Potential block sale of existing shares in BW Energy Limited by BW Offshore Limited
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BW Offshore Limited (“BWO” or the “Seller”) has retained Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Pareto Securities AS (collectively referred to as the "Managers") to explore a potential block sale of existing shares in BW Energy Limited (“BWE” or the "Company") through a private placement (the “Offering”).
BWO is contemplating selling 20,000,000 shares in BWE, representing approximately 7.8% of the shares outstanding in BWE, through an accelerated bookbuilding process. BWO reserves the right, at its own discretion, not to sell any shares in the Offering.
The Offering will commence immediately following the publication of this announcement (28 October 2021 at 16:30 CEST) and will close no later than 29 October 2021 at 08:00 CEST. Please note that the Offering may close earlier or later at the discretion of BWO. The Offering is expected to be priced and allocated before 09:00 CEST on 29 October 2021 (T). The settlement in the Offering will be conducted on a normal delivery-versus-payment basis (DVP T+2).
BWO currently holds 90,840,553 shares in BWE, representing approximately 35.2% of the shares outstanding in BWE. BWO will enter into a 6-month customary lock-up with the Managers following the completion of the Offering for any of the shares BWO currently holds in BWE which are not sold as part of the Offering.
In February 2020, BWE was spun off from BWO and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. BWO is very pleased with the development of BWE into a robust and independent E&P company. However, BWO has decided to divest part of its shareholding in BWE to accelerate growth in core business areas. The net proceeds to BWO from the Offering will be used for further growth opportunities within energy infrastructure, including FPSO and renewable energy investments, as well as other general corporate purposes. BWO will following completion of the Offering remain a committed and supportive partner to enable BWE to deliver on its growth strategy.
BW Group Limited (“BWG”), which currently directly owns approximately 35.1% of BWE and approximately 49.9% of BWO, has pre-committed to subscribe for up to USD 20 million in the Offering. However, in the case of strong demand, BWG may be scaled back to improve the overall free float in BWE’s shares.
The minimum order and allocation in the Offering have been set to the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000. The Managers may, however, offer and allocate an amount below the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000 in the Offering to the extent exemptions from prospectus requirements, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, are available.
Andreas Sohmen-Pao is the chairman of the board of directors of BWG, BWO and BWE. Marco Beenen is the CEO of BWO and a member of the board of directors of BWE. Carl Arnet is the CEO of BWE and a member of the board of directors of BWO.
For more information about the Offering please contact one of the Managers:
Citigroup Global Markets Limited
+44 20 7986 4000
Pareto Securities AS
+47 22 87 87 50
This information is considered to include inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation article 7 and is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. This stock exchange announcement was published by Una S. Holmen, Senior Manager Sustainability & Communications at BWO, at the date and time as set out above.
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of BWE. The distribution of this announcement and other information may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. BWE does not intend to register any part of the offering or its securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act.
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 Regulation 2017/1129 as amended together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State.
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Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "strategy", "intends", "estimate", "will", "may", "continue", "should" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although BWO believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control.
By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except for any ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by the applicable law, BWO does not have any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after it distributes this announcement, whether to reflect any future events or circumstances or otherwise.
Neither of the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities in BWE. Neither the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.