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Turin, 2 October 2017
Alika S.p.A. has launched the sale of up to approximately 718,000 shares of Reply S.p.A., corresponding to c. 7.7% of Reply S.p.A. share capital, through an
accelerated bookbuild offering to institutional investors.
Morgan Stanley is acting as
sole bookrunner for the placement
The bookbuild will commence immediately and Alika reserves the right to close the books at any time. Alika will announce the outcome of the placement upon completion.
As part of the transaction and in line with market practice for placements of this nature, Alika has agreed to a 180-day lock-up period with respect to its remaining stake in Reply.
Mario Rizzante, Chairman and CEO of Reply, and shareholder of Alika, commented:
“Digital transformation is now mainstream for technology investments by Reply’s corporate clients. Reply’s excellent positioning, both in terms of its offering and distinctive skills, guarantees a competitive advantage, in a new world where the barrier between physical and digital is fading. During the third quarter of 2017, Reply’s business is continuing its trajectory of growth and profitability, in line with what was reported in the first six months of the year. With today’s transaction, and further to market participants’ requests, the controlling shareholder is contributing to the objective of increasing liquidity in Reply’s stock, while keeping its commitment to the Company and its stakeholders unchanged.”
The offering follows the announcement made upon the approval of the financial results for the first quarter of 2017, in which the Management and the main shareholders of Reply indicated an increase in the liquidity of Reply’s stock as their medium-term objective. The recent approval by the extraordinary general meeting of the double voting rights, together with Alika’s lock-up commitment, is a testament to the desire of Alika to maintain control of Reply over the long term.
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Neither this document nor the information contained herein constitutes or forms part of an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States. There will be no public offer of any securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or the selling security holder and that will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements. In member states of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a “Relevant Member State”), this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed exclusively at persons who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive (“Qualified Investors”). For these purposes, the expression “Prospectus Directive” means Directive 2003/71/EC, as further amended and implemented. In the United Kingdom this announcement is directed exclusively at Qualified Investors (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (ii) who fall within Article 49(2)(A) to (D) of the Order, and (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated; any other persons in the United Kingdom should not take any action on the basis of this announcement and should not act on or rely on it. This announcement is not an offer of securities or investments for sale nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities or investments in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. No action has been taken that would permit an offering of the securities or possession or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc (the “Manager”) or by any of its affiliates or agents as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed. In connection with the offering of the shares of Reply S.p.A. (the “Shares”), the 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 the Manager or its affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which the Manager (or its affiliates) may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Shares. The 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. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. This announcement does not purport to identify or suggest the risks (direct or indirect) which may be associated with an investment in the Shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Shares must be made solely on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Shares (which has not been independently verified by the Manager). The Manager is acting on behalf of Alika S.r.l. S.p.A. and no one else in connection with any offering of the Shares and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to clients of the Manager nor for providing advice in relation to any offering of the Shares. This communication and any subsequent offer of securities may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons receiving this communication or any subsequent offer should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction and must not under any circumstances forward this communication to any other person. Failure to comply with such restrictions may violate securities laws of any such jurisdiction.