Regulatory News

Pre-Stabilisation Notice

RNS Number : 2017X
Jefferies International Limited.
30 April 2021
 

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OR ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL

 

Darktrace plc

 

Pre-Stabilisation Period Notice

 

30 April 2021

 

Jefferies International Limited (contact: Luca Erpici; telephone: +44 20 7029 8415, Oliver Berwin; telephone: +44 20 7029 8964) hereby gives notice that it, and its affiliates, may stabilise the offer of the following securities in accordance with the relevant provisions of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (Market Abuse Regulation) and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052, in each case as it forms part of retained EU law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. Stabilisation transactions aim at supporting the market price of the Securities during the Stabilisation Period. Stabilisation may not necessarily occur and it may cease at any time.

 

The securities:

 

Issuer:

 

Darktrace plc

Securities to be stabilised:

 

 

Places where stabilisation may be undertaken:

 

Security identifier:

 

Ordinary shares of 1 pence each in the capital of Darktrace plc (ISIN: GB00BNYK8G86) (the "Shares")

 

London Stock Exchange, Over-The-Counter (OTC) and other order book venues e.g. Turquoise, BATS and Chi-X

 

DARK

Offering size:

 

66,036,904 Ordinary Shares (excluding the over-allotment option)

Offer price:

 

250 pence per Share (the "Offer Price")

Stabilisation:

 

Stabilising Manager (and central point within the meaning of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052):

 

Jefferies International Limited, 100 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4JL

 

Contact:            Luca Erpici; telephone: +44 20 7029 8415

                        Oliver Berwin; telephone: +44 20 7029 8964

 

Stabilisation period expected to start on:

 

8:00am on 30 April 2021

Stabilisation period expected to end no later than:

 

30 May 2021

Maximum size of over-allotment facility:

 

9,905,535 new Shares

Over-allotment Option:

 

Terms:

In connection with the offering (the "Global Offer"), Jefferies International Limited, as Stabilising Manager, or any of its agents, may (but will be under no obligation to), to the extent permitted by applicable law, over-allot Shares sold in the Global Offer or effect other stabilisation transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the Shares at a higher level than that which might otherwise prevail in the open market (the "Overallotment Option").

 

The Stabilising Manager is not required to enter into such transactions and such transactions may be effected on any securities market, over-the-counter market, stock exchange or otherwise and may be undertaken at any time during the period commencing on the date of the commencement of conditional dealings of the Shares on the London Stock Exchange and ending no later than 30 calendar days thereafter. However, there will be no obligation on the Stabilising Manager or any of its agents to effect stabilising transactions and there is no assurance that stabilising transactions will be undertaken. Such stabilisation, if commenced, may be discontinued at any time without prior notice. In no event will measures be taken to stabilise the market price of the Shares above the Offer Price. Except as required by law or regulation, neither the Stabilising Manager nor any of its agents intends to disclose the extent of any over-allotments made and/or stabilisation transactions conducted in relation to the Global Offer.

 

In connection with the Global Offer, the Stabilising Manager may, for stabilisation purposes, over-allot Shares up to a maximum of 15% of the total number of Shares comprised in the Global Offer. For the purposes of allowing the Stabilising Manager to cover short positions resulting from any such over-allotments and/or from sales of Shares effected by it during the stabilising period, the Company has granted the Stabilising Manager the Over-allotment Option, pursuant to which the Stabilising Manager may subscribe or procure subscribers for additional Shares up to a maximum of 15% of the total number of Shares comprised in the Global Offer (the "Overallotment Shares") at the Offer Price. The Overallotment Option will be exercisable in whole or in part, upon notice by the Stabilising Manager, at any time on or before the 30th calendar day after the commencement of conditional dealings of the Shares on the London Stock Exchange. Any Overallotment Shares issued pursuant to the Over-allotment Option will rank pari passu in all respects with the Shares, including for all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid on the Shares, will be issued on the same terms and conditions as the Shares being issued or sold in the Global Offer and will form a single class for all purposes with the other Shares.

 

Duration:

This option may be exercised by the Stabilising Manager in whole or in one or more parts, on one or more occasions at any time from 30 April 2021 to 30 May 2021

 

In connection with the offer of the above securities, the Stabilising Manager may over-allot the securities or effect transactions with a view to supporting, stabilising or maintaining the market price of the securities at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. However, there is no assurance that the Stabilising Manager will take any stabilisation action and any stabilisation action, if begun, may be ended at any time without prior notice. Any stabilisation action or over-allotment shall be carried out in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.

 

The Offer and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the listing and Offer in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and persons into whose possession this announcement, any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

This announcement is for information only and does not constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful, including without limitation, the United States, Australia, Canada, or Japan. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.

 

This announcement and the information contained herein, is not an offer of securities for sale in, and is not for transmission to or publication, distribution or release, directly or indirectly, in the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia) (the "United States"). The securities being offered have not been and will not be registered under the US 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, sold, resold, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States unless registered under the Securities Act or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, such registration requirements and in accordance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the securities discussed herein is being made in the United States.

 

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