Placing in Watches of Switzerland Group PLCSource: RNS
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9 January 2020
Proposed Secondary Placing of approximately 30.0 million ordinary shares in Watches of Switzerland Group PLC ("Watches of Switzerland")
Jewel Holdco S.à.r.l. (the "Seller"), a company owned and controlled by AIF VII Euro Holdings L.P., an affiliate of investment funds managed by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC, announces today its intention to sell approximately 30.0 million ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") of Watches of Switzerland by way of an accelerated bookbuild to institutional investors (the "Placing"). The Placing Shares represent approximately 12.5% of Watches of Switzerland's issued share capital.
The Seller currently owns 133,719,657 ordinary shares representing 55.8% of Watches of Switzerland's issued share capital. Following the completion of the Placing (assuming all Placing Shares are sold), the Seller will own 103.7 million shares in Watches of Switzerland, representing 43.3% of Watches of Switzerland's issued share capital.
Barclays Bank PLC ("Barclays") and Goldman Sachs International ("Goldman Sachs") are acting as Joint Global Coordinators in connection with the Placing. N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited ("Rothschild & Co") is acting as the sole financial adviser to the Seller on the Placing.
The price per Placing Share will be determined by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process to institutional investors. The bookbuilding period will commence today, 9 January 2020, and may close at any time on short notice. The results of the Placing, including the number of Placing Shares to be sold and the price per Placing Share, will be announced as soon as practicable after the closing of the bookbuilding process.
The Seller has agreed that it will not, for a period of 90 days following the completion of the Placing, offer, sell, or otherwise transfer, following completion of the Placing, any remaining Watches of Switzerland shares without the consent of Barclays and Goldman Sachs, subject to customary exceptions.
Watches of Switzerland will not receive any proceeds from the Placing.
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This announcement is not for publication or distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia), Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan or any other jurisdiction where such an announcement would be unlawful. The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession this document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No action has been taken that would permit an offering of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.
This announcement does not constitute or form part of an offer for sale or solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan or any other jurisdiction and the securities referred to herein have not been registered under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The Placing Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered, sold or resold, directly or indirectly, in the United States, absent registration under or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of, the Securities Act. No public offering of Placing Shares is being made in the United States or in any other jurisdiction.
In member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA"), this announcement and any offer of Placing Shares if made subsequently is directed exclusively at persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation ("Qualified Investors"). For these purposes, the expression "Prospectus Regulation" means Regulation (EU) 2017/1129. In the United Kingdom this announcement is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, and any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, Qualified Investors who are (i) investment professionals falling with Article 19(5) of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order"); or (ii) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, or (iii) other persons to whom an offer of the Placing Shares may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). Persons who are not relevant persons should not take any action on the basis of this announcement and should not act or rely on it.
No prospectus or offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing. Any investment decision in connection with the Placing must be made on the basis of publicly available information relating to Watches of Switzerland and its shares. Such information has not been independently verified, and the Seller, Rothschild & Co and the Joint Global Coordinators are not responsible, and expressly disclaim any liability, for such information. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness.
In connection with the Placing, the Joint Global Coordinators or any of their respective affiliates may take up a portion of the Placing Shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell or offer to sell for its own account such Placing Shares and other securities of Watches of Switzerland or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise or, further to any contractual obligations that may be in place between the Joint Global Coordinators and the Seller, the Joint Global Coordinators and their respective affiliates may, in compliance with applicable law or regulation, for a limited period coordinate further sales of securities following the Placing. Accordingly, references to the Placing Shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by the Joint Global Coordinators and any of their respective affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. In addition the Joint Global Coordinators or any of their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which the Joint Global Coordinators (or any of their respective affiliates) may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of shares. The Joint Global Coordinators do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
This announcement does not purport to identify or suggest the risks (direct or indirect) which may be associated with an investment in Watches of Switzerland or its shares.
This announcement does not constitute a recommendation to participate in the Placing. The price and value of securities and any income from them can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Acquiring Placing Shares may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Placing for the entity or person concerned. This announcement does not represent the announcement of a definitive agreement to proceed with the Placing and, accordingly, there can be no certainty that the Placing will proceed. The Seller reserves the right not to proceed with the Placing or to vary the terms of the offering in any way.
Each of Barclays and Goldman Sachs is authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority ("PRA") and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and the PRA. The Joint Global Coordinators are acting for the Seller only in connection with the Placing and no one else, and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Seller for providing the protections offered to clients nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing Shares or the Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to in this announcement.
Rothschild & Co, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting for the Seller and no-one else in connection with the Placing. Rothschild & Co will not regard any other person as its client(s) in relation to the Placing and will not be responsible to any person(s) other than the Seller for providing protections afforded to clients of Rothschild & Co nor for providing financial advice in relation to the Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
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