Groupe Gorgé (Euronext: GOE) announces the successful sale of 3,736,729 Prodways Group (Euronext: PWG) shares, accounting for 7.5% of the company's capital, at €5.65 per share, as part of an accelerated placement with institutional shareholders.
The sale generated gross proceeds of €21.1 million for Groupe Gorgé enabling it to free up new financing capacities to develop its other business activities and potentially renew dividend payments in 2018.
The Prodways Group's float grew from 21.9% to 29.4% following the transaction, which should contribute to improving the share's liquidity. Groupe Gorgé now holds about 57.7% of the capital. In addition, Groupe Gorgé confirms its intention to remain the long-term controlling shareholder with at least 50% of the capital of Prodways Group, as it has been for its ECA subsidiary for 13 years.
"We are delighted with the success of the transaction which confirms the high level of interest of French and international investors in Prodways Group. We are fully committed to making Prodways Group a global leader in industrial 3D printing and we intend to remain its long-term majority shareholder", stated Raphaël Gorgé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Gorgé.
Oddo BHF and Portzamparc (Groupe BNP Paribas) acted as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the placement.
Groupe Gorgé's residual holding is subject to a lock up period of 365 days, subject to certain standard exceptions.
About Groupe Gorgé
Groupe Gorgé is an independent group that specializes in high-tech industries. Today, the Group is active in the fields of security and protection in extreme environments, as well as in the 3D printing sector. It employs around 1,700 people, is located in eight countries and directly exports around 40% of its activity. In its more than twenty-five year history, Groupe Gorgé has always developed and driven the latest technological and industrial innovations.
Smart Safety Systems:
Developing complete, innovative technological solutions for complex missions in hostile and confined environments.
Protection of High-Risk Installations:
Protecting people and ensuring the active and passive protection of installations for energy markets and industrial and tertiary sectors in France. Ensuring the maintenance of these protection systems.
Enabling major industry players to find new routes to successful innovation and production processes by providing systems, 3D printers and new premium material.
In 2016, the Group reported revenue of €281.2 million. It is backed by 1,800 employees and operations in over ten countries.
More information available on www.groupe-gorge.com
Groupe Gorgé is listed on Euronext Paris and on the US OTC market in the form of ADR.
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ISIN NUMBER: US3994511034
Ticker Code: GGRGY / GGRGF
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