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Reference is made to the previous stock exchange announcements made by Aker Solutions ASA (“Aker Solutions”) regarding the contemplated merger with Kværner ASA (“Kvaerner”) as further set out in the merger plan dated July 17, 2020 (the “Merger”). The Merger contemplates that Aker Solutions will absorb all the assets, rights and obligations of Kvaerner and that Kvaerner is dissolved.
Pursuant to and in accordance with Article 1 (5) (f) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “EU Prospectus Regulation”), Aker Solutions has prepared an “Exempted Document” describing key features of the Merger.
The Exempted Document includes among other things:
The Exempted Document is not a prospectus and has not been reviewed or approved by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority. It has been prepared solely for the use in connection with the admission to listing of the consideration shares that are expected to be issued by Aker Solutions upon completion of the Merger.
Upon the completion of the Merger, Aker Solutions will issue up to 306,767,600 new shares as merger consideration (the “Consideration Shares”). The Consideration Shares will be distributed on a pro rata basis to shareholders of Kvaerner (other than to non-eligible U.S. shareholders) as at the expiry of the date of registration of the completion of the Merger with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises (the “Effective Date”), which is expected to occur on or about November 10, 2020, as such shareholders appear in the shareholders register of Aker Solutions with the Norwegian Central Securities Depositary (the “VPS”) as at the expiry of the second trading day thereafter (the “Record Date”), which is expected to be on or about November 12, 2020.
Eligible shareholders in Kvaerner will receive minimum 0.7629 and maximum 1.1404 Consideration Shares for each share in Kvaerner they own as at the Effective Date as recorded in the VPS as at the Record Date.
The exact exchange ratio will be determined by the volume-weighted average price for the shares in Aker Solutions and Kvaerner on the Oslo Stock Exchange during a period of 30 days (including both trading days and non-trading days) that commenced August 19, 2020. This was two trading days after the Aker Solutions shares traded ex the dividend resolved to be distributed to Aker Solutions’ shareholders in an extraordinary general meeting held on August 14, 2020. The 30 day period will end on September 17, 2020, and the final exchange ratio is expected to be announced on or about this date, or as soon as it is ready.
The Consideration Shares will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act. Consideration Shares will therefore only be delivered to Kvaerner shareholders that are either (i) not a U.S. Person as defined in Regulation S of the Securities Act, or (ii) an “accredited investor” as defined in Regulation D of the Securities Act (“Eligible Shareholders”). Shareholders in Kvaerner that are not Eligible Shareholders will receive cash-in-lieu of the Consideration Shares following a sale of such Consideration Shares as they would otherwise be entitled to receive. Such Consideration Shares as the non-Eligible Shareholders would otherwise be entitled to, will be sold by Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) for the account of and for the risk of the relevant beneficiary with a proportional distribution of net sales proceeds among the non-Eligible Shareholders.
The Consideration Shares issued to Eligible Shareholders will constitute “restricted securities” under the U.S. Securities Act. As a condition to receiving Consideration Shares, each Eligible Shareholder who is an accredited investor will agree not to offer or sell any of the Consideration Shares received for a period of one year from issuance except pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act. Please see the Exempted Document for more information.
Atle Teigland, employee-elected director of the board of Aker Solutions ASA, has retired and no longer works for the company. Deputy director Oddvar Hølland has replaced Teigland as a director of the board.
Aker Solutions helps the world meet its energy needs. We engineer the products, systems and services required to unlock energy. Our goal is to maximize recovery and efficiency of oil and gas assets, while using our expertise to develop the sustainable solutions of the future. Aker Solutions employs approximately 13,000 people in more than 20 countries.
This press release may include forward-looking information or statements and is subject to our disclaimer, see https://akersolutions.com
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of Aker Solutions or Kvaerner. The distribution of this announcement and other information may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. Neither Aker Solutions nor Kvaerner intend to register any part of their securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale, offer or delivery in United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to U.S. shareholders of Kvaerner who are (i) non-U.S. persons as defined in Regulation S of the Securities Act, or (2) “accredited investors” as defined under Regulation D of the Securities Act.
In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression "Prospectus Regulation" means Regulation 2017/1129 as amended together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State.
This communication is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons in the United Kingdom that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order") or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only for relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.
Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "strategy", "intends", "estimate", "will", "may", "continue", "should" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although Aker Solutions and Kvaerner believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control.
Actual events may differ significantly from any anticipated development due to a number of factors, including without limitation, changes in public sector investment levels, changes in the general economic, political and market conditions in the markets in which Aker Solutions and Kvaerner operate, Aker Solutions and Kvaerner’s ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel, changes in Aker Solutions’ and Kvaerner’s ability to engage in commercially acceptable acquisitions and strategic investments, and changes in laws and regulation and the potential impact of legal proceedings and actions. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. Neither Aker Solutions nor Kvaerner guarantees that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this announcement are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this announcement or any obligation to update or revise the statements in this announcement to reflect subsequent events. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this document.
The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice. Neither Aker Solutions nor Kvaerner undertakes any obligation to review, update, confirm, or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this announcement.
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) is acting exclusively for Aker Solutions in connection with the merger and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Aker Solutions for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the merger.
Arctic Securities AS is acting exclusively for Kvaerner in connection with the merger and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Kvaerner for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the merger.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities of Aker Solutions or Kvaerner. Neither Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Arctic Securities AS nor any of their respective affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.