Sandvika, 10 November 2023: Reference is made to the stock exchange notice by Norconsult ASA (the “Company”, OSE ticker. NORCO) on 8 November 2023 regarding completion of the bookbuilding in the initial public offering of shares in the Company (the “Offering”) and the Company’s announcement earlier today regarding commencement of trading in the Company’ shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange, today.
Carnegie AS (the “Stabilisation Manager”) may, on behalf of the Managers (as defined below), engage in stabilisation activities from today, 10 November 2023, to and including, 8 December 2023 (the “Stabilisation Period”). Any stabilisation transactions will be aimed to support the market price of the Company’s shares.
In connection with the Offering, the Managers have over-allotted a total of 14,269,044 shares in the Company to the applicants in the Offering, equalling approximately 15% of the total number of new shares initially allocated in the Offering.
In order to permit delivery in respect of the over-allotments made, the Company has lent to the Stabilisation Manager, on behalf of the Managers, a number of existing shares in the Company equal to the number of over-allotted shares. For further details on over-allotment and stabilisation activities, please see the prospectus dated 27 October 2023 prepared by the Company (the “Prospectus”).
Further, the Company has granted to the Stabilisation Manager, on behalf of the Managers, an over-allotment option with a right to purchase up to 14,269,044 existing shares in the Company at a share price of NOK 19, which is equal to the offer price in the Offering (the “Offer Price”). The over-allotment option is exercisable, in whole or in part, by the Stabilisation Manager, on behalf of the Managers, within the Stabilisation Period. The Stabilisation Manager may close out the short position created by over-allotting shares in the Offering by purchasing shares in the open market through stabilisation activities and/or by exercising the over-allotment option.
The Stabilisation Manager may effect transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the Company’s shares at a level higher than what might otherwise prevail, by buying shares in the Company in the open market at prices equal to or lower than (but not above) the Offer Price. There is no obligation on the Stabilisation Manager to conduct stabilisation activities and there can be no assurance that stabilisation activities will be undertaken. If stabilisation activities are undertaken, they may be discontinued at any time, and must be brought to an end upon or before expiry of the Stabilisation Period.
Any stabilisation activities will be conducted based on the same principles as set out in article 5(4) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation and chapter III of the supplemental rules set out in the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052, as implemented into Norwegian law by Section 3-1 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act, with regard to regulatory technical standards for the conditions applicable to buy-back programmes and stabilisation measures.
If stabilisation activities are undertaken, information on the activities will be published no later than seven trading days following such transaction(s). Further, within one week after the expiry of the Stabilisation Period, the Company will publish information as to whether or not price stabilisation activities were undertaken. If stabilisation activities were undertaken, the statement will also include information about: (i) the total amount of shares sold and purchased; (ii) the dates on which the stabilisation period began; (iii) the price range between which stabilisation was carried out for each day during the stabilisation period; and (iv) the date at which stabilisation activities last occurred.
Carnegie AS and DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, are acting jointly as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners (collectively, the “Joint Global Coordinators”). Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Oslo branch, are acting as joint bookrunners together with the Joint Global Coordinators (collectively, the “Managers”).
Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is acting as legal advisor to the Company. Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS is acting as legal advisor to the Managers.
For further queries, please contact:
Investors: Dag Fladby, CFO Norconsult, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media: Hege Njå Bjørkmann, EVP Communication and Brand Norconsult,Hege.Nja.Bjorkmann@norconsult.com
ABOUT NORCONSULT ASA
Norconsult is a leading pan-Nordic interdisciplinary consulting firm combining engineering, architecture and digital expertise across projects of all sizes, for private and public customers in infrastructure, energy and industry, buildings and architecture. Headquartered in Sandvika, Norway, Norconsult’s delivery model is centered around knowledge hubs and local presence through approximately 6,000 employees across more than 130 offices in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Poland and Finland. (Figures as of 30.06.2023)
This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not contain or constitute an offer of, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, securities to any person in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan or the United States, including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia (the “United States”) or to any person to whom, or in any jurisdiction in which, such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein may not be offered, subscribed, used, pledged, sold, resold, allotted, delivered or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act. The offer and sale of the securities referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Japan. There will be no public offer of the securities in the United States. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Japan.
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The Managers and their affiliates are acting exclusively for the Company and no-one else in connection with the offering. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the offering and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the offering, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
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In connection with the offering, the Managers and any of their affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the contemplated offering or otherwise. Accordingly, references in any prospectus, if published, 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, such Managers and any of their affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. The Managers do 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.
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