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RENEWABLE ENERGY CORPORATION ASA - PROPOSED REFINANCING, SUCCESSFUL PLACING OF
PRIVATE PLACEMENT, CONTEMPLATED SUBSEQUENT OFFERING AND TRADING UPDATE
Sandvika 22 June 2012
The board of directors (the "Board of Directors") of Renewable Energy
Corporation ASA ("REC" or the "Company") has over a period had an objective to
extend the maturity of the Company's debt facilities and to strengthen the
balance sheet of the Company. As a result of this effort the Board of Directors
has resolved to propose an equity offering in the gross amount of NOK 1,300
million by way of an undocumented private placement of new shares directed
towards certain existing shareholders and new investors (the "Private
The Private Placement
The Board of Directors has today resolved to propose to the Company's
Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on or about 18 July 2012 (the "EGM") to
issue a total of 866,666,667 new shares at a subscription price of NOK 1.50 per
share, raising gross proceeds of NOK 1,300 million in the Private Placement. The
subscription price was determined by the Board of Directors based on a
bookbuilding process conducted by Arctic Securities ASA (Coordinator), DNB
Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA and Nordea Markets, a part of Nordea Bank Norge
ASA, who have been engaged as joint lead managers and bookrunners for the
Private Placement (collectively, the "Managers").
The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used for a partial cash
redemption of EUR 100 million (including voting fee) of the Company's
outstanding convertible bonds, investments related to sustaining a leading
industry position, strengthening of the balance sheet and general corporate
The subscribers will be notified of their conditional allocation today.
The following primary insiders were allocated new shares in the Private
Placement, either through privately held investment vehicles or personally:
i. Umoe AS (controlled and represented on the Board of Directors by the
Chairman of the Board of Directors Jens Ulltveit-Moe) was allocated
266,666,666 new shares. Umoe AS currently holds 59,497,211 shares and will
hold 326,163,877 shares after completion of the Private Placement.
ii. Canica AS (represented on the Board of Directors by board member Peter
Ruzicka), was allocated 106,666,666 new shares. Canica AS currently holds
0 shares and will hold 106,666,666 shares after completion of the Private
The members of the Board of Directors and REC Group Management (primary
insiders) were not given the opportunity to participate in the private
The completion of the Private Placement is conditional upon the following
conditions being satisfied by 31 July 2012:
i. the corporate resolutions of the Company's Board of Directors and the EGM
required to implement the Private Placement, the Subsequent Offering (as
defined below) and the Convertible Bond Refinancing (as defined below)
being validly made;
ii. registration of the share capital increase in the Company pertaining to
the Private Placement with the Norwegian Register of Business
iii. the holders of the Convertible Bond (as defined below) voting in favour of
certain amendments to the Convertible Bond to be announced in a separate
press release today and to be considered at a bondholders' meeting to be
held on or about 3 July 2012; and
iv. the Bank Debt Refinancing (as defined below) being completed, subject only
to completion of the Private Placement, the Convertible Bond Refinancing,
consent from senior bondholders to the amendment request of 22 May 2012
and customary conditions precedent for such financing.
The settlement of the Private Placement is expected to take place on or around
19 July 2012. In the event that the prospectus for listing of the new shares in
the Private Placement is not approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority of
Norway and published upon issuance of the new shares, the new shares will be
assigned a separate securities number (ISIN) and will not be listed or tradable
on Oslo BÃ¸rs pending approval and publication of such prospectus. The prospectus
is expected to be published as soon as it is approved by the Financial
Supervisory Authority of Norway.
Following the registration of the share capital increase pertaining to the
Private Placement with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises, the
Company will have an issued share capital of NOK 1,863,818,785 divided into
1,863,818,785 shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 1.00.
In conjunction with the Private Placement, the Board of Directors has undertaken
i. refinance the Company's bank debt facilities into a new NOK 2,000 million
bank debt facility with maturity in May 2015 (the "Bank Debt
ii. to present for the holders of the 6.50 per cent subordinated unsecured
convertible bond issue 2009/2014 (the "Convertible Bond") a refinancing
proposal (the "Convertible Bond Refinancing"). The Company has been in
discussions with certain large holders of the bonds and has obtained pre-
acceptance of the Convertible Bond Refinancing from holders representing
approximately 23% of bonds. Summons to a bondholders' meeting will be
published today; and
iii. subject to completion of the Private Placement, the Company will propose
to the EGM that the EGM authorises the Board of Directors to conduct a
subsequent offering with gross proceeds of up to NOK 300 million to the
existing shareholders of the Company as of 21 June 2012 who were not
invited to participate in the Private Placement (the "Subsequent
Offering", and, together with the Bank Debt Refinancing, the Convertible
Bond Refinancing and the Private Placement, the "Refinancing").
The Company will host an analyst conference call to update on the Refinancing
today at 14:00 hours (CET). Participants at this call can dial in on
+47 23 18 45 00 / 84 00 40 #.
Arctic Securities ASA has been engaged as financial advisor to the Company in
relation to the Refinancing and Arctic Securities ASA and Citigroup Global
Markets Limited have been engaged as the Borrower's Solicitation Agents in
relation to the Convertible Bond Refinancing.
In conjunction with the contemplated refinancing, the Company provides a trading
update as set out below.
Impairments of cash generating units
Preliminary impairment tests indicate impairment charge of fixed assets in the
second quarter 2012 of approximately NOK 3.5 billion, primarily related to the
Singapore wafer, cell & module facility. The impairment charge to be recognized
in the second quarter is primarily driven by expectation of further reduction to
module prices, and is subject to changes in key assumptions up to the reporting
of the second quarter.
Closing of Wafer operations in Norway
REC expects to recognize additional expenses affecting EBITDA for close downs of
HerÃ¸ya 3&4 of approximately NOK 750 million in the second quarter 2012,
primarily related to restructuring costs, onerous contracts and write down of
inventories and prepayments. Total remaining payments of expenses affecting
EBITDA for closing all production capacity in Norway is estimated to NOK 966
million, of which NOK 403 million in the second half of 2012 and the remaining
NOK 563 million in later periods. These estimates are uncertain and subject to
changes. REC Wafer Norway AS held finance lease liabilities of NOK 820 million
at the end of the first quarter 2012.
REC continues the work to reduce the costs of closing the wafer production
capacity in Norway. As long as REC Wafer Norway AS is a guarantor under REC's
credit facility and senior bond agreements, REC Wafer Norway AS must be wound up
on a solvent basis.
REC has asked bond holders to permit REC Wafer Norway AS to resign as guarantor
under REC's senior bond agreements provided REC Wafer is no longer a guarantor
under the existing credit facility. A bondholders' meeting was held on June
7, 2012, where necessary meeting quorum was not reached. A new bondholders'
meeting will be held today, where there are no requirements as to attendance to
form a quorum.
If the required resignation of REC Wafer Norway AS as a guarantor under REC's
senior bond agreements is obtained, there are no further obligations that
require REC to continue funding of REC Wafer Norway AS provided the existing
credit facility is replaced by one where REC Wafer is not a guarantor. REC will
on such basis consider ceasing further funding of REC Wafer Norway AS.
Termination of a long-term wafer sales contract
On June 5, 2012, REC announced the termination of a long-term wafer sales
contract and has received a USD 35 million cash compensation in this respect.
Income from this cancellation will be recognized in the second quarter 2012.
Reference is made to the attached presentation dated 21 June 2012 (the "Company
Presentation") for further details on the contemplated Refinancing and the
For further information, please visit www.recgroup.com/refinancing2012 or
BjÃ¸rn Brenna, EVP & CFO, phone: +47 90 04 31 86
Mikkel TÃ¸rud, VP & IRO, phone: +47 976 99 144
REC is a leading vertically integrated solar energy company. REC produces
polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules for the solar industry, and silicon
materials for the electronic industry. REC also engages in project development
in selected PV segments. Founded in Norway in 1996, REC employs around 3,200
people globally with revenues of more than EUR 1.7 billion in 2011,
approximately USD 2.4 billion. Please visit www.recgroup.com to learn more about
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