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Jefferies Int Ltd. - Private placement of existing shares in flatex AG

Thu 2nd July, 2020 4:40pm
RNS Number : 9045R
Jefferies International Limited.
02 July 2020

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Private placement of existing shares in flatex AG to institutional investors


Frankfurt/Main - Today, the core shareholders of flatex AG (WKN: FTG111, ISIN: DE000FTG1111, Ticker: FTK.GR), GfBk Gesellschaft für Börsenkommunikation mbH ('GfBk') and Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA ('Heliad'), announced intention to sell up to 2,300,000 shares in flatex (approximately 11.7% of all outstanding shares) in a private placement to institutional investors. The aim is to increase flatex's free float and the liquidity of its shares in the market. The bookbuilding for the placement of the shares commences immediately.


In this context, Bernd Förtsch, owning - directly and indirectly via GfBk - approx. 27.7% of flatex will sell up to 1,800,000 shares. Heliad, currently holding approx. 9.8% of flatex, will sell up to 0.5m shares. Assuming full placement of all offered shares, the free float in flatex AG will represent more than 70% of outstanding shares.


"Having founded flatex more than 15 years ago, I am extremely proud of flatex's exciting journey from a little German hidden champion to one of the leading and fastest growing online brokerage businesses in Europe. When the DEGIRO acquisition closes in the weeks ahead, flatex will become Europe's online brokerage champion with over 1 million clients. My sincere thanks go to CEO Frank Niehage and CFO Muhamad Chahrour, who started in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and managed to lift flatex to a new level with their whole team.", says Bernd Förtsch, founder and largest shareholder of flatex. "I stay committed and look forward to the further development of flatex."


The selling shareholders have agreed to a 90-day lock-up period on all remaining shares.


Jefferies will act as Sole Global Coordinator and Mainfirst as Co-Bookrunner in connection with the placement.


The information was submitted for publication at 17:40 CET on 02 July 2020 by Jefferies GmbH on behalf of Bernd Förtsch, GfBk Gesellschaft für Börsenkommunikation mbH ('GfBk') and Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA.

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The securities of flatex AG have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or under any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States  and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States absent registration or in transactions exempt from or not subject to the registration requirements of  Securities Act. There will be no public offer of the securities in the United States.


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