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RNS Number : 8864S
GB Group PLC
18 November 2021
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER OR INVITATION TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR ANY SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR, ANY SECURITIES OF GB GROUP PLC. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICES AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AMOUNTS TO A FINANCIAL PROMOTION FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 21 OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 ("FSMA") AND HAS BEEN APPROVED BY PRIMARYBID LIMITED WHICH IS AUTHORISED AND REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY (FRN 779021).

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION.

18 November 2021

GB Group plc

("GB Group" or the "Company") (LON: GBG)

Retail Offer

GB Group plc (LON: GBG), the AIM quoted digital location, identity and identity fraud software company, is pleased to announce, a conditional offer for subscription via PrimaryBid (the "Retail Offer") of new ordinary shares of 2.5 p each in the Company (the "Retail Shares"). 

The Company also separately announced today its intention to conduct a non-pre-emptive cash box placing (the "Placing") of new ordinary shares of 2.5 p each in the Company (the "Placing Shares") by way of an accelerated bookbuild process (the "Bookbuild Process"). The price at which the Placing Shares are to be placed (the "Placing Price") will be determined at the close of the Bookbuild Process.

The issue price for the Retail Shares will be equal to the Placing Price.

The Retail Offer and the Placing are conditional on the new ordinary shares to be issued pursuant to the Retail Offer and the Placing being admitted to trading on AIM, a market operated by London Stock Exchange plc ("Admission"). Admission is expected to be take place at 8.00 a.m. on 23 November 2021. The Retail Offer will not be completed without the Placing also being completed.

As announced earlier today, the Company has conditionally agreed to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Acuant Intermediate Holding Corp ("Acuant"), a US Identity Verification and Identity Fraud prevention business, for a cash free, debt free enterprise value of $736 million (c.£547 million) (the "Acquisition").

The Company intends to finance the Acquisition and associated expenses through the Placing to raise aggregate gross proceeds of £300 million (c.$404 million), approximately $117 million (c.£87 million) of GBG ordinary shares issued to certain of the Acuant vendors, and the balance from a combination of approximately $210 million (c.£155 million) partial drawdown against a new £175 million revolving credit facility and existing cash on balance sheet.

Reasons for the Retail Offer

The Company highly values its retail investor base which has supported the Company alongside institutional investors over several years. Given the longstanding support of retail shareholders, the Company believes that it is appropriate to provide retail and other interested investors the opportunity to participate in the Retail Offer. The Company is therefore making the Offer available exclusively through the PrimaryBid mobile app. The Retail Offer will raise aggregate gross proceeds of up to £5 million.

Details of the Retail Offer

Individual and institutional investors in the UK may participate in the Retail Offer by applying exclusively through the PrimaryBid mobile app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. PrimaryBid does not charge investors any commission for this service.

The Retail Offer, via the PrimaryBid mobile app, is now open to and will close at the same time as the Placing.  The Retail Offer may close early if it is oversubscribed.

There is a minimum subscription of £250 per investor under the terms of the Retail Offer. The Company reserves the right to scale back any order at its discretion. The Company and PrimaryBid reserve the right to reject any application for subscription under the Retail Offer without giving any reason for such rejection.

No commission is charged to investors on applications to participate in the Retail Offer made through PrimaryBid.  It is vital to note that once an application for Retail Shares has been made and accepted via PrimaryBid, an application cannot be withdrawn.

For further information on PrimaryBid or the procedure for applications under the Retail Offer, visit www.PrimaryBid.com or email PrimaryBid at enquiries@primarybid.com. The terms and conditions on which the Retail Offer is made, including the procedure for application and payment for Retail Shares, is available to all persons who register with PrimaryBid.

The Retail Shares will be issued free of all liens, charges and encumbrances and will, when issued and fully paid, rank pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing Ordinary Shares. 

The Retail Offer is made under the exemptions against the need for a prospectus allowed under the Prospectus Regulation Rules and the total value of the Retail Shares available for subscription in the Retail Offer will in any event not exceed £5 million. As such, there is no need for publication of a prospectus pursuant to the Prospectus Regulation Rules, or for approval of the same by the Financial Conduct Authority. The Retail Offer is not being made into any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom.

Investors should make their own investigations into the merits of an investment in the Company. Nothing in this announcement amounts to a recommendation to invest in the Company or amounts to investment, taxation or legal advice.

It should be noted that a subscription for Retail Offer Shares and investment in the Company carries a number of risks. Investors should consider the risk factors set out on www.PrimaryBid.com before making a decision to subscribe for Retail Offer Shares. Investors should take independent advice from a person experienced in advising on investment in securities such as the Retail Shares if they are in any doubt. 

GB Group plc
Chris Clark, CEO
David Ward, CFO

 

+44 (0) 1244 657333

PrimaryBid Limited

Fahim Chowdhury / James Deal

 

enquiries@primarybid.com

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (THIS "ANNOUNCEMENT") IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM ANY PART OF AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE ANY SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES (INCLUDING ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (COLLECTIVELY, THE "UNITED STATES")), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR TO ANY PERSON TO WHOM IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE RETAIL SHARES IS BEING MADE IN ANY SUCH JURISDICTION. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTIONS.

This Announcement is not for public release, publication, distribution or forwarding, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Republic of South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such release, publication, distribution or forwarding would be unlawful. No public offering of the securities referred to in this Announcement is being made in any such jurisdiction or elsewhere.

No offering document or prospectus will be made available in any jurisdiction in connection with the matters contained or referred to in this Announcement and no such offering document or prospectus is required (in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 2017/1129 or Regulation (EU) No 2017/1129 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) to be published.

This Announcement may not be published, distributed or transmitted by any means or media, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in, into or within the United States. The securities referred to in this Announcement have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act") or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, acquired, resold, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the US Securities Act and in compliance with the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. There will be no public offer of the securities mentioned herein in the United States.

Certain statements in this Announcement are forward-looking statements with respect to the Company's expectations, intentions and projections regarding its future performance, strategic initiatives, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts and which are, by their nature, inherently predictive, speculative and involve risks and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about operating performance, strategic initiatives, objectives, market position, industry trends, general economic conditions, expected expenditures, expected cost savings and financial results are forward ‐ looking statements. Any statements contained in this Announcement that are not statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward ‐ looking statements. These forward-looking statements, which may use words such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "could", "intend", "estimate", "expect", "may", "plan", "project" or words or terms of similar meaning or the negative thereof, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors including, but not limited to, commercial, operational, economic and financial factors, that could cause actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward ‐ looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond the Company's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as changes in taxation or fiscal policy, future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behaviour of other market participants, the actions of governments or governmental regulators, or other risk factors, such as changes in the political, social and regulatory framework in which the Company operates or in economic or technological trends or conditions, including inflation, recession and consumer confidence, on a global, regional or national basis. Given those risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Announcement. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required to do so by applicable law or regulation.

This Announcement is being issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company.

The information in this Announcement may not be forwarded or distributed to any other person and may not be reproduced in any manner whatsoever. Any forwarding, distribution, reproduction or disclosure of this Announcement, in whole or in part, is unauthorised. Failure to comply with this directive may result in a violation of the Securities Act or the applicable laws of other jurisdictions.

This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's investment decision with respect to the Retail Offer. Recipients of this Announcement should conduct their own investigation, evaluation and analysis of the business, data and other information described in this Announcement. This Announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the Retail Shares. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon the disposal of the shares. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult with their or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, business, financial or tax advice.

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which the Company's shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast or profit estimate for any period and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company for the current or future financial periods would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings, earnings per share or income, cash flow from operations or free cash flow for the Company.

The Retail Shares to be issued or sold pursuant to the Retail Offer will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM, a market operated by London Stock Exchange plc.

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