

Prospective investors should take note that the Company's Shares may not be acquired by: (i) investors using assets of: (A) an "employee benefit plan" as defined in Section 3(3) of US Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended ("ERISA") that is subject to Title I of ERISA; (B) a "plan" as defined in Section 4975 of the US Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "US Tax Code"), including an individual retirement account or other arrangement that is subject to Section 4975 of the US Tax Code; or (C) an entity which is deemed to hold the assets of any of the foregoing types of plans, accounts or arrangements that is subject to Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the US Tax Code; or (ii) a governmental, church, non-US or other employee benefit plan that is subject to any federal, state, local or non-US law that is substantially similar to the provisions of Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the US Tax Code.

 

Jefferies is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority. Jefferies is acting for the Company and no one else in connection with the Initial Issue and the Share Issuance Programme, and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Jefferies or for affording advice in relation to any transaction or arrangement referred to in this announcement. This announcement does not constitute any form of financial opinion or recommendation on the part of Jefferies or any of its affiliates and is not intended to be an offer, or the solicitation of any offer, to buy or sell any securities. Regulated services with respect to EU27 countries and EU27 investors shall be undertaken by such of Jefferies International Limited's affiliates as Jefferies acting in good faith thinks fit and references to Jefferies International Limited shall be read as references to such affiliate(s).

 

In accordance with the UK version of the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 which forms part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended from time to time), the Key Information Document relating to the Company's ordinary shares is available to investors at www.seeitplc.com.

 

Information to Distributors

 

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: the FCA's PROD3 Rules on product governance within the FCA Handbook (the "FCA PROD3 Rules"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the FCA PROD3 Rules) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Ordinary Shares the subject of the Initial Issue or the Share Issuance Programme (or any class of C Shares the subject of a Subsequent Placing) have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Ordinary Shares or any class of C Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in FCA Glossary; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by PROD3 (the "Target Market Assessment").

 

Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the Ordinary Shares or any class of C Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Ordinary Shares or any class of C Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Ordinary Shares or any class of C Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Initial Issue or any Subsequent Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Jefferies will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of the FCA PROD3 Rules; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Ordinary Shares or any class of C Shares.

 

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Ordinary Shares or any class of C Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

 

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