SAS announces outcome of the rights issue
21 October 2020, 17.15 CEST
The final outcome of SAS AB’s (“SAS” or the “Company”) rights issue, for which the subscription period ended on 19 October 2020 at 17:00 CEST, shows that 3,443,242,959 common shares, corresponding to 100% of the offered shares, will be issued. SAS will announce the final outcome of the bondholder offer, as well as the number of shares subscribed for by the governments of Denmark and Sweden in the directed issue of common shares, on 23 October 2020.
In the rights issue, 2,893,845,046 common shares, corresponding to approximately 84.04% of the offered shares, were subscribed for by the exercise of subscription rights. Additionally, applications for subscription without subscription rights of 221,730,478 common shares, corresponding to approximately 6.44% of the offered shares, have been received. In aggregate, the subscriptions by exercise of subscription rights and the applications for subscription without subscription rights correspond to approximately 90.48% of the shares offered. Hence, the underwriting commitments by the Company’s major shareholders, the governments of Denmark and Sweden, will be exercised in part, as a result of which the governments of Denmark and Sweden, in addition to their pro rata subscriptions, in aggregate will subscribe for an additional 327,667,435 common shares, corresponding to approximately 9.52% of the offered shares. In total, 3,443,242,959 common shares, corresponding to 100% of the offered shares, will be issued in the rights issue whereby SAS will raise proceeds corresponding to approximately MSEK 3,994 before issue costs.
Those who have subscribed for common shares without subscription rights will be allotted shares according to the principles outlined in the prospectus published on 30 September 2020. Subscribers who have been allotted shares without subscription rights are expected to be notified on or around 22 October 2020. Nominee-registered shareholders will receive notice of allotment in accordance with the procedures of the relevant nominee.
Information on the increase of the Company’s number of outstanding shares due to the bondholder offer, the conversion of the existing hybrid notes into common shares and the directed issue of common shares to the governments of Denmark and Sweden, will be announced on 23 October 2020.
The last day of trading in interim shares (BTAs) will be 30 October 2020. The new shares are expected to start trading on Nasdaq Stockholm, Nasdaq Copenhagen and Oslo Børs on or around 3 November 2020 and are expected to be delivered on or around 5 November 2020.
“I am grateful for the support from our largest owners, the Government of Sweden, the Government of Denmark and Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation, that they have demonstrated throughout this recapitalization process. I am also thankful for the support and trust demonstrated by individual and institutional investors by participating in the rights issue, despite the challenging times that the aviation industry is currently undergoing. Looking ahead, our focus is to execute on our business plan aimed at adapting SAS to a market defined by lower demand, and to return as a profitable and more sustainable airline as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Rickard Gustafson, CEO SAS.
For further information, please contact:
SAS press office, +46 8 797 2944
Michel Fischier, VP Investor Relations, +46 70 997 0673
Advisors to the Company
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB is financial advisor to SAS and Global Coordinator in connection with the recapitalization plan.
Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB and Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP are legal advisors to SAS.
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial and Swedbank AB (publ) have been appointed Solicitation Agents and Joint Bookrunners in the rights issue.
This is information that SAS AB is obliged to disclose pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted by Michel Fischier for publication on 21 October 2020 at 17:15 CEST.
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