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Thursday 13 January, 2022

Team17 Group PLC

Proposed Placing of New Ordinary Shares

RNS Number : 4020Y
Team17 Group PLC
13 January 2022
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR IN OR INTO ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO MIGHT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OR BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW OR REGULATION.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR CONTAIN ANY INVITATION, SOLICITATION, RECOMMENDATION, OFFER OR ADVICE TO ANY PERSON TO SUBSCRIBE FOR, OTHERWISE ACQUIRE OR DISPOSE OF ANY SECURITIES IN TEAM17 GROUP PLC OR ANY OTHER ENTITY IN ANY SUCH JURISDICTION. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICES AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION AS STIPULATED UNDER THE UK VERSION OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU NO. 596/2014) AS IT FORMS PART OF UK LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 (AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME) ("UK MAR").

 

13   January 2022

For immediate release

Team17 Group plc

("Team17", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Proposed Placing of New Ordinary Shares

 

Team17, a global games label, creative partner and developer of independent ("indie") premium video games and developer of educational entertainment ("edutainment") apps for children, announces its intention to conduct a non pre-emptive placing of new ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") of £0.01 each in the capital of the Company (the "Placing"), to raise gross proceeds of approximately £80 million (before expenses).

The Placing Shares will not exceed approximately 8 per cent. of the current issued share capital of the Company.

The Placing will be conducted through an accelerated bookbuilding process (the "Bookbuilding Process") which will be launched immediately following the release of this announcement and will be made available to new and existing eligible institutional investors. The Placing is subject to the terms and conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this announcement (which forms part of this Announcement, such announcement and its Appendices together being this "Announcement"). Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG ("Berenberg") is acting as sole global co-ordinator and sole bookrunner (the "Sole Global Co-ordinator", the "Sole Bookrunner", or the "Bank") in connection with the Placing.

Use of proceeds

The net proceeds of the Placing will be used to fund the acquisition of astragon Entertainment GmBH for a maximum cash consideration of €100 million (£83 million1) (the "Acquisition")1. Further information on the Acquisition can be found in the Acquisition announcement released separately by the Company earlier today.

The Acquisition is expected to complete mid-January 2022, subject to the satisfaction or, where applicable, waiver of the conditions set out in the Acquisition Agreement. The Placing is not conditional upon the completion of the Acquisition and, in the event that the Acquisition does not occur, the current intention of the Directors is that the net proceeds of the Placing will be invested on a short-term basis while they evaluate other acquisition opportunities.

1 EUR:GBP exchange rate of 1.20 as of 12 January 2022 (Bloomberg), figures are rounded

 

Details of the Placing

The Placing is subject to the terms and conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this Announcement.

The Sole Bookrunner will commence the Bookbuilding Process immediately following the release of this Announcement, and the book will open with immediate effect at that time. The price per Placing Share at which the Placing Shares are to be placed (the "Placing Price") will be determined at the close of the Bookbuilding Process.  The timing of the closing of the book, pricing and allocations are at the absolute discretion of the Sole Bookrunner in consultation with the Company. Details of the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares to be issued will be announced as soon as practicable after the close of the Bookbuilding Process.

The Placing Shares, when issued, will be fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing ordinary shares of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue.

The Placing is not conditional upon the approval of the Company's shareholders. The Company acknowledges that it is seeking to issue Placing Shares representing up to approximately 8 per cent. of its existing issued ordinary share capital on a non pre-emptive basis and has therefore consulted, where possible, with the Company's major institutional shareholders ahead of the release of this Announcement. The Placing structure has been chosen as it minimises cost, time to completion and use of management time. The consultation has confirmed the Directors' view that the Placing is in the best interests of shareholders, as well as wider stakeholders in Team17.

Application will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence on AIM on 18 January 2022.

Debbie Bestwick MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Team17, Christopher Bell, Non-Executive Chairman of Team17, and Martin Hellawell, Non-Executive Director of Team17, intend to participate in the Placing. Further details will be contained in the Placing results announcement.

For further information please contact:

Team17 Group plc

Debbie Bestwick MBE, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Crawford, Chief Financial Officer

 

via Vigo Consulting

 

Houlihan Lokey (Nominated Adviser)

Adrian Reed / Paul Lines

 

+44 (0) 161 250 3577

Berenberg  (Sole Global Coordinator, Bookrunner and Broker)

Chris Bowman / Toby Flaux / Marie Moy / Alix Mecklenburg-Solodkoff

 

+44 (0)20 3207 7800

Vigo Consulting  (Financial Public Relations)

Jeremy Garcia / Kate Kilgallen

[email protected] sulting.com

+44 (0)20 7390 0233

 

About Team17 Group plc

 

Team17 Group plc is a global provider of games entertainment to a broad audience. It has two main verticals - a games entertainment label and creative partner for indie developers, and a leading developer of educational apps, targeting children under the age of eight.

Games label and creative partner

Team17 is a games entertainment label and creative partner for independent ("indie") developers, focused on the premium, rather than free to play market, and creating games for the PC, console, mobile and tablet gaming markets.

Alongside developing the Company's own games in house ("first party IP"), Team17 also partners with independent developers across the globe to add value to their games in all areas of development and production and in bringing them to market across multiple platforms for fixed percentage royalties ("third party IP").

Since foundation in 1990, the Company has launched over 100 games, including the iconic Worms, Overcooked! and Escapists franchises, along with many more inc; Yooka-Laylee, Yoku's Island Express, My Time at Portia, Hell Let Loose, Blasphemous, Golf With Your Friends, Neon Abyss and Moving Out making Team17 one of the most prolific developers and diverse partners of games for the indie market.


The person arranging release of this announcement on behalf of Team17 is Richard Almond, Company Secretary.

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any other jurisdiction should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable requirements. This announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with the AIM Rules and the UK MAR and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulation of any jurisdiction outside of England.

This Announcement should be read in its entirety. In particular, you should read and understand the information provided in the "Important Notices" section of this Announcement. Appendix 1 to this Announcement sets out further information relating to the terms and conditions of the Placing. Unless otherwise stated, capitalised terms in this Announcement have the meanings ascribed to them in Appendix 2 (which forms part of this Announcement).

This Announcement contains inside information for the purposes of UK MAR. Market soundings, as defined in UK MAR, were taken in respect of the Placing, with the result that certain persons became aware of inside information relating to the Company and its securities, as permitted by UK MAR. That inside information is set out in this Announcement. Therefore, those persons that received inside information in a market sounding are no longer in possession of inside information relating to the Company and its securities.

This Announcement includes 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", "plans", "anticipates", "targets", "aims", "continues", "expects", "intends", "hopes", "may", "will", "would", "could" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include matters that are not facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this Announcement and include statements regarding the Directors' intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, amongst other things, the Group's results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industries in which the Group operates. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances. A number of factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: conditions in the public markets; the market position of the Group; the earnings, financial position, cash flows, return on capital and operating margins of the Group; the anticipated investments and capital expenditures of the Group; changing business or other market conditions; changes in political or tax regimes, exchange rates and clients; changes in governmental policies, and general economic conditions. These and other factors could adversely affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described herein. Forward-looking statements contained in this Announcement based on past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. Subject to any requirement under the AIM Rules, UK MAR or other applicable legislation or regulation, neither the Company nor Berenberg undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors should therefore not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Announcement.

Certain data in this Announcement, including financial, statistical and operating information, has been rounded.

 

Admission and settlement

Application will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on the AIM market ("AIM") of London Stock Exchange plc (the "London Stock Exchange").

Settlement for the Placing Shares and Admission are expected to take place on or before 8.00 a.m. on 18 January 2022. The Placing is conditional upon, among other things, Admission becoming effective and the Placing Agreement between the Company and the Sole Bookrunner not being terminated in accordance with its terms. Following Admission, assuming the full take up of the Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing, the Company will have 144,620,544 Ordinary Shares in issue.

Appendix 1 sets out further information relating to the Bookbuilding Process and the terms and conditions of the Placing. Persons who have chosen to participate in the Placing, by making an oral, electronic or written offer to acquire Placing Shares, will be deemed to have read and understood this Announcement in its entirety (including the Appendices) and to be making such offer on the terms and subject to the conditions herein, and to be providing the representations, warranties, agreements, acknowledgements and undertakings contained in Appendix 1.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION 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 AND THE INFORMATION IN IT MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. 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 DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN TEAM17 GROUP PLC.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE SECURITIES REFERRED TO HEREIN HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 (AS AMENDED) AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION. NO PUBLIC OFFERING IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES.

The distribution of this Announcement and/or the Placing and/or issue of the Placing Shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company, the Sole Bookrunner or any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers, consultants, partners or employees ("Representatives") that would permit an offer of the Placing Shares or 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. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company and the Sole Bookrunner to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

This Announcement or any part of it is for information purposes only and 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 Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, or any other jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in any such jurisdiction.

All offers of the Placing Shares in the United Kingdom or the EEA will be made pursuant to an exemption from the requirement to produce a prospectus under the UK Prospectus Regulation or the EU Prospectus Regulation, as appropriate. In the United Kingdom, this Announcement is being directed solely at persons in circumstances in which section 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) does not require the approval of the relevant communication by an authorised person.

The relevant clearances have not been, nor will they be, obtained from the securities commission of any province or territory of Canada, 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 from 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 offered in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, or South Africa. 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 the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, or South Africa, or any other jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom.

Persons (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual right or other legal obligations to forward a copy of this Announcement should seek appropriate advice before taking any such action.

By participating in the Bookbuilding Process and the Placing, each person who is invited to and who chooses to participate in the Placing (a "Placee") by making an oral, electronic or written and legally binding offer to acquire Placing Shares will be deemed to have read and understood this Announcement in its entirety, to be participating, making an offer and acquiring Placing Shares on the terms and conditions contained herein and to be providing the representations, warranties, indemnities, acknowledgements and undertakings contained in Appendix 1. Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the Placing and no public offering of Placing Shares is being or will be made.

Berenberg, which is authorised and regulated by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority and in the United Kingdom is deemed authorised under the Temporary Permissions Regime and is subject to limited regulation by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company in connection with the Placing and will not be acting for any other person (including any Placees) and will not be responsible to any person other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Berenberg or for advising any other person in respect of the matters referred to in this Announcement.

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 the Sole Bookrunner or by any of its Representatives 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.

No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast or estimate, and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.

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, and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.

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 nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this Announcement.

 

APPENDIX 1 - TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PLACING

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THE APPENDICES, AND THE INFORMATION IN IT IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO MIGHT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OR BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW OR REGULATION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN) IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) IN A MEMBER STATE OF THE EEA, PERSONS WHO ARE, UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED BY BERENBERG, "QUALIFIED INVESTORS" AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE 2(E) OF THE EU PROSPECTUS REGULATION (WHICH MEANS REGULATION (EU) 2017/1129) (THE "PROSPECTUS REGULATION"); AND (B) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, PERSONS WHO: (I) FALL WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF "QUALIFIED INVESTORS" OF THE PROSPECTUS REGULATION, AS IT FORMS PART OF UK DOMESTIC LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 (AS AMENDED) ("EUWA") AND OTHER IMPLEMENTING MEASURES (SUCH PERSONS IN (A) AND (B)(I) BEING "QUALIFIED INVESTORS"); (II) ARE EITHER "INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (THE "ORDER"), OR FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) ("HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC") OF THE ORDER; (C) IN THE UNITED STATES TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF "QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS" ("QIBS") AS DEFINED IN RULE 144A UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"); OR (D) TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFULLY COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS IN (A), (B), (C) AND (D) TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS"). THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN) MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS ANNOUNCMENT, THE APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN RELATE IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. PERSONS INTO WHOSE POSSESSION THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN) COMES ARE REQUIRED BY THE COMPANY AND BERENBERG TO INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT AND TO OBSERVE ANY SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

IN PARTICULAR, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES FOR SALE INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE SECURITIES REFERRED TO HEREIN HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF SECURITIES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY.

EACH PLACEE SHOULD CONSULT WITH ITS OWN ADVISERS AS TO LEGAL, TAX, BUSINESS AND RELATED ASPECTS OF AN INVESTMENT IN PLACING SHARES. THE PRICE OF SHARES AND THE INCOME FROM THEM (IF ANY) MAY GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP AND INVESTORS MAY NOT GET BACK THE FULL AMOUNT INVESTED ON DISPOSAL OF SHARES.

THE PLACING SHARES ARE BEING OFFERED AND SOLD (A) IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY TO QIBS IN TRANSACTIONS EXEMPT FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT AND (B) OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES IN "OFFSHORE TRANSACTIONS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH, REGULATION S UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF SECURITIES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ELSEWHERE.

The relevant clearances have not been, nor will they be, obtained from the securities commission of any province or territory of Canada; no prospectus has been lodged with or registered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Japanese Ministry of Finance or the South African Reserve Bank; and the Placing Shares have not been, nor will they be, registered under or offered in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of South Africa or New Zealand. 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, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, New Zealand or any other jurisdiction in which such offer, sale, resale or delivery would be unlawful.

Information to Distributors

UK Product Governance

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within of 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 and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in paragraph 3 of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels (the "UK Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the UK 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 UK 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 UK Target Market Assessment, Berenberg will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.

For the avoidance of doubt, the UK 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.

EEA Product Governance

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 in the EEA (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 the Placing Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of (a) retail investors, (b) investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and (c) eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "EEA Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the EEA Target Market Assessment, distributors 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 EEA 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 EEA Target Market Assessment, Berenberg will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.

For the avoidance of doubt, the EEA 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.

Persons (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual right or other legal obligation to forward a copy of this Appendix or this Announcement of which it forms part should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.

These terms and conditions apply to persons acquiring Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing. Each Placee hereby agrees with Berenberg and the Company to be bound by these terms and conditions as being the terms and conditions upon which Placing Shares will be issued or acquired. A Placee shall, without limitation, become so bound if Berenberg confirms to such Placee its allocation of Placing Shares.

Persons who are invited to and who choose to participate in the Placing, by making (or on whose behalf there is made) an oral or written offer to acquire Placing Shares, will be deemed to have read and understood this Announcement, including this Appendix, in its entirety and to be making such offer on the terms and conditions, and to be providing the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, and undertakings, contained in this Appendix. In particular, each such Placee represents, warrants and acknowledges to the Company and Berenberg that:

(a)  it is a Relevant Person (as defined above) and undertakes that it will acquire, hold, manage or dispose of any Placing Shares that are allocated to it for the purposes of its business;

(b)  in the case of a Relevant Person in the United Kingdom who acquires any Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing:

i.  it is a Qualified Investor within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the UK Prospectus Regulation; and

ii.  in the case of any Placing Shares acquired by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the UK Prospectus Regulation: (x) the Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in the United Kingdom other than Qualified Investors or in circumstances in which the prior consent of Berenberg have been given to the offer or resale; or (y) where Placing Shares have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in the United Kingdom other than Qualified Investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the UK Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons;

(c)  in the case of a Relevant Person in a member state of the EEA (each a "Relevant State") who acquires any Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing:

i.  it is a Qualified Investor within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the EU Prospectus Regulation; and

ii.  in the case of any Placing Shares acquired by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the EU Prospectus Regulation: (x) the Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in a Relevant State other than Qualified Investors or in circumstances in which the prior consent of Berenberg have been given to the offer or resale; or (y) where Placing Shares have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in a Relevant State other than Qualified Investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the EU Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons; and

(d)  except for such person confirming their status as a QIB, having duly executed (or will duly execute) an investor letter to that effect in the form provided to it and having delivered (or will deliver) the same to Berenberg or its Affiliates (i) it is not within the United States; (ii) it is not in any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make or accept an offer to acquire the Placing Shares; and (iii) it is not acquiring the Placing Shares with a view to the offer, sale, resale, transfer, delivery or distribution, directly or indirectly, of any such Placing Shares into the United States or any other jurisdiction referred to in (ii) above.

Upon being notified of its allocation of Placing Shares, a Placee shall be contractually committed to acquire the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Placing Price and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, will be deemed to have agreed not to exercise any rights to rescind or terminate or otherwise withdraw from such commitment.

In this Appendix, unless the context otherwise requires, "Placee" means a Relevant Person (including individuals, funds or others) who has been invited to participate in the Placing and on whose behalf a commitment to subscribe for or acquire Placing Shares has been given.

Details of the Placing Agreement and the Placing Shares

Berenberg and the Company entered into a Placing Agreement earlier today, under which Berenberg has, on the terms and subject to the conditions set out therein, undertaken to use its reasonable endeavours to procure subscribers for the Placing Shares at the Placing Price, in order to raise up to approximately £85 million in gross proceeds. The Placing is not being underwritten by Berenberg or any other person.

The Placing Shares are expected to be issued on or around 18 January 2022. The Placing Shares will, when issued, be subject to the articles of association of the Company, will be credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the Existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions (if any) declared, made or paid on or in respect of Ordinary Shares after the date of issue of the Placing Shares. The Placing Shares will trade under TM17 with ISIN GB00BYVX2X20. 

Application for admission to trading of the Placing Shares

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. Admission of the Placing Shares is expected to become effective and dealings in such shares are expected to commence at 8.00 a.m. on or around 18 January 2022. In any event, the latest date for Admission is 31 January 2022 (the "Long Stop Date").

Placing

This Appendix gives details of the terms and conditions of, and the mechanics of participation in, the Placing. No commissions will be paid to Placees or by Placees in respect of any Placing Shares.

Participation in, and the principal terms of, the Placing are as follows:

1.  Berenberg is arranging the Placing as agent for the Company. Berenberg is regulated by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its customers or for providing advice in relation to the matters described in this Announcement.

2.  The number of Placing Shares to be issued at the Placing Price under the Placing will be agreed between Berenberg and the Company.

3.  Participation in the Placing is only available to persons who are lawfully able to be, and have been, invited to participate by Berenberg. Berenberg is entitled to participate in the Placing as principal.

4.  Each Placee's allocation will be confirmed ("confirmation") to Placees orally, or in writing (which can include email), by Berenberg. Berenberg's confirmation will give rise to an irrevocable, legally binding commitment by that person (who at that point becomes a Placee), in favour of Berenberg and the Company, under which it agrees to acquire by subscription the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Placing Price and otherwise on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in this Appendix and in accordance with the Company's articles of association. Except with Berenberg's consent, such commitment will not be capable of variation or revocation.

5.  The terms and conditions of this Announcement (including this Appendix) will be deemed to be incorporated in Berenberg's confirmation and will be legally binding on the Placee on behalf of which it is made and except with Berenberg's consent will not be capable of variation or revocation from the time at which it is issued.

6.  Each Placee will have an immediate, separate, irrevocable and binding obligation, owed to Berenberg (as agent for the Company), to pay to Berenberg (or as Berenberg may direct) in cleared funds an amount equal to the product of the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares such Placee has agreed to acquire and the Company has agreed to allot and issue to that Placee.

7.  Except as required by law or regulation, no press release or other announcement will be made by Berenberg or the Company using the name of any Placee (or its agent), in its capacity as Placee (or agent), other than with such Placee's prior written consent.

8.  Irrespective of the time at which a Placee's allocation pursuant to the Placing is confirmed, settlement for all Placing Shares to be acquired pursuant to the Placing will be required to be made at the same time, on the basis explained below under "Registration and Settlement".

9.  All obligations of Berenberg under the Placing will be subject to fulfilment of the conditions referred to below under "Conditions of the Placing" and to the Placing not being terminated on the basis referred to below under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement".

10.  By participating in the Placing, each Placee agrees that its rights and obligations in respect of the Placing will terminate only in the circumstances described below and will not be capable of rescission or termination by the Placee.

11.  To the fullest extent permissible by law and the applicable rules of the FCA, neither Berenberg nor any of its Affiliates shall have any liability to Placees (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise whether or not a recipient of these terms and conditions) in respect of the Placing. Each Placee acknowledges and agrees that the Company is responsible for the allotment of the Placing Shares to the Placees and Berenberg and its Affiliates shall have no liability to the Placees for the failure of the Company to fulfil those obligations. In particular, neither Berenberg nor any of its Affiliates shall have any liability (including to the extent permissible by law, any fiduciary duties) in respect of Berenberg's conduct of the Placing.

Conditions of the Placing

Berenberg's obligations under the Placing Agreement in respect of, amongst other things, the Placing are conditional on, inter alia:

1.  the release of this Announcement to a Regulatory Information Service by no later than 5:30 p.m. on 13 January 2022;

2.  the delivery by the Company to Berenberg of certain documents required under the Placing Agreement;

3.  the Company having fully performed its obligations under the Placing Agreement which Berenberg has, acting in good faith, deemed material to the extent that they fall to be performed prior to Admission;

4.  none of the warranties or undertakings given in the Placing Agreement being untrue or inaccurate or misleading in any respect at any time before Admission, and no fact or circumstance having arisen which would constitute a breach of any of the warranties or undertakings given in the Placing Agreement on the dates on which they are given or would have rendered any of the warranties or undertakings given in the Placing Agreement untrue, incorrect or misleading if such fact or circumstance had occurred before the date of the Placing Agreement;

5.  the Acquisition Agreement and all other relevant Acquisition documentation: (i) not having been terminated in accordance with its terms or, without the prior written consent of Berenberg, varied or amended in any way deemed material by Berenberg (acting in good faith); (ii) not having been breached in any way which, in the opinion of Berenberg, acting in good faith, is material, and no claims having arisen or been made or received thereunder; and (iii) having become unconditional in all respects, save for any condition relating to Placing Agreement becoming unconditional in accordance with its terms (including, for the avoidance of doubt, Admission);

6.  admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM becoming effective in accordance with Rule 6 of the AIM Rules on or before 18 January 2022 or such later date as the Company and Berenberg may agree, but not being later than 31 January 2022;

7.  in the opinion of Berenberg, acting in good faith, there not having been prior to Admission occurred any material adverse change in the condition (financial, operational, legal or otherwise) of the Company and/or any other member of the Group whether or not arising in the ordinary course; and

8.  the Placing Agreement not having been terminated by Berenberg.

If: (i) any of the conditions contained in the Placing Agreement, including those described above, are not fulfilled or (where applicable) waived by Berenberg by the respective time or date where specified (or such later time or date as Berenberg may notify to the Company (being not later than the Long Stop Date)) or (ii) any of such conditions becomes incapable of being fulfilled, the Placing will not proceed and the Placees' rights and obligations hereunder in relation to the Placing Shares shall cease and terminate at such time and each Placee agrees that no claim can be made by the Placee in respect thereof.

Berenberg may, at its discretion and upon such terms as it thinks fit, waive, or extend the period for, compliance by the Company with the whole or any part of any of the Company's obligations in relation to the conditions in the Placing Agreement, save that the condition relating to Admission taking place by the Long Stop Date may not be waived. Any such extension or waiver will not affect Placees' commitments as set out in this Announcement or its Appendix.

Neither Berenberg, the Company nor any of their respective Affiliates or officers, directors, employees or agents shall have any liability to any Placee (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise) in respect of any decision they may make as to whether or not to waive or to extend the time and/or date for the satisfaction of any condition to the Placing nor for any decision they may make as to the satisfaction of any condition or in respect of the Placing generally and by participating in the Placing each Placee agrees that any such decision is within the absolute discretion of Berenberg.

Right to terminate the Placing Agreement

Berenberg is entitled to terminate the Placing Agreement at any time prior to Admission by giving notice to the Company in certain circumstances, including, inter alia:

1.  the Company is in breach of any provision of the Placing Agreement which is material in the context of the Placing, or with the requirements of any laws or regulations (including UK MAR, FSMA or the AIM Rules) in relation to the Placing;

2.  Berenberg becomes aware of any circumstance which results in any of the warranties given in the Placing Agreement being untrue or inaccurate or misleading when given at the date of the Placing Agreement or which results in or might in the opinion of Berenberg (acting in good faith)  results in any of the warranties being untrue or inaccurate or misleading when deemed given;

3.  it should come to the notice of Berenberg that any statement contained in any of the Placing Documents is untrue, incorrect or misleading which Berenberg considers in its absolute discretion, acting in good faith, to be material in the context of the Placing;

4.  in the opinion of Berenberg (acting in good faith) there has occurred any material adverse change in the condition (financial, operational, legal or otherwise) of the Company and/or any other member of the Group whether or not arising in the ordinary course;

5.  the Acquisition Agreement: (i) is terminated in accordance with its terms or, without the prior written consent of Berenberg, varied or amended in any way which, in the opinion of Berenberg, acting in good faith, is material; or (ii) is breached in any way which, in the opinion of Berenberg, acting in good faith, is material, or any claim has arisen or been made or received thereunder; or

6.  there having occurred or, in the opinion of Berenberg, it being reasonably likely that there will occur, any material adverse change in the financial markets in the United Kingdom, or economic, monetary or market conditions (including a significant and material worsening of the situation relating to COVID-19) which would have a material impact on the business and operations of the Company

7.  there having occurred a general moratorium on commercial banking activities in London declared by the relevant authorities or a material disruption in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United Kingdom. 

If the Placing Agreement is terminated prior to Admission then the Placing will not occur.

The rights and obligations of the Placees will not be subject to termination by the Placees or any prospective Placees at any time or in any circumstances. By participating in the Placing, Placees agree that the exercise by Berenberg of any right of termination or other discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of Berenberg and that Berenberg need not make any reference to Placees in this regard and that neither Berenberg nor any of its Affiliates shall have any liability to Placees whatsoever in connection with any such exercise or failure so to exercise.

No Admission Document or Prospectus

The Placing Shares are being offered to a limited number of specifically invited persons only and have not been nor will be offered in such a way as to require the publication of an admission document or prospectus in the United Kingdom or any equivalent document in any other jurisdiction. No offering document, admission document or prospectus has been or will be submitted to be approved by the FCA or the London Stock Exchange in relation to the Placing or the Placing Shares, and Placees' commitments will be made solely on the basis of the information contained in this Announcement (including this Appendix) and the business and financial information that the Company is required to publish in accordance with the AIM Rules (the "Exchange Information") or has published via a Regulatory Information Service ("Publicly Available Information"). Each Placee, by accepting a participation in the Placing, agrees that the content of this Announcement is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and confirms that it has neither received nor relied on any other information (other than the Exchange Information and/or Publicly Available Information), representation, warranty, or statement made by or on behalf of the Company or Berenberg or any other person and neither Berenberg, the Company nor any other person will be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement which the Placees may have obtained or received and, if given or made, such information, representation, warranty or statement must not be relied upon as having been authorised by Berenberg, the Company or their respective officers, directors, employees or agents. Each Placee acknowledges and agrees that it has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in accepting a participation in the Placing. Neither the Company nor Berenberg nor any of their respective Affiliates, officers, directors, employees or agents are making any undertaking or warranty to any Placee regarding the legality of an investment in the Placing Shares by such Placee under any legal, investment or similar laws or regulations. Each Placee should not consider any information in this Announcement to be legal, tax or business advice. Each Placee should consult its own solicitor, tax adviser and financial adviser for independent legal, tax and financial advice regarding an investment in the Placing Shares. Nothing in this paragraph shall exclude the liability of any person for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Registration and Settlement

Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares will, unless otherwise agreed, take place on a delivery versus payment basis within CREST. Each Placee will be deemed to agree that it will do all things necessary to ensure that delivery and payment is completed as directed by Berenberg in accordance with the standing CREST settlement instructions which they have in place with Berenberg.

Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares (ISIN: GB00BYVX2X20) following Admission will take place within CREST provided that, subject to certain exceptions, Berenberg reserves the right to require settlement for, and delivery of, the Placing Shares (or a portion thereof) to Placees by such other means that it deems necessary if delivery or settlement is not possible or practicable within CREST within the timetable set out in this Announcement or would not be consistent with the regulatory requirements in any Placee's jurisdiction.

It is expected that settlement will take place on or about 18 January 2022 in CREST on a T+2 basis in accordance with the instructions set out in Berenberg's confirmation. Settlement will be through Berenberg against CREST ID: 5KQAQ.Each Placee is deemed to agree that, if it does not comply with these obligations, Berenberg may sell any or all of the Placing Shares allocated to that Placee on such Placee's behalf and retain from the proceeds, for Berenberg's account and benefit (as agent for the Company), an amount equal to the aggregate amount owed by the Placee plus any interest due. The relevant Placee will, however, remain liable and shall indemnify Berenberg on demand for any shortfall below the aggregate amount owed by it and may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or securities transfer tax (together with any interest or penalties) which may arise upon the sale of such Placing Shares on such Placee's behalf. By communicating a bid for Placing Shares, each Placee confers on Berenberg such authorities and powers necessary to carry out any such sale and agrees to ratify and confirm all actions which Berenberg lawfully takes in pursuance of such sale. Legal and/or beneficial title in and to any Placing Shares shall not pass to the relevant Placee until it has fully complied with its obligations hereunder.

If Placing Shares are to be delivered to a custodian or settlement agent, Placees should ensure that any form of confirmation is copied and delivered immediately to the relevant person within that organisation.

Insofar as Placing Shares are registered in a Placee's name or that of its nominee or in the name of any person for whom a Placee is contracting as agent or that of a nominee for such person, such Placing Shares should, subject as provided below, be so registered free from any liability to UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or securities transfer tax. Neither Berenberg nor the Company will be liable in any circumstances for the payment of stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax or securities transfer tax in connection with any of the Placing Shares. Placees will not be entitled to receive any fee or commission in connection with the Placing.

Representations, Warranties and Further Terms

By participating in the Placing, each Placee (and any person acting on such Placee's behalf) makes the following representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings (as the case may be) to Berenberg (for itself and on behalf of the Company):

1.  that it has read and understood this Announcement, including this Appendix, in its entirety and that its subscription for Placing Shares is subject to and based upon all the terms, conditions, representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings and other information contained herein and undertakes not to redistribute or duplicate this Announcement;

2.  that the shares in the capital of the Company are admitted to trading on AIM, and the Company is therefore required to publish the Exchange Information, which includes a description of the nature of the Company's business and the Company's most recent balance sheet and profit and loss account and that it is able to obtain or access such Exchange Information without undue difficulty and is able to obtain access to such information or comparable information concerning any other publicly traded company without undue difficulty;

3.  that its obligations are irrevocable and legally binding and shall not be capable of rescission or termination by it in any circumstances;

4.  that the exercise by Berenberg of any right or discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of Berenberg and Berenberg need not have any reference to it and shall have no liability to it whatsoever in connection with any decision to exercise or not to exercise any such right and each Placee agrees that it has no rights against Berenberg or the Company or any other member of the Group, or any of their respective officers, directors or employees, under the Placing Agreement pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties Act) 1999;

5.  that these terms and conditions represent the whole and only agreement between it, Berenberg and the Company in relation to its participation in the Placing and supersedes any previous agreement between any of such parties in relation to such participation. Accordingly, each Placee, in accepting its participation in the Placing, is not relying on any information or representation or warranty in relation to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of the Placing Shares other than as contained in this Announcement, the Exchange Information and the Publicly Available Information, such information being all that it deems necessary to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares. Each Placee agrees that neither the Company, Berenberg nor any of their respective officers, directors or employees will have any liability for any such other information, representation or warranty, express or implied;

6.  that in the case of any Placing Shares acquired by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in the UK Prospectus Regulation: (i) the Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in the United Kingdom or any member state of the EEA other than Qualified Investors or in circumstances in which the prior consent of Berenberg have been given to the offer or resale; or (ii) where Placing Shares have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in the United Kingdom or any member state of the EEA other than Qualified Investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons;

7.  that neither it nor, as the case may be, its clients expect Berenberg to have any duties or responsibilities to such persons similar or comparable to the duties of "best execution" and "suitability" imposed by the FCA's Conduct of Business Sourcebook, and that Berenberg is not acting for it or its clients, and that Berenberg will not be responsible for providing the protections afforded to customers of Berenberg or for providing advice in respect of the transactions described herein;

8.  that it has made its own assessment of the Placing Shares and has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in accepting a participation in the Placing and neither Berenberg or the Company nor any of their respective Affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees or any person acting on behalf of any of them has provided, and will not provide, it with any material regarding the Placing Shares or the Company or any other person other than the information in this Announcement  or the Publicly Available Information; nor has it requested Berenberg, the Company or any of their respective Affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees or any person acting on behalf of any of them to provide it with any such information;

9.  that the only information on which it is entitled to rely on and on which it has relied upon in committing to subscribe for the Placing Shares is contained in this Announcement and the Publicly Available Information, such information being all that it deems necessary to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares and it has made its own assessment of the Company, the Placing Shares and the terms of the Placing based on this Announcement and the Publicly Available Information;

10.  that none of Berenberg, the Company or any of their respective Affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees has made any representation or warranty to it, express or implied, with respect to the Company, the Placing or the Placing Shares or the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of this Announcement or the Publicly Available Information;

11.  that it is not a national or resident of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan or a corporation, partnership or other entity organised under the laws of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan and that it will not offer, sell, renounce, transfer or deliver, directly or indirectly, any of the Placing Shares in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan or to or for the benefit of any person resident in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan and each Placee acknowledges that the relevant exemptions are not being obtained from the Securities Commission of any province of Canada, that no document has been or will be lodged with, filed with or registered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or Japanese Ministry of Finance and that the Placing Shares are not being offered for sale and may not be, directly or indirectly, offered, sold, transferred or delivered in or into Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic South Africa or Japan;

12.  that it does not have a registered address in, and is not a citizen, resident or national of, any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make or accept an offer of the Placing Shares and it is not acting on a non-discretionary basis for any such person;

13.  that it has not, directly or indirectly, distributed, forwarded, transferred or otherwise transmitted, and will not, directly or indirectly, distribute, forward, transfer or otherwise transmit, any presentation or offering materials concerning the Placing or the Placing Shares to any persons within the United States;

14.  that it (and any person acting on its behalf) will make payment for the Placing Shares allocated to it in accordance with this Announcement on the due time and date set out herein, failing which the relevant Placing Shares may be placed with other subscribers or sold as Berenberg may in its discretion determine and without liability to such Placee;

15.  that it is entitled to subscribe for Placing Shares under the laws of all relevant jurisdictions which apply to it and that it has fully observed such laws and obtained all governmental and other consents which may be required thereunder or otherwise and complied with all necessary formalities and that it has not taken any action which will or may result in the Company or Berenberg or any of their respective directors, officers, employees or agents acting in breach of any regulatory or legal requirements of any territory in connection with the Placing or its acceptance;

16.  that it has obtained all necessary consents and authorities to enable it to give its commitment to subscribe for the Placing Shares and to perform its subscription obligations;

17.  that where it is acquiring Placing Shares for one or more managed accounts, it is authorised in writing by each managed account: (a) to acquire the Placing Shares for each managed account; (b) to make on its behalf the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, undertakings and agreements in this Appendix and this Announcement of which it forms part; and (c) to receive on its behalf any investment letter relating to the Placing in the form provided to it by Berenberg;

18.  that it is either: (a) a person of a kind described in paragraph 5 of Article 19 (persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments and who are investment professionals) of the Order; or (b) a person of a kind described in paragraph 2 of Article 49 (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, partnerships or trusts or their respective directors, officers or employees) of the Order; or (c) a person to whom it is otherwise lawful for this Announcement to be communicated and in the case of (a) and (b) undertakes that it will acquire, hold, manage or dispose of any Placing Shares that are allocated to it for the purposes of its business;

19.  if it is within the United Kingdom, it is a Qualified Investor as defined in Article 2(e) of the UK Prospectus Regulation and if it is within a Relevant State, it is a Qualified Investor as defined in Article 2(e) of the EU Prospectus Regulation;

20.  that, unless otherwise agreed by Berenberg, it is a "professional client" or an "eligible counterparty" within the meaning of Chapter 3 of the FCA's Conduct of Business Sourcebook and it is purchasing Placing Shares for investment only and not with a view to resale or distribution;

21.  it has only communicated or caused to be communicated and will only communicate or cause to be communicated any invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of FSMA) relating to the Placing Shares in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not require approval of the communication by an authorised person;

22.  that any money held in an account with Berenberg (or its nominees) on its behalf and/or any person acting on its behalf will not be treated as client money within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the FCA. Each Placee further acknowledges that the money will not be subject to the protections conferred by the FCA's client money rules. As a consequence, this money will not be segregated from Berenberg's (or its nominee) money in accordance with such client money rules and will be used by Berenberg in the course of its own business and each Placee will rank only as a general creditor of Berenberg;

23.  that it will (or will procure that its nominee will) if applicable, make notification to the Company of the interest in its ordinary shares in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules published by the FCA;

24.  that it is not, and it is not acting on behalf of, a person falling within subsections (6), (7) or (8) of sections 67 or 70 respectively or subsections (2) and (3) of section 93 or subsection (1) of section 96 of the Finance Act 1986;

25.  that it will not deal or cause or permit any other person to deal in all or any of the Placing Shares which it is subscribing for and/or purchasing under the Placing unless and until Admission becomes effective;

26.  that it appoints irrevocably any director of Berenberg as its agent for the purpose of executing and delivering to the Company and/or its registrars any document on its behalf necessary to enable it to be registered as the holder of the Placing Shares;

27.  that, as far as it is aware, it is not acting in concert (within the meaning given in The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) with any other person in relation to the Company;

28.  that this Announcement does not constitute a securities recommendation or financial product advice and that neither Berenberg nor the Company has considered its particular objectives, financial situation and needs;

29.  that it has sufficient knowledge, sophistication and experience in financial, business and investment matters as is required to evaluate the merits and risks of subscribing for or purchasing the Placing Shares and is aware that it may be required to bear, and it, and any accounts for which it may be acting, are able to bear, the economic risk of, and is able to sustain, a complete loss in connection with the Placing.  It has relied upon its own examination and due diligence of the Company and its Affiliates taken as a whole, and the terms of the Placing, including the merits and risks involved;

30.  that it will indemnify and hold the Company and Berenberg and their respective Affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from any and all costs, claims, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) arising out of or in connection with any breach of the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings in this Appendix and further agrees that the Company and Berenberg will rely on the truth and accuracy of the confirmations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings herein and, if any of the foregoing is or becomes no longer true or accurate, the Placee shall promptly notify Berenberg and the Company. All confirmations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings given by the Placee pursuant to this Announcement (including this Appendix) are given to Berenberg for itself and on behalf of the Company and will survive completion of the Placing and Admission;

31.  it is acting as principal only in respect of the Placing or, if it is acquiring the Placing Shares as a fiduciary or agent for one or more investor accounts, it:

31.1  is duly authorised to do so and it has full power and authority to make, and does make, the foregoing representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings on behalf of each such accounts; and

31.2  will remain liable to the Company and Berenberg for the performance of all its obligations as a Placee in respect of the Placing (regardless of the fact that it is acting for another person);

32.  that time shall be of the essence as regards obligations pursuant to this Appendix;

33.  that it is responsible for obtaining any legal, financial, tax and other advice that it deems necessary for the execution, delivery and performance of its obligations in accepting the terms and conditions of the Placing, and that it is not relying on the Company or Berenberg to provide any legal, financial, tax or other advice to it;

34.  that all dates and times in this Announcement (including this Appendix) may be subject to amendment and that Berenberg shall notify it of such amendments;

35.  that (i) it has complied with its obligations under the Criminal Justice Act 1993, and UK MAR, (ii) in connection with money laundering and terrorist financing, it has complied with its obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended), the Terrorism Act 2000 (as amended), the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 and (iii) it is not a person: (a) with whom transactions are prohibited under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 or any economic sanction programmes administered by, or regulations promulgated by, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; (b) named on the Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets maintained by HM Treasury of the United Kingdom; or (c) subject to financial sanctions imposed pursuant to a regulation of the European Union or a regulation adopted by the United Nations (together, the "Regulations"); and, if making payment on behalf of a third party, that satisfactory evidence has been obtained and recorded by it to verify the identity of the third party as required by the Regulations and, if making payment on behalf of a third party, that satisfactory evidence has been obtained and recorded by it to verify the identity of the third party as required by the Regulations and has obtained all governmental and other consents (if any) which may be required for the purpose of, or as a consequence of, such purchase, and it will provide promptly to Berenberg such evidence, if any, as to the identity or location or legal status of any person which Berenberg may request from it in connection with the Placing (for the purpose of complying with such Regulations or ascertaining the nationality of any person or the jurisdiction(s) to which any person is subject or otherwise) in the form and manner requested by Berenberg on the basis that any failure by it to do so may result in the number of Placing Shares that are to be subscribed for by it or at its direction pursuant to the Placing being reduced to such number, or to nil, as Berenberg may decide in its absolute discretion;

36.  in order to ensure compliance with the Regulations, Berenberg (for itself and as agent on behalf of the Company) or the Company's registrars may, in their absolute discretion, require verification of its identity.  Pending the provision to Berenberg or the Company's registrars, as applicable, of evidence of identity, definitive certificates in respect of the Placing Shares may be retained at Berenberg's absolute discretion or, where appropriate, delivery of the Placing Shares to it in uncertificated form may be delayed at the Berenberg's or the Company's registrars', as the case may be, absolute discretion.  If within a reasonable time after a request for verification of identity Berenberg (for itself and as agent on behalf of the Company) or the Company's registrars have not received evidence satisfactory to them, either Berenberg and/or the Company may, at its absolute discretion, terminate its commitment in respect of the Placing, in which event the monies payable on acceptance of allotment will, if already paid, be returned without interest to the account of the drawee's bank from which they were originally debited;

37.  that it will not make any offer to the public of those Placing Shares to be subscribed for by it for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation Rules;

38.  that it will not distribute any document relating to the Placing Shares and it will be acquiring the Placing Shares for its own account as principal or for a discretionary account or accounts (as to which it has the authority to make the statements set out herein) for investment purposes only and it does not have any contract, understanding or arrangement with any person to sell, pledge, transfer or grant a participation therein to such person or any third person with respect of any Placing Shares; save that if it is a private client stockbroker or fund manager it confirms that in purchasing the Placing Shares it is acting under the terms of one or more discretionary mandates granted to it by private clients and it is not acting on an execution only basis or under specific instructions to purchase the Placing Shares for the account of any third party;

39.  that it acknowledges that these terms and conditions and any agreements entered into by it pursuant to these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and it submits (on behalf of itself and on behalf of any person on whose behalf it is acting) to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts as regards any claim, dispute or matter arising out of any such contract, except that enforcement proceedings in respect of the obligation to make payment for the Placing Shares (together with any interest chargeable thereon) may be taken by the Company or Berenberg in any jurisdiction in which the relevant Placee is incorporated or in which its assets are located or any of its securities have a quotation on a recognised stock exchange;

40.  that any documents sent to Placees will be sent at the Placees' risk. They may be sent by post to such Placees at an address notified to Berenberg;

41.  that Berenberg owes no fiduciary or other duties to any Placee in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities in the Placing Agreement;

42.  that Berenberg and any of its Affiliates may, at their absolute discretion, agree to become a Placee in respect of some or all of the Placing Shares;

43.  that no prospectus, admission document or other offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing and it has not received and will not receive a prospectus, admission document or other offering document in connection with the Placing or the Placing Shares;

44.  it has complied and it will comply with all applicable laws with respect to anything done by it or on its behalf in relation to the Placing Shares (including all relevant provisions of the FSMA and the UK MAR in respect of anything done in, from or otherwise involving the United Kingdom);

45.  that if it has received any confidential price sensitive information or inside information concerning the Company in advance of the publication of this Announcement, it has not: (i) dealt (or attempted to deal) in the securities of the Company or cancelled or amended a dealing in the securities of the Company; (ii) encouraged, required, recommended or induced another person to deal in the securities of the Company or to cancel or amend an order concerning the Company's securities; or (iii) disclosed such information to any person, prior to such information being made publicly available; and

46.  (i) the Placing Shares may constitute an equity interest in a passive foreign investment company within the meaning of Section 1297(a) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended ("PFIC"), in the current or any future tax year; if the Company is a PFIC, then US taxable investors may be subject to adverse US tax consequences in respect of their investment in the Placing Shares, (ii) neither the Company nor Berenberg intends to assess whether the Placing Shares constitute equity interests in a PFIC in any taxable year or to provide such information as may be required to make a "qualified electing fund" election with respect to the Placing Shares and (iii) it is advised to consult with its own tax advisors concerning the impact of any legislation, proposed or enacted, that could affect the application of the PFIC rules.

Where a Placee is acting in its capacity as a discretionary investment manager on behalf of its underlying clients, then it is the discretionary investment manager that is to be regarded as the Placee and not the underlying client. For the avoidance of doubt, the representations and warranties given are to be taken as made on behalf of the Placee itself and not their underlying client.

The Company, Berenberg and their respective Affiliates will rely upon the truth and accuracy of each of the foregoing representations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings which are given to Berenberg for itself and on behalf of the Company and are irrevocable.

The provisions of this Appendix may be waived, varied or modified as regards specific Placees or on a general basis by Berenberg.

The agreement to settle a Placee's subscription (and/or the subscription of a person for whom such Placee is contracting as agent) free of stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax depends on the settlement relating only to a subscription by it and/or such person direct from the Company for the Placing Shares in question. Such agreement assumes that the Placing Shares are not being subscribed for in connection with arrangements to issue depositary receipts or to transfer the Placing Shares into a clearance service. If there are any such arrangements, or the settlement relates to any other subsequent dealing in the Placing Shares, stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax may be payable, for which neither the Company or Berenberg will be responsible, and the Placee to whom (or on behalf of whom, or in respect of the person for whom it is participating in the Placing as an agent or nominee) the allocation, allotment, issue or delivery of Placing Shares has given rise to such UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax undertakes to pay such UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax forthwith and to indemnify on an after-tax basis and to hold harmless the Company and Berenberg in the event that any of the Company and/or Berenberg have incurred any such liability to UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax. If this is the case, each Placee should seek its own advice and notify Berenberg accordingly.

In addition, Placees should note that they will be liable for any stamp duty and all other stamp, issue, securities, transfer, registration, documentary or other duties or taxes (including any interest, fines or penalties relating thereto) payable outside the UK by them or any other person on the subscription by them of any Placing Shares or the agreement by them to subscribe for any Placing Shares.

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 Berenberg or by any of its Affiliates or agents 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.

APPENDIX 2 - DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply throughout this Announcement, unless the context requires otherwise:

Acquisition

the acquisition of astragon Entertainment GmbH pursuant to the terms of the Acquisition Agreement

Acquisition Agreement

the share purchase agreement between (1) André Michael Franzmann, (2) FFF - Beteiligungs GmbH, (3) Dirk Walner and (4) the Company containing the terms and conditions on which the Acquisition will be made

Admission

the admission of the Placing Shares issued pursuant to the Placing to trading on AIM becoming effective in accordance with the AIM Rules

Affiliates

means in relation to a company, any holding company of that company or any subsidiary of any such holding company or any other body corporate that is owned or controlled by, in control of or under common control with, that company, together with the current and former directors, partners, officers (other than auditors), employees and agents of each of such persons and of that company;

AIM

the market of that name operated by the London Stock Exchange

AIM Rules

the AIM Rules for Companies published by the London Stock Exchange governing admission to and trading on AIM, as may be amended from time to time

AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers

the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers published by the London Stock Exchange setting out the eligibility, on-going obligations and certain disciplinary matters in relation to nominated advisers, as may be amended from time to time

Announcement

means this announcement (including the Appendices to this announcement)

Berenberg

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, London Branch

Company or Team17

Team17 Group PLC of 3 Red Hall Avenue, Paragon Business Park, Wakefield, England, WF1 2UL

CREST

the relevant systems for the paperless settlement of trades in securities and the holding of uncertificated securities operated by Euroclear in accordance with the CREST Regulations

CREST Regulations

the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001 (SI 2001 No. 3755), including (i) any enactment or subordinate legislation which amends or supersedes those regulations and (ii) any applicable rules made under those regulations for the time being in force

Directors

the directors of the Company

EU Prospectus Regulation

Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (together with any implementing measures in a relevant EEA member state);

Euroclear

Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited, the operator of CREST

EUWA

the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended

Existing Ordinary Shares

the 133,609,545 Ordinary Shares in issue as at the date of this Announcement

FCA

the Financial Conduct Authority

FSMA

the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as may be amended from time to time

Group

the Company, together with its subsidiaries and subsidiary undertakings

ISIN

International Securities Identification Number

London Stock Exchange or LSE

London Stock Exchange PLC

Ordinary Shares

ordinary shares of 1 pence each in the capital of the Company

Placing

the conditional placing of the Placing Shares on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Placing Agreement and the terms and conditions contained in the Appendices to this Announcement

Placing Agreement

the Placing Agreement dated 13 January 2022 between (1) the Company and (2) Berenberg relating to the Placing

Placing Documents

the Placing Agreement, the Presentation Materials, this Announcement and any amendments and supplements to any of the foregoing

Placing Price

the price per Placing Share at which the Placing Shares are to be placed to be agreed between the Company and Berenberg at the close of the Bookbuilding Process

Placing Shares

the Ordinary Shares which are proposed to be placed in accordance with the terms of the Placing following the completion of the bookbuild process being conducted by Berenberg in respect of the Placing

Presentation Materials

the materials used in presentations in connection with the Placing

Prospectus Regulation Rules

the Prospectus Regulation Rules made by the FCA under Part VI of FSMA

Regulatory Information Service

a primary information provider that has been approved by the FCA to disseminate regulated information

Securities Act

the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended

UK MAR

the UK version of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU NO. 596/2014) as it forms part of UK law by virtue of the EUWA

UK Prospectus Regulation

the UK version of EU Prospectus Regulation, which forms part of the laws of England and Wales by virtue of the EUWA and certain other enacting measures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] EUR:GBP exchange rate of 1.20 as of 12 January 2022 (Bloomberg), figures are rounded

 

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