Sdiptech AB (publ) intends to list common shares on Nasdaq First North Premier

Press release
April 19, 2017

Sdiptech intends to list its common share of series B on Nasdaq First North Premier

Sdiptech AB (publ) (”Sdiptech” or “the Company”), a technical business group with its main focus on urban infrastructure, today announces its intention to launch an Initial Public Offering of the Company’s common shares of series B on Nasdaq First North Premier (“the Listing” or “the Offering”). The Offering is expected to include a new issue of common shares of series B of approximately SEK 500 million. Depending on market conditions, the Listing is expected to be consummated during the second quarter of 2017. The Company advances the publication of the interim report for the first quarter of 2017 to April 28, 2017 and postpones the annual general meeting until June 20, 2017.

  • Sdiptech has applied for listing of the Company’s common share of series B on Nasdaq First North Premier. The Company’s preference share is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier since March 4, 2015.
  • The Offering is expected to include a new issue of common shares of series B of approximately SEK 500 million, which allows for Sdiptech to continue growing through acquisitions of companies within urban infrastructure. No existing shares will be sold in the Offering.
  • The Company’s main owners Ashkan Pouya and Saeid Esmaeilzadeh, through Serendipity Group AB (”the Main owner”), intend to remain as long-term owners after the Listing.
  • The Offering is expected to consist of an offering to institutional investors in Sweden and internationally, excluding the United States, as well as an offering to the general public in Sweden. The Company intends to publish the terms of the share issue in conjunction with the publication of a prospectus.

 

Jakob Holm, CEO of Sdiptech:

”Since we raised capital through a preference share issue in March 2015, we have increased our growth rate and have completed 12 acquisitions. We have a well-established in-house organization in place to continue acquiring well-run companies, which makes us well prepared to employ new capital. Along with the organic growth, which comes naturally from our underlying market, acquisitions are a fundamental part in our plan to grow the group’s EBITA to SEK 600-800 million in year 2021, and we look forward to do that as a listed company.”

 

Ashkan Pouya, main owner and Chairman of the Board:

”Sdiptech has realized strong growth since the company got its current direction in 2013. We feel that there are great opportunities to create additional value by continuing to acquire and develop companies within urban infrastructure with a long-term perspective. With the planned share issue and listing of the common shares of series B on Nasdaq First North Premier, we create opportunities to maintain a high growth rate and we look forward to having new shareholders that can join us in the long-term development of Sdiptech.”

 

About Sdiptech and background to the Listing

Sdiptech is a technical business group with its main focus on urban infrastructure. The group offers deeply niched products and services within renovation, maintenance and expansion of critical infrastructure in fast-growing large cities, where the Stockholm region is the Company’s current main market.

Currently, the group’s core business comprises 15 operating subsidiaries[1] divided into two areas: tailored technical installations and niched products and services. The operating subsidiaries are governed and developed in a decentralized model to maintain their distinctive character and strength. Since the subsidiaries operate in the same main market – infrastructure in large cities – there are natural opportunities for customer synergies, which strengthen profitability and organic growth.

Sdiptech’s operations are characterized by high profitability due to the specialization and the barriers to entry that the niches often have. Strong, long-term market growth exists naturally in Sdiptech’s markets due to the urbanization trend. Acquisitions are a central part of Sdiptech’s strategy, and as of the date hereof, the Company has completed 16 acquisitions. The Company has developed an internal function and methodology for acquisitions which, through data analysis and by actively tracking companies, aims to create exclusive dialogues with interesting and well-run entrepreneurial companies.

Sdiptech’s acquisition strategy together with an underlying organic growth has resulted in a strong increase in sales and profitability. During the period 2014-2016, Sdiptech had an EBITA CAGR of 145 percent and during the period 2015-2016, the increase in EBITA was 230 percent. The corresponding increases in sales was 139 percent and 88 percent respectively.

During the fiscal year 2016, Sdiptech’s net revenue proforma was SEK 911[2] million and EBITA proforma was SEK 145[3] million.

Sdiptech has a target of reaching an EBITA of SEK 600-800 million in 2021, and acquisitions constitute an important part of this plan. In light of this, the Board of Directors and the management consider a listing and an issue of common shares of series B of approximately SEK 500 million as a logical next step. The main part of the net proceeds from the anticipated share issue is intended to be used for acquisitions. The Board of Directors further considers this to be a suitable financing alternative in regards to financial long-term stability. The Board of Directors aim to, based on market conditions, apply for admission to trading of the common shares of series B at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm within 12 months after completion of the Listing on Nasdaq First North Premier.

 

The Offering

The Offering in connection with the Listing is expected to consist of an offering to institutional investors in Sweden and internationally, excluding the United States, as well as an offering to the general public in Sweden. Serendipity Group intends to remain as long-term owner after the Listing and will continue to take active responsibility for the development of the Company going forward. In order to reach a better capital structure in the Company, Serendipity Group has decided to convert 12,500,000 common shares of series A (with ten votes per share) to common shares of series B (with one vote per share) ahead of the Listing.

Carnegie is Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Listing. Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå KB is legal advisor to Sdiptech and the Main owner. Baker McKenzie is legal advisor to Carnegie.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Jakob Holm, CEO Sdiptech, +46 761 61 21 91, jakob.holm@sdiptech.com

Carl Johan Åkesson, CFO Sdiptech, +46 708 30 70 57, cj.akesson@sdiptech.com

Sdiptech AB (publ)

Stureplan 15, 114 45 Stockholm

E-mail: info@sdiptech.com, Org nr 556672-4893

 

This information is information that Sdiptech AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to EU:s Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on April 19, 2017 at 08:30 CET.

 

Important information

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.

This announcement has not been distributed, and may not be distributed or sent into the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zeeland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore or any other jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.

These materials are not an offer for sale of securities in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States. The Company does not intend to register any part of the potential offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of the shares in the United States.

This announcement is an advertisement and is not a prospectus for the purposes of the Directive 2003/71/EC (this directive, together with all changes and any applicable implementing measures in any Member State according to this directive, is called the ”Prospectus Directive”). In case the Offering is consummated, a prospectus prepared pursuant to the Prospectus Directive will be published, which, when published, can be obtained from the Company. Investors should not subscribe for any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information contained in the prospectus.

In any EEA Member State other than Sweden that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in such Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive, i.e., only to investors who can participate in the Offering without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State.

This announcement is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons in (i), (ii) and (iii) above together being referred to as “relevant persons”). The shares are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such securities will be engaged in only to, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this announcement or any of its contents.

Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements refer to statements which do not refer to historical facts and events, and statements which are attributable to the future, such as expressions as “deem”, “assess”, “expect”, “await”, “judge”, “assume”, “predict”, “can”, “will”, “shall”, “should or ought to”, “according to estimates”, “consider”, “may”, “plan”, “potential”, “calculate”, “as far as is known” or similar expressions suitable for identifying information that refers to future events. This applies in particular to statements referring to future results, financial position, cash flow, plans and expectations for the Company’s business and management, future growth and profitability and general economic and regulatory environment and other circumstances which affect the Company. Forward-looking statements are based on current estimates and assumptions which are based on the Company’s current intelligence. Such future looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which may result in actual results, including the Company’s financial position, cash flow and profits, deviating considerably from the results which expressly or indirectly form the basis of, or are described in, statements, or may result in the expectations which, expressly or indirectly, form the basis of or are described in statements not being met or turning out to be less advantageous compared to the results, which expressly or indirectly formed the basis of or were described in the statements. The Company’s business is exposed to a number of risks and uncertainties which may result in forward-looking statements being inaccurate or an estimate or calculation being incorrect. Therefore, potential investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements herein and are strongly advised to read detailed description of factors which have an effect on the Company’s business and the market in which the Company operates that will be included in the prospectus.

The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.

 

 

[1] The subsidiaries St. Eriks Hiss AB, KM Hiss & Portservice AB and Hisspartner i Stockholm AB is accounted for as one operating company since they have the same CEO. Also the subsidiaries Topas Vatten AB and Topas Vatten Service AB is accounted for as one subsidiary since the have the same CEO.

[2] The proforma reporting has been established with basis in Sdiptech’s consolidated income statement for 2016 and income statements for the acquired companies based on each company’s internal reports for the period January 1, 2016 to each acquisition’s closing date.

[3]The proforma reporting has been established with basis in Sdiptech’s consolidated income statement for 2016 and income statements for the acquired companies based on each company’s internal reports for the period January 1, 2016 to each acquisition’s closing date.