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Rank Group PLC - Results of Fundraise and Total Voting Rights

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Rank Group PLC
06 November 2020
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN ARE RESTRICTED AND ARE NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION OR FORWARDING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN ARE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OF SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICES AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014

For immediate release

 

6 November 2020

 

The Rank Group Plc

 

Results of Fundraise and Total Voting Rights

 

The Rank Group Plc ("Rank" or the "Company"), announces the successful completion of the Placing announced yesterday (the "Placing Announcement") as well as the concurrent Retail Offer (together the "Fundraise"). The Fundraise is conditional upon, inter alia, the approval of the Resolutions at the General Meeting.

 

A total of 76,736,762 Placing Shares have been conditionally placed by Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt") and Goodbody Stockbrokers UC ("Goodbody") with certain existing and new institutional investors at an issue price of 90 pence per share (the "Placing Price").

 

In addition, retail investors have subscribed via the PrimaryBid platform (the "Retail Offer") for a total of 1,009,258 new Ordinary Shares (the "Retail Shares") at the Placing Price.

 

In aggregate, the Fundraise comprises of 77,746,020 new Ordinary Shares, representing approximately 19.9% of the existing Ordinary Shares (prior to the Fundraise), and will raise gross proceeds of approximately £70 million.

 

The Placing Price of 90 pence represents a premium of approximately 4.3% to the closing price on 5 November 2020, the last practicable day prior to the completion of the Placing.

 

The Placing Shares and the Retail Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing issued Ordinary Shares at that time. This includes the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared or paid in respect of such Ordinary Shares after the date of issue of the Placing Shares and the Retail Shares.

 

Rank consulted with a number of its major shareholders prior to the Fundraise and has respected the principles of pre-emption through the allocation process. The Company is pleased by the support it has received from both existing and new shareholders.

 

Directors' participation in the Fundraise

 

The Directors are to subscribe for the following number of Ordinary Shares in the Fundraise:

 

Name

Existing shareholding

Number of new Ordinary Shares acquired

Resultant shareholding

Resultant shareholding on Admission (%)

Alexander Thursby

-

25,000

25,000

0.005%

John O'Reilly

252,500

50,248

302,748

0.065%

William Floydd

25,000

20,000

45,000

0.010%

Christopher Bell

20,614

9,000

29,614

0.006%

Steven Esom

-

90,000

90,000

0.019%

Susan Hooper

-

20,000

20,000

0.004%

Tang Hong Cheong

130,000

70,000

200,000

0.043%

Karen Whitworth

-

20,000

20,000

0.004%

 

 

Related Party Transaction

Hong Leong is a substantial shareholder of the Company for the purposes of the Listing Rules as a result of being entitled to exercise, or to control the exercise of, over 10% of the votes able to be cast at general meetings of the Company. Hong Leong is therefore considered to be a related party for the purposes of Listing Rules. Hong Leong has agreed to subscribe for 43,650,693 Placing Shares in the Placing, amounting to a total subscription of approximately £39.3 million. The participation in the Placing by Hong Leong constitutes a related party transaction and pursuant to Rule 11.1.11R(2) and Rule 11.1.7R of the Listing Rules, the Company is required to seek shareholder approval for Hong Leong's participation in the Placing.

 

Total Voting Rights

The Company will apply for admission of the Placing Shares and Retail Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and to trading on the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will take place at or around 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 24 November 2020 (or such later date as may be agreed between the Company, Peel Hunt and Goodbody).

The Fundraise is conditional upon, inter alia, the approval of the Resolutions at the General Meeting and Admission becoming effective. The Fundraise is also conditional upon the placing agreement between the Company, Peel Hunt and Goodbody (the "Placing Agreement") becoming unconditional and not being terminated.

Following Admission, the Company will have a total of 468,429,541 Ordinary Shares in issue. The total number of voting rights in Rank is therefore 468,429,541. With effect from Admission, this 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 Company, under the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement shall have the same meaning as those set out in the Placing Announcement.

 

The person responsible for releasing this Announcement is Luisa Wright.

 

The Rank Group Plc

Sarah Powell, director of investor relations (investor enquiries)

David Williams, director of public affairs (media enquiries)

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)1628 504 303

Tel: +44 (0)1628 504 295

Peel Hunt (Joint Sponsor and Joint Bookrunner)

Dan Webster / George Sellar / Andrew Clark (Investment Banking)

Al Rae / Sohail Akbar (ECM)

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7418 8900

Goodbody (Joint Sponsor and Joint Bookrunner)

Piers Coombs / Charlotte Craigie / John Flynn

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3841 6220

FTI Consulting LLP

Ed Bridges

Alex Beagley

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 1067

Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 1045

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (THE "ANNOUNCEMENT") IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM ANY PART OF AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE ANY SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES (INCLUDING ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (COLLECTIVELY, THE "UNITED STATES")), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR WHICH WOULD RESULT IN A REQUIREMENT TO COMPLY WITH ANY GOVERNMENTAL OR OTHER CONSENT, REGISTRATION, FILING OR OTHER FORMALITY WHICH THE COMPANY REGARDS AS UNDULY ONEROUS (THE "RESTRICTED JURISDICTIONS") OR TO ANY PERSON TO WHOM IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE PLACING SHARES IS BEING MADE IN ANY SUCH JURISDICTION. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTIONS.

This Announcement is not for public release, publication, distribution or forwarding, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into the Restricted Jurisdictions or any other jurisdiction in which such release, publication, distribution or forwarding would be unlawful.

The Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (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, exercised, resold, renounced, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, into or within the United States, absent registration under the Securities Act, except pursuant to an 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. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in the United States.

Subject to certain exceptions, the Placing Shares may not be offered or sold in the Restricted Jurisdictions or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of the Restricted Jurisdictions. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in the United States, the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

The distribution of this Announcement and the Placing and/or the offer or sale of the Placing Shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company, Goodbody Stockbrokers Unlimited Company ("Goodbody") or Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt") or any of their respective affiliates, or any of its or their respective directors, officers, partners, employees, advisers or agents (collectively, "Representatives") that would, or is intended to, permit an offer of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such Placing Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company and the Banks to inform themselves about and to observe any restrictions contained in this Announcement. Persons (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual or other legal obligation to forward a copy of this Announcement should seek appropriate advice before taking any action. Persons distributing any part of this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

This Announcement is directed at and is only being distributed to: (a) in member states of the European Economic Area, persons who are "qualified investors", as defined in Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation") ("Qualified Investors"), (b) in the United Kingdom, Qualified Investors who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments and 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 (ii) are persons who fall within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and (c) otherwise, persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (each such person in (a), (b) and (c), a "Relevant Person"). No other person should act on or rely on this Announcement and persons distributing this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so. By accepting the terms of this Announcement, you represent and agree that you are a Relevant Person. This Announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this Announcement or the Placing relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.

This Announcement (a) has not been and will not be registered with the Registrar of Companies in Hong Kong as a "prospectus" (as defined in section 2(1) of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 32 of the Laws of Hong Kong); (b) is not an authorised advertisement, invitation or document containing an advertisement or invitation to the public within the meaning of section 103 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong); and (c) has not been and will not be approved or authorised by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong or any other regulatory authority in Hong Kong.

No offering document or prospectus will be made available in any jurisdiction in connection with the matters contained or referred to in this Announcement or the Placing and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published.

Certain statements in this Announcement are forward-looking statements with respect to the Company's expectations, intentions and projections regarding its future performance, strategic initiatives, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts and which are, by their nature, inherently predictive, speculative and involve risks and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about operating performance, strategic initiatives, objectives, market position, industry trends, general economic conditions, expected expenditures, expected cost savings and financial results are forward‐looking statements. Any statements contained in this Announcement that are not statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward‐looking statements. These forward-looking statements, which may use words such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "could", "intend", "estimate", "expect", "may", "plan", "project" or words or terms of similar meaning or the negative thereof, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors including, but not limited to, commercial, operational, economic and financial factors, that could cause actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward‐looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond the Company's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as changes in taxation or fiscal policy, future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behaviour of other market participants, the actions of governments or governmental regulators, or other risk factors, such as changes in the political, social and regulatory framework in which the Company operates or in economic or technological trends or conditions, including inflation, recession and consumer confidence, on a global, regional or national basis. Given those risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Announcement. Each of the Company, Goodbody and Peel Hunt expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required to do so by applicable law or regulation.

Peel Hunt is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"). Goodbody is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland, and is also subject to regulation by the FCA. Each of Goodbody and Peel Hunt is acting exclusively for the Company and for no one else in connection with the Placing and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this Announcement) as a client in relation to the Placing or any other matter referred to in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for giving advice in relation to the Placing or any other matter referred to in this Announcement. Neither Goodbody nor Peel Hunt is acting for the Company with respect to the Retail Offer.

This Announcement is being 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 or on behalf of Goodbody or Peel Hunt (apart from the responsibilities or liabilities that may be imposed by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA") or the regulatory regime established thereunder) or by their respective affiliates or any of their respective Representatives as to, or in relation to, the accuracy, adequacy, fairness or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers or any other statement made or purported to be made by or on behalf of Goodbody or Peel Hunt or any of their respective affiliates or any of their respective Representatives in connection with the Company, the Placing Shares or the Placing and any responsibility and liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise therefor is expressly disclaimed. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Goodbody or Peel Hunt or any of their respective affiliates or any of their respective Representatives as to the accuracy, fairness, verification, completeness or sufficiency of the information or opinions contained in this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed. The information in this Announcement is subject to change.

The information in this Announcement may not be forwarded or distributed to any other person and may not be reproduced in any manner whatsoever. Any forwarding, distribution, reproduction or disclosure of this Announcement, in whole or in part, is unauthorised. Failure to comply with this directive may result in a violation of the Securities Act or the applicable laws of other jurisdictions.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's options with respect to the Placing. Recipients of this Announcement should conduct their own investigation, evaluation and analysis of the business, data and other information described in this Announcement. This Announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the Placing Shares. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon the disposal of the shares. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult with his or her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, business, financial or tax advice.

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which the Company's securities have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast or profit estimate for any period and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company for the current or future financial periods would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company.

All offers of the Placing Shares are being made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Regulation from the requirement to produce a prospectus. This Announcement is being distributed and communicated to persons in the United Kingdom only in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not apply.

The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange.

Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the Placing and no public offering of Placing Shares is being or will be made.

Neither the content of the Company's website (or any other website) nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this Announcement.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with applicable law and regulation in the United Kingdom and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom.

Each of the Banks and their respective affiliates may have engaged in transactions with, and provided various commercial banking, investment banking, financial advisory transactions and services in the ordinary course of their business with the Company and/or its affiliates for which they would have received customary fees and commissions. Each of the Banks and their respective affiliates may provide such services to the Company and/or its affiliates in the future.

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 Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Placing Shares 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 Placing Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Placing Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Placing 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 Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Goodbody and Peel Hunt will only procure investors 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 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 Placing Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

 

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