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Neither this announcement, nor anything contained herein, shall form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any offer or commitment whatsoever in any jurisdiction. Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information contained in a prospectus in its final form (the "Prospectus") that has been published by Storskogen Group AB (publ) in connection with the initial public offering of its series B shares (the "B-shares") and the listing of its B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm (the "Listing").
Storskogen Group AB (publ) ("Storskogen" or the "Group"), a fast-growing owner of small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"), today announces the outcome of the offering (the "Offering") and listing of its B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm (the "IPO"). The Offering attracted very strong interest from large Swedish and international institutional investors as well as the general public in Sweden. The Offering was substantially oversubscribed. Trading on Nasdaq Stockholm commences today, 6 October 2021.
Daniel Kaplan, CEO, and co-founder of Storskogen, comments:
"We have established a strong position and a proven industry competence, which gives us a solid platform to continue our acquisition driven growth. The significant interest from institutional and private investors will be a great asset for Storskogen and I now welcome all new shareholders onboard our continued growth journey."
Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist, Chair of Storskogen, comments:
"Storskogen's employees and management have together established a successful business model. Not only has the team managed to complete 144 acquisitions to date, but has also taken care of and developed its subsidiaries to become successful. Today, the Company gains access to Swedish and international capital markets, and with a clear plan for continued growth, the Company is well equipped for the future."
In connection with the Offering, Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) will act as stabilisation manager ("Stabilisation Manager") and may, to the extent permitted in accordance with Swedish law, carry out transactions in order to maintain the market price for the B-shares at a level above that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. Such stabilisation transactions may be carried out on Nasdaq Stockholm, in the over-the-counter market or otherwise, at any time during the period starting on the date of commencement of trading in the B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm and ending not later than 30 calendar days thereafter.
The Stabilisation Manager has no obligation to undertake any stabilisation measures and there is no assurance that stabilisation measures will be undertaken. Under no circumstances will transactions be conducted at a price higher than the Offering Price. The Stabilisation Manager may use the Overallotment Option to over-allot B-shares in order to facilitate any stabilisation transaction.
The stabilisation transactions, if conducted, may be discontinued at any time without prior notice but must be discontinued not later than within the aforementioned 30-day period. The Stabilisation Manager must, not later than by the end of the seventh trading day after stabilisation transactions have been undertaken, in accordance with article 5(4) of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052, disclose that stabilisation measures have been undertaken. Within one week of the end of the stabilisation period, the Stabilisation Manager will disclose whether or not stabilisation measures were undertaken, the date on which stabilisation started, the date on which stabilisation was last carried out as well as the price range within which stabilisation was carried out for each of the dates when stabilisation measures were conducted.
Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ), Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE and J.P. Morgan AG are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in the IPO. BNP PARIBAS, Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial, DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, Sweden Branch, Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Sverige, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) and Swedbank AB (publ) are acting as Joint Bookrunners in the IPO. Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå KB is legal advisor to Storskogen as to Swedish law and Milbank LLP is legal advisor to Storskogen as to U.S. law. White & Case LLP is legal advisor to the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners as to Swedish and U.S. law.
Storskogen acquires and manages well-managed and profitable small and medium-sized enterprises within the business areas Industry, Trade and Services in the Nordic countries, DACH and the United Kingdom. At the end of the first half-year 2021, Storskogen consisted of 94 business units with a total of approximately 7,000 employees and a trailing annual turnover (RTM) of almost SEK 19 billion.
For further information, please contact:
Daniel Kaplan, CEO, and co-founder
Tel: +46 73 - 920 94 00
Lena Glader, CFO
Tel: +46 73 - 988 44 66
Michael Metzler, Press Officer
Tel: +46 70 - 455 58 81
The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 08:00 CEST on 6 October 2021.
Important legal information
The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed by any person for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness.
Any offering of the securities referred to in this announcement will be made by means of a prospectus. This is an announcement and not a prospectus for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market, and repealing Directive 2003/71/EC (together with any related implementing and delegated regulations, the "Prospectus Regulation", as it forms part of the United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018). Investors should not invest in any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information contained in the aforementioned prospectus.
This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia), Australia, Canada, Japan or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws of such jurisdiction. The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
This announcement does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for, or otherwise invest in, securities to any person in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act or offered in a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The proposed offer and sale of securities referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada or Japan. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada or Japan. There will be no public offer of the securities referred to herein in the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan.
In any member state of the European Economic Area, other than Sweden, this announcement and any offer, if made subsequently, is, and will be, directed only at persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended).
In the United Kingdom, this announcement is only being distributed to and is directed at "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, as it forms part of domestic law in the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, (a) having professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"); (b) who are high net worth entities described in Article 49(2) (a) to (d) of the Order; or (c) other persons to whom they may lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates will only be available to and will only be engaged in with Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a Relevant Person should not act or rely on this announcement or any of its contents.
This announcement may include statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "may", "will" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. Any forward-looking statements reflect the Group's current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Group's business, results of operations, financial position, liquidity, prospects, growth and strategies. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.
Each of the Group, the selling shareholders and each of the managers, Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ), Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, J.P. Morgan AG, BNP PARIBAS, Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial, DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, filial i Sverige, Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Sverige, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) and Swedbank AB (publ) (such managers together the "Managers") and their respective affiliates as defined under Rule 501(b) of Regulation D of the Securities Act ("affiliates"), expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward looking statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, and the distribution of this announcement shall not be deemed to be any form of commitment on the part of the Group or any of the selling shareholders to proceed with the Offering or any transaction or arrangement referred to therein.
Any purchase of any securities in the proposed Offering should be made solely on the basis of information contained in the Prospectus which has been issued by the Group in connection with the Offering. The information in this announcement is subject to change. Before purchasing any securities in the Offering, persons viewing this announcement should ensure that they fully understand and accept the risks which are set out in the Prospectus. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. This announcement shall not form the basis of or constitute any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any securities nor shall it (or any part of it) or the fact of its distribution, form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefor.
The date of the Listing may be influenced by a variety of factors which include market conditions. The Group may decide not to go ahead with the Offering and there is therefore no guarantee that the Listing will occur. You should not base your financial decision on this announcement. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested.
Persons considering making investments should consult an authorised person specialising in advising on such investments. This announcement does not form part of or constitute a recommendation concerning any offer. The value of securities can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of a possible offer for the person concerned.
None of the selling shareholders, the Managers or any of their respective affiliates or any of their or their affiliates' directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for/or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Group, its subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of the announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. Accordingly, each of the selling shareholders, the Managers, and any of their respective affiliates and any of their or their affiliates' directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents expressly disclaims, to the fullest extent possible, any and all liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from, or in reliance upon, the whole or any part of the contents of this announcement, whether in tort, contract or otherwise which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.
Each of the Managers is acting exclusively for the Group and no one else in connection with the proposed Offering. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the proposed Offering and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Group for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the proposed Offering, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
In connection with the Offering, the Managers and any of their respective affiliates, may take up a portion of the B-shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such B-shares and other securities of the Group or related investments in connection with the Offering or otherwise. Accordingly, references in the Prospectus to the B-shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by the Managers and any of their respective affiliates acting in such capacity. In addition, the Managers and any of their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which they may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of B-shares. None of the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
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 2"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID 2; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID 2 Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the B-shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such B-shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID 2; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID 2 (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the B-shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the B-shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the B-shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Offering. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Managers will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties. For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID 2; 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 B-shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the B-shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
 Based on approximately 148 million A-shares and approximately 1,317 million B-shares (being the number of shares based on preliminary terms of the Offering, where a certain number of A-shares will be redeemed by Storskogen without consideration, and a certain number of A-shares will be converted into B-shares, in connection with the Offering), after a share split of 10:1 which was resolved by an Extraordinary General Meeting on 6 September 2021 and later registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office 10 September 2021.
 Provided that the Offering is completed, certain existing shareholders in Storskogen (that are not selling shareholders in the Offering), including, among others, certain employees of Storskogen, will sell B-shares to Storskogen SellCo AB, which in turn will sell the B-shares in the Offering. The owners of Storskogen SellCo AB are Daniel Kaplan, Ronnie Bergström, Alexander Murad Bjärgård and Peter Ahlgren, however, none of them will sell any B-shares through Storskogen SellCo AB.