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Aros Bostadsutveckling AB (publ) ("Aros Bostad" or the "Company") today announces the intention to offer the Company's shares to the public in Sweden and to qualified investors in Sweden and internationally (the "Offering"), and in connection therewith, to list the shares on Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Stockholm, Sweden (the "Listing"). The Offering is expected to consist of new and existing ordinary shares in the Company. The Company's preference shares of series A and B are listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. The admission to trading of the Company's ordinary shares on Nasdaq Firth North Growth Market will be approved subject to customary liquidity requirements for the ordinary share being fulfilled and that Nasdaq Stockholm AB resolves to admit the ordinary shares to trading.
Magnus Andersson, CEO, Aros Bostad:
"I am very proud of Aros Bostad's strong growth journey. The start of 2021 has featured high activity on the residential housing market, and we are well positioned for continued growth. The pending listing of Aros Bostad's ordinary shares and the capital injection it brings allows further growth through own projects and an even stronger 2021."
Johan A. Gustavsson, Chairman and founder:
"In the past few years, Aros Bostad has seen a significant increase in the number of new projects and residential units sold. With the ambition of continued growth and continued creation of value for our shareholders, customers and partners, the Board of Directors believes that a listing of the ordinary shares of Aros Bostad is a logical next step on this journey."
Background and motive
Aros Bostad is a residential developer in the Stockholm region with a business model based on acquiring and developing real estate and housing with the purpose of creating modern, functional, and attractive housing in well-located geographical areas. The Company was founded in 2006 and its primary market is the greater Stockholm area, including Stockholm county and Uppsala. The Company's focus has transferred from historically having converted commercial buildings to housing, to focusing on developing and producing new residential units and housing. The Company's project portfolio has historically been built up through fund structures in collaboration with institutional investors, as well as through own acquisitions. Aros Bostad had, as per Q1 2021, a total of 30 projects with a total development area of c. 390,000 sqm, corresponding to c. 4,600 units. Per the same date, the Company had 623 units in ongoing production, of which several are included in projects that are, as of today, already sold out.
Since November 2018, Aros Bostad has had preference shares listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. In September 2019, First Swedish National Pension Fund (AP1) acquired a large stake in the Company through a directed issue of ordinary shares for an amount of c. SEK 150 million. The directed issue of ordinary shares to AP1 was part of Aros Bostad's continued ambition to create favourable conditions for further expansion of the Company's project portfolio through value-adding building rights acquisitions, in addition to strengthening the shareholder base with a well-renowned institutional investor.
As a result of Aros Bostad's growing landbank, the Company intends to develop a larger share of the projects on the balance sheet to enable further financial growth going forward, hence the intention to carry out the Offering. The Board of Directors and the Selling Shareholders believe that the timing is right to widen the shareholder base of the Company's ordinary share and to apply for a listing of the ordinary share on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. The Offering and the listing are expected to benefit Aros Bostad's continued growth as well as providing the Company with a wider access to the capital market in combination with a diversified shareholder base of Swedish and international shareholders. The Company also expects that a listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market will increase the awareness of Aros Bostad among municipalities, counterparties, the public and potential future co-workers.
About the Offering
The Offering is intended for the general public in Sweden and institutional investors in Sweden and certain other jurisdictions internationally in accordance with current rules and applicable exceptions. The Offering will not be targeting USA. The Offering is expected to be comprised of ordinary shares to an amount of c. SEK 300 million as well as existing shares offered by the Selling Shareholders.
The Cornerstone investors have, subject to certain customary conditions, committed to subscribe for ordinary shares in the Offering for an amount of c. SEK 280 million at SEK 56 per share corresponding to a pre-money valuation of the Company's ordinary shares of c. SEK 1.8 billion.
The admission to trading of the Company's ordinary shares on Nasdaq First North Growth Market will be approved subject to customary liquidity requirements for the ordinary share being fulfilled and that Nasdaq Stockholm AB resolves to admit the ordinary shares to trading.
The Listing is expected during the second quarter of 2021.
Sale of shares outside the Offering
Rutger Arnhult via M2 Asset Management has entered into an agreement with shareholders Johan Gustavsson, Samir Taha, Per Rutegård, Thomas Hollaus and the First Swedish National Pension Fund (AP1) to purchase existing shares for an amount of c. SEK 110 million outside the Offering and conditional upon the completion of the Offering, meaning M2 Asset Management's ownership in the Company will amount to c. ten per cent after the Offering is completed.
Complete terms, guidelines and instructions for the Offering will be included in the prospectus that the Company will publish in connection to the Offering. The prospectus will be published on Aros Bostad's website, www.arosbostad.se, as well as on DNB Markets' website https://www.dnb.no/emisjoner.
About Aros Bostad
Aros Bostad is a residential developer within the Stockholm area focusing on developing modern, functional and sustainable residential housing in attractive geographical areas, with timeless choices of materials and designs. The Company acquires and develops land into building rights and subsequently into residential housing. With a long-term perspective and responsibility for the entire value chain, Aros Bostad creates a safe deal for home buyers as well as stable returns for the investors. The Company was founded in 2006 and its primary geographical market is the greater Stockholm area and Uppsala. The Company's project portfolio has historically been built up through fund structures in collaboration with institutional investors, as well as through own acquisitions. Aros Bostad has residential development projects in different stages of development corresponding to c. 4,600 units.
Main investors in Aros Bostad's funds is primarily institutional capital from AP1, Varma, SEB Trygg-Liv, SEB Pensionsstiftelse, Östersjöstiftelsen as well as several prominent and financially strong entrepreneurs and investors.
The Company's class A and B preference shares are listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
By developing long-term sustainable housing to satisfied customers, we create the highest possible returns for our investors.
We want to understand how people want to live, today and tomorrow. Based on this, we develop the cityscape with long-term sustainable housing.
Aros Bostad's value proposition describes what the customer can always expect from the Company. All our customers should feel proud of their new home and feel confident in their purchase, from the first viewing through the process of moving in. Each project is carefully taken care of and driven by competence and presence, to ensure sustainable living.
Selected key ratios
Financial key ratios - IFRS
Q1 2021 Q1 2020 2020 2019
Net revenue 68,162 4,450 13,007 24,900
Operating profit, % 82.8 neg. neg. 53.9
Profit before tax 56,368 -12,420 -40,280 9,511
Total assets 734,296 800,093 1,009,219 810,165
Equity ratio, % 79.7 67.5 52.5 68.2
Thousands unless otherwise stated
Financial key ratios - Segment reporting
Q1 2021 Q1 2020 2020 2019
Net revenue 19,622 15,007 45,166 207,818
Operating profit, % 53.4 16.0 98.5 10.8
Profit before tax 10,027 1,787 41,962 19,381
Total assets 816,414 739,318 821,182 809,299
Equity ratio, % 82.3 81.9 80.7 74.6
Thousands unless otherwise stated
Q1 2021 Q1 2020 2020 2019
Units sold 94 35 301 136
Units booked - 4 76 25
Unit starts 102 - 290 289
Units completed - 161 333 -
Units in production 623 403 521 564
Share of units sold or booked in production, % 69 67 65 70
Projects in project portfolio 30 22 29 22
Building rights in project portfolio 4,608 3,193 4,546 3,264
Financial and operational targets
Aros Bostad has clear financial and operational targets for the business. The Company focuses on risk management as well as continuous monitoring of cash flows of the project portfolio, paving the way for sustainable value creation in combination with balanced growth and financial profitability.
Each project should, through project development, project-specific marketing and sales efforts as well as through cost-efficient execution, maximise the market value of the project, and ultimately result in solid returns in combination with a balanced project risk.
Units in production
The number of units in production should amount to 800-1,000 each year.
The long-term equity ratio should exceed 30 per cent.
The project margin, defined as project profits divided by project costs, should amount to, at least, 20 per cent over time. The target is based on the historical average of project margins as well as the current business plan for the project portfolio.
DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, Sweden branch, has been appointed as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner, and Baker McKenzie as legal adviser, in connection to the Offering.
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Information to distributers
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 Revenue from project management in fund projects and revenue from completion of own projects
 EBIT in relation to revenue
 Equity in relation to total assets
4 The table shows Aros Bostad's key ratios in accordance with segment reporting for fiscal years 2020, 2019 and for the period January 1 - March 31, 2021 and 2020. The difference between applying segment reporting and IFRS is that the income from sales of residential units, in accordance with the previous applied accounting method, is accounted for when the project is sold to the tenant-owner association. The income is then reported according to the percentage-of-completion method. As a consequence of changing reporting method, it is the homebuyer of the apartment, and not the tenant-owner association, that is identified as Aros Bostad's customer. After the change of accounting standard, the income is reported when the customer moves in. Before the customer moves in, the residential unit is treated as a current asset under the line-item development properties. Aros Bostad intends to continue to report in accordance with both accounting methods and finds that segment reporting gives a more complete view of the Company's business, which is also in line with the Company's internal reporting.