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Lübeck, 04 October 2017 – The Management Board of SLM Solutions Group AG ("SLM Solutions", "Issuer") today resolved, with the approval of the Supervisory Board, to issue senior unsecured convertible bonds (“Convertible Bond”) maturing in October 2022 with an aggregate principle amount of EUR 50 million convertible into new or existing ordinary no par value bearer shares. The issue size may be increased by up to approx. EUR 10 million to approx. EUR 60 million.
The Issuer intends to use the net proceeds from the placement of the Convertible Bond to finance its further growth. In addition to investments in research and development projects, it is planned to strengthen the sales network by establishing additional sales and service centres in Asia, Europe and the USA. With the proceeds from this offering, SLM Solutions feels confident that on a medium-term basis (ie until no later than 2022) it can achieve annual revenues of EUR 500 million and an EBITDA margin of 20%. In this context the Issuer confirms its guidance for the financial year 2017 - the feasibility of which, this year , will depend particularly on the development of the business in the course of the fourth quarter - and expects that today’s issuance will create additional trust from a customer perspective.
The Convertible Bond is expected to be issued on or around 11 October 2017 ("Settlement Date").
Bondholders have the right to convert the Convertible Bond from 11 October 2020 until the fifteenth business day before maturity into ordinary no par value bearer shares (the "Ordinary Shares"). The initial conversion price will be fixed during the Trading Day, prospectively at a conversion premium between 23 % and 28 % above the volume-weighted average price of the Ordinary Shares on XETRA. The shares underlying the Convertible Bond initially equal up to 7.7 % of the current share capital. The shareholders' subscription rights with regards to the Convertible Bond have been excluded.
The coupon of the Convertible Bond is expected to amount to between 5.50 % and 6.00 %.
The Issuer is to pay interest on the Convertible Bond quarterly in arrears. The first interest payment date is 11 January 2018.
The Convertible Bond will be issued at 100 % of its par value. SLM Solutions has the right to redeem all Convertible Bonds at 100 % of par value plus accrued and unpaid interest from 15 November 2020 subject to the condition that the daily volume-weighted average price of one ordinary share on XETRA within a specific period exceeds 150 % of the then prevailing conversion price or that less than 15 % of the initial aggregate principle amount remain outstanding
The final terms of the Convertible Bond are expected to be determined via an accelerated bookbuilt offering and to be announced later today.
An application for inclusion of the bond in trading on the Open Market segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is to be made within three months from the Settlement Date. SLM Solutions has agreed to a lock-up until 90 days after the Settlement Date.
The Convertible Bond will be offered solely to institutional investors outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S (Category 1) under the United States Securities Act of 1933 in its applicable version and outside Australia, Japan or in any other jurisdiction in which offers or sales of the convertible bonds are prohibited by law.
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About the company:
Lübeck-based SLM Solutions Group AG is a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. The company's shares are traded in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The stock has been listed in the TecDAX index since March 21, 2016. SLM Solutions focuses on the development, assembly and sale of machines and integrated system solutions in the field of selective laser melting. SLM Solutions currently employs over 340 members of staff in Germany, the USA, Singapore, Russia, India and China. The products are utilised worldwide by customers in particular from the aerospace, energy, healthcare and automotive industries.
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This notification is for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as an offer or an invitation to sell, or issue or the solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities. In connection with this transaction there has not been, nor will there be, any public offering of the Convertible Bond. No prospectus will be prepared in connection with the offering of the Convertible Bond. The Convertible Bond may not be offered to the public in any jurisdiction in circumstances which would require the Issuer of the Convertible Bond to prepare or register any prospectus or offering document relating to the Convertible Bond in such jurisdiction. The distribution of this notification and the offer and sale of the Bonds in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Any persons reading this notification should inform themselves of and observe any such restrictions.
This publication is neither an advertisement nor a prospectus and should not be relied upon in making any investment decision to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any securities. The information and opinions contained in this publication are provided as at the date of this publication, are subject to change without notice and do not purport to contain all information that may be required to evaluate SLM Solutions Group AG. No reliance my or should be placed for any purpose whatsoever on the information contained in this publication, or any other information discussed verbally, or on its completeness, accuracy or fairness.
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This notification does not constitute or form part of an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein (including the Convertible Bond and the shares of SLM Solutions Group AG) have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in a transaction not subject to, or pursuant to an applicable exemption from, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. This notification and the information contained herein may not be distributed or sent into the United States, or in any other jurisdiction in which offers or sales of the securities described herein would be prohibited by applicable laws and must not be distributed to publications with a general circulation in the United States. No offering of the Convertible Bond is being made in the United States.
In the United Kingdom, this notification is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) and (ii) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2) of the Order and (iii) persons at or to whom it can otherwise lawfully be distributed or directed (all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons”). The Convertible Bonds are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such Convertible Bond will be engaged in only with, Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this notification or any of its contents.