Result of Placing
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This announcement does not constitute, and may not be construed as, an offer to sell or an invitation or recommendation to purchase, sell or subscribe for any securities or investments of any description, or a recommendation regarding the issue or the provision of investment advice by any party.
6 July 2021
HIPGNOSIS SONGS FUND LIMITED
(the "Company" or "Hipgnosis")
Result of Placing
Further to its announcement on 16 June 2021, the Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the first UK listed investment company offering investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated intellectual property rights, and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that as a result of significant demand from existing and new investors the Placing has been oversubscribed, exceeding the target amount of £150 million.
Accordingly, taking into account the strength of the substantial pipeline of Songs that The Family (Music) Limited (the "Investment Adviser") has identified in line and in response to investor demand, the Board has resolved to increase the gross proceeds of the Placing to approximately £156 million.
Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, said:
"I am once again delighted with the support from both our existing and new shareholders with an oversubscribed raise of over $215 million, £156 million. We will deploy this immediately into our pipeline of songs and I am incredibly appreciative of the incredible songwriters who have entrusted us with their iconic works.
We will now have a portfolio of almost $2.5 billion of extraordinarily successful and culturally important songs, which offers a massive opportunity for us to add value with our Song Management which manages these songs with bandwidth and responsibility."
Result of Placing
The Placing has now closed and 128,636,363 New Ordinary Shares have been placed by the Joint Bookrunners to new and existing investors at a price of 121 pence per Ordinary Share, raising gross proceeds of approximately £156 million pursuant to the Placing.
Admission and Total Voting Rights
Applications have been made for a total of 128,636,363 New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings will commence at 8.00 a.m. on 9 July 2021.
Following Admission, the Company will have 1,211,076,631 Ordinary Shares in issue. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of voting rights of the Company will be 1,211,076,631 and this figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
Any capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meaning set out in the Prospectus published by the Company in connection with the Placing and Placing Programme.
For further information, please contact:
The Family (Music) Limited
Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
Singer Capital Markets - Joint Corporate Broker
James Maxwell / James Moat / Amanda Gray / Alaina Wong (Corporate Finance)
Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove - Joint Corporate Broker
William Simmonds / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)
James Bouverat (Sales)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
RBC Capital Markets - Joint Corporate Broker
Elliot Thomas / Max Avison (Corporate Finance)
Lisa Tugwell / Adam Robertson (Sales)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7635 4000
Ocorian - Company Secretary & Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9693 0222
The Outside Organisation
Alan Edwards / Nick Caley
Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Neil Doyle/ Paul Harris/ Laura Ewart
Tel: +44 (0)7771 978220; +44 (0)7809 411882;
All US music publicity enquiries
+1 917 767 5255
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited
Hipgnosis, which was founded by Merck Mercuriadis, is a Guernsey registered investment company established to offer investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. The Company has raised a total of almost £1.3 billion (gross equity capital) through its Initial Public Offering on 11 July 2018, and subsequent issues in April 2019, August 2019, October 2019, July 2020, September 2020, February 2021 and July 2021. In September 2019, Hipgnosis transferred its entire issued share capital to the Premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to the London Stock Exchange's Premium segment of the Main Market, and in March 2020 became a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Since April 2021, the Company has been resident in the UK for tax purposes and is recognised as an investment trust under applicable HMRC regulations.
About The Family (Music) Limited
The Company's Investment Adviser is The Family (Music) Limited, which was founded by Merck Mercuriadis, former manager of globally successful recording artists, such as Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Morrissey, Iron Maiden and Beyoncé, and hit songwriters such as Diane Warren, Justin Tranter and The-Dream, and former CEO of The Sanctuary Group plc. The Investment Adviser has assembled an Advisory Board of highly successful music industry experts which include award winning members of the artist, songwriter, publishing, legal, financial, recorded music and music management communities, all with in-depth knowledge of music publishing. Members of The Family (Music) Limited Advisory Board include Nile Rodgers, The-Dream, Giorgio Tuinfort, Starrah, David A. Stewart, Poo Bear, Bill Leibowitz, Ian Montone and Rodney Jerkins.
All offers of shares will be made pursuant to the Prospectus (as may be supplemented by a supplementary prospectus from time to time). This announcement does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, any offer or invitation or inducement for sale, transfer or subscription of, or any solicitation of any offer or invitation to buy or subscribe for or to underwrite, any share in the Company or to engage in investment activity (as defined by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) in any jurisdiction nor shall it, or any part of it, or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or investment decision whatsoever, in any jurisdiction. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation regarding any securities.
The information in this announcement is for information purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. The material set forth herein is not intended, and should not be construed, as an offer to sell or issue, or the solicitation of any offer to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire, any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. Any purchase of shares should be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the Prospectus (as may be supplemented by a supplementary prospectus from time to time).
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The Company has not been and will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. In addition, the Company's shares referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The offer and sale of Company's shares referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. Subject to certain exceptions, the Company's shares referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. There has been and will be no public offer of the Company's shares in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan.
N+1 Singer is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"), and is acting exclusively for the Company and no-one else in connection with the Initial Issue and each Subsequent Placing. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the Initial Issue and each Subsequent Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the regulatory protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Initial Issue and each Subsequent Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
JPMC, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting only for the Company in connection with the Initial Issue and each Subsequent Placing and is not acting for or advising any other person, or treating any other person as its client, in relation thereto and will not be responsible for providing the regulatory protections afforded to clients of JPMC or advice to any other person in relation to the matters contained herein. Neither JPMC nor any of its directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for this announcement, its contents or otherwise in connection with it or any other information relating to the Company, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic format.
RBC, which is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA in the United Kingdom, is acting only for the Company in connection with the Initial Issue and each Subsequent Placing and is not acting for or advising any other person, or treating any other person as its client, in relation thereto and will not be responsible for providing the regulatory protections afforded to clients of RBC or advice to any other person in relation to the matters contained herein. Neither RBC nor any of its directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for this announcement, its contents or otherwise in connection with it or any other information relating to the Company, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic format.
None of the Company, the Investment Adviser, N+1 Singer, RBC or JPMC or any of their respective affiliates accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for/or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to this announcement, including the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Company whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of the announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. The Company, the Investment Adviser, N+1 Singer, RBC and JPMC and their respective affiliates accordingly disclaim all and any liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.
This announcement may include statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control and all of which are based on the Company's board of directors' current beliefs and expectations about future events. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward- looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "may", "will" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. Any forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company's business, the results of operations, financial condition, prospects, growth and dividend policy of the Company and the industry in which it operates. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. These forward-looking statements and other statements contained in this announcement regarding matters that are not historical facts involve predictions. No assurance can be given that such future results will be achieved; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks and uncertainties facing the Company. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to vary materially from the future results indicated, expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this announcement.
The Company has a limited operating history. Potential investors should be aware that any investment in the Company is speculative, involves a high degree of risk, and could result in the loss of all or substantially all of their investment. Results can be positively or negatively affected by market conditions beyond the control of the Company or any other person. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to, or guarantee of, future performance. Prospective investors are advised to seek expert legal, financial, tax and other professional advice before making any investment decision. The value of investments may fluctuate.
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 ("Directive 2014/65/EU"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing Directive 2014/65/EU; and (c) local implementing measures; and/or (d) (where applicable to UK investors or UK firms) the relevant provisions of the UK statutory instruments implementing Directive 2014/65/EU and Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593, and the Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 of the European Parliament, which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (together, the "UK MiFID Laws") (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 Ordinary Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Ordinary Shares to be issued pursuant to the Initial Issue are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in Directive 2014/65/EU or the UK MiFID Laws (as applicable); and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by Directive 2014/65/EU or the UK MiFID Laws, as applicable (the "Target Market Assessment").
Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Ordinary Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Ordinary 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. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Initial Issue and the Placing Programmes. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Joint Bookrunners 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 Directive 2014/65/EU or the UK MiFID Laws, as applicable; 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 Ordinary Shares.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own Target Market Assessment in respect of the Ordinary Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
In accordance with the UK version of the EU PRIIPs Regulation (1286/2014) which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (the "UK PRIIPs Laws"), a key information document in respect of an investment in the Ordinary Shares has been prepared by the Company and is available to investors at www.hipgnosissongs.com. If a new class of C Shares is issued under the Placing Programmes, the Company will make available a key information document in relation to such class of C Shares as required under the UK PRIIPs Laws.
If you are distributing any class of shares in the Company, it is your responsibility to ensure that the relevant key information document is provided to any clients that are "retail clients".