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UNLAWFUL. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OF ANY OF THE
SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN.
Reference is made to the stock exchange notice published on 24 August 2022
regarding a potential block sale of existing shares in Norske Skog ASA (the
"Company") by NS Norway Holding AS, which is ultimately controlled by Oceanwood
Capital Management LLP, (the "Seller") through a private placement (the
The Seller has successfully sold 11,000,000 shares in the Company (equal to
approx. 11.7% of the Company's outstanding shares) at NOK 69 per share.
Following the Offering, the Seller holds 15,896,681 shares in the Company (equal
to approx. 16.9% of the Company's shares outstanding). The Seller has entered
into a 90-day customary lock-up with the Managers on the remaining shares in the
Company held by the Seller after the Offering.
"We are very pleased with Norske Skog's ongoing transition to become a
diversified and sustainable industrial company. The Company's strategic
investments in green energy production and efficiency has proven critical over
the past year and will be even more so looking ahead. Similarly, the approaching
entry into the packaging paper markets will become another foundation for
long-term earnings. In tandem with this transition being realised, Oceanwood has
as a large shareholder experienced increasing interest in the Company among both
prospective and existing investors. We are proud to remain a major shareholder
and a continued strong supporter of Norske Skog going forward", said John
John Chiang, Senior Partner in the Seller, is the chair of the board of
directors in the Company.
Carnegie AS and Pareto Securities AS acted as Managers in the Offering (the
This information is considered to include inside information pursuant to the EU
Market Abuse Regulation article 7 and is subject to the disclosure requirements
pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. This stock
exchange announcement was published by Even Lund, Investor Relations Manager at
Norske Skog ASA, on 24 August 2022 at 22:52 CEST.
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 the Company. 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.
The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering or its
securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in
the United States.
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 (EU) 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 "qualified investors" within the meaning of the
Prospectus Regulation as it forms part of English law by virtue of the European
Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and 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
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 the Seller believes 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 their control.
By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous factors,
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be
materially different from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place
undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except for any ongoing
obligation to disclose material information as required by the applicable law,
the Seller does not have any intention or obligation to publicly update or
revise any forward-looking statements after they distributes this announcement,
whether to reflect any future events or circumstances or otherwise.
Neither of the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates makes any
representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none
of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any
matters referred to herein.
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 in the Company. Neither the
Managers nor any of their respective affiliates accepts any liability arising
from the use of this announcement.