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Monday 23 February, 2015

DFS Furniture plc

Announcement of Price Range

RNS Number : 5439F
DFS Furniture plc
23 February 2015
 



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This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of the UK Prospectus Rules and not a prospectus and not an offer of securities for sale in any jurisdiction, including in or into Australia, Canada, Japan or the United States of America. Investors should not purchase or subscribe for any shares referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the prospectus (the "Prospectus") expected to be published by DFS Furniture plc later today in connection with the proposed admission of its ordinary shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc ("London Stock Exchange"). A copy of the Prospectus will, following publication, be available for inspection at DFS Furniture plc's website at www.dfscorporate.co.uk. This announcement is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to acquire, securities in the United States of America or in any other jurisdiction.

For immediate release

23 February 2015

DFS Furniture plc

Initial Public Offering ‒ Announcement of Price Range

Following its announcement on 6 February 2015 of its intention to proceed with an initial public offering (the "Offer" or the "IPO"), DFS Furniture plc ("DFS" or the "Company" and, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") today announces the price range for its IPO and its intention to publish, later today, the Prospectus.

The Company intends to apply for admission of its ordinary shares ("Shares") to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (together "Admission"). The Offer will comprise an offer of new and existing Shares.

·      The price range for the Offer has been set at 245 pence to 310 pence per Share

 

·      At the mid-point of the price range, DFS's market capitalisation would be approximately £585 million

 

·      The Offer will comprise an offer of Shares to:

 

·      certain institutional investors in the United Kingdom and elsewhere outside the United States, and in the United States only to qualified institutional buyers; and

·      retail investors (including eligible DFS employees) in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man through Intermediaries

 

·      DFS expects to raise gross proceeds of £98 million for the Company through the issue of new Shares, which will be used to reduce the Group's indebtedness, thereby providing access to a lower cost of financing, and for the payment of transaction fees

 

·      The Offer (which will include the sale of Shares by existing shareholders) will comprise between 79 million and 107 million Shares, excluding any exercise of up to 15% over-allotment option granted by Advent

 

·      This equates to a free float of between approximately 38% and 50%, excluding any exercise of the over-allotment option, or 44% and 57% including full exercise of the over-allotment option

 

·      The mid-point of the price range and of the free float range equates to an offer size of £257 million, excluding any exercise of the over-allotment option, or £296 million, including full exercise of the over-allotment option

 

·      The Board of Directors and Senior Management may choose to sell up to 30% of their holdings in the Offer

 

·      The Board of Directors, Senior Management, and other selling shareholders (excluding Advent) will be subject to a 365 day lock-up. Advent will be subject to a 180 day lock-up. The lock-ups are subject to certain customary exemptions

 

·      The full details of the Offer will be included in the Prospectus which is expected to be published by the Company later today

 

·      Final pricing is expected to be announced on or around 6 March 2015, with conditional dealings in the Shares beginning on the London Stock Exchange on the same day

 

·      Admission is expected to occur and unconditional dealings in the Shares on the London Stock Exchange are expected to commence on or around 11 March 2015

 

Intermediaries offer

 

·      Retail investors in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man can apply through the stockbrokers and share dealing providers who are participating in the Offer as intermediaries ("Intermediaries"), who will apply for Shares on behalf of their clients ("Intermediaries Offer")

 

·      Further information on the Intermediaries Offer, including a list of the firms acting as Intermediaries and the Prospectus once published, can be found at http://www.dfscorporate.co.uk

 

·      The minimum application size in the Intermediaries Offer will be £1,000. There is no maximum application size

 

·      Eligible DFS employees will be able to participate in an employee offer as part of the Intermediaries Offer ("Employee Offer"). Applications through the Employee Offer must be between £250 and £10,000. Such applications will receive preferential allocation

 

·      The Intermediaries Offer will open following publication of the Prospectus

 

·      The latest date for receipt by the Intermediaries of applications is expected to be 12 p.m. on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Ian Filby, CEO of DFS, said:

"DFS(1) is the UK's leading retailer(2) of upholstered furniture. Our vision is to take DFS from being a great British business to a world class business. We have a clear strategy to further broaden our appeal, enhance our service and ensure our products are easily accessible to customers through our UK and international store expansion programme, continued development of our multichannel proposition and constant enhancement of our product range.

"We have a proven business model and an excellent track record of delivering long term sales and market share growth, as well as strong cash generation and shareholder returns. We are excited about our future as a listed business and we are delighted to offer institutional and retail investors the opportunity to become shareholders of DFS."

(1)   The Group excluding Sofa Workshop and dwell.

(2)   Source: Copyright© 2015, Verdict, extracted from the Verdict Retail Service website https://service.verdictretail.com on 21 January 2015, reproduced with permission of Verdict.

 

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Enquiries

DFS (enquiries via FTI)

Ian Filby (CEO)

Bill Barnes (Finance Director)


Joint Global Co-ordinators, Joint Sponsors and Joint Bookrunners

 

Jefferies

Robert Foster

Paul Nicholls

Max Jones

 

+44 (0) 20 7029 8000

 

UBS

Craig Calvert

Christopher Smith

Abid Chaudhri

 

+44 (0) 20 7567 8000

 

Joint Bookrunners

Numis 

Oliver Cardigan

Mark Lander

 

Co-Lead Manager

Berenberg

Oliver Diehl

Georg Bucher

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

 

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 3207 7800

 

Intermediaries Offer enquiries


Numis

Melissa Gauge

Maria Driver

+44 (0) 20 7260 1206

[email protected]


Financial Public Relations

FTI Consulting

Jonathon Brill

Georgina Goodhew

Tom Hufton

 

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

Disclaimers

The contents of this announcement, which has been prepared by and is the sole responsibility of the Company, have been approved by Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies"), UBS Limited ("UBS") and Numis Securities Limited ("Numis") solely for the purposes of section 21(2)(b) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended).

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, fairness or completeness. This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of the UK Prospectus Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and not a prospectus and investors should not subscribe for or purchase any Shares referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the Prospectus to be published in connection with the Offer and Admission.

This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any Shares or other securities in any jurisdiction, including the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan or in any jurisdiction including those in which such offer or sale would be unlawful prior to registration, exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws of any jurisdiction. The Offer and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the Offer and Admission in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and persons into whose possession this announcement, any 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. Neither this announcement nor any part of it nor the fact of its distribution shall form the basis of or be relied on in connection with or act as an inducement to enter into any contract or commitment whatsoever.

The IPO timetable, including the publication of the Prospectus and/or the date of Admission, may be influenced by a range of circumstances, including market conditions. There is no guarantee that the Prospectus will be published or that the Offer or Admission will occur and you should not base your financial decisions on the Company's intentions in relation to the Offer and Admission at this stage. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Persons considering making such an investment should consult an authorised person specialising in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Offer. The value of the Shares can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Offer for the person concerned. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

This announcement is not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia), Australia, Canada or Japan or any other jurisdiction where it is unlawful to distribute this announcement. In particular, this announcement is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities proposed to be offered by the Company have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or under any securities laws of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of the securities referred to herein in any jurisdiction, including in the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan. The securities referred to herein have not been registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada or Japan and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered or sold within Australia, Canada or Japan or to any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada or Japan.

This announcement is only addressed to and directed at persons in member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA") outside the United Kingdom who are qualified investors within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC), as amended ("Qualified Investors"). Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only Qualified Investors in any member state of the EEA other than the United Kingdom, and will be engaged in only with such persons. Other persons should not rely or act upon this announcement or any of its contents.

Any purchase or subscription of Shares in the proposed Offer should be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the final Prospectus to be published by the Company in connection with the Offer and Admission. The information in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may or should be placed for any purposes whatsoever on the information contained in this announcement or on its accuracy, completeness or fairness. The information in this announcement is subject to change. However, the Company, the Underwriters (as defined below) and each of their respective affiliates expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to provide the recipient of this announcement with any additional information, or to update this announcement or to correct any inaccuracies, and the distribution of this announcement shall not be deemed to be any form of commitment on the part of the Company to proceed with the Offer or any transaction or arrangement referred to herein. This announcement has not been approved by any competent regulatory authority.

Jefferies and Numis, each of which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the UK, UBS and HSBC Bank plc ("HSBC"), each of which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") and regulated and authorised by the PRA and FCA in the UK, and Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, London Branch ("Berenberg"), which is authorised by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and subject to limited regulation by the FCA, are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Offer and Admission, and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Offer or the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.

In connection with the Offer, Jefferies, UBS, Numis, HSBC, Berenberg (the "Underwriters") and any of their respective affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase Shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such Shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Offer or otherwise. Accordingly, references in the Prospectus, once published, to the Shares being 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 each of the Underwriters and any of their respective affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. In addition, certain of the Underwriters or their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps in connection with which they or their affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Shares. None of the Underwriters intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.

None of the Underwriters, nor any of their respective subsidiary undertakings, affiliates or any of their respective partners, directors, officers, employees, Advisors, agents or any other person accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy, completeness or fairness of the information or opinions in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Company, its subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

In connection with the Offer, UBS, as stabilising manager (the "Stabilising Manager") or any of its agents, may (but will be under no obligation to), to the extent permitted by applicable law, over-allot Shares or effect other transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the Shares at a higher level than that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. The Stabilising Manager is not required to enter into such transactions and such transactions could be effected on any stock market, over-the-counter market, stock exchange or otherwise and could be undertaken at any time during the period commencing on the date of the commencement of conditional dealings of the Shares on the London Stock Exchange and ending no later than 30 calendar days thereafter. However, there is no obligation on the Stabilising Manager or any of its agents to effect stabilising transactions and there is no assurance that stabilising transactions will be undertaken. Such stabilising measures, if commenced, may be discontinued at any time without prior notice. In no event will measures be taken to stabilise the market price of the Shares above the offer price.

In connection with the Offer and pursuant to applicable law and regulation, the Stabilising Manager may, for stabilisation purposes, over-allot Shares for the purposes of allowing it to cover short positions resulting from any such over-allotments and/or from sales of Shares effected by it during the stabilisation period, the Stabilising Manager has entered into over-allotment arrangements pursuant to which the Stabilising Manager may purchase or procure purchasers for additional the Shares (the "Over Allotment Shares") at the offer price. The over-allotment arrangements would be exercisable in whole or in part, upon notice by the Stabilising Manager, at any time on or before the 30th calendar day after the commencement of conditional trading of the Shares on the London Stock Exchange. Any Over-allotment Shares made available pursuant to the over-allotment arrangements, including for all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid on the Shares, will rank pari passu in all respects with any Shares being sold in the Offer and will be purchased on the same terms and conditions as the Shares being issued or sold in the Offer and will form a single class for all purposes with the other Shares.

This announcement may include statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "plans", "may", "will" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement are forward-looking statements. They appear in a number of places throughout this announcement and include statements regarding the directors' or the Group's intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, its operating results, financial condition, prospects, growth, expansion plans, strategies, the industry in which the Group's operates and the general economic outlook. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. The Company, the Underwriters nor any of their affiliates do not undertake to release publicly the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this announcement that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement. Each of the Company, the Underwriters and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward looking statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Certain figures contained in this document, including financial information, have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, in certain instances, the sum or percentage change of the numbers contained in this document may not conform exactly with the total figure given.


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