Successful closing of Dufry’s rights issue sees Advent become a minority investor
LONDON, October 22, 2020 – Dufry AG (SIX: DUFN) (“Dufry”) announces that it has successfully concluded the rights offering. The offer price of the new shares was set at CHF 33.22 per share, corresponding to the volume weighted average price of the existing shares as of market close on October 19, 2020, in line with the pricing mechanism publicly communicated on October 6, 2020. All 24,696,516 offered shares were sold in the offering, resulting in expected gross proceeds of CHF 820 million.
Before the launch of the offering, Dufry had secured equity investment commitments to purchase new shares not taken up by existing shareholders from funds managed by Advent International Corporation or its affiliates (“Advent International”) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group (the “Commitment Shares”). As the number of Commitment Shares exceeds the number of offered shares which were not subscribed for by existing shareholders, the offer price was set in line with the terms of the offering at the price at which the Commitment Investors placed binding orders in the international offering, being CHF 33.22 per new share. No new shares will be sold to the market in the international offering.
10,612,024 new shares were subscribed by existing shareholders as part of the rights offering, 9,178,033 new shares have been allocated to Advent International and 4,906,459 new shares have been allocated to Alibaba Group, corresponding to the maximum possible total of 24,696,516 new shares sold in the offering.
Immediately following the closing of the offering, Advent International will own a stake of 11.4% in Dufry and Alibaba Group of 6.1%. Advent International and Alibaba Group have agreed to a lock-up period of six months following the first day of trading of the new shares.
The new shares are expected to be listed and eligible for trading on SIX Swiss Exchange as of October 22, 2020. The settlement and delivery of the new shares against payment of the subscription price is expected to occur on October 22, 2020.
Based on the offer price of CHF 33.22 per new share, Dufry expects gross proceeds of CHF 820 million. After the capital increase, the share capital of Dufry increases by CHF 123,482,580 from CHF 277,835,830 to CHF 401,318,410, divided into 80,263,682 registered shares with a nominal value of CHF 5.00 each.
Concurrently with the rights offering, Dufry and Alibaba Group have agreed a term sheet under which Alibaba Group shall invest CHF 69.5 million in Dufry via mandatory convertible notes. For this purpose, Dufry shall issue 3-year mandatory convertible notes with a 4.1% coupon per annum to Alibaba Group, convertible into approximately 2.1 million ordinary shares of Dufry at CHF 33.22 per Dufry share.
Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Dufry Senior Convertible Bonds due 2023, as a result of the Rights Offering, as described in the Offering Circular dated October 6, 2020, in accordance with condition 6.1(c), it is determined that no adjustment to the conversion price shall be made.
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