DOF ASA News
Preliminary result of the rights issue
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Reference is made to previous stock exchange announcements regarding the rights issue (the "Rights Issue") by DOF ASA ("DOF" or the "Company") of minimum 750,000,000 and maximum 1,200,000,000 new shares with a nominal value of NOK 0.50 each (the "Offer Shares") at a subscription price of NOK 1.00 per Offer Share.
The subscription period for the Rights Issue expired on 25 July 2016 at 16:30 hours (CET). Preliminary counting indicates that the Company has received subscriptions for approximately 1,056.9 million Offer Shares.
The Company will use the net proceeds from the Rights Issue in excess of NOK 850 million to offer to repurchase bonds in the new subordinated convertible bond with a nominal value of NOK 1,032.5 million. Based on received pre-commitments from bondholders to sell their new subordinated convertible bonds to the Company, the Company will repurchase a portion of these bonds for the entire net proceeds exceeding NOK 850 million.
The final allocation of the Offer Shares will be resolved by the board of directors of the Company on or about 28 July 2016 in accordance with the allocation criteria set out in the prospectus dated 8 July 2016. The final result of the Rights Issue will be published shortly thereafter.
For further information, please contact:
CEO Mons Aase, tel. +47 91 66 10 12
CFO Hilde Drønen, tel. +47 91 66 10 09
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Any offering of securities will be made by means of a prospectus to be published that may be obtained from the Company once published, and that will contain detailed information about the Company and its management, as well as financial statements. These materials are an advertisement and not a prospectus for the purposes of Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended (together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State, the "Prospectus Directive"). Investors should not subscribe for any Shares or acquire any subscription rights referred to in these materials except on the basis of information contained in the prospectus.
In any EEA Member State other than Norway (from the time the prospectus has been approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway, in its capacity as the competent authority in Norway, and published in accordance with the Prospectus Directive as implemented in Norway) that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at "qualified investors" in that Member State within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive ("Qualified Investors"), i.e., only to investors to whom an offer of securities may be made without the requirement for the Company to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive in such EEA Member State.
In the United Kingdom, these materials are only being distributed to and are only directed at Qualified Investors who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc) (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). These materials are directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.
DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, Nordea Markets and Pareto Securities (the "Joint Lead Managers") are acting for DOF and no one else in connection with the rights issue and will not be responsible to anyone other than DOF for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice in relation to the rights issue and/or any other matter referred to in this communication.
This communication and any materials distributed in connection with this communication may contain certain forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they reflect DOF's current expectations and assumptions as to future events and circumstances that may not prove accurate. A number of material factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including the risks and uncertainties to be set out in the prospectus.