22/11/2019

Sistema and Russia-China Investment Fund successfully price offering of 175m Detsky Mir shares

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Moscow, Russia – 22 November 2019 – Sistema PJSFC (“Sistema” or the “Corporation”) (LSE: SSA; MOEX: AFKS), a publicly traded diversified Russian holding company, together with the Russia-China Investment Fund (“RCIF”) via its investment vehicles Floette Holdings Limited and Exarzo Holdings Limited (collectively, the “Selling Shareholders”), have successfully priced the offering of Detsky Mir shares (the “Offering”).

DETAILS OF THE OFFERING

·         The Offering size amounts to 175 million existing shares in Detsky Mir, representing 23.7% of Detsky Mir’s share capital.

·         The shares were sold at a price of RUB 91 per share.

·         After giving effect to the Offering, the free float of Detsky Mir is 57.6%.

·         The Offering raised gross proceeds of approximately RUB 15,925m for the Selling Shareholders, inclusive of RUB 12,542m for Sistema.

·         Sistema has a remaining ownership interest of 33.4% and RCIF has a remaining ownership interest of 9.0%, respectively, in Detsky Mir.

·         Goldman Sachs International, Sberbank CIB, UBS Investment Bank and VTB Capital plc acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners (the “JGCs”).

Shares in Detsky Mir held by Sistema and RCIF which were not sold in the Offering will be subject to a 180-day lock-up, subject to certain customary exceptions.

Net proceeds from the offering received by Sistema will be used for general corporate purposes, including debt reduction.

Andrey Dubovskov, President and CEO of Sistema, said:

“In launching the Offering, we believed it was critical to the interests of all shareholders to enhance liquidity by increasing the free float to attract more investors. We feel that we have achieved our goals, as interest among investors has proven to be strong both regionally and globally and among a variety of investors attracted by Detsky Mir’s strong financial and operational profile. As Sistema will remain a significant shareholder, we affirm our commitment to Detsky Mir’s strategic development and leadership team.”

 

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For further information, please visit www.sistema.com or contact:

Investor Relations

Nikolai Minashin

Tel.: +7 (495) 730 66 00

n.minashin@sistema.ru

Public Relations

Sergey Kopytov

Tel.: +7 (495) 228 15 32

kopytov@sistema.ru

 

 

 

Sistema PJSFC is a publicly-traded diversified Russian holding company serving over 150 million customers in the sectors of telecommunications, high technology, financial services, retail, paper and packaging, agriculture, real estate, tourism and medical services. The company was founded in 1993. Revenue in 2018 was RUB 777.4 bn; total assets equalled RUB 1.1 trn as of 31 December 2018. Sistema’s global depositary receipts are listed under the “SSA” ticker on the London Stock Exchange. Sistema’s ordinary shares are listed under the “AFKS” ticker on the Moscow Exchange. Website: www.sistema.com.

 

Detsky Mir Group is a multi-format retailer and Russia’s largest specialized children’s goods retailer. The Group comprises the Detsky Mir retail chain, ELC (Early Learning Centre in Russia) and the ABC retail chains, as well as the Zoozavr pet supplies retail chain.  The company operates a network of 710 Detsky Mir stores located in 266 cities in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, as well as 48 ELC and 14 ABC stores as of 30 September 2019. The Zoozavr retail chain comprises eight stores. Total selling space was approximately 794,000 square meters.

 

Important Notice:

The information contained herein has been provided solely for use for this announcement. By reading this announcement, you agree to be bound by the limitations set out below. This announcement do not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer, solicitation or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for, any securities of any entity, nor shall any part of it nor the fact of its distribution form part of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or investment decision relating thereto.

Certain statements in this announcement are not historical facts and are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements include statements concerning the Russia-China Investment Fund, Sistema PJSFC (collectively, the “Selling Shareholders”) or PJSC “Detsky mir” (the “Company”), their plans, expectations, projections, objectives, targets, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions, competitive strengths and weaknesses, financial position and future operations and development, the Company’s or the Selling Shareholders business strategy and the trends the Company or the Selling Shareholders anticipate in the industries and the political and legal environment in which the Company or the Selling Shareholders operate and any other information that is not historical information. By their very nature, forward looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward looking statements will not be achieved. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements. Neither the Company nor the Selling Shareholders intend, and assume any obligation, to update any forward looking statement contained herein.

No reliance may be placed for any purpose whatsoever on the information contained in this document or on its completeness. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by or on behalf of the Company, the Selling Shareholders or any of their respective directors, officers or employees or any other person as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this document and no liability whatsoever is accepted by the Company, the Selling Shareholders or their respective affiliates, advisors, agents, directors, officers or employees nor any other person for any loss howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any errors or omissions of information or use of such information or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

This document and the information contained herein is for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer of, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire or dispose of securities in the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein (the “Shares”) have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), or under the applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. The Shares may not be offered or sold in the United States unless registered under the Securities Act or offered in a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the securities laws of any relevant state or other jurisdiction of the United States. There will be no public offering of the Shares in the United States.

This document and any offer of securities to which it relates are only addressed to and directed at (1) in any Member State of the European Economic Area, persons who are "qualified investors" as defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended, the "Prospectus Regulation"); and (2) in the United Kingdom, persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order"); (ii) fall within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; or (iii) are persons to whom an offer of the Shares may otherwise lawfully be made (all such persons referred to in (1) and (2) together being referred to as the "Relevant Persons"). The information regarding the offering set out in this document must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.

This document is not an offer or an invitation to make offers or an advertisement of securities in the Russian Federation.

 

 

 

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