HOCHDORF Holding Ltd. executes an authorised capital increase in which subscription rights will be granted to existing shareholders

20.10.2014 07:00

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Media release to the capital increase of HOCHDORF Group


Hochdorf, 20 October 2014 – HOCHDORF Holding Ltd. executes an authorised capital increase in which subscription rights to existing shareholders are granted by issuing a maximum of 131,529 registered shares. The expected net proceeds will be used for the purchase of 60% of Uckermärker Milch GmbH and 26% in each of Ostmilch Handels GmbH, Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Oberlausitz KG and Ostmilch Handels GmbH & Co. Frischdienst Magdeburg KG as well as to increase the financial flexibility of the company.

The capital increase will be executed at market and is secured by firm commitments of different investors (Commitment Investors). The Commitment Investors have committed themselves to buy up to a maximum of 138’708 new shares potentially not subscribed by existing shareholders. The commitments are in a price range of CHF 130 to CHF 143 per share.

The subscription rights of existing shareholders are granted. Existing shareholders will be allocated one subscription right for each share and 7 subscription rights allow for the subscription of 1 new registered share against payment of the subscription/placement price. There will be no rights trading. Subscription rights not subscribed by shareholders will expire without compensation after the end of the subscription period (expected to be on Friday, 31 October 2014 at 12:00 noon CET).

New shares not taken up by existing shareholders are expected to be offered in a public placement in Switzerland and private placements with institutional investors in certain foreign countries (excluding in particular the USA) on 3 November 2014. The subscription/placement price is expected to be fixed the same day, based on the number of subscription rights exercised, the demand from investors in the placements, the share price of the registered share of HOCHDORF as well as general market conditions and will at least amount to the lower end of the price range of firm commitments of Commitment Investors of CHF 130 and at most CHF 143. The subscription/placement price and the final number of new shares are expected to be published in a media release on 3 November 2014 after close of trading.

Neue Helvetische Bank AG is acting as Lead Manager and Bookrunner for the capital increase.


Expected timetable for the capital increase

21 October 2014Last trading day of existing shares including subscription right
Allocation of subscription rights after close of trading
22 October 2014First trading day of existing shares ex-rights
Start of rights exercise period
31 October 2014 (12.00 MEZ)End of rights exercise period
3 November 2014Placement of new shares not taken up in a bookbuilding
Fixing and publication of subscription/placement price and final number of new shares
5 November 2014Capital increase and registration in the commercial register of the Canton of Lucerne
6 November 2014Listing and first trading day of newly issued shares on SIX Swiss Exchange
7 November 2014Delivery of new shares against payment of the subscrition/placement price

 

For enquiries and further information:
Marcel Gavillet, CFO, Tel. +41 (0)41 914 65 16, marcel.gavillet@hochdorf.com
Dr. Christoph Hug, Head of Corporate Communications, Tel. +41 (0)41 914 65 62 / +41 (0)79 859 19 23, christoph.hug@hochdorf.com

The HOCHDORF Group, based in Hochdorf, achieved consolidated gross sales revenue of CHF 376.1 million in 2013. It is one of the leading foodstuff companies in Switzerland, employing 362 staff as of 31.12.13 (338 full-time staff). Made from natural ingredients such as milk and wheat germ, HOCHDORF products have been contributing to our health and wellbeing since 1895 – from babies to senior citizens. Its customers include the food industry and the wholesale and retail sectors. Its products are sold in over 70 countries.

 

LEGAL NOTE
This document is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to purchase or subscribe for shares or pre-emptive rights of HOCHDROF Holding AG. This document does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of article 652a or article 1156, respectively, of the Swiss Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus pursuant to Articles 27 et seq. of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Investors should make their decision to exercise pre-emptive rights or to buy or to subscribe to shares of HOCHDORF Holding AG solely based on the issue prospectus dated 17 October 2014 which will be available to eligible investors free of charge from Neue Helvetische Bank AG, Zurich, Switzerland (email: prospectus@nhbag.ch, telephone: +41 (0)44 204 56 19) and from HOCHDROF Holding AG (email: ir@hochdorf.com, telephone: +41 (0)41 914 65 65).

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