Wiesbaden, September 13, 2018. SGL Carbon SE (the "Issuer", together with its subsidiaries, "SGL Carbon") today successfully completed the placement of unsubordinated, unsecured convertible notes due 2023 (the "Convertible Notes") in the aggregate principal amount of € 159.3 million. The Convertible Notes have been offered only to institutional investors outside the United States of America under exclusion of the pre-emptive rights (Bezugsrechte) of existing shareholders of the Issuer (the "Offering"). The Convertible Notes will have a maturity of 5 years until September 20, 2023, and will be issued and redeemed at 100% of their principal amount.
The initial conversion price has been fixed at € 13.0220, representing a premium of 30% above the reference price of € 10.0169. The coupon has been set at 3.00% p.a., payable semi-annually in arrear on March 20 and September 20 in each year, commencing on March 20, 2019. Settlement of the transaction will take place on or around September 20, 2018.
SGL Carbon SE intends to list the Convertible Notes on the Open Market (Freiverkehr) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. However, settlement and closing of the Offering is not conditional upon obtaining such inclusion to trading.
SGL Carbon SE plans to use the proceeds from the Offering to refinance existing debt, prolong the maturity profile, increase financial flexibility for further growth and for general corporate purposes.
About SGL Carbon
SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and world leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in industrial sectors that determine the future: automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems. In addition, SGL Carbon develops solutions for chemical and industrial applications.
In 2017, SGL Carbon generated sales of around 860 million euros. As of December 31, 2017, the company had approximately 4,200 employees worldwide in 34 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Materials, products and solutions from SGL Carbon are embedded in the major topics of the future: sustainable mobility, new energies and cross-industry digitization. Further developments in these areas demand more intelligent, more efficient, networked and sustainable solutions. This is where the entrepreneurial vision of SGL Carbon evolves around: contributing to a smarter world.
Listing: Amtlicher Markt / Prime Standard / Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse
(Official Market / Prime Standard / Frankfurt Stock Exchange)
Company's seat: Wiesbaden
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This announcement does not contain or constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer or invitation to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities to any person in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended or the laws of any state within the United States or under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, unless registered under the Securities Act or offered and sold in a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. There will be no public offer of the securities referred to herein in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan.
The offer referred to herein when made in member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA") which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a "relevant member state"), is only addressed to and directed at persons who are "qualified investors" as defined in the Prospectus Directive ("Qualified Investors"). For these purposes, the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in a relevant member state), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the relevant member state and the expression "2010 PD Amending Directive" means Directive 2010/73/EU.
The Convertible Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the EEA. For these purposes, a "Retail Investor" means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU ("MIFID II"); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive 2002/92/EC ("IMD"), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of article 4(1) of MIFID II; or (iii) not a Qualified Investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive. Consequently, no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (the "PRIIPs Regulation") for offering or selling the Convertible Notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the Convertible Notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation.
In the United Kingdom, this announcement is directed only at, Qualified Investors (i) 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") or (ii) who fall within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This announcement must not be acted on or relied on (i) in the United Kingdom, by persons who are not relevant persons, and (ii) in any member state of the European Economic Area other than the United Kingdom, by persons who are not Qualified Investors.
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The date of admission of the Convertible Notes and the shares issued upon conversion to trading may be influenced by things such as market conditions. There is no guarantee that admission will occur and you should not base your financial decisions on the Issuer's intentions in relation to admission at this stage. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Persons considering making such investments should consult an authorised person specialising in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Convertible Notes offering. The value of shares can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Convertible Notes offering for the person concerned.