Shares in Allegro.eu debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
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12 October 2020
Shares in Allegro.eu debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
- Ordinary shares in Allegro.eu begin trading today on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
- Listing is Poland’s largest ever, with an implied initial market capitalization of PLN 44 billion
- The Group’s ordinary shares will be identified by the ticker symbol ALE
- Employees to receive a one-off Share award of 233 Shares with a value equivalent to PLN 10,019, vesting 360 days from today
Shares in Allegro (and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), Poland’s number one commerce platform and the most recognized e-commerce brand in the country with over 12.3 million active buyers and over 117,000 merchants as of 30 June 2020, have today begun trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, marking the completion of Poland’s largest ever IPO.
Commenting on today’s stock exchange debut, François Nuyts, Chief Executive Officer, said
“With our IPO process now complete, we can now look forward to starting Allegro’s next phase of growth as a listed company. Our amazing team is ready for the challenge, and is excited to press on with our ambitious plans to improve our platform and make it an even better place for consumers to shop and for merchants to do business.
The engagement we have seen from institutional and retail investors over recent weeks has been humbling. I’d like to thank each of them for their interaction with us and welcome those who have decided to become shareholders in Allegro. I am particularly delighted that today Allegro employees also become shareholders in the company, enabling them to share in the future success we go on to create together.”
Highlights of the Offering
- The Offer Price was PLN 43 per Share, giving the Company an implied initial market capitalisation of PLN 44 billion.
- The Offering comprises the issuance of 23,255,814 New Sale Shares to raise gross proceeds of approximately PLN 1.0 billion and the sale of 190,293,225 Existing Sale Shares by the existing shareholders.
- In addition, Cidinan S.à r.l, Permira VI Investment Platform Limited and Mepinan S.à r.l. (together, the "Majority Selling Shareholders") have granted to Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc as Stabilization Manager (the “Stabilizing Manager”) an over-allotment option (the "Over-allotment Option") to purchase up to 15% of the total number of Sale Shares (the "Over-allotment Shares" and, together with the Sale Shares, the "Offer Shares"). The Over-allotment Option is exercisable for a period up to 30 days from 12 October 2020.
- The total value of the Offering will amount to PLN 10.6 billion, if the Over-allotment Option is fully exercised, and PLN 9.2 billion, excluding the Over-allotment Option.
- Free float will be 20.9% (before any exercise of the Over-allotment Option).
- All employees who are employed by the Group as at the Listing Date, and who do not hold any Shares pursuant to historic investment arrangements, will today be granted a one-off Share award of 233 Shares with a value equivalent to PLN 10,019, vesting 360 days after the Listing Date.
- The remaining Shares held by the Majority Selling Shareholders are subject to a lock-up agreement for a period of 180 days from the first listing of the Shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, subject to certain customary exceptions as set forth in the Prospectus. In addition, Shares held by the directors and managers of the Company and the recipients of Shares awarded pursuant to the Group’s incentive plans are subject to lock-up arrangements for a period of 360 days from the first listing of the Shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, subject to certain customary exceptions as set forth in the Prospectus.
- Goldman Sachs International and Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc have acted as global coordinators and joint bookrunners; Barclays Bank PLC, BofA Securities Europe SA, Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Dom Maklerski Banku Handlowego S.A. have acted as joint bookrunners; Santander Bank Polska S.A and BM PKO BP have acted as joint bookrunners and co-offering agents in Poland in connection with the offer to retail investors; and Bank Polska Kasa Opieki Spółka Akcyjna, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Erste Group Bank AG, Pekao Investment Banking S.A. and Raiffeisen Centrobank AG have acted as co-lead managers.
- Lazard & Co., Limited ("Lazard") has acted as Financial Adviser to the Group.
- To see previous announcements related to the transaction or for more information, please see www.allegro.eu/ipo
For more information about the Group and the Offering, reference is made to the prospectus dated 22 September 2020 and the prospectus supplement dated 25 September 2020. The prospectus and the prospectus supplement are available electronically via the Group’s website (www.allegro.eu/ipo), the website of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (www.bourse.lu) and additionally, for information purposes only, on the websites of the Co-Offering Agents (www.bm.pkobp.pl and www.santander.pl/inwestor).
Allegro is the go-to commerce platform for Polish consumers and has delivered strong revenue growth, profitability and cash flow at scale. The Group operates the leading online marketplace in Poland, Allegro.pl, and the leading price comparison platform in Poland, Ceneo.pl.1 The Group targets the retail market in Poland, which had an estimated size of PLN 621 billion (USD 165 billion) in 2019 is forecasted to grow to PLN 724 billion (USD 193 billion) by 2024. The Group’s gross merchandise value (“GMV”) accounted for approximately 3% of this market in 2019. As the most recognized e-commerce brand and the largest non-food retailer by GMV in Poland, Allegro.pl is also one of the world’s top ten e-commerce websites and among the top 100 websites in the world by visits per month2.
Merchants on the Group’s e-commerce marketplace sell across a variety of categories covering electronics, home and garden; sports and leisure; kids; automotive; fashion and shoes; health and beauty; books, media, collectibles and art; and supermarket. The Allegro.pl marketplace platform facilitates the sale of new products primarily on behalf of merchants through a business-to-customer model and attracts visits from an average of 20 million internet users per month, which is equivalent to 63% of Polish residents ages 16 and above and 76% of all internet users in Poland. As of 30 June 2020, the Group’s e-commerce marketplace had over 12.3 million active buyers who connect with over 117,000 merchants, which resulted in an average of 32 million monthly transactions in the twelve months ended 30 June 2020. The Group’s e-commerce marketplace generated GMV of PLN 28.4 billion (USD 7.6 billion) for the twelve months ended 30 June 2020.
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Goldman Sachs International (Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner)
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Morgan Stanley (Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner)
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Charlie Foreman, Nick Fowler, Bozidar Djelic
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Each of Goldman Sachs International, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, Barclays Bank PLC, BofA Securities Europe SA, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Dom Maklerski Banku Handlowego S.A., Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. Oddział – Biuro Maklerskie w Warszawie, Santander Bank Polska S.A. – Santander Biuro Maklerski, Bank Polska Kasa Opieki Spółka Akcyjna – Biuro Maklerskie Pekao, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Erste Group Bank AG, Pekao Investment Banking S.A. and Raiffeisen Centrobank AG (together, the “Managers”), Lazard and the Company, and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
The Managers and Lazard are acting exclusively for the Company and the Majority Selling Shareholders and no one else in connection with the Offering. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the Offering and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company and the Majority Selling Shareholders for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Offering, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
In connection with the Offering of the Shares, each of the Managers and any of their affiliates, may take up a portion of the Shares in the Offering as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell or offer to sell for their own accounts such Shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Offering or otherwise. Accordingly, references in the Prospectus to the Shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by, each of the Managers and any of their affiliates acting in such capacity. In addition, certain of the Managers or their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which they or their affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Shares. None of the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
In connection with the Offering, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, as stabilization manager (the "Stabilization Manager") (or its agents) acting on behalf of itself and the Managers may to the extent permitted by, and in compliance with, applicable laws and regulations (in particular, Commission Regulation (EC) No. 596/2014 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EC) No. 1052/2016), over-allot Shares or effect transactions on or off a regulated market, with a view to supporting the market price of the Shares at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. If such stabilization occurs, it will be undertaken on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Such transactions may commence on or after the date of commencement of trading of the Shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and will end no later than 30 calendar days thereafter. There is no assurance that such transactions will be undertaken and, if commenced, they may be discontinued at any time. There shall be no obligation on the stabilizing manager to enter into such transactions. All such stabilization shall be conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
For the purposes of allowing the Stabilization Manager to cover short positions resulting from any such over-allotment and/or from sales of Shares effected by it during the stabilising period, the Stabilization Manager will be granted an over-allotment option (the "Over-allotment Option"), pursuant to which it may purchase, or procure purchasers for, Shares representing up to 15% of the total number of Sale Shares at the Offer Price (the "Over-allotment Shares"). The Over-allotment Option will be exercisable in whole or in part upon notice by the Stabilization Manager at any time on or before the 30th calendar day after the commencement of trading of the Shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Any Over-allotment Shares made available pursuant to the Over-allotment Option will be made available on the same terms and conditions as Shares being offered pursuant to the Offering, will rank pari passu in all respects with all other Shares (including with respect to pre-emption rights) and will form a single class with all other Shares for all purposes, including with respect to voting and for all dividends and distributions thereafter declared, made or paid on the ordinary share capital of the Company.
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For the reader’s convenience, a translation of certain złoty amounts into U.S. dollars has been presented in this announcement. The average exchange rate for the U.S. dollar convenience translations is PLN 3.7585 per USD 1.00, which was the National Bank of Poland exchange rate per U.S. dollar as of September 18, 2020, the latest practicable date before the publication of the Prospectus. Such translations should not be viewed as a representation that such złoty amounts actually represent such U.S. dollar amounts, or could be or could have been converted into U.S. dollars at the rate indicated or at any other rate.
Certain data in this announcement, including financial, statistical, and operating information has been rounded. As a result of the rounding, the totals of data presented in this announcement may vary slightly from the actual arithmetic totals of such data. Percentages in tables may have been rounded and accordingly may not add up to 100%.
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Information to Distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Offer. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Managers will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Shares.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.