SLM Solutions: successful completion of the offering, first day of trading of the shares presumably on May 9, 2014
- Issue price of EUR 18 per share, placement volume of EUR 180 million
- Capital increase in the volume of EUR 75 million to finance growth strategy
From tomorrow, the shares of SLM Solutions Group AG (together with its subsidiaries "SLM Solutions" or "SLM Group"), a leading provider of metal based additive manufacturing technology (also commonly referred to as "3D printing") are trading in the Prime Standard segment of the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. As announced by the company via an ad-hoc release this evening, 10,000,000 shares (ISIN DE000A111338, WKN A11133) were successfully placed; the corresponding placement volume amounts to EUR 180 million.
"SLM Solutions is a technology leader in the growth market for metal-based 3D printing - a market that is believed to be at an inflection point. With the full placement of the planned capital increase of EUR 75 million we have the chance to implement our growth strategy", CEO Dr Markus Rechlin is pleased to announce. With the net proceeds from the capital increase the company intends to strengthen its sales force and services network, develop its business with consumables for its selective laser melting systems and focus on further R&D.
"Our business model and our strategy were very well received by investors in Germany and abroad", Rechlin says. "The first subscription week was shortened due to May Day and a bridge day. Nonetheless the order book was already fully subscribed on Monday. Almost the entire offering volume could be allocated within the fixed price range - although the last few weeks have been marked by significant price declines in technology and 3D printing stocks. This is a great success, underscoring the viability of our business model."
CFO Uwe Bögershausen adds: "It was important to us to ensure a reasonable free float after the IPO. With a free float of about 55.6 % in case the Greenshoe option is fully exercised we reached that goal. The selling shareholders have decided to stay invested at larger amounts than originally planned in the light of the company's growth potential, which we regard as positive. The shares of the selling shareholders are subject to a lock-up period of 12 months from the IPO."
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SLM Solutions Group AG
SLM Solutions Group AG, headquartered in Luebeck, Germany, is a leading provider of metal based additive manufacturing technology (also commonly referred to as "3D printing"). SLM Solutions focuses on the development, assembly and sales of machines and integrated system solutions in the field of selective laser melting, vacuum and metal casting. SLM Solutions currently employs over 80 people in Germany and the USA. The products are used worldwide by customers in particular from the aerospace, energy, healthcare and automotive industries. SLM Solutions stands for technologically advanced, innovative and highly efficient integrated system solutions.