Granite France Bidco
Granite France Bidco
Proposed Offering of €350.0 million Senior Secured Notes due 2028 by Granite France Bidco
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Granite France Bidco (the “Issuer”), an entity indirectly controlled by Granite Lux Co-Invest S.à r.l., whose ultimate beneficial owners are Bain Capital, NB Renaissance and certain individual investors and co-investors, announced today that it intends to launch an offering of Senior Secured Notes maturing in 2028 for an aggregate principal amount of €350.0 million (the “Notes”), as part of the overall financing arrangements for the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) by the Issuer of Inetum, which was completed on July 20, 2022. The gross proceeds of the proposed offering of the Notes, together with borrowings under a term loan A facility, are expected to be used to partially repay the existing term loan B facility established in connection with the financing of the Acquisition.
The Issuer will determine and publish the final terms and conditions of the Notes at pricing, upon completion of the book building process.
This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes in the United States or in any jurisdiction in which, or to any persons to whom, such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
The Notes and the related guarantees thereof have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. persons except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state or local securities laws. Accordingly, the Notes and the related guarantees are being offered and sold in transactions that are exempt from the registration requirement of the U.S. Securities Act. There is no assurance that the offering will be completed or, if completed, as to the terms on which it will be completed.
The Notes will be offered (a) in the United States to “qualified institutional buyers” as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act and (b) outside the United States (i) in an offshore transaction in accordance with Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act and (ii) if resident in a Member State of the European Economic Area (the “EEA”) or in the United Kingdom, to investors who are not retail investors. The expression “retail investor” in relation to any Member State of the EEA means a person who is one (or more) of the following: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, “MiFID II”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97 (as amended, the “IDD”), 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 point (e) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended, the “Prospectus Regulation”). The expression “retail investor” in relation to the United Kingdom means a person who is one (or more) of the following: (i) a retail client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/565 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (the “EUWA”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and any rules or regulations made thereunder to implement the IDD, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Article 2 of the Prospectus Regulation as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA.
Promotion of the Notes in the United Kingdom is restricted by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “FSMA”), and accordingly, the Notes are not being promoted to the general public in the United Kingdom. This announcement is only addressed to and directed at persons who (i) are outside the United Kingdom, (ii) have professional experience in matters relating to investments (being investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Financial Promotion Order”)), (iii) fall within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (“high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.”) of the Financial Promotion Order, or (iv) to the extent that doing so does not prejudice the lawful distribution of the announcement to the foregoing, are persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of the FSMA) in connection with the issue or sale of any Notes may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). The Notes will only be available to relevant persons and this announcement must not be acted on or relied on by anyone who is not a relevant person.
In connection with the issuance of the Notes, a stabilizing manager (or any person acting on behalf of such stabilizing manager) may over-allot Notes or effect transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the Notes at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail. However, there is no assurance that the stabilizing manager (or any person acting on behalf of the stabilizing manager) will undertake stabilization action. Any stabilization action may begin on or after the date on which adequate public disclosure of the terms of the offer of the Notes is made and, if begun, may be ended at any time, but it must end no later than the earlier of 30 days after the issue date of the Notes and 60 days after the date of the allotment of the Notes. Any stabilization action or over-allotment must be conducted by the stabilizing manager (or person acting on behalf of the stabilizing manager) in accordance with all applicable laws and rules.
INFORMATION TO DISTRIBUTORS
Manufacturer target market (MIFID II product governance; UK MiFIR product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPs or UK PRIIPs key information document (KID) for offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA or the United Kingdom, respectively, has been prepared.
This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to certain of our current expectations and projections about future events. These statements reflect management's beliefs and expectations and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from any expected future outcomes expressed or implied by the forward-looking statement. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change without notice and, except as required by applicable law, we do not assume any responsibility or obligation to update publicly or review any of the forward-looking statements contained in it. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as at the date of this announcement.