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Monday 01 November, 2021

SIG PLC

Proposed Refinancing Transactions

RNS Number : 8153Q
SIG PLC
01 November 2021
 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION 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 SIG PLC.

 

 

1 November 2021

 

LEI: 213800VDC1BKJEZ8PV53

 

 

SIG plc

 

Proposed Refinancing Transactions

 

 

Proposed Refinancing Transactions

 

SIG plc (the "Company", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") has made significant progress over the last eighteen months under its "Return to Growth" strategy, demonstrated in strong trading and improving profitability during 2021 to date. The Group maintains a solid financial position, with a supportive lender group, healthy liquidity, and financing facilities that mostly mature in May 2023. Given the progress made, the Board has been exploring options to evolve the Group's financing arrangements in order to provide a platform to support its strategic growth ambitions into the medium term.

 

In line with this approach, and in light of the continued improvement in its operating performance, the Group today announces that it has mandated bookrunners to carry out roadshows in connection with a proposed offering (the "Offering") for an aggregate principal amount of €300,000,000 senior secured notes due 2026 (the "Notes"). The completion of the Offering will be subject to market conditions and, if completed, the Company will use the net proceeds from the Offering to: (i) repay its existing private placement notes, (ii) repay its existing credit facilities and cancel any commitments thereunder, and (iii) fund cash on the Group's balance sheet for general corporate purposes.

 

Concurrent with the Offering, the Company further intends to enter into a new revolving credit facility agreement that will provide for aggregate borrowings of up to an equivalent of £50,000,000 (the "New Revolving Credit Facility").

 

The Notes and the New Revolving Credit Facility will be guaranteed on a senior secured basis by certain subsidiaries of the Company. The interest rate and offering price of the Notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the Offering, subject to market conditions. An update will be provided in due course.

 

Further Information

 

A Company presentation with more detailed information about the Group will be available later today via the Company's website at: www.sigplc.com/investors .

 

Important Notice

 

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The Notes and the related guarantees have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or the securities laws of any state of the United States or other jurisdiction, and therefore may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act), except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable securities laws of any state of the United States or other jurisdiction.

 

Certain statements made in this announcement are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any such projections or statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from any expected future events or results expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Persons receiving this announcement should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this announcement are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

 

This announcement is directed only to: (i) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Financial Promotion Order"); (ii) persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.") of the Financial Promotion Order; (iii) persons outside the United Kingdom; or (iv) persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity within the meaning of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the "FSMA") in connection with the issue or sale of any securities may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). This announcement is directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not 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 has been prepared on the basis that no offer of securities will be directed to retail investors in the European Economic Area (the "EEA"). For these purposes, a "retail investor" means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU, as amended ("MiFID II"); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97, as amended (the "Insurance Distribution Directive"), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II ; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, as amended. Consequently, no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014, as amended (the "PRIIPs Regulation") for offering, selling or distributing the securities referred to herein or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared, and, therefore, offering, selling or distributing the securities or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation .  

 

This announcement has been prepared on the basis that no offer of securities will be directed to retail investors in the United Kingdom. For these purposes, a "retail investor" means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/565 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (the "EUWA"); (ii) a customer within the meaning of the provisions of the FSMA and any rules or regulations made under the FSMA to implement the Insurance Distribution Directive, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA ; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as amended and as it forms part of the UK domestic law by virtue of the EUWA. Consequently, no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA (the "UK PRIIPs Regulation") for offering, selling or distributing the securities referred to herein or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the United Kingdom has been prepared and, therefore, offering, selling or distributing the securities or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the United Kingdom may be unlawful under the UK PRIIPs Regulation.

 

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Andrew Watkins, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary.

 

Enquiries

 

SIG plc



 

Steve Francis

Chief Executive Officer

+44 (0) 114 285 6300

 

Ian Ashton

Chief Financial Officer


 




 

FTI Consulting



Richard Mountain


 +44 (0) 20 3727 1340




Peel Hunt LLP - Joint broker to SIG 


 

Mike Bell / Charles Batten


 +44 (0) 20 7418 8900 



 

Jefferies International Limited - Joint broker to SIG


 

Ed Matthews / Will Soutar


+44 (0) 20 7029 8000

 

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