EDF announces the launch and the terms of a share capital increase with preferential subscription rights for an amount of approximately 4 billion euros
Subscription ratio: 3 new shares for 10 existing shares
Subscription price: 6.35 euros per new share
Trading period of the preferential subscription rights: from 8 March to 17 March 2017 inclusive
Subscription period: from 10 March to 21 March 2017 inclusive
Paris, France, 7 March 2017 - EDF (the ”Company”) announces today the launch of a share capital increase with preferential subscription rights to existing shareholders, for a gross amount of approximately 4 billion euros (the “Rights Issue”).
The proceeds from the Rights Issue will primarily be used to finance the Group’s development operations during the period between 2017 and 2020; in line with the CAP 2030 strategy, and more generally, to strengthen the Group’s financial flexibility. The Rights Issue is in keeping with an overall action plan aimed at boosting performance (cost-cutting and disposal plan) and shareholders’ equity.
As announced in the press releases published on 22 April 2016 and 13 February 2017, the French State has undertaken to subscribe for an amount of 3 billion euros, representing approximately 75% of the Rights Issue (the "Subscription Commitment") and will sell preferential subscription rights (by any means including by way of block trades or accelerated book-building), in compliance with the legal and regulatory provisions applicable to transactions affecting the share capital of companies in which the State owns an interest, and which are specifically provided for in Order 2014-948 of 20 August 2014.
Main terms of the Rights Issue
The Rights Issue will be realized with preferential subscription rights (the “Rights”) and will result in the issuance of 632,741,004 new shares (the “New Shares”). Each holder of EDF’s shares will receive one (1) Right for each share held (according to trading records) as of the close of trading on 7 March 2017. Rights will be detached on 8 March 2017, and existing shares will therefore trade ex-right from 8 March 2017.
The subscription of the New Shares will be reserved, as a preference, to the holders of Rights, 10 Rights will entitle holders to subscribe for 3 New Shares on an irreducible basis (à titre irréductible).
Based on the closing price of the EDF share on the regulated market of Euronext Paris ("Euronext Paris") on 3 March 2017, the theoretical value of the Right is 0.77 euro (it being reminded that this value may fluctuate during the Rights trading period, in particular depending on the evolution of EDF’s ex-right share price), and the theoretical value of the ex-right share is 8.92 euros.
The subscription price for the New Shares has been set at 6.35 euros per share (nominal value of 0.50 euro and issue premium of 5.85 euros). The subscription price represents a discount of 28.8% on the theoretical value of the ex-right share, and 34.5% on the closing price of EDF’s share on Euronext Paris (9.69 euros) on 3 March 2017.
The Rights Issue will be open to the public in France only.
Subscriptions subject to reduction (à titre réductible) will be accepted but remain subject to reduction in the event of oversubscription. Any New Shares not subscribed on an irreducible basis (à titre irréductible) will be distributed and allocated to the Rights holders having submitted additional subscription orders subject to reduction (à titre réductible).
Underwriting of the Rights Issue
The issue of the New Shares (other than those covered by the French State Subscription Commitment) will be fully underwritten by a syndicate of banks.
Indicative timetable of the Rights Issue
The Rights will be listed and traded on Euronext Paris under the ISIN code FR0013240322 from 8 March 2017 to 17 March 2017 inclusive. It will not be possible to buy or sell the Rights after the close of trading on 17 March 2017. The subscription period for the New Shares will run from 10 March 2017 to 21 March 2017 inclusive. The Rights not exercised before the end of the subscription period, i.e. before the close of trading on 21 March 2017, shall then become null and void.
Settlement/delivery and beginning of trading on Euronext Paris (Segment A) of the New Shares will take place on 30 March 2017. The New Shares will carry dividend rights and their holders will be entitled to any dividends distributed by EDF from the date of issuance, it being specified that they will only entitle their holders to the final dividend for the fiscal year 2016. The New Shares will be, as from their issuance date, fully fungible with EDF’s existing shares and will be traded under the same ISIN code FR0010242511.
Note: The English version of this press release may differ from the French version for regulatory reasons.
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