Eurofins raises EUR 299m following a successful equity issuance
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), a global leader in bio-analytical testing, announces that it has raised total gross proceeds of c. EUR 299 million following the issuance of 550,000 new shares to institutional investors, at a price of EUR 543 per share, representing a 3.0% discount to the closing price on 30th October, 2017, and no discount to the 1-month VWAP*.
Following strong investor demand, Eurofins’ management decided to increase the offer size from 500,000 to 550,000 new shares to secure greater funding flexibility for potential acquisitions. As communicated in yesterday’s press release announcing the launch of the equity offering, Eurofins intends to use proceeds from the issuance towards financing identified potential acquisition targets. These targets would represent opportunities that are over and above the Group’s target acquisition program of EUR 200m per year to reach its revenue objective of EUR 4bn by 2019. The objective is that acquisitions create value for shareholders above their acquisition cost.
Comment from Dr. Gilles Martin, Eurofins CEO: “The success of this equity issuance demonstrates investors’ confidence in our ability to deploy capital to create significant shareholder value. I would like to thank our supporters in the capital markets for the trust that they have extended over the years, and continue to give to Eurofins, and reiterate that the Board, and the executive management of Eurofins, intend to invest with the same disciplined approach that it has employed in the past, with the objective to create higher earnings per share (EPS) than the dilution impact from the new issuance.”
Berenberg and Jefferies acted as joint book-runners for the Placement. The settlement-delivery and the admission of the new shares on Euronext Paris (on the same line as Eurofins’ existing shares (ISIN code FR0000038259) should occur on November 2nd, 2017.
*Volume Weighted Average Price
For more information, please visit www.eurofins.com or contact:
Head of Corporate Communication and Investor Relations
Eurofins Scientific SE
Phone: +32-2-769 7383
Notes for the editor:
Eurofins – a global leader in bio-analysis
Eurofins Scientific through its subsidiaries (hereinafter sometimes “Eurofins” or “the Group”) believes it is the world leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical products testing and that it is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for agroscience, genomics, discovery pharmacology and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the key emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing in Europe and the USA. With over 30,000 staff in 400 laboratories across 41 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 150,000 analytical methods for evaluating the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin and purity of biological substances and products, as well as for innovative clinical diagnostic. The Group objective is to provide its customers with high-quality services, accurate results on time and expert advice by its highly qualified staff.
Eurofins is committed to pursuing its dynamic growth strategy by expanding both its technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology and analytical chemistry to offer its clients unique analytical solutions and the most comprehensive range of testing methods.
As one of the most innovative and quality oriented international players in its industry, Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients’ increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the expanding demands of regulatory authorities around the world.
The shares of Eurofins Scientific are listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN FR0000038259, Reuters EUFI.PA, Bloomberg ERF FP).
This press release contains forward-looking statements and estimates that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements and estimates contained herein represent the judgment of Eurofins Scientific’s management as of the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees for future performance, and the forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur. Eurofins Scientific disclaims any intent or obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements and estimates. All statements and estimates are made based on the information available to the Company’s management as of the date of publication, but no guarantee can be made as to their validity.
This press release does not, and shall not, in any circumstances, constitute a public offering nor an invitation in any jurisdiction in connection with any offer.
In any Member State of the European Economic Area (“EEA”), this press release is only addressed to and directed at persons in Member States who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended).
This press release has been prepared on the basis that any offer of the new shares in any Member State of the EEA which has implemented the Prospectus Directive, and in particular in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France, (each, a "Relevant Member State") will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Directive, as implemented in that Relevant Member State, from the requirement to publish a prospectus. Accordingly any person making or intending to make any offer in that Relevant Member State of securities which are the subject of the placement contemplated in this press release may only do so in circumstances in which no obligation arises for Eurofins Scientific or any of the Joint Bookrunners to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive, as amended, in relation to such offer. Neither Eurofins Scientific nor the Joint Bookrunners have authorized, nor do they authorize, the making of any offer of the new shares in circumstances in which an obligation arises for Eurofins Scientific or any of the Joint Bookrunners to publish prospectus for such offer.
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