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This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation EU 2017/1129 and underlying legislation, relating to the launch of the Offer (as defined below) by the Company and the proposed Admission (as defined below). This announcement does not constitute a prospectus. This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy Shares (as defined below) in any jurisdiction, including the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. Further details about the Offer and the Admission is included in the Prospectus (as defined below). The Prospectus has today been approved by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten) (the “AFM”) and has been published today and made available at no cost on the Company’s corporate website (www.ir.huvepharma.com), subject to securities law restrictions in certain jurisdictions. An offer to acquire Shares pursuant to the Offer will be made, and any potential investor should make their investment, solely on the basis of information that is contained in the Prospectus. Potential investors should read the Prospectus before making an investment decision in order to fully understand the potential risks and rewards associated with the decision to invest in the Shares. The approval of the Prospectus by the AFM should not be understood as an endorsement of the quality of the Shares and the Company (as defined below).
HUVEPHARMA ANNOUNCES THE INDICATIVE PRICE RANGE, PUBLICATION OF THE
PROSPECTUS AND START OF THE OFFER PERIOD OF PLANNED IPO
The indicative price range for the Offer is set between €20.00 and €25.75 per Offer Share
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 24 June 2021 – Huvepharma B.V. (the “Company”) and together with its consolidated subsidiaries (the “Group”), a leading global livestock animal health company with strong positions in the attractive veterinary and feed additives segments, today announced the indicative price range and publication of the prospectus (the “Prospectus”) for the offering (the “Offer”) and admission to listing and trading of its ordinary shares (the “Shares”) on Euronext Amsterdam (the “Admission”). The Offer consists of a primary and a secondary component. The offer period will commence today Thursday, 24 June 2021. There will be no public offering in any jurisdiction. The pricing and start of conditional trading in the Shares on Euronext Amsterdam is expected to commence on 1 July (subject to acceleration or extension of the timetable for the Offer). Settlement is expected to occur on 5 July 2021.
Kiril Domuschiev, CEO and Chairman of the Company said: “Today’s announcement is another important step for Huvepharma’s journey towards an initial public offering on Euronext Amsterdam. We are confident that we will be able to continue to grow with increasing demand for our products, supported by an increase in the global population; a larger and growing middle-class in developing countries demanding more high-quality animal proteins; and increased food safety concerns and demand for higher quality standards resulting in increasing demand for better quality meat. At the same time we are conscious of our ESG duties and will work hard to become an industry champion in this area as well.”
RATIONALE FOR THE OFFER
The Company believes that the Offer and the Admission are a natural next step in its development. The Company intends to use the expected net proceeds of the issue of any new shares to (i) fund and accelerate its growth capex and (ii) repay part of its outstanding debt in order to improve its leverage ratio, with a targeted net leverage ratio below 1.5x by the end of 2021. The Admission will further provide the Company with access to capital markets, and further increase its profile internationally.
The Company expects the Offer and the Admission to create a new long-term shareholder base as well as liquidity for the existing and future shareholders. The Offer provides the Selling Shareholder with an opportunity to partially realise its investment in the Company.
Subject to acceleration or extension, the timetable below lists the expected key dates for the Offer:
AVAILABILITY OF THE PROSPECTUS AND RISK FACTORS
The Offer is being made only by means of the Prospectus as approved by the AFM. The Prospectus is available electronically at no cost on the corporate website of the Company (www.ir.huvepharma.com), subject to securities law restrictions in certain jurisdictions. An investor should make its investment solely on the basis of information that will be contained in the Prospectus. The AFM’s approval should not be considered as an endorsement of the Company or the quality of the securities that are the subject of the Prospectus.
Investing in the Shares involves certain risks. Before investing in the Shares, prospective investors should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the Prospectus, together with the other information contained or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus. A selection of key risks is set out below. Investors should read, understand and consider all risk factors which will be included in the Prospectus, which should be read in its entirety before making an investment decision to invest in the Shares. The occurrence of any of the events or circumstances described in the risk factors chapter in the Prospectus, individually or together with other circumstances, could have a material adverse effect on the Group’s business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects. In that event, the value of the Shares could decline, and an investor might lose part or all of its investment.
THE COMPANY’S MARKETS
The global animal health industry is a large market estimated to be worth approximately USD 32.9 billion in 2019 and is projected to be worth USD 39.9 billion in 2024, according to the research and consulting firm Vetnosis (Outlook: 2019-2024F, Vetnosis Limited, June 2020). Within the global animal health industry, there are two distinct segments in which companies can participate that vary in market size according to Vetnosis:
The Group’s core operations focus on the livestock animal segment which, with a market size of approximately USD 19.7 billion (according to Vetnosis), represents approximately 60% of the global animal health industry.
Vetnosis projects the global animal health industry for livestock to grow nominally at a CAGR of 5% between 2019 and 2024. The fastest growth rates over this period will be in poultry, expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% during the period 2019 to 2024, followed by cattle and sheep at 4.2% and swine at 3.5%. According to Vetnosis, although both the companion animal segment and livestock species segment are expected to grow, all livestock species are expected to grow faster than the companion animal segment, which Vetnosis forecasts to grow at 2.5% from 2019 to 2024.
The Group believes this growth will be driven by a number of strong and sustainable factors, including the following:
A leading animal health company with an established global presence and a nearly exclusive focus on livestock.
The Group is a top ten animal health company measured by revenue, with EUR 587.9 million revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020 with an established global presence and a nearly exclusive focus on livestock such as poultry, swine and cattle (including sheep). The Group is the second largest player in poultry and swine animal health, excluding vaccines, in terms of the combined revenues in those categories. Based on Vetnosis’ analysis of 2019 revenues, the Group is the sixth largest player in the livestock health industry (including livestock animal vaccine products).
The Group has a broad and diversified product portfolio and sells its products in over 100 markets worldwide. The Group has a direct sales presence in major livestock markets, which accounted for approximately 90% of its sales for the year ended December 31, 2020. The Group realized 10% of its sales through carefully selected distributors. The Group has strong market positions in the United States and Europe, with an expanding footprint in the rest of the world which accounted for 32%, 45% and 23%, respectively, of its sales for the year ended December 31, 2020.
The Group also believes that it is well positioned in the livestock market with strong exposure to both fast-growing species and higher margin regions, particularly, North America and Europe, which are highly regulated markets.
Proven ability to develop and commercialise new products in high growth opportunities.
The Group has a strong culture of product innovation. In 2019, it realized over 500 new product registrations, in 2020 it launched ten new products and currently it has a pipeline of 25 new products. In the last three years, 35% of the Group’s revenue growth was attributable to the sales of new products launched during the same period, with 25% from products developed internally and 10% from two acquisitions made during this period. Consistent with its strategy of focus on value-added solutions, the Group’s new products are focused on high growth and high margin areas, specifically vaccines, veterinary products, enzymes, coccidiostats and medical feed additives. The Group’s vaccine development leverages new product lines adding to its existing coccidiosis vaccines lines. Furthermore, the Group believes that it is well-positioned to accommodate expected shifts from medicinal feed additives to non-antibiotic alternatives.
Vertically integrated business and well invested asset base offering secure, cost-efficient and reliable operations, positioned to deliver revenue growth with increasing margins.
The Group believes it is a leader in terms of manufacturing quality and supply reliability. The Group’s core activity is fermentation, with over 10,000 m3 of fermentation capacity in Europe, making it one of the largest and most efficient players in Europe, in terms of bioprocessing, as of the year ended December 31, 2020. The Group operates 13 production facilities in Europe and the United States, including an 8,500 m² logistic centre with capacity for 10,000 pallets. Its strong manufacturing capabilities drive the Group’s competitive edge in terms of the quality and continuity of supply of its products. The Group’s vertically integrated model covers: each stage of the manufacturing process from development to production, regulatory, marketing, sales and services. The Company has invested EUR 160 million of capital expenditure in its production capabilities from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. These strategic investments enable the Group to capture future revenue growth and increase its margins, with low maintenance capital expenditures at 1.5% of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020.
Experienced management team with strong track record supported by a dynamic talent pool.
The Group’s founder-led management team is comprised of experienced professionals from a wide range of leading animal health and related industries, globally. The team has led the Group through the last 20 transformational years and has a demonstrated track record of delivering strong organic growth supported by selective acquisitions to accelerate development with a focus on returns.
Track record of strong profitable growth which provides cash flow that allows for reinvestment in improvement of facilities.
The Group has generated approximately 90% of its growth organically with a 14% CAGR over the last 10 years, growing from revenues of EUR 122 million in 2010 to EUR 469 million in 2020.
While most of its historic growth has derived from organic initiatives, the Group has also demonstrated its ability to source and integrate acquisitions and realize synergizes such as Agrilabs in the US and Qalian to gain critical mass in France in 2018. In both cases, the Group achieved a payback in less than three years due to the synergies and operational gains that resulted from the acquisitions.
As a pure player focusing on the health and production of livestock, the Group aims to build on its current position to become the world’s leading livestock health company by revenue, by providing high quality products, services and support to its customers. To extend the Group’s leadership across all segments of the livestock health market, the Group has six strategic objectives:
|Three months ended|
|Year ended December 31,|
|(Euro in thousand)|
|Organic growth (%)||12%||16%||7%||9%||8%|
|Gross Profit Margin (%)||45.0%||44.1%||45.2%||41.8%||43.4%|
|EBITDA margin (%)||30.3%||25.8%||28.4%||23.2%||25.1%|
|Cash conversion (%)||55.5%||(7.4%)||42.5%||(5.9%)||(28.2%)|
|Net leverage ratio (x)||2.89||3.69||2.87||3.75||3.24|
For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Group’s revenue increased by 11.2%, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020, with all segments seeing positive growth. The sale of feed additive products was particularly boosted by the rollout of Monimax in Europe and Monovet in the US. The revenue generated from sales to the rest of the world increased by 30.9% as customers shifted supply from Asia to Huvepharma as a more reliable supplier during the pandemic. The Group expects to return to teens growth for the full year 2021. Organic growth for the full year 2021 is expected to be higher than the level already achieved during the three months ended March 31, 2021 as a result of the continued growth in market share for Avert NE, Monovet and Monimax, as well as the introduction of Cycleguard and Optigrid, for which FDA Approval was obtained in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.
In terms of EBITDA, the Group typically experiences lower revenues in the first quarter of the year due to seasonality effects. The Group reached a 30.3% EBITDA margin (+ c.450bps year-on-year) for the three months ended March 31, 2021, benefitting from its high margin products Monimax in Europe and Monovet in the US.
The Company intends to target a mid-term dividend pay-out ratio per financial year of 10% to 20% of the profit for the year.
The Company has a one-tier board consisting of one or more Executive Directors (uitvoerend bestuurders) and one or more Non-Executive Directors (niet-uitvoerend bestuurders).
The Company has appointed J.P. Morgan AG, BNP Paribas and Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG as Joint Global Coordinators for the Offer.
ING Bank N.V. and UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, together with the Joint Global Coordinators, are acting as joint bookrunners for the Offer (the “Joint Bookrunners”). Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., KBC Securities NV and Raiffeisen Bank are acting as co-lead managers for the Offer (the “Co-Lead Managers” and, together with the Joint Bookrunners, the “Underwriters”).
Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG will act as stabilization manager on behalf of the Underwriters. ING Bank N.V. will act as the listing and paying agent for the Admission.
EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENTS RELATED TO THE OFFER
On Monday, 14 June 2021, the Company announced its intention to launch an offering and list on
Euronext Amsterdam. The press release is available on the corporate website of the Company
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Investing in the Shares involves certain risks. Before investing in the Shares, prospective investors should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described below, together with the other information contained or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus, in particular the section "Risk Factors" in the Prospectus. The following is a selection of the key risks that relate to the Group’s industry and business, operations, financial conditions, capital structure, and structure of the Group, as well as the Shares, based on the probability of their occurrence and the expected magnitude of their negative impact.
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In connection with the Offer, Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG, acting as a stabilizing manager (the "Stabilizing Manager") on behalf of the other underwriters, is expected to purchase, to the extent permitted by applicable law, regulations and rules of the Euronext Amsterdam, for the purpose of stabilization, the Shares on Euronext Amsterdam within 30 calendar days after the first day of trading, with a view to supporting the market price of the Shares at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. There will be no obligation on the Stabilizing Manager or any person acting on behalf of the Stabilizing Manager to effect stabilizing transactions and there is no assurance that stabilizing transactions will be undertaken. Such stabilization, if commenced, may be discontinued at any time without prior notice. Except as required by law and regulation, neither the Stabilizing Manager nor any person acting on behalf of the Stabilizing Manager intends to disclose the extent of any stabilizing transactions conducted in relating to the Offer.
Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any Shares referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the Prospectus. The information in this announcement is subject to change.
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The date of the admission of the Shares to trading on the Euronext Amsterdam may be influenced by factors such as market conditions. There is no guarantee that the Admission will occur, and you should not base your financial decisions on the Company's intentions in relation to the Admission at this stage. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Persons considering making such investments should consult an authorized person specializing in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Offer. The value of Shares can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Offer for the person concerned.
Information to Distributors: Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Offer Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Offer Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “ Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, “distributors” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) should note that: the price of the Offer Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Offer Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Offer Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Underwriters will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties. For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Offer Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Offer Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
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1 Assuming exercise of the Over-Allotment Option .
2 2015-19 reported livestock sales growth of competitors compiled by Vetnosis