Confirmation of successful fundraising, boohoo group plc, 2020-05-15
15 May 2020
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boohoo group plc
(“boohoo” or the “Group” or the “Company”)
Confirmation of successful fundraising of £197.7m million at 340p per share
boohoo (AIM: BOO), a leading online fashion group, is pleased to announce that, further to the announcement made on 14 May 2020 entitled “Proposed Accelerated Bookbuild to raise gross proceeds of up to approximately £200 million“, the Bookbuild has closed and the Group has raised gross proceeds of £197.7 million through the successful private placing of 58,140,591 Placing Shares, representing 5.0% of the company’s issued share capital, at a price of 340 pence per Placing Share.
Application has been made for the 58,140,591 Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM at 8.00 a.m. on 20 May 2020 (“Admission”). Once Admission occurs, the Placing will have successfully completed.
Zeus Capital and Jefferies acted as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners in connection with the Placing.
Total Voting Rights
Following Admission, the total number of Ordinary Shares and voting rights in the Company will be 1,226,644,188. The Company does not hold any shares in treasury.
The above figure may be used by Shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if 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 Rules and Transparency Guidance and the articles of association of the Company.
Unless expressly defined in this announcement, all capitalised terms used in this announcement have the meanings stated in the announcement made on 14 May 2020 entitled “Proposed Accelerated Bookbuild to raise gross proceeds of up to approximately £200 million“.
The Placing is a private placing involving a limited number of institutional and other investors. Accordingly, no prospectus will be issued by the Company within the meaning of the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 as amended, and the consent of the Jersey Registrar of Companies will not be sought or obtained, in connection with the Placing.
boohoo group plc
Neil Catto, Chief Financial Officer
Alistair Davies, Investor Relations
Clara Melia, Investor Relations
Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2050
Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2050
Tel: +44 (0)20 3289 5520
Zeus Capital – Nominated adviser, joint global coordinator and joint broker
Nick Cowles/Andrew Jones (Corporate Finance)
John Goold/Benjamin Robertson (Corporate Broking)
Tel: +44 (0)161 831 1512
Tel: +44 (0)20 3829 5000
Jefferies – Joint global coordinator and joint broker
Philip Noblet/Max Jones William Brown
Luca Erpici/Oliver Berwin
Tel: +44 (0)20 7029 8000
Buchanan – Financial PR adviser
Richard Oldworth/ Kim Looringh-van Beeck/Toto Berger
Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000
About boohoo group plc
“Leading the fashion e-commerce market”
Founded in Manchester in 2006, boohoo is an inclusive and innovative brand targeting young, value-orientated customers. For 14 years, boohoo has been pushing boundaries to bring its customers up-to-date and inspirational fashion, 24/7. boohoo has grown rapidly in the UK and internationally, expanding its offering with range extensions into menswear, through boohooMAN.
In early 2017, the Group extended its customer offering through the acquisitions of the vibrant fashion brand PrettyLittleThing, and free-thinking brand Nasty Gal. In March 2019, the Group acquired the MissPap brand and in August 2019, the Karen Millen and Coast brands, all complementary to the Group’s scalable multi-brand platform. United by a shared customer value proposition, our brands design, source, market and sell great quality clothes, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. These investment propositions have helped us grow from a single brand, into a major multi-brand online retailer, leading the fashion e-commerce market for 16 to 40 year olds with a global presence. As at 29 February 2020, the Group had just under 14 million active customers across all its brands around the world.
This announcement is for information purposes only and does not itself constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities in the Company and does not constitute investment advice.
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In particular, the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or under the securities laws or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and accordingly the Placing Shares may not be offered, sold, pledged or transferred, directly or indirectly, in, into or within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the securities laws of any relevant state or other jurisdiction of the United States. There is no intention to register any portion of the Placing in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States or elsewhere.
Zeus Capital is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA and is acting as nominated adviser and joint bookrunner to the Company in respect of the Placing. Jefferies is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA and is acting as joint bookrunner to the Company in respect of the Placing. Each of Zeus Capital and Jefferies is acting for the Company and for no-one else in connection with the Placing, and will not be treating any other person as its client in relation thereto, and will not be responsible for providing the regulatory protections afforded to its customers nor for providing advice in connection with the Placing or any other matters referred to herein and apart from the responsibilities and liabilities (if any) imposed on Zeus Capital or Jefferies, as the case may be, by FSMA, any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed. Any other person in receipt of this announcement should seek their own independent legal, investment and tax advice as they see fit.
This announcement contains statements about the Group that are or may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements”.
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