Company Announcements

Result of Open Offer

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Kier Group PLC
15 June 2021


("Kier" or the "Company")

Result of Open Offer

On 13 May 2021 the Company announced a proposed Firm Placing, Placing and Open Offer and separate Director Subscriptions (the "Capital Raise") raising gross proceeds of c.£241 million through the issue of a total of 284,049,829 New Shares at an issue price of 85 pence per share (the "Issue Price"). Approximately £120.6 million of the Capital raise was conducted by way of a Firm Placing of 141,851,386 Firm Placing Shares and approximately £120.6 million by way of a Placing and Open Offer of 141,851,386 Open Offer Shares, in each case at the Issue Price. The Open Offer Shares were conditionally placed with institutional investors at the Issue Price, subject to clawback to satisfy valid applications by Qualifying Shareholders pursuant to the Open Offer. In addition, Directors have subscribed for 347,057 New Shares at the Issue Price.


The Open Offer closed for acceptances at 11 a.m. on 14 June 2021. The Company has received valid acceptances from Qualifying Shareholders under their basic Open Offer Entitlements in respect of 116,669,313 Open Offer Shares, representing approximately 82% of the Open Offer Shares. In addition, the Company has received applications from Qualifying Shareholders under the Excess Application Facility in respect of 40,055,966 Open Offer Shares, representing approximately 28% of the Open Offer Shares. Accordingly, Qualifying Shareholders who have validly applied for Open Offer Shares will receive their full Open Offer Entitlement. As applications under the Excess Application Facility cannot be satisfied in full, applications for New Shares under the Excess Application Facility will be scaled back in accordance with the terms set out in the Prospectus.


Application has been made to the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") for the New Shares to be admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to the London Stock Exchange for the New Shares to be admitted to trading on its Main Market for listed securities. It is expected that Admission will become effective, and that dealings in the New Shares will commence, at 8.00 a.m. on 18 June 2021 (or such later time and/or date as the Joint Bookrunners, the Sponsor and Kier may agree, not being later than 3.00 p.m. on 25 June 2021)


The Firm Placing and the Placing and Open Offer remain conditional, inter alia, upon:

(i)   the Resolutions having been passed by Shareholders at the General Meeting on 16 June 2021;

(ii)   the Underwriting Agreement having become unconditional in all respects, save for the condition relating to Admission, and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms before Admission occurs; and

(iii)  Admission having become effective by not later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 June 2021 (or such later time and/or date as the Joint Bookrunners, the Sponsor and Kier may agree, not being later than 3.00 p.m. 25 June 2021).

If any of the conditions are not satisfied or, if applicable, waived, then the Firm Placing and Placing and Open Offer will not take place.

The Company will announce the results of the General Meeting as soon as practicable after the meeting concludes.  The New Shares when issued will rank, from Admission, pari passu in all respects with the Existing Shares and will have the right to receive all dividends and distributions declared in respect of Shares after Admission.

The total issued share capital of the Company following Admission will be 446,165,699 Shares and the total number of voting rights of the Company will be 446,165,699and 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 in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules

Capitalised terms contained within this announcement and not otherwise defined have the same definitions as those contained in the Prospectus published on 13 May 2021, available on the Company website.

The Company's Legal Entity Identifier ("LEI") is 2138002RKCU2OM4Y7O48.


For further information, please contact:

Kier Group plc
Investor Relations

Kier Press office


+44 (0) 7933 388 746

+44 (0) 1767 355 096

Rothschild & Co

Financial Adviser and Sponsor 

John Deans, Neil Thwaites, Shannon Nicholls

+44 (0) 20 7280 5000

Numis Securities

Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker
Jonathan Wilcox, Richard Thomas, Jamie Loughborough, Howard Seymour, Hannah Boros

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Peel Hunt

Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker
Harry Nicholas, Charles Batten, Sam Cann, John Welch, Alastair Rae (Syndicate)

+44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Gleacher Shacklock LLP

Debt Adviser

Michael Grayer, Tom Quinn, Christopher Lloyd-Davies

+44 (0) 20 7484 1150

FTI Consulting:

Richard Mountain

+44 (0) 20 3727 1340


The person who arranged the release of this Announcement on behalf of Kier was Phil Higgins, Company Secretary.


N.M. Rothschild & Sons Limited ("Rothschild & Co"), Numis Securities Limited and Peel Hunt LLP, which are each authorised and regulated in the UK by the FCA, are each acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the contents of this Announcement, the Capital Raise and any other matters referred to in this Announcement and will not regard any other person as a client in relation to the Capital Raise or any other matters referred to in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone for providing the protections afforded to their clients nor for giving advice to any other person in relation to the contents of this Announcement, the Capital Raise or any other matter or arrangement referred to in this Announcement. Neither Rothschild & Co nor the Joint Bookrunners are responsible for the contents of this Announcement.

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 Rothschild & Co, either Joint Bookrunner or by any of their respective affiliates, directors, employees, advisers or agents 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 this Announcement nor any copy of it nor the information contained in it and any related materials is for publication, distribution or release, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into or from the United States (including its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia) (subject to certain restrictions), Australia, its territories and possessions, Canada, Japan, South Africa, or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws of such jurisdiction.

The distribution of this Announcement and the offering of the New Ordinary Shares may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions.

The New Ordinary Shares to be issued or sold pursuant to the Capital Raise will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange.

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.

Unless the context otherwise requires, all references to time are to London time.


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