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Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Seraphim Space I.T.

Publication of a Prospectus

RNS Number : 7067C
Seraphim Space Investment Trust PLC
22 June 2021
 

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This announcement is an advertisement and does not constitute a prospectus and investors must subscribe for or purchase any shares referred to in this announcement only on the basis of information contained in the prospectus published by Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc (the "Prospectus") and not in reliance on this announcement. A copy of the Prospectus will, subject to certain access restrictions, be available for inspection on the Company's website: http://www.seraphim.vc/investors and at the registered office of the Company. This announcement does not constitute, and may not be construed as, an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase, investments of any description, or a recommendation regarding the issue or the provision of investment advice by any party. 

 

22 June 2021

SERAPHIM SPACE INVESTMENT TRUST PLC
("The Company")

Publication of Prospectus

 

Further to its Intention to Float announcement published on 11 June 2021, Seraphim Space Investment Trust PLC (the "Company"), a newly established closed-ended investment company which will invest in a diversified international portfolio of   early and growth stage Space Tech businesses, is pleased to announce the publication of its Prospectus in connection with the initial public offering ("IPO") of the Company's Ordinary Shares (the "Ordinary Shares") and proposed admission of its Ordinary Shares to the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to begin trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange ("Admission").

The Company is targeting gross proceeds of up to £180 million through the issue of up to 180 million Ordinary Shares by way of the Initial Placing, the Offer for Subscription, Direct Subscriptions and the Intermediaries Offer at 100 pence per Ordinary Share. This is expected to comprise:

· An issue of up to 150 million Ordinary Shares by way of the Initial Placing, the Offer for Subscription, Direct Subscriptions (other than any Direct Subscription in connection with the Company's acquisition of the Initial Portfolio) and the Intermediaries Offer; and

· An issue of up to 30 million Ordinary Shares to be subscribed by way of Direct Subscriptions in connection with the Company's acquisition of the Initial Portfolio.

As previously announced, the Company will subsequently also acquire stakes in four Space Tech businesses (the "Retained Assets") upon the completion or termination of currently pending corporate activity in relation to those assets. Assuming the successful completion of these transactions currently underway, the Company's investment manager, Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP (the "Manager" or "Seraphim"), estimates approximately £70 million of value relating to the Retained Assets could be acquired by the Company [1] . This would:

· Bring the total potential value of the seed assets to be acquired to approximately £100 million; and

· Imply total targeted gross proceeds pursuant to the Initial Issue and the acquisition of the Retained Assets of approximately £250 million.

Mark Boggett, CEO of Seraphim, will be hosting webinars for institutional and retail investors in which he will discuss the opportunities within the space sector for the Company. Details on how to join, including further details of the Initial Issue and the Prospectus, are available on the Seraphim website: http://www.seraphim.vc /investors.  

UK retail investors can also participate in the Initial Issue via the Intermediaries Offer via the same website: http://www.seraphim.vc /investors . The Intermediaries Retail Offer will close on 9 July 2021 at the latest, but may close earlier.

 

Expected timetable of principal events

 

 

Initial Issue opens

 

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Latest time and date for receipt of completed Offer for Subscription Application Forms and payment in full under the Offer for Subscription

 

11:00 a.m. on Friday 9 July 2021

Latest time and date for receipt of completed applications from the Intermediaries in respect of the Intermediaries Offer

 

3:00 p.m. on Friday 9 July 2021

Latest time and date for commitments under the Initial Placing

 

5:00 p.m. on Friday 9 July 2021

Announcement of results of Initial Issue

 

Monday 12 July 2021

Initial Admission and dealings in Ordinary Shares commence

 

8:00 a.m. on Wednesday 14 July 2021

CREST accounts credited with uncertificated Ordinary Shares in respect of the Initial Issue

 

As soon as possible on Wednesday 14 July 2021

Where applicable, definitive share certificates in respect of the Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the Initial Issue despatched by post in the week commencing

 

Monday 19 July 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

 

A copy of the Prospectus will also be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism  

Terms not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Prospectus.

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch ("Deutsche Bank") and J.P. Morgan Cazenove are acting as Joint Bookrunners to the Company.  Deutsche Bank is engaged as Sole Sponsor to the Company.

 



 

 

Key information:

· Seraphim Space Investment Trust PLC is a newly established closed-ended investment company managed by Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP as its alternative investment fund manager. The Initial Issue is being made in order to raise funds for the Company to invest in order to gain exposure to an international portfolio of investments in Space Tech businesses, including through the acquisition of the Initial Portfolio and the Retained Assets.

· The Company's investment objective is to generate capital growth over the long term through investment in a diversified international portfolio of Space Tech businesses. "Space Tech businesses" means businesses which rely on space-based connectivity or precision, navigation and timing signals or whose technology or services are already addressing, originally derived from, or of potential benefit to the space sector.

· The Company has in place binding agreements to purchase the seed assets from the Seraphim Space Fund.

· The Company will, pursuant to a sale and purchase agreement and conditional on a successful IPO, acquire 15 assets (the " Initial Portfolio " ) from the Seraphim Space Fund. The Company will, by virtue of the acquisition of the Initial Portfolio, have a portfolio which had an aggregate valuation of approximately £30 million as at 31 May 2021.

· Following the sale of the Initial Portfolio, the Seraphim Space Fund will still hold investments in four Space Tech businesses, being ArQit, Iceye, D-Orbit and Spire (the " Retained Assets "). These companies are currently subject to corporate activity which may have a material impact on the value of these investments. Pending the completion of the relevant corporate activity or on confirmation that the corporate activity is no longer expected to conclude in the near term, the Company will acquire all or a proportion of the Retained Assets from the Seraphim Space Fund in one or more transactions on or before 31 December 2021.  Assuming the successful completion of these transactions currently underway, Seraphim estimates approximately £70 million of value relating to the Retained Assets could be acquired by the Company, bringing the total potential value of the seed assets to be acquired to approximately £100 million. [2]

 

Investment highlights:

· Seraphim is the world's #1 Space Tech investor : Since launching the world's first 'New Space' technology venture fund in 2016 (the Seraphim Space Fund), Seraphim has established itself as the 'go to' VC for Space Tech entrepreneurs. Across Seraphim's space investment initiatives, the firm has developed a portfolio of over 50 international space-related companies - becoming the most prolific specialist Space Tech investment group globally.

· Space sector undergoing transformational growth : The economics of space have changed with the costs of building and launching a satellite having fallen by a factor of more than 100x since 2010. This paradigm shift is leading to the space sector being central to some of the megatrends that will reshape our world, helping to address some of the world's most pressing problems and in the process helping to unlock US$ trillions of value.

· Deal flow: Seraphim already routinely receives a significant proportion of the global deal flow in the space sector. This provides the Manager with a high degree of information asymmetry over each sub-category within the domain. Seraphim enjoys a global profile as a leading investor in the sector, which is being continually developed by publishing proprietary research, regular commentary in global press and publications and consistently speaking as a keynote or on panels at industry events around the world. Seraphim has a proven history of originating off-market investment opportunities.

· Proprietary feeder activities: The Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator ("Seraphim Space Camp") an entity associated to the Manager, delivers access to a broad array of Space Tech businesses which could in time become investment candidates for the Company, and provides the Manager with a two-year limited option to invest in each company participating in its accelerator programme. Seraphim Space Camp also operates the Amazon Web Services Space Accelerator on behalf of Amazon.

· Track record: Seraphim has demonstrated its ability to invest early into some of the most notable emerging Space Tech companies, three of which have announced their plans to go public via SPAC-merger transactions, and with the Seraphim Space Fund currently demonstrating an IRR of 31 per cent. 

· Seeded portfolio: The Initial Portfolio and the Retained Assets in aggregate comprise a diverse group of 19 international companies including a range of businesses now considered to be category leaders. Seraphim has a deep understanding of these businesses and has conviction to deploy significant additional capital to support proven teams to address their global vision.

 

The Opportunity

The Manager believes that Space Tech is highly attractive to investors for several reasons:

· Impact : Space has a unique role in helping to address the world's most pressing problems. Space will be an enabler for connectivity and autonomous mobility whilst addressing the crisis faced in climate, sustainability and population growth.

· Long-term growth : Space is at the nexus of a number of long-term megatrends including autonomous transport, smart cities, climate sustainability, Internet of Things, 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence.

· The economics of space have changed: Technological advances are overturning traditional models for operating in space, as low-cost access to space becomes a reality with innovations such as reusable rockets. As noted above, the cost of building and launching a satellite has fallen by a factor of more than 100x since 2010.

· Timing is now: Today there are approximately 3,700 satellites in orbit - over the next decade over 100,000 satellites are planned. This will create a new digital infrastructure in space that will deliver capabilities that will define societal change over the forthcoming decade.

· First mover advantage : The space industry has steep learning curves and being first to market could confer an advantage by providing a 'head start'. Being first to develop, patent-protect and commercialise new technologies can enable first movers to achieve scale the quickest thereby creating significant competitive moats.

 

Why invest now?

· Space is a US$366 billion industry. The Space Tech market is now at a key inflection point. Since Sputnik first reached orbit in 1957 to mark the dawn of the Space Age, a total of approximately 11,000 satellites have been launched of which more than 2,000 have been launched in the last handful of years by just four privately financed Space Tech companies - SpaceX, OneWeb, Planet Labs and Spire. These four companies by themselves plan to launch around a further 50,000 satellites and have collectively raised multiple US$ billions in venture capital funding to enable them to do this.

· Factoring in the more than 200 other companies - that include the likes of Amazon - also seeking to develop their own constellations of miniaturised satellites, means that, to date, plans to launch in excess of 100,000 satellites have been announced. It is likely that in the next few years more new satellites will be launched than in the entire history of the Space Age combined.

· The sector is now at a critical inflection point. With record levels of investment, it is likely that in the next few years the category leaders in each part of the Space Tech market will become established, enabling them to potentially dominate some very large market opportunities for years to come.

 

 

Will Whitehorn, Chair Designate of Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc, commented:

 

"There is nothing short of an industrial revolution underway in the space sector. We see it every day; the exponential growth in the number of satellite launches and in the number of activities capable of being undertaken in space. Many of these activities are going to be crucial to managing our burgeoning population growth and achieving net zero emissions. These are very exciting times for the sector, with the UK further strengthening its position as a global leader in the fast-growing Space Tech market.

Space Tech is forecast to be a multi-decade, trillion-dollar investment market that has not previously been available through listed opportunities. We are excited to offer investors access to a diversified portfolio of some of the sector's highest growth-potential companies.

Mark and his team of trailblazers at Seraphim have unrivalled expertise and an excellent track record of selecting investments with the potential to become the 'unicorns' of tomorrow. They have already broken boundaries by launching the world's first fund for private investors focused on the emerging 'New Space' market. They are now doing the same for public market investors with the launch of the world's first listed space investment trust."

 

 

Mark Boggett, CEO of Seraphim said:

 

"Satellites are already the bedrock of the global economy, powering everything from the location-based smartphone apps like Google Maps and Uber that we all rely upon, through to telecoms and transportation networks, agriculture, finance and even internet itself.

The importance of the space sector to all our futures has never been greater. Satellites have a critical role to play in addressing some of the biggest challenges of our times. The data captured by satellites can help us monitor and mitigate the effects of climate change and drive a more sustainable future. Likewise, it is the connectivity delivered from space that will enable the three billion people still without internet access to get online.

With the paradigm shift in the economics of space meaning it can now cost as little as $100,000 to build and launch a shoe-box sized satellite, the space sector is undergoing rapid growth. As new constellations of thousands of satellites start to come online, a new digital infrastructure
in the sky is being developed, a platform from space to catalyse some of the mega trends that will change our world, in the process creating many billion dollar companies. Our mission is to engage at an early stage with the sector's most fearless entrepreneurs and support them in their quest to push back the boundaries of what is possible, helping transform our world for the better whilst capitalising on a trillion-dollar investment opportunity."

 

Media Enquiries

 

Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP (Via SEC Newgate)

Mark Boggett, CEO

James Bruegger, CIO

 

SEC Newgate (Communications advisers)

Emma Kane / Bob Huxford / Clotilde Gros

[email protected]  

+44 20 3757 6767

 

Deutsche Bank (Sole Sponsor and Joint Bookrunner)

Gavin Deane / Mark Hankinson / Neil Collingridge / Neil Coleman

+44 20 754 58000

 

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Bookrunner)

William Simmonds / Jérémie Birnbaum / Rupert Budge (Corporate Finance)

James Bouverat / Liam MacDonald-Raggett (Sales)

+44 20 7742 4000

 

Solid Solutions Associates (Intermediaries Offer Adviser)

Nigel Morris

[email protected]  

+44 7850 825701

 

Disclaimer 

This is a financial promotion and is not intended to be investment advice. The content of this announcement, which has been prepared by and is the sole responsibility of the Company, has been approved by Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP solely for the purposes of section 21(2)(b) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended).

This announcement is an advertisement and does not constitute a prospectus and investors must subscribe for or purchase any shares referred to in this announcement only on the basis of information contained in the Prospectus published by the Company (and in any supplementary prospectus) and not in reliance on this announcement. This announcement does not constitute, and may not be construed as, an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase investments of any description or a recommendation regarding the issue or the provision of investment advice by any party. No information set out in this announcement is intended to form the basis of any contract of sale, investment decision or any decision to purchase shares in the Company. 

The information 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. The material contained in this announcement is given as at the date of its publication (unless otherwise marked) and is subject to updating, revision and amendment. In particular, any proposals referred to herein are subject to revision and amendment. 

Deutsche Bank AG is a joint stock corporation incorporated with limited liability in the Federal Republic of Germany, with its head office in Frankfurt am Main where it is registered in the Commercial Register of the District Court under number HRB 30 000. Deutsche Bank AG is authorised under German banking law. The London branch of Deutsche Bank AG ("Deutsche Bank") is registered in the register of companies for England and Wales (registration number BR000005) with its registered address and principal place of business at Winchester House, 1 Great Winchester Street, London EC2N 2DB. Deutsche Bank AG is authorised and regulated by the European Central Bank and the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).  With respect to activities undertaken in the UK, Deutsche Bank AG is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the "PRA") with deemed variation of permission. It is subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and limited regulation by the PRA. Details about the Temporary Permissions Regime, which allows EEA-based firms to operate in the UK for a limited period while seeking full authorisation, are available on the FCA's website.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its UK investment banking activities as J.P. Morgan Cazenove) ("JPMC"), is authorised by the PRA and regulated in the United Kingdom by the PRA and the FCA

Each of Deutsche Bank and JPMC is acting for the Company and no other person in connection with the matters described in this announcement.  Deutsche Bank and JPMC will not be responsible to any person other than the Company for providing any of the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank or JPMC, nor for providing any advice in relation to any matter referred to in this announcement. 

The shares of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (as amended) (the "Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. Persons absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Moreover, the shares of the Company have not been, nor will they be, registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or any member state of the EEA. Further, the Company is not, and will not be, registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Company will be offered and sold outside of the United States to non-U.S. Persons in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by Regulation S thereunder. Subject to certain exceptions, the shares of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or any member state of the EEA or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of, the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or any member state of the EEA. The Initial Issue and any subsequent issue under the Company's share issuance programme ("Share Issuance Programme"), and the distribution of this announcement, in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and accordingly persons into whose possession this announcement is received are required to inform themselves about and to observe such restrictions. 

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The value of shares and the income from them is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise due to stock market and currency movements.  When you sell your investment you may get back less than you originally invested. Figures refer to past performance and past performance should not be considered a reliable indicator of future results. Returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

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Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and, accordingly, the Company's actual future financial results and operational performance may differ materially from the results and performance expressed in, or implied by, the statements. These factors include but are not limited to those described in the Prospectus. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Subject to their respective legal and regulatory obligations (including under the Prospectus Regulation Rules), the Company, the Manager, Deutsche Bank and JPMC expressly disclaim any obligations or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based unless required to do so by law or any appropriate regulatory authority, including FSMA, the Listing Rules, the Prospectus Regulation Rules, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the Prospectus Regulation and MAR. 

None of the Company, the Manager, Deutsche Bank or JPMC, or any of their respective affiliates, accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to this announcement, including the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Company or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of the announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. The Company, the Manager, Deutsche Bank and JPMC, and their respective affiliates, accordingly disclaim all and any liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. 

Information to Distributors 

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within (a) the UK's implementation of EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("UK MiFID II") and (b) the UK's implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing UK MiFID II, and in particular Chapter 3 of the Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook of the FCA (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and/or any equivalent requirements elsewhere to the extent determined to be applicable, and disclaiming all and any liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements and/or any equivalent requirements elsewhere to the extent determined to be applicable) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Ordinary Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such securities 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 UK MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by UK MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment").

Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors (such term to have the same meaning as in the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) should note that: the market price of the Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Ordinary Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Ordinary 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 and/or the Share Issuance Programme.  Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Deutsche Bank and JPMC will only procure investors (pursuant to the Initial Issue and the Share Issuance Programme) 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 UK MiFID II; 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.

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

UK PRIIPs Regulation

In accordance with the UK PRIIPs Regulation, a key information document in respect of the Ordinary Shares has been prepared by the AIFM and is available to investors at http://www.seraphim.vc/investors. If you are distributing the Ordinary Shares, it is your responsibility to ensure that the key information document is provided to any clients that are "retail clients".

 

 

 



[1] Based on current estimates and subject to variation ahead of the transactions being finalised.

[2] These valuations relate to potential value post the relevant corporate activity and on acquisition by the Company and are provided for illustrative purposes only and actual valuations may differ from those indicated.

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