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Thursday 25 June, 2020

Unite Group PLC

Results of Placing

RNS Number : 0079R
Unite Group PLC (The)
25 June 2020
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT (THE "ANNOUNCEMENT"), IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (COLLECTIVELY, THE "UNITED STATES"), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

LEI: 213800BBUUWVDH9YI827

For immediate release

25 June 2020

THE UNITE GROUP PLC

 

("Unite" or the "Company")

RESULTS OF PLACING

 

Unite is pleased to announce the successful completion of the placing announced yesterday (the "Placing").

A total of 34,482,759   new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company in Unite (the "Placing Shares") were placed by J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its United Kingdom investment banking activities as J.P. Morgan Cazenove) ("J.P. Morgan") and Numis Securities Limited ("Numis") and together with J.P. Morgan, the "Banks"), raising gross proceeds of approximately £300   million.

Placing Shares have been issued at a price of 870.0 pence per Placing Share (the "Placing Price"). The Placing Price represents a discount of 3.1 per cent. to the middle market closing price on 24 June 2020 of 897.5   pence.

Concurrently with the Placing, certain directors of the Company have subscribed for an aggregate of 20,113 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the "Subscription Shares") at the Placing Price (the "Subscription"), raising gross proceeds of approximately £175k. Further information on the Subscription is set out below.

The Placing Shares and the Subscription Shares being issued represent together approximately 9.5 per cent of Unite's issued ordinary share capital prior to the Placing and the Subscription.

The Company consulted with a significant number of its shareholders prior to the Placing and has respected the principles of pre-emption through the allocation process insofar as possible. The Company is pleased by the strong support it has received from new investors and existing shareholders.

The Placing Shares and Subscription Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares in the capital of the Company including the right to receive all future dividends and distributions declared, made or paid.

Applications have been made for the Placing Shares and the Subscription Shares to be admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange plc (the "London Stock Exchange") (together, "Admission"). It is expected that Admission will take place at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 29 June 2020 and dealings in the Placing Shares and Subscription Shares will commence at that time. The Placing and Subscription are both conditional upon, inter alia, Admission becoming effective. The Placing is also conditional upon the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional and not being terminated.

Following Admission becoming effective, the total number of voting rights in the Company will therefore be 398,142,599 , which 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.

 

Director participation

Each of the following directors of the Company has agreed to subscribe for the number of Subscription Shares at the Placing Price opposite his or her name as set out below:

Director

Number of Subscription Shares

Phil White

1,724

Richard Smith

5,747

Joe Lister

5,747

Elizabeth McMeikan

1,149

Ross Paterson

1,149

Richard Akers

1,724

Ilaria del Beato

1,724

Dame Shirley Pearce

1,149

 

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement (this "Announcement") have the same meanings as set out in the placing announcement of the Company released yesterday.

J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Numis acted as joint bookrunners in respect of the Placing.

 

Richard Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Unite, commented:

"The successful completion of this fundraise is further evidence of the strong investor support for Unite, our future prospects and the attractive fundamentals of the student accommodation sector. The proceeds will be used to accelerate growth opportunities in London and prime provincial markets where we see continued strong demand for the high quality, affordable accommodation we provide.

"We took the early decision to do the right thing by our students and forgo summer term rents and this has undoubtedly enhanced our brand and corporate reputation. We believe this will lead to new partnership opportunities as Universities look for trusted partners who can provide safe and secure homes for their students."

 

The person responsible for making this Announcement on behalf of the Company is Chris Szpojnarowicz, Company Secretary.

This Announcement should be read in conjunction with the Important Notices below.

For further information please contact:

 

The Unite Group

Richard Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Joe Lister, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Burt, Director of Strategy & Investor Relations

+44 (0) 117 302 7005

J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Bookrunner)

Robert Constant

Bronson Albery

Barry Meyers

Paul Hewlett

 

+44 (0) 20 7742 4000

Numis (Joint Bookrunner)

Heraclis Economides

Ben Stoop

Oliver Hardy

 

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Powerscourt (PR Adviser)

Justin Griffiths

Victoria Heslop

 

+44 (0) 20 7250 1446

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

No action has been taken by the Company, the Banks or any of their respective Affiliates or any person acting on its or their behalf that would permit an offer of the Placing Shares or Subscription Shares in any jurisdiction or result in the 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. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company and the Banks to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

No prospectus, offering memorandum, offering document or admission document has been or will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this Announcement and no such document is required (in accordance with Prospectus Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation")) to be published.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT, IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL (EACH A "RESTRICTED TERRITORY"). FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, NOR IS IT INTENDED THAT IT WILL BE SO APPROVED.

This Announcement or any part of it does not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for, any securities in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa or Japan or any other jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. No public offering of the Placing Shares or Subscription Shares is being made in any such jurisdiction.

This Announcement is for information purposes only and is directed only at persons whose ordinary activities involve them in acquiring, holding, managing and disposing of investments (as principal or agent) for the purposes of their business and who have professional experience in matters relating to investments and are: (a) if in a member state of the European Economic Area (the "EEA"), qualified investors within the meaning of article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation ("Qualified Investors"); or (b) if in the UK, Qualified Investors who are (i) persons who fall within the definition of "investment professional" in article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"), or (ii) persons who fall within article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, or (c) persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). Any investment or investment activity to which this Announcement relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. This Announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States 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 or sold directly or indirectly in or into the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with the securities laws of any state or any other jurisdiction of the United States. The Placing Shares are being offered and sold by the Company (a) outside the United States in offshore transactions as defined in, and pursuant to, Regulation S under the Securities Act ("Regulation S"), or (b) in the United States only to persons reasonably believed to be "qualified institutional buyers" (as defined in Rule 144A of the Securities Act) ("QIBs") in transactions not involving any "public offering" within the meaning of Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act pursuant to a transaction exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and/or pursuant to another exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The Subscription Shares are being offered and sold by the Company only outside the United States in offshore transactions as defined in, and pursuant to, Regulation S.

A potential Placee and the prospective beneficial owner of the Placing Shares is, and at the time the Placing Shares are subscribed for will be, (i) outside the United States and subscribing for the Placing Shares in an "offshore transaction" as defined in, and in accordance with, Regulation S; or (ii) (a) a QIB and (b) subscribing for the Placing Shares pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements under the Securities Act. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States. No money, securities or other consideration from any person inside the United States is being solicited and, if sent in response to the information contained in this Announcement, will not be accepted.

No prospectus has been lodged with, or registered by, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Japanese Ministry of Finance; the relevant clearances have not been, and will not be, obtained for the South Africa Reserve Bank or any other applicable body in the Republic of South Africa in relation to the Placing Shares and the Placing Shares have not been, nor will they be, registered under or offering in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa or Japan. Accordingly, the Placing Shares may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold, resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, or Japan or any other jurisdiction in which such activities would be unlawful.

Certain statements contained in this Announcement constitute "forward-looking statements" with respect to the financial condition, performance, strategic initiatives, objectives, results of operations and business of the Company. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Announcement are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words ''targets'', ''plans'', ''believes'', ''expects'', ''aims'', ''intends'', ''anticipates'', ''estimates'', ''projects'', ''will'', ''may'', "would", "could" or "should", or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, cashflows, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; and (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of the Company's operations. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions, some of which are outside of the Company's influence and/or control. Many factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, economic and business cycles, the terms and conditions of the Company's financing arrangements, foreign currency rate fluctuations, competition in the Company's principal markets, acquisitions or disposals of businesses or assets, the national and international impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, changes in government and other regulation, including in relation to the environment, travel, health and safety and taxation, labour relations and work stoppages, changes in political and economic stability and trends in the Company's principal industries. Due to such uncertainties and risks, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements in this Announcement may not occur. No statement in this Announced is intended to be a profit estimate or profit forecast. The forward-looking statements contained in this Announcement speak only as of the date of this Announcement. The Company, its Directors, the Banks and their respective Affiliates and any person acting on its or their behalf each expressly disclaim 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, the Listing Rules made by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") (the "Listing Rules") under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) ("FSMA"), the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No.596/2014 ("MAR"), the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules made by the FCA under FSMA (the "DTRs"), the rules of the London Stock Exchange plc (the "London Stock Exchange") or the FCA.

J.P. Morgan is authorised by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the PRA and the FCA. Numis is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA. Each of the Banks is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Placing, the content of this Announcement and other matters described in this Announcement. Each of the Banks will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the Placing, the content of this Announcement and other matters described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone (including any Placees) other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice to any other person in relation to the Placing, the content of this Announcement or any other matters referred to in this Announcement. The Banks are not acting for the Company with respect to the Subscription and will have no responsibilities, duties or liabilities, whether direct or indirect, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise in connection with the Subscription or to any person in connection with the Subscription.

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 either of the Banks or by any of their respective Affiliates or any person acting on its or their behalf as to, or in relation to, the accuracy 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, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's investment decision with respect to the Placing or Subscription. The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is no 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 his, her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial, business or tax advice.

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which securities (including the ordinary shares of the Company) have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. No statement in this Announcement is intended as a profit forecast or 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, as appropriate, for the current or future years 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.

In connection with the Placing, each of the Banks, any of their respective Affiliates and/or any person acting on its or their behalf, may take up a portion of the Placing Shares in the Placing in a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for its own account such shares and other securities of the Company or related investments and may offer or sell such shares, securities or other investments otherwise than in connection with the Placing. Accordingly, references in this Announcement to Placing Shares being issued, offered or placed should be read as including any issue, offering or placement of such shares in the Company to the Banks or any of their respective Affiliates or any person acting on its or their behalf acting in such capacity. In addition, either of the Banks, their respective Affiliates and/or any person acting on its or their behalf may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps, warrants or contracts for difference) with investors in connection with which either of the Banks or any of their respective Affiliates or any person acting on its or their behalf may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of such securities of the Company, including the Placing Shares. Furthermore, in the event that the Banks acquire Placing Shares in the Placing, they may co-ordinate disposals of such shares in accordance with applicable law and regulation. Neither of the Banks, any of their respective Affiliates nor any person acting on its or their behalf intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.

The Banks, their respective Affiliates and/or any person acting on its or their behalf 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 to the Company and/or its Affiliates for which it would have received customary fees and commissions. The Banks, their respective Affiliates and/or any person acting on its or their behalf may provide such services to the Company and/or its Affiliates in the future.

The Placing Shares to be issued or sold pursuant to the Placing and the Subscription Shares to be issued pursuant to the Subscription will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock Exchange.

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.

If you are in any doubt about the contents of this Announcement you should consult your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other financial adviser.

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, the Banks 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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