PRESS RELEASE: GRENKE AG: GRENKE AG resolves on cash capital increase with an issue volume of up to EUR 200 million
DGAP-News: GRENKE AG / Key word(s): Capital Increase
GRENKE AG: GRENKE AG resolves on cash capital increase with an issue volume
of up to EUR 200 million
2018-06-13 / 17:47
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*GRENKE AG resolves on cash capital increase with an issue volume of up to
EUR 200 million*
- *Net proceeds from the transaction will be used to finance further growth
in GRENKE Groups core markets over the next years and to continue its
successful internationalisation strategy *
*- Focussed expansion of current market shares and systematic further
development of product portfolio*
*- In light of the envisaged strong growth, the capital increase is expected
to support the very strong capital base and maintain the equity ratio in the
long term above 16%*
*Baden-Baden, June 13, 2018*
With the approval of the Supervisory Board, the Board of Directors of GRENKE
AG (ISIN: DE000A161N30) today resolved on a capital increase against cash
contribution with an issue volume of up to EUR 200 million under the
exclusion of current shareholders' subscription rights (this corresponds to
approx. 4.3% of the Company's share capital based on the Xetra closing price
as of June 12, 2018). The Company's share capital shall be increased through
the partial use of the Company's authorised capital that was resolved on by
the Annual General Meeting on May 03, 2018. The Company will issue new
no-par value registered shares with dividend entitlement for the ongoing
2018 fiscal year and bearing rights equal to those of the existing
outstanding shares of the Company. The new shares will be offered
exclusively to institutional investors in a private placement by way of an
accelerated bookbuilding offering.
"In view of the extremely positive business development in the first months
of the current fiscal year, we plan to use the net proceeds from the capital
increase to strengthen our equity base. Our strong equity position is key
for growth in our core markets over the next years and for the continuation
of our successful internationalisation strategy. Moreover it enables the
focussed expansion of our current market shares and a systematic further
development of our product portfolio", explained Antje Leminsky, Chair of
the Board of Directors of GRENKE AG. Sebastian Hirsch, member of the Board
of Directors, added: "We have decided to carry out the capital increase in
order to seize the continued dynamic and profitable growth opportunities.
The capital increase ensures that our capital base will remain at a solid
and sustainable level and allow us to continue focusing on an equity ratio
in the long term above 16%."
The new shares shall be admitted to trading on the regulated market of the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange without a prospectus with simultaneous admission to
the sub-segment of the regulated market with additional post-admission
obligations (Prime Standard). The new shares will be included in the current
listing as per June 20, 2018. GRENKE AG has agreed to a customary lock-up
period of six months.
Founder and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wolfgang Grenke,
supports the capital increase and, together with his family members, intends
to participate in the capital increase by placing an order.
Deutsche Bank AG and HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG will be acting as joint
global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the transaction.
For further information, please contact:
Neuer Markt 2
Phone: +49 7221 5007-204
The GRENKE Group (GRENKE) is a global financing partner for small and
medium-sized companies. As a one-stop shop for customers, GRENKE's products
range from flexible small-ticket leasing and demand-driven bank products to
convenient factoring. Fast and easy processing and personal contact with
customers and partners are at the centre of GRENKE's activities.
Founded in 1978 in Baden-Baden, the Company operates in 31 countries and
employs more than 1,300 staff worldwide. GRENKE shares are listed in the
SDAX on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE000A161N30).
Further information about GRENKE and its products is available at
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States of America (including its territories and possessions), Canada,
Australia or Japan or any other jurisdiction where such an announcement
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by law in certain jurisdictions and persons who are in possession of this
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about and observe any such restrictions. Any failure to comply with these
restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such
This publication is for information purposes only. It does not constitute an
offer to purchase, sell, exchange or transfer any securities or a
solicitation to submit an offer to purchase securities of GRENKE AG in the
United States of America, Germany or any other jurisdiction. Neither this
announcement nor its content shall form the basis of an offer in any
jurisdiction. The securities of GRENKE AG may not be offered or sold in the
United States of America without registration or an exemption from
registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the
'Securities Act'). The securities of GRENKE AG have not been, and will not
be, registered under the Securities Act.
In the United Kingdom, this publication is being directed only at persons
who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as
amended) (the 'Order') or (ii) persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to
(d) of the Order (high net worth companies, partnerships, etc.) (all such
persons together being referred to as 'Relevant Persons'). This publication
is directed and distributed only to Relevant Persons and must not be acted
on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or
investment activity to which this publication relates is available only to
Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.
In the member states of the European Economic Area ('EEA') that have
implemented the Prospectus Directive (the 'Relevant Member States'), this
announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed exclusively to
persons who are 'qualified investors' as defined by the Prospectus Directive
('Qualified Investors'). For these purposes, the expression 'Prospectus
Directive' means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the
2010 'Prospectus Directive Amending Directive', to the extent implemented in
a Relevant Member State).
No action has been taken that would permit an offer or a purchase of the
securities or distribution of this publication in any jurisdiction where
such action would be unlawful. Persons who are in possession of this
announcement are required to inform themselves about and observe any such
This announcement does not constitute marketing material, a prospectus or a
recommendation concerning the private placement of securities described in
this announcement (the 'Placement'). Investors should consult a professional
advisor as to the suitability of the Placement for the person concerned.
In connection with the Placement, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft
('Deutsche Bank') and HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG ('HSBC') and any of their
affiliates acting as an investor for their own account may take up as a
proprietary position any shares of GRENKE AG (the 'Shares') and, in that
capacity, may hold, purchase or sell such Shares for their own account .
Accordingly, references to the securities being issued or sold should be
read as including any issue, offer or sale to Deutsche Bank and HSBC, as
well as any of their affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts.
In addition, Deutsche Bank and HSBC or their affiliates may enter into
financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which
Deutsche Bank and HSBC (or their affiliates) may purchase, hold or sell
Shares. Deutsche Bank and HSBC do not intend to disclose the extent of any
such investment or transactions other than in accordance with any legal or
regulatory obligation to do so.
Deutsche Bank and HSBC are acting on behalf of GRENKE AG and no one else in
connection with the Placement and will not be responsible to any other
person for providing the protections afforded to clients of Deutsche Bank
and HSBC nor for providing advice in relation to the Placement.
Deutsche Bank and HSBC and none of their respective directors, officers,
employees, advisers or agents accept any responsibility or liability
whatsoever for, or make any representation or warranty, express or implied,
as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this
announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from this
announcement) or, with limited exception, any other information relating to
GRENKE AG, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, whether written, oral
or in visual or electronic form, or any damage howsoever arising from any
use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection
To the extent that this announcement contains forward-looking statements,
such statements do not represent facts and are characterised by the words
(MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires
June 13, 2018 11:47 ET ( 15:47 GMT)
|DS3259||GRENKE AG NA O.N. WaveXXL L 88.55 (DBK)||5,526|
|DS538P||GRENKE AG NA O.N. WaveXXL S 99 (DBK)||7,257|
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