Creaspac intends to list on Nasdaq Stockholm
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9 June 2021
Creaspac intends to list on Nasdaq Stockholm
Creaspac AB (”Creaspac” or the ”Company”), a Swedish public acquisition company, established on the initiative of Creades AB (publ) (”Creades”), today announces its intention to proceed with an initial public offering on Nasdaq Stockholm (“the IPO”). The purpose of Creaspac is to raise capital amounting to approximately SEK 2.5 billion through an initial public offering (“the Offering”) and within 36 months thereafter acquire an unlisted company.
An IPO of Creaspac on Nasdaq Stockholm is a natural step in Creades’ development of its investment operation, as it enables Creades to invest in larger transactions and/or in companies that want more capital to expand, than Creades can offer on its own. The shares will be offered to institutional investors in Sweden and abroad, as well as to the general public in Sweden. Creaspac is expected to raise approximately SEK 2.5 billion in issue proceeds before deduction of transaction costs, through the new issues of shares that is intended to be carried out in connection with the Offering.
Ahead of the contemplated IPO, cornerstone investors, including Lannebo Fonder, PriorNilsson, Ramsbury Invest, SEB Investment Management and Swedbank Robur Fonder have undertaken to acquire shares corresponding to a total of approximately 40 per cent of the Offering. Furthermore, Creades will subscribe for shares corresponding to approximately 15 per cent of the Offering, through an investment of SEK 375 million. Total subscription undertakings from both cornerstone investors and Creades correspond to a total of approximately 55 per cent of the Offering.
Sven Hagströmer, Chairman of Creaspac and Creades, comments:
“As Chairman, I am pleased to announce Creades’ new initiative, Creaspac. Creades’ investment organisation has for a long time, profitably invested in companies on both the listed and the unlisted market and as such, has managed to build a large network and high competence, giving access to unique investment opportunities. Creaspac offers a rare opportunity for institutional investors as well as the general public in Sweden to invest, together with Creades’ experienced investment team, in an unlisted successful company and to own it in a listed environment. I am very much looking forward to this exciting journey where we have all the prerequisites to carry out an interesting, long-term and, not least, profitable acquisition in a transparent manner within the framework of Creaspac.”
Creaspac is a Swedish acquisition company, a so-called Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) established on the initiative of Creades. The purpose of Creaspac is to raise capital through an initial public offering on Nasdaq Stockholm and within 36 months thereafter acquire an unlisted company which, through Creaspac, after review and approval, will be listed on Nasdaq Stockholm’s Main Market or Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Prior to the completion of an acquisition, the Company’s board of directors will present the acquisition to the shareholders at a general meeting and the general meeting must approve the acquisition before it can be completed. Shareholders who do not approve such an acquisition will, under certain conditions, be entitled to have their shares redeemed.
Creaspac’s acquisition strategy is to acquire a company with significant potential for revaluation and the ability to generate profitable growth, taking risk into account. Potential target companies include primarily Nordic, unlisted companies with businesses that are relatively predictable, for example in terms of customer behaviour, industry structure and technological development. Creaspac is expected to acquire a target company with an enterprise value of approximately SEK 2-5 billion (excluding indebtedness). Creaspac is not limited to acquiring a company in one or more specific industries or sectors, however, Creades, whose investment organisation supports Creaspac with transaction-related advisory services, has experience in investing in and good knowledge of financial services, e-commerce and related services, software/SAAS companies, gaming (games, not betting) and industrial companies within consumers goods.
Creades will be the so-called sponsor of Creaspac and will, through an investment of SEK 375 million, own 15 percent of the total number of outstanding shares in Creaspac after the Offering (provided that the Offering is fully subscribed). Creades intends to be a long-term principal owner in Creaspac. Creades will invest on the same conditions as other investors to align interests and share incentives.
As a sponsor and initiator of Creaspac, Creades will also subscribe for 3,750,000 sponsor warrants (“the Sponsor Warrants”) in Creaspac, free of charge (corresponding to approximately 15 per cent of the total outstanding shares in the Company after the Offering, provided that the Offering is fully subscribed). Each Sponsor Warrant entitles the holder to subscribe for one share in the Company at a subscription price of SEK 100 plus an ongoing accumulated increase of 7.5 percent annually from the date after the general meeting that has approved the acquisition that Creaspac’s purpose is to complete (the “Approval Date”). The Sponsor Warrants may be exercised to subscribe for shares at the earliest on the Approval Date and at the latest within five years from the Approval Date. In Creaspac’s assessment, this structure is attractive both from a financial perspective and from a conflict of interest perspective, as it increases the incentives for Creades to be a long-term and committed owner who protects Creaspac’s interests in order to develop the company and generate shareholder value.
The Sponsor Warrants are construed so that if the warrants are exercised for subscription of shares when six months or more have lapsed from the Approval Date, Creaspac has the right to request that subscription of the shares shall instead be made at the share’s quota value, but the number of issued shares will instead be lower. Should Creaspac choose this alternative exercise model, less capital will be contributed to Creaspac and the number of new shares subscribed for when exercising the warrants will thus be significantly fewer, which will lead to less dilution for the shareholders.
Creaspac’s future potential acquisitions will be identified and proposed by Creades’ investment organisation. Creaspac considers that Creades’ large network and knowledge of transactions in both a listed and unlisted environment as well as the valuation dynamics in these markets makes Creades well positioned to identify and assess attractive acquisition opportunities on behalf of Creaspac. In addition, Creaspac believes that Creades’ ability to develop successful companies creates the conditions for value creation over a long period of time.
Creaspac’s board of directors
The board of Creaspac consists of the following seven members, whereof five are independent in relation to Creades.
• The chairman of the board is Sven Hagströmer (also chairman of Creades) who has extensive experience of the listed environment and investment activities, including from Creades, Avanza, and Investor.
• Peter Nilsson is independent deputy chairman of the board. Peter Nilsson also has extensive experience from the listed environment through, inter alia, Swedish Match, Duni and Sanitec and has been Senior Industrial Advisor within the EQT sphere since 2004, and has also made a number of own private investments.
• Anna Nordell-Westling is co-founder and marketing manager at the AI company Sana Labs and has many years’ experience of building strong brands and has worked a lot with fast-growing tech and AI companies as well as with Fortune 500 companies in different sectors.
• Anna Ryott has extensive experience within sustainable investments and is currently board member in a number of different companies and principal at Summa Equity and has previously, inter alia, been deputy CEO of Norrsken, CEO of Swedfund, deputy CEO of Storåkers McCann and management consultant at McKinsey.
• Annika Sigfrid has more than 20 years’ experience of the financial industry through senior positions at leading investment banks both in Sweden and internationally and today works as an independent adviser and invests in private companies.
• Pär Svärdson has extensive experience as an e-commerce entrepreneur and has, among other things, co-founded Adlibris and Apotea, where he is also CEO, and is also board member in a number of private companies.
• Hans Toll has extensive experience within equity analysis and asset management from, inter alia, Investor and RAM Rational Asset Management and from board work in a listed environment through Avanza and Creades.
Creaspac’s executive management
The Creaspac management team consists of CEO John Hedberg (CEO of Creades) and Christina Hilmersson (CFO of Creades).
John Hedberg has extensive experience of investments and company development in both listed and unlisted environments. John Hedberg has worked as a CEO at Creades since 2016 and was before that a Partner at Nordic Capital. Christina Hilmersson has worked as CFO at Creades since 2012 and has previously worked as an authorized public accountant at Ernst & Young AB and in positions as finance/accounting director and CEO for companies in the manufacturing industry.
The planned Offering will consist of newly issued shares in the Company whereby Creaspac is expected to raise approximately SEK 2.5 billion before deduction of transaction costs. The planned Offering will consist of an offering to institutional investors in Sweden and internationally, as well as to the general public in Sweden.
Full terms, conditions and instructions for the contemplated IPO will be included in the prospectus that will be prepared by Creaspac ahead of the Offering and the planned IPO. The prospectus is expected to be publicly available during the next few days in June 2021.
Nasdaq Stockholm has assessed that Creaspac fulfils the applicable listing requirements. Nasdaq Stockholm will approve an application for admission to trading in the Company’s shares on Nasdaq Stockholm subject to certain conditions, including that the Company submits such an application and fulfils the distribution requirement for its shares.
The first day of trading in Creaspac’s shares on Nasdaq Stockholm is expected to be at the end of June 2021.
Creades is a Swedish listed investment company that was formed at the end of 2011/2012 in connection with Investment AB Öresund being split into two companies. Creades was listed in 2013 on Nasdaq Stockholm’s main market and was before that listed on Nasdaq First North since 2012. Creades’ portfolio, measured in terms of substance value, consists of approximately 70-75 percent listed holdings and approximately 25-30 percent unlisted holdings. Creades’ largest holding is the listed company Avanza, and Creades’ unlisted holdings include Apotea, Inet, Instabox, PriceRunner, Röhnisch, StickerApp and Tink. Creades’ net asset value as of 31 May 2021 was SEK 10,341 million.
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) is acting as Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner and Avanza Bank AB (publ) is acting as Joint Bookrunner. Advokatfirman Cederquist is legal advisor to Creaspac.
For more information, please contact:
John Hedberg, CEO
+46 (0) 70 629 23 37
This information was made public, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 9 June 2021 at 07:45 CET.
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