- 22nd December 2022
- Posted by: Awilco Drilling
- Category: 2022
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Aberdeen, 21st December 2022
Reference is made to the stock exchange release from Awilco Drilling Plc (“Awilco Drilling” or the “Company”) (Euronext Growth: AWDR) published on 21st December 2021 regarding a contemplated private placement of new Sponsored Norwegian Depository Receipts in the Company up to NOK 78 million (equivalent to USD 8 million) in gross proceeds (the “Private Placement”)
The Company is pleased to announce that the Private Placement has been successfully completed, raising gross proceeds of c. NOK 78 million, equivalent to c. USD 8 million, by allocation of 3,922,880 new Sponsored Norwegian Depository Receipts (the “Offer Shares”) in the Private Placement at a price per Offer Share of NOK 20 (the “Offer Price”).
The Private Placement took place through an accelerated bookbuilding process managed by Clarksons Securities AS as Sole Manager and Bookrunner (the “Manager”) after close of markets on 21 December 2021.
The net proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to partly finance Awilco Drillings’ two arbitration cases against Keppel FELS Limited to their conclusions which are expected to take place no earlier than 2Q 2023 and 4Q 2023 for the two rigs.
Existing shareholders were allocated in total 3,785,060 Offer Shares amounting to the total of c. NOK 75.7 million (equivalent to USD 7.7 million).
Notices of allocation of Offer Shares and payment instructions are expected to be distributed to the investors in the Private Placement through a notification from the Manager on 22nd December 2022 (T) (the “Notification“). Any further settlement details will be stated in the Notification. The Offer Shares will be tradable upon allocation. The Offer Shares will be tradable upon allocation. Settlement of the Offer Shares is expected to take place on a delivery versus payment (DVP) basis on or about 28th December 2022 (the “Settlement Date”). The DvP settlement structure is facilitated by a pre-payment agreement (the “Pre-Payment Agreement”) between the Company and the Manager.
Completion of the Private Placement is subject to, inter alia, the Pre-Payment Agreement remaining unmodified and in full force and effect and the Offer Shares having been fully paid and legally issued and delivered in VPS.
Following the completion of the Private Placement, the Company will have a share capital of GBP 2,904,651.75 divided into 4,468,695 shares, each with a nominal value of GBP 0.65.
The Company has considered the Private Placement in light of the equal treatment obligations under the rules on equal treatment under Euronext Growth Rule Book II and Oslo Børs’ Guidelines for equal treatment, and is of the opinion that the Private Placement is in compliance with these requirements. The Company is in urgent need of new capital, and the delays involved in conducting a rights offering would have leaved the Company without the required funding for a sustained period. Further, the Board intends to carry out the Subsequent Offering (as defined below) following completion of the Private Placement that, if carried out, is expected to allow existing shareholders who are not offered to participate in the Private Placement the opportunity to maintain their pro rata ownership. As a consequence of the Private Placement structure, the shareholders’ preferential rights to subscribe for the Offer Shares have been deviated from.
The Board of Directors intends to conduct, subject to completion of the Private Placement and certain other conditions, a subsequent offering of new Sponsored Norwegian Depository Receipts raising gross proceeds of the NOK equivalent of up to USD 2 million at the same subscription price as the Offer Price in the Private Placement to existing shareholders in the Company as of 21st December 2022 (as registered in the VPS two trading days thereafter) who were not offered Offer Shares in the Private Placement and are not resident in a jurisdiction where such offering would be unlawful or would (in jurisdictions other than Norway) require any prospectus, filing, registration or similar action (the “Subsequent Offering”). Non-tradable subscription rights will be awarded. Completion of a Subsequent Offering is subject to approval by the Board, and the Board may at its discretion decide not to proceed with or cancel any Subsequent Offering. The subsequent offering is expected to be fully guaranteed by Awilhelmsen Offshore AS and QVT Family Office Fund LP. The Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel the Subsequent Offering.
A separate stock exchange notice will be made on key information for the Subsequent Offering.
Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS is acting as Norwegian legal counsel to Awilco Drilling.
For further information about the Private Placement please contact:
Erik Jacobs, CEO of Awilco Drilling; Tel: +44 1224 737900
Cathrine Haavind, Investor Relations of Awilco Drilling; Tel: +47 93 42 84 64, firstname.lastname@example.org
The information in this announcement is considered to be inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation for Awilco Drilling. This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. This stock exchange notice was published by Erik Jacobs, CEO, on the time and date provided.
The release is not for publication or distribution, in whole or in part directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, Japan Hong Kong or the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia). It is issued for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities, in the United States or in any other jurisdiction. The securities mentioned herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”). The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act. Awilco Drilling does not intend to register any portion of any offering of the securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of the securities in the United States. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into Australia, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong or the United States.
In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression “Prospectus Regulation” means (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 14 June 2017, as amended Regulation, on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public (together with any applicable implementing measures in any EEA Member State.
This communication is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons in the United Kingdom that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only for relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.
The issue, subscription or purchase of securities in Awilco Drilling is subject to specific legal or regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions. Neither Awilco Drilling nor the Manager assumes any responsibility in the event there is a violation by any person of such restrictions. The distribution of this release may in certain jurisdictions be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this release comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
The Manager is acting for Awilco Drilling and no one else in connection with the potential Private Placement in the Company and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice in relation to the Private Placement and/or any other matter referred to in this release.
Forward-looking statements: This release and any materials distributed in connection with this release may contain certain forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they reflect Awilco Drilling’s current expectations and assumptions as to future events and circumstances that may not prove accurate. A number of material factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.