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Success of Vallourec's c.€480 million rights issue
Total demand of approximately €766 million; subscription rate of 160%
This rights issue, combined with the issue of reserved mandatory convertible bonds for c. €514 million will allow Vallourec to complete the announced raise of c. €1 billion in new equity
Boulogne-Billancourt (France), 29 April 2016 - Vallourec (the "Company"), world leader in premium tubular solutions, announces today the success of its capital increase via the offering of preferential subscription rights to existing shareholders launched on 8 April 2016 (the "Rights Issue").
The final gross proceeds amount to €479,794,288.48, corresponding to the issuance of 217,101,488 new shares.
Total demand for this capital increase amounted to approximately €766m, corresponding to a subscription rate of approximately 160%. 209,977,360 new shares were subscribed on an irreducible basis ( à titre irréductible ), representing approximately 96.7% of the total number of new shares. The subscriptions subject to reduction (à titre réductible) amounted to 136,451,465 new shares. The subscriptions subject to reduction will therefore be satisfied only in part, i.e. for 7,124,128 new shares (representing 3.3% of the new shares to be issued) which will be allocated among the subscribers on a reducible basis (à titre réductible) according to a ratio equal to 0.14316291595 calculated on the number of rights presented to subscribe on an irreducible basis (à titre irréductible) , disregarding fractions and without any allocation that may be higher than the number of shares requested on a reducible basis (à titre réductible) .
This allotment has been made as follows:
|Number of rights||Number of new shares allocated (rounding)|
|From 15 to 20||2|
|From 35 to 40||5|
and so on by application of a ratio equal to 0.14316291595 to the number of rights presented.
The Rights Issue, combined with the issuance of reserved mandatory convertible bonds (composed of two tranches, Tranche A bonds and Tranche B bonds, together, the "Bonds"), for c. €514 million subscribed by Bpifrance Participations SA ("Bpifrance") and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation ("NSSMC") will allow Vallourec to raise c. €1 billion in equity.
The combined c. €1 billion proceeds of the Rights Issue and the Bonds issuance will be used to implement the strategic initiatives announced on 1 February 2016, specifically:
Commenting on the success of the transaction, Philippe Crouzet, Chairman of Vallourec's Management Board, said: "The success of this capital increase reflects the confidence our investors and strategic partners have for the prospects of our group. Taking strength from this confidence and thanks to its solid financial structure, Vallourec is well armed to continue implementing its transformation plan, improve its competitiveness and sustainably develop its position as a world leader in premium tubular solutions in the coming years."
Following the Rights issue, Vallourec's issued share capital will consist of 352,789,920 shares, and once the Bonds have been converted into shares, the total Vallourec capital will consist of 444,638,049 shares with a nominal value of €2 each.
Settlement, delivery and start of trading on Euronext Paris (Segment A) of the new shares resulting from the Rights Issue are expected to take place on 3 May 2016. The new shares, which will carry dividend rights and will entitle their holders to any dividends declared by the Company from the date of issue, will be fully fungible with Vallourec's existing shares and will be traded under the same ISIN code as Vallourec's existing shares (ISIN Code FR0000120354).
Settlement and delivery of the Bonds will also take place on 3 May 2016.
Pursuant to their respective commitments, Bpifrance, and NSSMC exercised all of their preferential subscription rights on an irreducible basis ( à titre irréductible ) and subscribed for a combined amount of approximately €56 million in the Rights Issue. In addition, Bpifrance subscribed to approximately €128 million of Tranche A bonds and approximately €41 million of Tranche B bonds; NSSMC subscribed to approximately €260 million of Tranche A bonds and approximately €84 million of Tranche B bonds, subject to the completion of the Rights Issue.
Following the completion of the Rights Issue and the full conversion of Bonds, Bpifrance and NSSMC will each hold 15% of Vallourec's share capital on a diluted basis. The conversion of the Bonds into ordinary shares will be mandatory upon the earlier of the approval by the Brazilian competition authority and the maturity date of the Bonds (the earlier of 24 months after their issuance date, i.e. on 31 May 2018 according to the indicative timetable, and 8 business days prior to the shareholders' meeting convened to approve Vallourec's financial statements for the 2017 fiscal year).
The remaining part of the Rights Issue not covered by Bpifrance and NSSMC subscription commitments, i.e. approximately €423 million, is underwritten by a syndicate of banks led by Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Natixis and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking acting as Joint Global Coordinators, Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners, and Nomura acting as Joint Lead Manager and Joint Bookrunner. Rothschild & Cie acted as financial advisor to Vallourec.
Vallourec agreed to a lock up of 180 calendar days after the settlement and delivery of the Rights Issue, subject to certain conditions. Bpifrance and NSSMC each agreed to a lock-up of 12 months, respectively after the general shareholder meeting that took place on April 6, 2016 and after the conversion of the Mandatory Convertible Bonds, subject to certain conditions.
Information available to the public
A French language prospectus including the reference document ( document de référence ) of Vallourec filed with the French Market Authority ( Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF")) on 16 March 2016 under no. D.16-0141 and a securities notes ( note d'opération ) (which includes the summary of the prospectus) filed with the AMF, which received visa no. 16-126 dated 7 April 2016 is available free of charge from the Company (27, avenue du Général Leclerc, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt) as well as on the websites of the AMF (www.amf-france.org) and the Company ( www.vallourec.com ).
Vallourec draws the public's attention to the risk factors included in pages 121 to 138 of the reference document, and in chapter 2 of the securities note ( note d'opération ).
This press release and the information contained herein do not constitute either an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, securities of Vallourec.
No communication or information relating to the contemplated rights issue may be distributed to the public in any jurisdiction in which registration or approval is required. No action has been (or will be) undertaken in any jurisdiction outside of France where such steps would be required. The subscription for or purchase of securities of Vallourec may be subject to legal or statutory restrictions in certain jurisdictions. Vallourec assumes no responsibility for any violation of such restrictions by any person. The distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law.
This press release does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC as amended (the "Prospectus Directive").
With respect to each member State of the European Economic Area other than France (the "Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of securities requiring a publication of a prospectus in any Member State. As a result, the securities of Vallourec may only be offered in the Member States (i) to qualified investors, as defined by the Prospectus Directive; or (ii) in any other circumstances, not requiring Vallourec to publish a prospectus as provided under Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive.
For the purposes of this paragraph, "securities offered to the public" in a given Member State means any communication, in any form and by any means, of sufficient information about the terms and conditions of the offer and the securities so as to enable an investor to decide to buy or subscribe for the securities, as the same may be varied in that Member State.
This selling restriction applies in addition to any other selling restrictions which may be applicable in the Member States.
The distribution of this press release is directed only at (i) persons outside the United Kingdom, subject to applicable laws, or (ii) persons having 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 (iii) high net worth bodies corporate, unincorporated associations and partnerships and trustees of high value trusts as described in Article 49(2) (a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). The rights issue is only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such rights will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on, this press release or any information contained herein.
This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation to sell or purchase, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for, any securities of Vallourec in the United States of America. Securities may not be offered, subscribed or sold in the United States of America absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements thereof. The securities of Vallourec have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act and Vallourec does not intend to make a public offer of its securities in the United States of America.
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The contents of this announcement have not been verified by Banco Santander (which is authorised in Spain by the Bank of Spain and regulated in Spain by the CNMV (Spanish Securities Market Commission) and the Bank of Spain), BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs International (which is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority), J.P. Morgan (which is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority), Natixis, Nomura (which is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority) and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (together the "Banks")
The Banks are each acting exclusively for Vallourec and for no-one else in connection with any transaction mentioned in this announcement and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this announcement) as a client in relation to any such transaction and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advising any such person on the contents of this announcement or in connection with any transaction referred to in this announcement.
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Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions for the energy markets and for demanding industrial applications such as oil & gas wells in harsh environments, new generation power plants, challenging architectural projects, and high-performance mechanical equipment. Vallourec's pioneering spirit and cutting-edge R&D open new technological frontiers. Operating in more than 20 countries, its 20,000 dedicated and passionate people work hand-in-hand with their customers to offer more than just tubes: they deliver innovative, safe, competitive and smart tubular solutions, to make every project possible.
Listed on Euronext in Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120354, Ticker VK) and eligible for the Deferred Settlement System (SRD), Vallourec is included in the following indices: SBF 120 and Next 150.
In the United States, Vallourec has established a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program (ISIN code: US92023R2094, Ticker: VLOWY). Parity between ADR and a Vallourec ordinary share has been set at 5:1.
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