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Helios Towers announces the final terms of its senior unsecured convertible bond offering of USD 250 million due 2027
11 March 2021
Helios Towers plc ("Helios Towers" or the "Company") (LEI: 213800DGC7GS4XCHCU30) announces the successful placing and pricing by its wholly owned subsidiary HTA Group, Ltd (the "Issuer") (LEI number: 213800WEFU8O8X6EPU13) of its offering (the "Offering") of senior unsecured guaranteed convertible bonds due 2027 (the "Convertible Bonds") convertible into new shares of the Company (the "Shares"). The Convertible Bonds will be issued in an aggregate principal amount of USD 250 million.
The issuance of the Convertible Bonds takes advantage of the current financing environment and complements Helios Towers' existing capital structure. The proceeds of the issuance of the Convertible Bonds will be used principally to fund the inorganic element of the Group's growth strategy, targeting tower assets in new and existing markets. This includes the acquisition of the passive infrastructure assets of Free Senegal announced in August 2020 and currently expected to complete in H1 2021.
The Convertible Bonds will be issued at 100% of their principal amount of USD 200,000 per bond and - unless previously converted, repurchased or redeemed - will be redeemed at par at maturity. The Convertible Bonds carry a coupon of 2.875% per annum payable semi-annually in arrears in equal instalments on 18 September and 18 March each year, with the first interest payment date being 18 September 2021. The initial conversion price has been set at USD2.9312, representing a premium of 37.5% above the placement price of the Shares in the Concurrent Accelerated Bookbuilding (as defined and further described below). The conversion price will be subject to (a) adjustments for any dividend in cash or in kind, as well as (b) customary anti-dilution adjustments, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Convertible Bonds.
The Shares underlying the Convertible Bonds represent 8.5% of the total number of the Company's issued and outstanding Shares immediately prior to the Offering, subject to potential adjustments to the conversion price.
The Joint Global Coordinators have conducted, concurrently with the placement of the Convertible Bonds, a simultaneous placement of existing Shares (the "Concurrent Accelerated Bookbuilding") on behalf of subscribers of the Convertible Bonds who wished to sell such Shares in short sales in order to hedge the market risk of an investment in the Convertible Bonds, at a placement price of GBP1.53 per Share (converted to USD2.1318 using the FX rate at time of pricing), determined by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the Concurrent Accelerated Bookbuilding.
Settlement and delivery of the Convertible Bonds is expected to take place on or about 18 March 2021. Helios Towers will submit an application to admit the Convertible Bonds to trading on the Open Market (Freiverkehr) segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (or on another internationally recognised, regularly operating, regulated or non-regulated stock exchange) by no later than the first interest payment date being 18 September 2021.
The Company has agreed to a lock-up for a period commencing on the pricing date of the Offering and ending 90 calendar days after the settlement date of the Offering, subject to customary exceptions, and exceptions for (from 30 calendar days to 90 calendar days (inclusive) after the settlement date and on no more than one occasion) (i) the issue of Shares representing no more than 20% of the total issued share capital of the Company as at the settlement date and (ii) the entry by the Company into a volume underwriting arrangement to raise gross proceeds up to an amount equal to 20% of the market capitalisation of the Company immediately prior to entering into such arrangement, in each case in the context of M&A activities.
Inside information notice
This stock exchange release relates to the disclosure of information that qualified, or may have qualified, as inside information within the meaning of the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014) as it forms part of retained EU law ("MAR"). For the purposes of MAR, this announcement is made by Paul Barrett, Group Company Secretary.
Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Jefferies International Limited are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the Offering (together the "Joint Global Coordinators").
STJ Advisors is acting as independent financial advisor to the Company in relation to the Offering.
Contact details of the Joint Global Coordinators are as follows:
Citigroup Global Markets Limited
33 Canada Square
London E14 5LB
Attn: Equity Syndicate Desk
Tel: + 44 20 7986 0015
Fax: + 44 20 3364 2134
Attn: Equity-Linked Sales
Tel: +44 20 7986 0390
Jefferies International Limited
London EC2N 4JL
Attn: Dominic Lester, Luca Erpici, Simon Hardy, Dominik Gansloser, Aditi Venkatram
Tel.: +44 20 7029 8000
No action has been taken by the Issuer, the Company, the Joint Global Coordinators or any of their respective affiliates that would permit an offering of the Convertible Bonds or the Shares (separately, a "Security" and together, the "Securities") or possession or distribution of this stock exchange release or any offering or publicity material relating to the Offering or the Concurrent Accelerated Bookbuilding or any of the Securities (together, "Offer Materials") in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this stock exchange release or any other Offer Materials comes are required by the Issuer, the Company and the Joint Global Coordinators to inform themselves about, and to observe, any such restrictions.
This stock exchange release and any other Offer Materials are not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances are they to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any Security nor a recommendation to buy or sell any Security.
An investment in the Securities includes a significant degree of risk. Any decision to purchase any of the Securities should only be made on the basis of an independent review by a prospective investor of the Company's publicly available information and the terms of the Securities. Each person receiving this stock exchange release or any other Offer Materials should consult his/her professional advisers to ascertain the suitability of the Securities as an investment. Neither the Joint Global Coordinators nor any of their respective affiliates accept any liability arising from the use of, or make any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of, this stock exchange release or any other Offer Materials or the Company's publicly available information. The information contained in this stock exchange release or any other Offer Materials is subject to change in its entirety without notice up to the date of issue of the Convertible Bonds.
In connection with the Offering and the Concurrent Accelerated Bookbuilding, the Joint Global Coordinators and any of their respective affiliates may take up a portion of the Convertible Bonds in the Offering and/or may acquire Shares as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell or offer to sell for their own accounts such Convertible Bonds, Shares and other securities of the Company or its group or related investments in connection with the Offering, the Concurrent Accelerated Bookbuilding or otherwise.
The Joint Global Coordinators are acting on behalf of the Company and no one else in connection with the Securities and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to clients of the Joint Global Coordinators or for providing advice in relation to the Securities.
Potential investors who are in any doubt about the contents of this stock exchange release or any other Offer Materials should consult their stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other financial adviser. It should be remembered that the price of Securities and the income from them can go down as well as up.
THE SECURITIES MENTIONED IN THIS DOCUMENT HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"), AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES, ABSENT REGISTRATION OR EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC OFFER OF THE SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION. THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS ARE BEING OFFERED AND SOLD OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES IN RELIANCE ON REGULATION S UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT.
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