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PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
3 March 2021
Proposed secondary placing Mitie Group plc (the "Company" or "Mitie")
GLAS Trust Corporation Limited (the "Selling Shareholder") announces its intention to sell up to 149,017,301 ordinary shares in the Company (the "Placing Shares") through a placing to eligible institutional investors by way of an accelerated bookbuild (the "Placing").
The bookbuild process will commence with immediate effect following this announcement and may close at any time at short notice. A further announcement will be made following the completion of the bookbuild and pricing of the Placing. Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies") is acting as Sole Global Coordinator and Bookrunner in relation to the Placing (the "Bookrunner").
The interests of the Selling Shareholder are as follows:
Percentage of Issued Share Capital Immediately Prior to the Placing
GLAS Trust Corporation Limited
The Placing Shares represent approximately 10.5% of the Company's issued share capital. Assuming all the Placing Shares are sold, the Selling Shareholder will, following completion of the Placing, have no remaining holding in the Company's issued share capital.
The price per Placing Share will be determined through an accelerated bookbuild process, the final number of Placing Shares to be placed will be agreed by Jefferies and the Selling Shareholder at the close of the bookbuild process, and the results of the Placing will be announced as soon as practicable thereafter. The timings for the close of the bookbuild process are at the absolute discretion of Jefferies.
Shares offered in the Placing over the aggregate value of £25 million remain subject to a lock-up agreement between Mitie and How Group Limited, as agreed following the acquisition of Interserve Facilities Management in November 2020. In the event demand for the Placing Shares exceeds an aggregate value of £25 million, Mitie's agreement to a waiver of the lock-up agreement in respect of such excess will be required but is expected.
The Company is not a party to the Placing and will not receive any proceeds from the Placing.
The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as amended by The Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.
Jefferies - Global Coordinator and Bookrunner +44 (0)20 7029 8000
Ed Matthews / William Brown
Lee Morton / Oli Berwin / Aditi Venkatram
The publication or distribution or release of this announcement and the Placing of the Placing Shares as set out in this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. This announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute or form part of an offer to buy, sell, issue, acquire or subscribe for, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, sell, issue, acquire or subscribe for any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. No action has been taken that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
Members of the general public are not eligible to take part in the Placing. This announcement and any offer of securities to which it relates are only addressed to and directed at (1) in the United Kingdom and in any member state of the European Economic Area, persons who are qualified investors in such member state within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) (the "Prospectus Regulation") or the United Kingdom within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation as it forms part of retained EU law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (the "UK Prospectus Regulation") ("Qualified Investors"); and (2) in the United Kingdom, Qualified Investors who (a) have professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Market Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (b) fall within article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order or (c) are persons to whom an offer of the Placing Shares may otherwise lawfully be made ("relevant persons"). The information regarding the Placing set out in this announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons in the European Economic Area who are not Qualified Investors or by persons in the United Kingdom who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available in the European Economic Area only to Qualified Investors and in the United Kingdom only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with such persons.
In particular, this announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer to buy, sell, issue, acquire or subscribe for, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, sell, issue, acquire, or subscribe for any securities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa or any other jurisdiction into which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.
The Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered, sold or transferred, directly or indirectly, within the United States, except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States.
No public offering of the securities referred to herein is being made in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa or any other jurisdiction.
No prospectus or offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing. The publicly available information of the Company is not the responsibility of, and has not been independently verified by, the Selling Shareholder, the Bookrunner, or any of their respective affiliates (as such term is defined under Rule 501(b) of Regulation D of the Securities Act) (each, an "Affiliate"). The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete.
In connection with the Placing, the Bookrunner or any of its Affiliates may take up a portion of the Placing Shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell for their own accounts such Placing Shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise. Accordingly, references to the 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 Bookrunner and any of its Affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. The Bookrunner does not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
Jefferies, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, are acting for the Selling Shareholder in connection with the Placing and no-one else and they will not be responsible to anyone other than the Selling Shareholder for providing for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matter 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 Bookrunner 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.
This announcement does not purport to identify or suggest the risks (direct or indirect) which may be associated with an investment in the Company's securities. The price of shares and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested on disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial advisor.
Information to Distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements of Chapter 3 of the FCA Handbook Product 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 the ordinary shares in the Company (the "Ordinary 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 paragraph 3 of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all permitted distribution channels (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Ordinary Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Ordinary 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 Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Bookrunner 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 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 Ordinary Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Ordinary Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.