3i Group receives proceeds of c.£146m from sale of shares in Basic-Fit
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3i Group plc (“3i”) announces that 3i, and funds managed by 3i, have sold 4.5 million shares in Basic-Fit N.V. ("Basic-Fit"), the European market leader in the value-for-money fitness market, at a price of €44.25 per share.
As part of this transaction, 3i Group has reduced its stake from 11.6% to 5.7% and received proceeds of c.£146 million. Following the offering, 3i Group’s remaining stake is worth approximately £143 million.
These proceeds take 3i Group’s cash return to date from its investment in Basic-Fit to 4.1x and, including remaining value, to 5.5x. Basic-Fit listed on the Euronext Amsterdam N.V. at €15.00 per share in June 2016.
* Values translated at an exchange rate of €1:£0.8573
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About 3i Group
3i Group is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market private equity and infrastructure. Its core investment markets are northern Europe and North America. For further information, please visit: www.3i.com.
This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Benelux.
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In relation to each Member State of the European Economic Area (each a "Member State"), no shares of Basic-Fit N.V. (the “Shares”), have been offered or will be offered pursuant to the placement to the public in that Member State, except that offers of Shares may be made to the public in that Member State at any time under the following exemptions under the Prospectus Regulation: (a) to any legal entity which is a "qualified investor" as defined under the Prospectus Regulation (a "Qualified Investor"); (b) to fewer than 150 natural or legal persons (other than Qualified Investors); or (c) in any other circumstances falling within Article 1(4) of the Prospectus Regulation, provided that no such offer of Shares shall require 3i Group, the 3i entities, Basic-Fit, or any of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (in cooperation with ODDO BHF SCA) and Coӧperatieve Rabobank U.A. (in cooperation with Kepler Cheuvreux S.A.) (the “Managers”) to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Regulation or supplement a prospectus pursuant to Article 23 of the Prospectus Regulation. For the purposes of this provision, the expression an "offer to the public" in relation to any Shares in any Member State means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and any Shares to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe for any Shares, and the expression "Prospectus Regulation" means Regulation (EU) 2017/1129.
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In connection with the placement of the Shares, a Manager and any of its affiliates acting as an investor for their own account may take up as a proprietary position any Shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for their own account such Shares. In addition, a Manager or its affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which that Manager (or its affiliates) may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Shares. Each Manager does not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.
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