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Brown (N.) Group PLC - Publication of Prospectus

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Brown (N.) Group PLC
05 November 2020
 

 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, NEW ZEALAND OR ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

 

 

5 November 2020

 

N Brown Group plc
("N Brown" or the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Publication of Prospectus

 

Further to the announcement made by N Brown on 5 November 2020 relating to the Capital Raising, the Company announces that the combined prospectus, circular and AIM admission document in respect of the Capital Raising (the "Prospectus") was approved today by the Financial Conduct Authority and has been published on the Company's website at https://www.nbrown.co.uk/investors, subject to certain access restrictions.

 

The Prospectus, which contains the notice convening a closed General Meeting to be held at Griffin House, 40 Lever Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M60 6ES at 10:00 a.m. on 23 November 2020, will be posted to Qualifying Shareholders that have elected to receive hard copies of shareholder documentation on 5 November 2020.

 

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

 

The Prospectus is not, subject to certain exceptions, available (whether through the Company's website or otherwise) to shareholders in the United States or any other restricted jurisdiction.

 

Capitalised terms not otherwise defined in this announcement shall have the meaning set out in the Appendix to the announcement titled "Placing and Open Offer to raise c. £100 million" released by the Company earlier today.

 

 

For further information:

 

N Brown Group plc

 

Sian Scriven, Corporate Communications Manager

 

Joint Sponsor and Lead Financial Adviser to N Brown

 

Rothschild & Co

Andrew Thomas / Alistair Allen / Adam Young / Shannon Nicholls

 

Global Co-ordinator, Joint Sponsor, Joint Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker to N Brown

 

Jefferies

Philip Noblet / Lee Morton / Max Jones / Harry Le May

 

Proposed Nominated Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker to N Brown

 

Shore Capital

Dru Danford / Stephane Auton / Daniel Bush / John More

 

Financial PR Advisers

+44 (0) 7825 593 118

 

 

+44 (0) 161 827 3800

+44 (0) 20 7280 5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7029 8000

 

 

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7408 4090

 

 

MHP Communications

 

Andrew Jaques / Simon Hockridge / James Midmer

0203 128 8789

nbrown@mhpc.com

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

This announcement is not intended to, and does not constitute, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy, or an invitation to subscribe for or to purchase any securities, or an offer to acquire any securities, or the solicitation of any vote, in any jurisdiction.

This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by any of the Banks or by any of their respective affiliates or agents or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, members, agents, advisers, representatives or shareholders as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

Neither the content of the Company's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement. The Prospectus will give further details of the New Ordinary Shares being offered pursuant to the Capital Raising and will, following publication, be available on the Company's website. Investors should not acquire any New Ordinary Shares except on the basis of the information contained in the Prospectus. This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not purport to be complete. No reliance may be placed by any person for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. The information in this announcement is subject to change.

Each of the Banks is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA.  None of the Banks will regard any person (whether or not a recipient of this document) other than the Company as its customer in relation to the Capital Raising and none of them will be responsible for providing the protections afforded to its customers to any other person or for providing advice to any other person in relation to the Capital Raising.

The contents of this announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult his, her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.

The New Ordinary Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act, or under the securities laws of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, pledged, taken up, resold, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States. There will be no public offer of the New Ordinary Shares in the United States.

The Open Offer (subject to certain limited exceptions) is only being extended to Qualifying Shareholders, and as such the Capital Raising (subject to certain limited exceptions) is not being extended into the United States or any other Excluded Territory. This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, allot or issue, or any offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for, or any solicitation to purchase or subscribe for, or an offer to acquire, any securities of the Company in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or in any other jurisdiction where the extension or availability of the Capital Raising would result in a requirement to comply with any governmental or other consent or any registration filing or other formality which the Company regards as unduly onerous or otherwise breach any applicable law or regulation. This announcement and any other document relating to the Capital Raising may not be sent into, distributed or otherwise disseminated (including by custodians, nominees or trustees or others that may have a contractual or legal obligation to forward such documents) in the United States by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce (including, without limitation, email, facsimile transmission, the internet or other form of electronic transmission) or any facility of a national securities exchange of the United States.

Information for Distributors

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), 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) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the New Ordinary Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that they 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 MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the New Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the New Ordinary Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the New 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 Capital Raising.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of 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 New Ordinary Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the New Ordinary Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

 

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