- Apr 6, 2016
Alior Bank announces PLN 2.2bn underwritten rights issue
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The Management of Alior Bank has called an EGM for 5 May 2016 in order to approve the issue of new ordinary shares with pre-emptive rights for existing shareholders. The total value of the rights issue could amount to up to PLN2.2bn. Alior Bank is planning to use the proceeds for the previously announced acquisition of Core Bank BPH and for strengthening of its capital base, enabling further dynamic growth of Alior Bank.
Additionally, the proceeds from the issue will fund the one-off integration costs of Alior Bank and Core Bank BPH that will be incurred mainly in 2017 and to strengthen the own funds of Alior Bank allowing to maintain CET1 ratio and CAR above 10.75% and 13.75% respectively in the coming years while maintaining the dynamic growth of Alior Bank. The capital position of Alior Bank was also strengthened through the guarantee agreement concluded with PZU on 31 March 2016.
According to the draft resolutions, the planned issue will amount to up to 220,000,000 of new shares. The authorisation of issuing up to 220 million new shares has been set “mechanically”, reflecting the planned proceeds of the capital increase divided by the nominal value of Alior Bank shares (PLN10). The final and actual number of the new shares and their issue price will be determined by the Management Board at a later stage taking into consideration expected proceeds and market conditions, including inter alia the price of the Bank’s existing shares on the stock exchange.
As announced, the issue of the shares will be executed through a public offering of shares with pre-emptive rights for existing shareholders of the Bank. The pre-emptive right is a mechanism allowing the existing shareholders to at least maintain their share in the share capital and in the total number of votes in the general meeting of the Bank.
The proposed record date has been set to May 23, 2016. The record date may change, subject to the timetable of the approving of the issue prospectus by the PFSA. Each investor holding one ordinary share will receive one pre-emptive right. The parity, i.e. number of new shares to be eligible for as a holder of one pre-emptive right, will be established at a later stage and will depend on the ultimate number of new shares to be issued in the offering.
The pre-emptive right is a separate security which will be quoted and traded on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. This means that holders of pre-emptive rights will have the opportunity to fully or partially exercise their rights, subscribing for the new shares, or alternatively sell part or all of their rights on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The precise timetable indicating the subscription period as well as pre-emptive rights trading period will be specified in the rights issue prospectus, prepared in relation to the contemplated transaction and the intention to introduce new shares to trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Alior Bank’s largest shareholder – PZU holding itself currently 25.19% of Alior Bank ordinary shares has committed to subscribe to the capital increase pro-rata to its existing shareholding level.
BZ WBK, Goldman Sachs International, and J.P. Morgan Securities plc signed a Standby Underwriting Agreement with Alior Bank on April 6, 2016. BZ WBK, Goldman Sachs International, and J.P. Morgan Securities plc will be acting as Joint Global Coordinators in Alior Bank Rights Issue.
– The standby underwriting agreement together with the declaration of support received from our main shareholder – PZU Group, will support a successful capital raise and as a consequence will enable the acquisition of Core Bank BPH. At the same time, it will provide for an optimal capitalisation of the combined bank, fostering its continued growth and further development. The rights offering is one of the key elements of this transaction, which in turn is an important step in the implementation of our strategy to actively participate in the consolidation of the Polish banking sector – said Wojciech Sobieraj, the CEO of Alior Bank.
In line with our previous announcement, the planned transaction of acquiring Core Bank BPH by Alior Bank will be divided into a few phases. After the completion of the rights issue (timing of which depends inter alia on the date of approval of the prospectus by the PFSA), Alior Bank will acquire a significant stake in Bank BPH from GE Capital group through a tender offer, offering the minority shareholders of Bank BPH a chance to sell their shares. As a further step, Core Bank BPH will be separated from Bank BPH through a demerger as an organised part of the enterprise and it will be combined with Alior Bank. The mortgage loan portfolio of Bank BPH and the assets and liabilities related to BPH TFI will remain with GE Group.
Goldman Sachs International acted as exclusive financial advisor to Alior Bank in connection with the acquisition of Core Bank BPH. Greenberg Traurig was a legal advisor.
The completion of the transaction is envisaged by the end of 2016, subject to certain conditions precedent including obtaining consent of the relevant antimonopoly authority and approvals and clearances from the PFSA.
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