Karo Pharma resolves on a fully guaranteed rights issue of approximately SEK 2.5 billion and announces the terms of the rights issue
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Karo Pharma Aktiebolag (”Karo Pharma”) has, by power of authorisation from the annual general meeting on 21 April 2021, resolved to carry out a new issue of shares with preferential rights for Karo Pharma’s shareholders of approximately SEK 2,508 million (the “Rights Issue”).
- Shareholders in Karo Pharma have preferential rights to subscribe for three (3) new shares per fourteen (14) existing shares.
- The subscription price is SEK 52 per new share, which, provided that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, amounts to proceeds of approximately SEK 2,508 million prior to issue costs.
- The last day of trading in the Karo Pharma share including the right to obtain subscription rights is 21 March 2022 and the first day of trading in the Karo Pharma share excluding the right to obtain subscription rights is 22 March 2022. The record date for participation in the Rights Issue is 23 March 2022. Subscription rights will be traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market from and including 28 March 2022 up to and including 6 April 2022. The subscription period will run from and including 28 March 2022 up to and including 11 April 2022
- Karo Pharma’s largest shareholder, Karo Intressenter AB (holding approximately 81.4 per cent of the shares in Karo Pharma) – has undertaken to subscribe for its pro rata share of the Rights Issue and to guarantee the remaining portion of the Rights Issue. Hence, the Rights Issue is fully guaranteed.
Background and reasons
Karo Pharma was founded 1987 and has since expanded and fundamentally changed the focus of its business. At the same time, the Company has continued to strive to improve health and wellbeing for patients and consumers. Karo Pharma’s vision is to become the leading player in Europe within everyday health. The Company wants to build a profitable, fast-growing pan-European consumer healthcare company with a clear category- and brand positioning, and strives to continue to grow both organically and through acquisitions. Karo Pharma’s vision includes to own and develop a portfolio with distinct brands within selected categories and the Company intends to accelerate the development of the Company’s capabilities within e-commerce. Karo Pharma has, as part of its vision, conducted and will conduct the below mentioned acquisitions.
As communicated on 22 November 2021, Karo Pharma has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the shares in Sylphar International NV for a consideration of EUR 300m with an intention to carry out a rights issue, and as communicated on 13 January 2022 the acquisition is now completed. The transaction was financed through a new credit facility and a new bridge loan facility provided by SEB, Swedbank, DNB and Alecta pensionsförsäkringar, ömsesidigt. On 24 December 2021, Karo Pharma announced that it had entered a put option agreement pursuant to which it may acquire the dermatology brand E45® for a total consideration of GBP 200m and that the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. The transaction is intended to be financed with debt from Karo Pharma’s existing lending banks. On 19 January 2022, Karo Pharma entered an agreement, through Sylphar, on the acquisition of Satin Naturel. The transaction was completed on 2 March 2022 and was financed with debt from Karo Pharma’s existing lending banks.
The Rights Issue is carried out with the purpose of repaying the bridge loan facility which was entered into in connection with the acquisitions of Sylphar International NV and to strengthen Karo Pharma’s financial capacity to carry out future acquisitions of companies and product portfolios as well as seize other market opportunities and to continue efforts related to internalisation of its sales organisation.
Change of Listing Venue
As communicated on 9 March 2022 and 10 March 2022, respectively, Karo Pharma has applied for delisting of its shares from Nasdaq Stockholm and Nasdaq Stockholm has approved the application, subject to certain conditions, including that Karo Pharma’s shares are admitted to trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market (the “Change of Listing Venue”). The last day of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm is expected to be 24 March 2022 and the first day of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth market is expected to be 25 March 2022. The subscription rights, paid subscribed shares (BTA) and shares from the Rights Issue will therefore be admitted to trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
Terms for the Rights Issue
Shareholders who are registered shareholders of Karo Pharma on the record date, 23 March 2022, have preferential right to subscribe for new shares in proportion to the number of shares held on the record date. Shareholders will receive three (3) subscription rights for each share held. Fourteen (14) subscription rights entitle to subscription for one (1) new share. Furthermore, investors are offered the opportunity to subscribe for shares without subscription rights.
In the event that not all new shares are subscribed for by exercise of subscription rights, the Board of Directors shall, within the limits of the maximum amount of the Rights Issue, resolve on allotment of new shares subscribed for without subscription rights. Allotment of shares subscribed for without exercise of subscription rights shall, primarily, be allotted to those who have subscribed for shares by exercise of subscription rights and, in addition, have applied for subscription without subscription rights, irrespective of whether the subscriber was a shareholder on the record date or not and, in the event of oversubscription, pro rata in relation to the number of subscription rights each subscriber has exercised for subscription of shares. Secondarily, shares subscribed for without subscription rights will be allotted to others who have applied for subscription without subscription rights and, in the event of oversubscription, pro rata in relation to the number of shares stated in each subscription application, while allotment of shares subscribed for without the exercise of subscription rights thirdly shall be made to Karo Intressenter AB in accordance with their guarantee commitment.
The share capital may be increased by a maximum of SEK 19,288,319.893000 and the maximum number of new shares that may be issued is 48,221,400. The subscription price is SEK 52 and, provided that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, the proceeds are expected to amount to approximately SEK 2,508 million prior to issue costs.
The Karo Pharma share is traded including the right to participate in the Rights Issue up to and including 21 March 2022 on Nasdaq Stockholm. Subscription can take place during the subscription period from and including 28 March 2022 up to and including 11 April 2022. Trading in subscription rights will take place from and including 28 March 2022 up to and including 6 April 2022 on Nasdaq First North Growth Market, and trading in paid subscribed shares (BTA) will take place from and including 28 March 2022 up to and including 26 April 2022 on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
Shareholders who choose not to participate in the Rights Issue will have their shareholding diluted by approximately 17.6 per cent, but have the opportunity to obtain financial compensation for this dilution by selling their subscription rights.
Subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments
Karo Pharma’s largest shareholder, Karo Intressenter AB (holding approximately 81.4 per cent of the shares in Karo Pharma), has undertaken to subscribe for its pro rata share of the Rights Issue and to guarantee the remaining portion of the Rights Issue. Hence, the Rights Issue is fully guaranteed.
Preliminary timetable for the Rights Issue and the Change of Listing Venue
21 March 2022 – Last day of trading in the Karo Pharma share including the right to participate in the Rights Issue
22 March 2022 – First day of trading in the Karo Pharma share excluding the right to participate in the Rights Issue
23 March 2022 – Record date, i.e., shareholders registered in the share register on this day will receive subscription rights for participation in the Rights Issue
23 March 2022 – Estimated date for publication of the prospectus
24 March 2022 – Estimated last day of trading in Karo Pharma’s shares on Nasdaq Stockholm
25 March 2022 – Estimated first day of trading in Karo Pharma’s shares on Nasdaq First North Growth Market
28 March – 6 April 2022 – Trading in subscription rights
28 March – 11 April 2022 – Subscription period
28 March – 26 April 2022 – Trading in paid subscribed shares (BTA)
19 April 2022 – Estimated date of announcement of the outcome of the Rights Issue
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (“SEB”), DNB Markets, part of DNB Bank ASA, Swedish branch (“DNB”) and Swedbank AB (publ) (“Swedbank”) are Joint Global Coordinators in connection with the Rights Issue. White & Case Advokataktiebolag is legal advisor to Karo Pharma in connection with the Rights issue and the listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. SEB is financial advisor to Karo Pharma in connection with the listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Erik Penser Bank AB is Certified Advisor in connection to the listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
For further information, please contact:
Christoffer Lorenzen, CEO
+4673-501 76 20
Jon Johnsson, CFO
+46 73-507 88 61
This information is such information that Karo is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication by the contact persons set out above, at 08:00 CET on 16 March 2022.
About Karo Pharma
Karo Pharma delivers smart choices for everyday healthcare. We own and commercialize branded, original over-the-counter products and prescription medicines. Our products are available in more than 60 countries, with Europe and the Nordic region as our core markets. Karo Pharma is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap.
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1 Based on the shareholding as of 15 Mars 2022. The total number of shares in Karo Pharma amounts to 225,033,204 shares.