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Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Ricardo PLC

PrimaryBid.com Offer

RNS Number : 9079E
Ricardo PLC
11 November 2020
 

 

EMBARGOED FOR 7.01AM ON 11 NOVEMBER 2020

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) 596/2014.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER OR INVITATION TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR ANY SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR, ANY SECURITIES OF RICARDO PLC.

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO, OR TO ANY PERSON LOCATED OR RESIDENT IN, THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN OR SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO RELEASE, PUBLISH OR DISTRIBUTE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AMOUNTS TO A FINANCIAL PROMOTION FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 21 OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 ("FSMA") AND HAS BEEN APPROVED BY PRIMARYBID LIMITED WHICH IS AUTHORISED AND REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY (FRN 779021)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

11 November 2020

 

Ricardo Plc

("Ricardo Plc" or the "Company") (LON: RCDO)

PrimaryBid.com Offer

 

Ricardo Plc (LON:RCDO), the LSE listed global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy business, is pleased to announce, a conditional offer for subscription via PrimaryBid (the "Retail Offer") of ordinary shares of 25p each in the Company ("Retail Shares") at an issue price of 333 pence per New Ordinary Share (the "Issue Price"), being a discount of 9.76 per cent to the closing mid-price on 10 November 2020. The Company is also conducting a placing of ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") at the Issue Price by way of an accelerated bookbuild process (the "Placing") as announced earlier today.

The Retail Offer and the Placing are conditional on the Retail Shares to be issued pursuant to the Retail Offer and the Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing being admitted to trading on LSE ("Admission"). Admission is expected to be take place at 8.00 a.m. on 13 November 2020. The Retail Offer will not be completed without the Placing also being completed.

Reasons for the Retail Offer

The Company highly values its retail investor base which has supported the Company alongside institutional investors over several years. Given the longstanding support of retail shareholders, the Company believes that it is appropriate to provide retail and other interested investors the opportunity to participate in the Offer. The Company is therefore making the Retail Offer available exclusively through PrimaryBid.com.

Use of Proceeds

The net proceeds of the Retail Offer will be used alongside the net proceeds from the Placing to pay down drawn debt facilities, resulting in increased headroom, lower net debt and lower adjusted leverage, and providing greater flexibility to:

· Capitalise on opportunities for organic investment as they arise;

· Meet working capital requirements associated with revenue growth; and

· Enable Management to run the business for the medium-term in an unencumbered way, as the market recovers.

 

Details of the Offer

It is a term of the Retail Offer that the total quantum of the Retail Shares available for subscription at the Placing Price shall be the lower of (i) 10 per cent. of the Placing and (ii) €8 million, as is legally required (equivalent to approximately £7.2 million at the exchange rate of €1.1189 : £1 on 10 November 2020). Accordingly, the Company is not required to publish, and has not published, a prospectus in connection with the Retail Offer as it falls within the exemption set out in section 86(1)(e) and 86(4) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA"). The Retail Offer is not being made into any jurisdiction where it would be unlawful to do so. In particular, the Retail Offer is being made only to persons who are, and at the time the Retail Shares are subscribed for, will be outside the United States and subscribing for the Retail Shares in an "offshore transaction" as defined in, and in accordance with, Regulation S ("Regulation S") under the U.S Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Persons who are resident or otherwise located in the United States will not be eligible to register for participation in the offer through PrimaryBid or subscribe for Retail Shares.

Applications have been made (i) to the Financial Conduct Authority for the admission of the Retail Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List; and (ii) to London Stock Exchange plc for admission of the Retail Shares to trading on its main market for listed securities (together, "Admission").

Settlement for the Retail Shares and Admission is expected to take place on or before 8.00 a.m. on 13 November 2020. The Retail Offer is conditional upon, inter alia, Admission becoming effective. The Retail Offer is also conditional upon the placing agreement between the Company, Investec Bank PLC and Liberum Capital Limited (the "Placing Agreement") becoming unconditional and not being terminated.

The Retail Shares will be issued free of all liens, charges and encumbrances and will, when issued and fully paid, rank pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing Ordinary Shares. 

For further details please refer to the PrimaryBid.com website at www.PrimaryBid.com. The terms and conditions on which the Retail Offer is made, including the procedure for application and payment for Retail Shares, is available to all persons who register with PrimaryBid.com.

Investors should make their own investigations into the merits of an investment in the Company. Nothing in this announcement amounts to a recommendation to invest in the Company or amounts to investment, taxation or legal advice.

It should be noted that a subscription for Retail Shares and any investment in the Company carry a number of risks. Investors should make their own investigations into the merits of an investment in the Company. Nothing in this Announcement amounts to a recommendation to invest in the Company or amounts to investment, taxation or legal advice. Investors should take independent advice from a person experienced in advising on investment in securities such as the Company's Ordinary Shares if they are in any doubt.  

Ricardo Plc

Dave Shemmans, Chief Executive Officer

Ian Gibson, Chief Financial Officer 

+44 (0) 1273 455611

Website: www.ricardo.com

 

 

PrimaryBid Limited

James Deal / Fahim Chowdhury

+ 44 (0) 203 026 4750

 

 

Rothschild & Co(Financial Adviser to the Company)

Aadeesh Aggarwal

Peter Nicklin

Helena Somervail

Alexander Mitteregger

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7280 5000

 

 

Newgate Communications (Financial PR)

Adam Lloyd

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7653 9842

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

THIS 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, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR TO ANY PERSON TO WHOM IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTIONS. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE RETAIL SHARES OR THE PLACING SHARES IS BEING MADE IN ANY JURISDICTION.

This Announcement is not for public release, publication, distribution or forwarding, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which such release, publication, distribution or forwarding would be unlawful.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. 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 except pursuant to an applicable 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.

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 Retail Offer 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. The Company 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.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's options with respect to the Retail Offer. 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 Retail 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 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 shares 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, 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, income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company.

N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting for the Company and no one else in relation to the transactions and arrangements described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the proposed transaction.

The Retail Shares and the Placing Shares will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the main market for listed securities of 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.

 

 

 

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