- Jun 21, 2016
Alior Bank with support of PZU successfully carried out PLN 2.2 billion share issue. Foreign investors bought over PLN 660 million worth of Alior Bank shares.
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Alior Bank carried out the largest rights issue on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in over six years, meeting very strong interest from foreign investors. The new-issue shares, worth a total of PLN 2.2 billion, went to nearly 4000 investors from 37 countries. The offering attracted over 500 institutional investors and approximately 3400 retail investors. Rights to shares (PDAs) began trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange on 21 June 2016.
“Spectacular international success of Alior Bank’s share issue confirms the strength of the Polish capital market,” said Michał Krupiński, chairman of the supervisory board of Alior Bank and CEO of PZU SA, capital group of which Alior Bank is a member.
“Subscription results confirm that both domestic and international investors appreciate Alior Bank’s fundamentals and strategy. In less than a decade, we have gone from being a startup to being one of the most innovative banks in Europe, one that is actively participating in consolidating the banking sector in Poland. The PLN 2.2 billion raised from the share issue will allow us to finance the acquisition of Core Bank BPH and further dynamic development,” said Wojciech Sobieraj, CEO of Alior Bank.
“The undoubted global success of the issue is an indication of the trust that, despite higher uncertainty in financial markets, both Polish and foreign investors place not just in Alior Bank but also the entire Polish banking sector and capital market. Strong macroeconomic fundamentals of our market are particularly attractive for investors in times of uncertainty. Success of the offering was triggered by the fact that Alior Bank’s main shareholder – PZU – was intending to participate in the offering from the beginning,” said Michał Krupiński, chairman of the supervisory board of Alior Bank and CEO of PZU SA.
The success of Alior Bank’s share issue is even more pronounced, given the challenging situation on the capital markets today. According to IPO Watch Europe, a report from PwC, the past quarter saw the lowest global IPO activity in seven years.
Alior Bank’s share issue stands out against other public offerings on the Warsaw Stock Exchange not just because of its value and a substantial participation of foreign investors but also due to how quickly it was conducted. The PLN 2.2 billion rights issue was announced at the beginning of April 2016, and Alior Bank’s prospectus was approved by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority just six weeks later, which paved the way to commence accepting subscriptions. Four weeks after that, the new shares were allocated to investors.
Because investors subscribed for all of the offered shares by the first possible deadline (overall demand under pre-emptive rights and additional subscriptions exceeded the number of shares offered 1.5 times), rights to shares were introduced to trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange earlier than initially expected, i.e. on 21 June 2016. Once the share capital increase is registered by court and the new-issue shares are registered by the National Depository for Securities (KDPW), they will be recorded on the investors’ accounts in exchange for their rights to shares (PDAs).
Belonging to the PZU capital group, Alior Bank is one of the most dynamically developing banks in Poland. With PLN 42 billion assets at the end of 2015, it was the 11th largest bank in Poland. More than 6,500 employees and the fourth largest banking distribution network of 830 outlets ensure efficient service of nearly 3.1 million clients, including over 130,000 businesses. Moreover, selected Alior Bank products and services are offered at 583 T-Mobile outlets as a part of a strategic partnership, as well as at 70 Tesco stores. Alior Bank has been included in the WIG20 index for the largest and most liquid companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2014.
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