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Solidium has today, 27 April 2021, placed 65 million B shares in SSAB AB (publ), representing approximately 6.3 per cent of all the shares in SSAB, in an accelerated bookbuilt offering to Nordic and international institutional investors (the “Equity Offering”), at a price of SEK 43.25 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately SEK 2.8 billion. Solidium will use the proceeds from the Equity Offering mainly to finance recent and new equity investments, as well as for general corporate purposes.
Following the Equity Offering, Solidium’s ownership interest in SSAB corresponds to 26.4 million A shares and 38.3 million B shares. Solidium’s holding in SSAB decreases from 12.6 per cent to 6.3 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares and from approximately 9.8 per cent to approximately 8.0 per cent of the votes. BNP Paribas and Nordea acted as Joint Bookrunners for the Equity Offering.
Solidium is a limited company wholly owned by the State of Finland. Its mission is to strengthen and stabilise Finnish ownership in nationally important companies and increase the value of its holdings in the long term. The basis and core objective of Solidium’s strategy is proper, value-enhancing asset management of its current holdings. Through its stakes, Solidium is a minority owner in twelve listed companies: Elisa, Kemira, Konecranes, Metso Outotec, Nokia, Nokian Tyres, Outokumpu, Sampo, SSAB, Stora Enso, TietoEVRY and Valmet. The market value of Solidium’s investments is approximately EUR 9.5 billion
Further information: CEO Antti Mäkinen, Solidium Oy, +358 50 561 1501
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