SOURCE: Etrion Corporation

Etrion Corporation

December 12, 2016 02:05 ET

Etrion Announces Commencement of a Buy-Back Offer for Partial Bond Repurchase

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - December 12, 2016) - Etrion Corporation ("Etrion" or the "Company") (TSX: ETX) (OMX: ETX), a solar independent power producer, today announced that it has launched an offer (the "Buy-Back Offer") to repurchase for cash a portion of the Company's 8% Senior Secured Bonds due 2019 (the "Bonds") that are accepted pursuant to the auction to be conducted in respect of the Buy-Back Offer. The funding for the Buy-Back Offer, if successful, will come from the cash proceeds expected to be received from the sale and divesture of the Company's Italian solar assets, announced on November 14, 2016.

The Company is targeting to buy back up to EUR 40 million of Bonds, but is open to buy back more or less depending on how the auction is priced. Bonds bought back will be cancelled / discharged.

The terms of the Buy-Back Offer will be published on www.stamdata.no, the information service of the Bonds' trustee, Nordic Trustee. Requests for more information may also be directed to the Manager for the Buy-Back Offer, Pareto Securities, at etrion@paretosec.com.

Bondholders are alerted to the deadline for their responses at 17:00 CET on 16 December 2016. Furthermore, the Company may, in its sole discretion, waive, amend, extend, accelerate, terminate or withdraw the Buy-Back Offer at any time.

The Company will only accept offers with respect to the Bonds from a Bondholder or beneficial owner of the Bonds (or any person acting as agent, custodian, fiduciary or other intermediary capacity for a Bondholder or beneficial owner) who: (a) is not a U.S. person (as such term is defined pursuant to Regulation S under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended the ("Securities Act") and who is outside the United States; and (b) is not located in Canada and is not submitting the offer from Canada or is acting on a nondiscretionary basis for a principal located outside Canada that is not giving an order to submit the offer from Canada.

If the Company decides to repurchase bonds, all bonds will be repurchased at the same price.

Summary of Buy-Back Procedure

    
Buy-Back Offer Period:  Commencement: 09:00 CET, 12 December 2016 Expiration: 17:00 CET, 16 December 2016
Price:  To be expressed as a percentage of the nominal amount. The Issuer will in addition pay accrued but unpaid interest, calculated up to the date of repurchase, on any Bonds repurchased. All Bonds will be repurchased at the same price.
Amount:  The Company is targeting to buy back up to EUR 40 million of Bonds, but is open to buy back more or less pending how the auction is priced. If the total number of Bonds offered at the final offer price exceeds the maximum number of Bonds which the Company resolves to buy-back, the Company will, in consultation with the Manager reduce the nominal amounts of Bonds to be acquired compared to the nominal amounts of Bonds offered by the Bondholder. The reduction of the nominal amounts of Bonds to be acquired will primarily be made based on a pro rata allocation between the Bondholders, but the Company reserves the right to deviate from this principle if deemed appropriate, e.g. in order to cater for smaller volumes or for other practical reasons.
Placing of Offers during the Buy-Back Offer Period:  All submissions of Bondholders Offer Form are to be sent to the Manager no later than 17:00 CET 16 December 2016 at etrion@paretosec.com
Announcement of the result of the Buy-Back Offer:  Expected to be announced on 19 December 2016.
Settlement of the Buy-Back Offer:  Cash payment in EUR.
Settlement Date of the Buy-Back Offer:  Expected to be on 21 December 2016.
Contacts:  Any questions related to the Buy-Back Offer can be directed to the Manager:

Pareto Securities:
email: etrion@paretosec.com 

Eirik V. Dahle, Tel: +47 24 13 21 29;
email: eirik.dahle@paretosec.com 

Stian Winther, Tel: +47 22 87 87 73;
email: stian.winther@paretosec.com
   

DISCLAIMER

The distribution of the Buy-Back Offer to Bondholders in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession the Buy-Back Offer to Bondholders comes are required by the Company and the Manager for the Buy-Back Offer to inform themselves about, and to observe, any such restrictions.

United States and Canada

The Buy-Back Offer is not being made and will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of the mails of, or by any means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facilities of a national securities exchange of, the United States or Canada. This includes, but is not limited to, facsimile transmission, electronic mail, telephone and the Internet. The Bonds may not be offered by Bondholders seeking to participate in the Buy-Back Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility from or within the United States or Canada or by persons located or resident in the United States or Canada. Accordingly, copies of this announcement, the Buy-Back Offer to Bondholders and any other documents or materials relating to the Buy-Back Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise transmitted, distributed or forwarded (including, without limitation, by custodians, nominees or trustees) in or into the United States or Canada or to any persons located or resident in the United States or Canada. Any purported offer of Bonds in the Buy-Back Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid and any purported offer of Bonds made by a person located or resident in the United States or Canada, or any agent, fiduciary or other intermediary acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal giving instructions from within the United States will be invalid and will not be accepted.

Each person participating in the Buy-Back Offer will represent that it or any beneficial owner of the Bonds or any person on whose behalf such person is acting: (a) is not a U.S. person (as defined pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act) or a resident and/or located in the United States and will not be resident and/or located in the United States at the time of the submission of its offer pursuant to the Buy-Back Offer; and (b) is not located in Canada and is not submitting the Buy-Back Offer from Canada or it is acting on a nondiscretionary basis for a principal located outside Canada that is not giving an order to submit the Buy-Back Offer from Canada. For the purposes of this and the above paragraph, "United States" means the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia, and "Canada" means Canada, its provinces and territories.

United Kingdom

The information contained in this announcement does not constitute an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity within the meaning of the United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. In the United Kingdom, this announcement is being distributed only to, and is directed only at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom, (ii) persons in the United Kingdom falling within the definition of investment professionals (as defined in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Financial Promotion Order")), (iii) persons who are within Article 43 of the Financial Promotion Order or (iv) any other persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be made under the Financial Promotion Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This announcement and the Buy-Back to Bondholders is directed only at relevant persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons.

General

This announcement is neither an offer to purchase nor the solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any offer or sale of such securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Buy-Back Offer is made solely pursuant to the Buy-Back Offer to Bondholders dated 12 December, 2016.

This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Buy-Back Offer to Bondholders. This announcement and the Buy-Back Offer to Bondholders contain important information which should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Buy-Back Offer. If any Bondholder is in any doubt as to the action it should take, it is recommended that such Bondholder seek its own financial and legal advice, including as to any tax consequences, immediately from its stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial or legal adviser. Any individual or company whose Bonds are held on its behalf by a broker, dealer, bank, custodian, trust company or other nominee or intermediary must contact such entity if it wishes to offer Bonds in the Buy-Back Offer. None of the Company or the Manager makes any recommendation as to whether a Bondholder should participate in the Buy-Back Offer.

About Etrion

Etrion Corporation is an independent power producer that develops, builds, owns and operates utility-scale solar power generation plants. The Company owns 164 MW of installed solar capacity in Italy, Chile and Japan. Etrion has 23 MW of solar projects under construction in Japan and is also actively developing additional greenfield solar power projects in Japan. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange in Sweden under ticker symbol "ETX". Etrion's largest shareholder is the Lundin family, which owns approximately 24% of the Company's shares directly and through various trusts.

Note: The capacity of power plants in this release is described in approximate megawatts on a direct current ("DC") basis, also referred to as megawatt-peak ("MWp").

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Etrion discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:05 a.m. CET on December12, 2016.

Forward-Looking Information:

This press release contains certain "forward-looking information". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that Etrion believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements relating to the Buy-Back Offer). This forward-looking information reflects the current expectations or beliefs of Etrion based on information currently available to it as well as certain assumptions (including assumptions as to the ability of Etrion to purchase Bonds pursuant to the Buy-Back Offer). Forward-looking information is subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Etrion. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, the risk that Etrion may not be able to conclude the purchase of all or any of the Bonds sought pursuant to the Buy-Back Offer.

Any forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Etrion disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although Etrion believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking information are reasonable, forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such information due to the inherent uncertainty thereof.

Attachment Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/12/12/11G124824/ETX-Bondholders_Offer_Form-cb396d2e063280bd8c61c616e983e5f3.pdf

Contact Information

  • For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.etrion.com or contact:
    Paul Rapisarda
    Chief Financial Officer
    Telephone (Miami, FL, USA): +1 (786) 636-6449
    Telephone (Geneva, Switzerland): +41 (22) 715 20 90