Confirmation of Intention to Float Alphawave IP Group plc on the London Stock Exchange
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29 April 2021
Alphawave IP Group plc
Confirmation of Intention to Float Alphawave IP Group plc on the London Stock Exchange
Following the announcement by the Company on 22 April 2021 regarding its expected intention to float, the Company today confirms its intention to proceed with an initial public offering (the “IPO” or the “Offer”) and confirms certain details of the Offer. The Company intends to apply for admission of its ordinary shares (“Shares“) to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) (“Admission”).
The final offer price in respect of the Offer (the “Offer Price“) will be determined following a book-building process, with Admission currently expected to occur in May 2021.
John Holt, Executive Chairman of Alphawave IP, said:
“As a global business, we are proud to be taking Alphawave IP public in the UK. It’s a great place from which to fuel our global expansion: the silicon IP business model was born here, and as a result, there is a deep pool of knowledge, experience, and talent for us as we scale and grow the business. With a world-leading technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem and a strong research base, the UK offers an excellent foundation for the next stage of our global growth.”
Tony Pialis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alphawave IP, said:
“Alphawave IP’s designs solve the toughest connectivity challenges created by the exponential growth of data processing in networks and infrastructure globally. Our technology helps chips communicate with each other, and our innovative approach has quickly made us a leader in the market by enabling data to travel faster, more reliably and using lower power.
I am excited to confirm our intention to list on the LSE. This is a new chapter for us, but also a continuation of a multi-decade journey for me and the founding team, who have been passionate about solving connectivity problems throughout our careers. The listing will help us extend our leadership by accelerating and expanding our new and innovative portfolio of products, as well as expand our base in Canada into the UK, where we will continue to grow our business and partnerships globally.”
Confirmation of Offer details
- The Offer will comprise an offer of new Shares to be issued by the Company (raising gross proceeds of approximately USD 500 million) and an offer of existing Shares to be sold by existing shareholders
- The Company intends to use all of the net proceeds from the issue of the new Shares:
- to support the Group’s future growth and development by scaling its team globally, enhancing its technology offering and winning new customers and new designs at existing customers (approximately 20 per cent.);
- to continue to expand the Group’s global offering, including in high-growth regions, and further IP offerings to expand subscription and royalty revenue streams (approximately 40 per cent.); and
- to service customer demand for chiplets incorporating the Group’s technologies and IPs, including licensing and manufacturing capabilities, and general corporate purposes (approximately 40 per cent.)
- The Directors believe the Offer and Admission will position the Company for its next stage of development by:
- providing the Group with a platform for continued growth into new technologies and key geographies, including Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia, while being able to continue to service the North American market;
- enhancing its public profile and generating brand awareness in a market that understands the global scope and scale of opportunity for the Group;
o providing access to a wider range of capital-raising options, which may be of use in the longer term;
- further improving its ability to cost-effectively scale, recruit, retain and incentivise its key management and employees; and
- creating a stable and liquid market in the Shares for existing and future shareholders
- Immediately following Admission, the Company intends to have a free float of at least 25 per cent. of the Company’s issued share capital. In addition, it is expected that up to a further 15 per cent. of the Offer will be made available by certain existing shareholders pursuant to an over-allotment option
- Funds and accounts managed by BlackRock (“BlackRock”), and Janus Henderson, have each entered into cornerstone agreements with the Company to subscribe for, subject to certain conditions, in aggregate, c. USD 510 million of Shares at an offer price representing an equity value of up to USD 4.5 billion for the Group at Admission. Acting as cornerstone investors, the commitments will consist of c. USD 390 million from BlackRock and c. GBP 85 million (equivalent to c. USD 120 million) from Janus Henderson
- Admission is expected to take place in May 2021, pursuant to which the Company’s Shares will be admitted to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and will be admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of the LSE
- The Offer will comprise an offer of Shares to institutional investors in the UK and other qualifying jurisdictions
- The Company is expected to agree that, subject to certain exceptions, during the period of 180 days from the date of Admission, it will not, without the prior written consent of the Joint Global Co-ordinators, issue, offer, sell or contract to sell, or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, or announce an offer of any Shares (or any interest therein or in respect thereof) or enter into any transaction with the same economic effect as any of the foregoing
- Certain existing shareholders of the Company immediately prior to Admission and the directors of the Company are expected to agree that, subject to certain exceptions, during the period of 365 days from the date of Admission, they will not, without the prior written consent of the Joint Global Co-ordinators, offer, sell or contract to sell, or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, or announce an offer of any Shares (or any interest therein in respect thereof) or enter into any transaction with the same economic effect as any of the foregoing
- Any additional details in relation to the Offer will be disclosed in the Prospectus
- The Company has engaged Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its Investment Bank (“Barclays”) and J.P. Morgan Securities plc (“J.P. Morgan”) to act as Joint Global Co-ordinators and Joint Bookrunners, and BMO Capital Markets Limited (“BMO Capital Markets”) to act as Joint Bookrunner in the event the Offer proceeds
John Lofton Holt (Executive Chairman)
Tony Pialis (President & CEO)
Daniel Aharoni (CFO)
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Brunswick Group (public relations adviser to Alphawave IP)
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Joint Global Co-ordinator and Joint Bookrunner
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Joint Global Co-ordinator and Joint Bookrunner
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BMO Capital Markets
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