Results of Geely Holding’s placing of 100 million existing shares in Volvo Car AB (publ)
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Results of Geely Holding’s placing of 100 million existing shares in Volvo Car AB (publ)
17 November, 2023
Further to our previous announcement, Geely Sweden Holdings AB, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, (“Geely Holding”) has completed the placement of 100 million existing shares (the “Placing Shares”) in Volvo Car AB (publ) (the “Company” or “Volvo Cars”) to institutional investors by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process (the “Placing”). Geely Holding’s gross proceeds from the transaction amount to approximately USD 350m. The Placing Shares represent 3.4% of the Company's issued share capital and votes, representing 4.1% of Geely Holding’s shareholding in the Company prior to the Placing.
Following settlement of the transaction, Geely Holding is expected to hold 2,343,396,227 shares in the Company, representing 78.7% of the Company's issued share capital and votes. The trade date for the Transaction is 17 November 2023 and settlement is expected to occur on 21 November 2023.
The Placing will increase the free float and further broaden the shareholder base of Volvo Cars. Proceeds received by Geely Holding are intended to be used to support business development within the group.
In connection with the Placing, Geely Holding has committed to a lock-up period of 90 days in respect of its remaining shareholding in the Company, subject to customary exceptions and waivers by the Joint Bookrunners.
The Company will not receive any proceeds from the Placing.
“Volvo Cars is today one of the world’s fastest-growing carmakers and most iconic car brands. As the majority shareholder, we remain steadfast in our commitment to continue our support of Volvo Cars on its transformation towards becoming a fully electric car maker, and we look forward to continuing this ongoing global success story” says Daniel Li, CEO of Geely Holding Group.
Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, BNP PARIBAS and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (together, the “Joint Bookrunners”), acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the placing.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB is acting as transaction counsel together with Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå KB as Swedish legal advisor to Geely Sweden Holdings AB, whilst White & Case acted as legal advisor to the Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Placing.
This communication contains certain forward-looking statements concerning our intentions, beliefs or current expectations. Such statements are identified by including terms such as "intent", or similar expressions, and include statements regarding Geely Holding’s plans with respect to its shareholdings in Volvo Car AB (publ). Such statements are subject to a number of
important risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors, including risks and uncertainties, that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: market growth and volatility and regulatory changes and developments. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Neither Geely Holding nor Volvo Car AB (publ) undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF THE PLACING SHARES, ANY OF THE JOINT BOOKRUNNERS AND ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES MAY TAKE UP A PORTION OF THE PLACING SHARES IN THE SALE AS A PRINCIPAL POSITION AND IN THAT CAPACITY MAY RETAIN, PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL FOR THEIR OWN ACCOUNTS SUCH PLACING SHARES AND OTHER SECURITIES OF THE COMPANY OR RELATED INVESTMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR OTHERWISE. ACCORDINGLY, REFERENCES IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE PLACING SHARES BEING SOLD, 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, ANY OF THE JOINT BOOKRUNNERS AND ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES ACTING IN SUCH CAPACITY. IN ADDITION ANY OF THE JOINT BOOKRUNNERS AND ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES MAY ENTER INTO FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS (INCLUDING SWAPS OR CONTRACTS FOR DIFFERENCES) WITH INVESTORS IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH THE JOINT BOOKRUNNERS AND ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES MAY FROM TIME TO TIME ACQUIRE, HOLD OR DISPOSE OF PLACING SHARES. THE JOINT BOOKRUNNERS DO NOT INTEND TO DISCLOSE THE EXTENT OF ANY SUCH INVESTMENT OR TRANSACTIONS OTHERWISE THAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANY LEGAL OR REGULATORY OBLIGATIONS TO DO SO.
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