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(Oslo, 31 March 2020) Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement by Nel ASA ("Nel" or the "Company") on 30 March 2020, regarding the approval of a prospectus relating to a subsequent offering of up to 13,350,000 new shares (the "Subsequent Offering") to be carried out by the Company following the completion of a private placement with gross proceeds of NOK 846 million (the "Private Placement").
In the Subsequent Offering, Eligible Shareholders, being shareholders of the Company as of 21 January 2020 (and being registered as such in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository ("VPS") on 23 January 2020, pursuant to the two days' settlement procedure in the VPS (the "Record Date")), (i) who were not allocated shares in the Private Placement, and (ii) who are not resident in a jurisdiction where such offering would be unlawful, or for jurisdictions other than Norway, would require any filing, registration or similar action, will be granted non-transferable subscription rights (the "Subscription Rights") that, subject to applicable law, provide preferential rights to subscribe for and be allocated Offer Shares at the Subscription Price (as defined below).
The subscription period in the Subsequent Offering commences today, on 31 March 2020 at 09:00 hours (CEST) and will end on 7 April 2020 at 16:30 hours (CEST) (the "Subscription Period"). The subscription price in the Subsequent Offering is NOK 9.50 per Offer Share (the "Subscription Price"), which is equal to the subscription price in the Private Placement.
Eligible Shareholders will be granted 0.01182 Subscription Rights for each share registered as held by such Eligible Shareholder on the Record Date, rounded down to the nearest whole Subscription Right. Each whole Subscription Right provides a preferential right to subscribe for, and be allocated, one Offer Share at the Subscription Price, subject to applicable securities laws. Over-subscription is permitted, but there can be no assurance of the number of shares that will be available for allocation pursuant to over-subscription. Subscription without Subscription Rights will not be permitted.
In order to subscribe for shares, Eligible Shareholders must provide one of the Managers (as defined below) with a complete and duly signed subscription form within the end of the Subscription Period. Further instructions regarding the subscription procedure is available in the Prospectus (as defined below). The Subscription Rights must be used to subscribe for Offer Shares in the Subscription Period and before the expiry of the Subscription Period on 7 April 2020 at 16:30 hours (CEST). Subscription Rights that are not used to subscribe for Offer Shares before 16:30 hours (CEST) on 7 April 2020 will have no value and will lapse without compensation to the holder.
Completion of the Subsequent Offering is subject to (i) the board of directors resolving to approve the Subsequent Offering and issue the Offer Shares, and (ii) registration of the increased equity of the Company pertaining to the Subsequent Offering with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises and the VPS.
Notifications of allocation in the Subsequent Offering are expected to be issued on or about 8 April 2020. The due date for payment of allocated Offer Shares is 15 April 2020. The capital increase relating to the Subsequent Offering is, subject to timely payment by all subscribers, expected to be registered with Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises on or about 20 April 2020, and delivery of the Offer Shares to investors' VPS accounts is thereafter expected to take place on or about 21 April 2020.
A prospectus dated 30 March 2020 (the "Prospectus") prepared in connection with the Subsequent Offering will be available electronically at www.nelhydrogen.com, www.arctic.com, www.carnegie.no and www.sb1markets.no, or by contacting Arctic Securities AS, Carnegie AS or SpareBank 1 Markets AS.
Arctic Securities AS, Carnegie AS and SpareBank 1 Markets AS act as managers in the Subsequent Offering (the "Managers"). Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS acts as Norwegian legal counsel to Nel.