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Wednesday 01 December, 2021

Springfield Props.

Close of Bookbuild and Result of Placing

RNS Number : 2200U
Springfield Properties PLC
01 December 2021
 

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Springfield Properties plc

("Springfield" or the "Company")

 

Close of Bookbuild and Result of Placing

 

The Board of Springfield (AIM: SPR), a leading housebuilder in Scotland delivering private and affordable housing, is pleased to announce that, further to the announcement made earlier today (the "Launch Announcement"), the Placing has now closed. The Placing was oversubscribed and, subject to completion, the Company has raised gross proceeds of approximately £22.0 million through the placing of 15,714,286 Placing Shares at the Placing Price of 140 pence per Placing Share.

 

Innes Smith, CEO of the Company, commented :

" We are very pleased to have successfully raised £22m in this placing, which will be used to accelerate our growth through the acquisition of Tulloch Homes. We have received excellent support from new and existing investors, for which we thank them. Our stated strategy is to grow organically as well as via acquisitions while maintaining a strong focus on building high-quality homes and creating sustainable communities. This transaction represents great delivery on that strategy. We look forward to updating the market on our progress and to generating value for our shareholders. "

 

General Meeting

 

The Placing is conditional, inter alia, upon the approval of the Placing by Shareholders at a general meeting of the Company, which is expected to be convened for 9 a.m. on 20 December 2021 (the "General Meeting").

 

The Circular is expected to be posted to Shareholders on or around 3 December 2021 and the Circular, once published, will be available on the Company's website at www.springfield.co.uk.

 

Admission, settlement and dealings

 

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM.

 

It is expected that Admission of the Placing Shares will occur at 8.00 a.m. on 21 December 2021 (or such later time or date as SCM may agree with the Company, being no later than 8.00 a.m. on the date falling 10 business days following 21 December 2021) and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at that time.

 

Capitalised terms used in this announcement (this "Announcement") have the meanings given to them in the Launch Announcement, unless the context provides otherwise.

 

This Announcement should be read in its entirety. In particular, you should read and understand the information provided in the "Important Notice" section of this Announcement.

Enquiries:

 

Springfield Properties

 

Sandy Adam, Chairman

Innes Smith, Chief Executive Officer

+44 1343 552550

 

 

Singer Capital Markets

 

Shaun Dobson, Rachel Hayes, James Moat

(Investment Banking)

+44 20 7496 3000

 

 

Luther Pendragon

 

Harry Chathli, Claire Norbury

+44 20 7618 9100

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Neither this Announcement, nor any copy of it, may be taken or transmitted, published or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the Republic of South Africa or to any persons in any of those jurisdictions or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant securities laws of such jurisdiction. This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or issue, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, acquire or subscribe for any shares in the capital of the Company in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, or the Republic of South Africa or any other state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is not authorised 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 securities laws of such jurisdictions.

This Announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility of, the Company. The distribution of this Announcement or any information contained in it, and the offering or sale of securities in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law, and therefore persons coming into possession of this Announcement and/or any related communications should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. Any failure to comply with such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or offering memorandum or an offer in respect of any securities and it is not intended to provide the basis for any decision in respect of the Company or other evaluation of any securities of the Company or any other entity and should not be considered as a recommendation that any investor should subscribe for or purchase any such securities.

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 SCM, the Nomad nor any of their affiliates or agents (or any of their respective directors, officers, employees or advisers) for the contents of the information contained in this Announcement, or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, or any other statement made or purported to be made by or on behalf of SCM, the Nomad nor any of their affiliates in connection with the Company, the Placing Shares or the Placing or the Acquisition and any responsibility and liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise therefore is expressly disclaimed.

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.

The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

Neither the content of the Company's website (or any other website) nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement.

This Announcement and the information contained herein are not an offer of securities for sale in the United States . The Placing Shares described in this Announcement have not been, and will not be , registered under the US 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, sold , resold, transferred or delivered , directly or indirectly, within, in or into the United States , unless registered under the Securities Act or pursuant to an available exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and , in each case, in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The Placing Shares are being offered and sold solely outside of the United States in offshore transactions in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act ("Regulation S"). There will be no public offering of the Placing Shares in the United States. No representation is being made as to the availability of any exemption under the Securities Act for the reoffer, resale, pledge or transfer of the Placing Shares .

The Placing Shares have not been approved or disapproved by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, any state securities commission or any other regulatory authority in the United States, nor have any of the foregoing authorities passed upon or endorsed the merits of the Fundraising or the accuracy or adequacy of this announcement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

Furthermore, the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the applicable laws of any of Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of South Africa or of any other jurisdiction where to do so would be unlawful and, consequently, may not be offered or sold to any national, resident or citizen thereof. The distribution of this Announcement and the placing of the Placing Shares as set out in this Announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdictions where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Singer Capital Markets Securities Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as broker and bookrunner exclusively to the Company and to no-one else in connection with the Placing and Admission and will not be responsible to anyone (including any Placees) other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing or Admission or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

Singer Capital Markets Advisory LLP, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom, is acting as nominated adviser to the Company for the purposes of the AIM Rules in connection with the Placing and Admission and to no-one else in connection with the Placing and Admission and will not be responsible to any person other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing or Admission or any other matters referred to in this Announcement. Singer Capital Markets Advisory LLP's responsibilities as the Company's nominated adviser under the AIM Rules are owed solely to the London Stock Exchange and are not owed to the Company, any director of the Company or to any other person .

This Announcement contains (or may contain) certain forward-looking statements with respect to certain of the Company's current expectations and projections about future events and the Company's future financial condition and performance. These statements, which sometimes use words such as "aim", "anticipate'', "believe", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "plan", "assume'', "estimate", "expect' (or the negative thereof) and words of similar meaning, reflect the current beliefs and expectations of the directors of the Company and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control and difficult to predict, that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially from any expected future results or performance expressed or implied by the forward-looking statement. 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, global events (such as pandemics), 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 and trends in the Company's principal industries. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place 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.

The information contained in this Announcement speaks only as of the date of this Announcement and is subject to change without notice and the Company does not assume any responsibility or obligation to, and does not intend to, update or revise publicly or review any of the information contained to this Announcement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by the FCA, the AIM Rules, UK MAR, the rules of the London Stock Exchange or by applicable law.

Information to Distributors

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within Chapter 3 of the FCA Handbook Production Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook (the "UK Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the UK 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 securities are: (i) compatible with an end target market of investors who meet the criteria of retail investors, investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in the UK Product Governance Requirements; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by UK Product Governance Requirements (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors (for the purposes of UK Product Governance Requirements) should note that: (a) the price of the Placing Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; (b) the Placing Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and (c) 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, SCM 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 Chapter 9A or 10A respectively of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook; 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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