FELLOW FINANCE PLC COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT, INSIDE INFORMATION 10 MAY 2019 AT 09.00 AM
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Fellow Finance Plc (”Fellow Finance” or the ”Company”) is considering the issuance of new unsecured notes (“Notes”), preliminarily around EUR 15 million through a private placement. The issuance of the Notes is expected to be launched in the near future subject to market conditions.
The planned uses of the proceeds from the Notes are the refinancing of the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ existing loans, the diversification of financing sources, the organic and inorganic growth of the business as well as for general corporate purposes. The aim of the potential issue is to significantly lower the average interest rate level of the group’s debt financing.
Fellow Finance’s subsidiary Lainaamo Oy (“Lainaamo”) is currently financing its lending activities mainly through external interest-bearing debt, which consists of individual debt securities that have been issued during the years preceding the Company’s initial public offering. The group’s interest-bearing debt on 31 December 2018 amounted to EUR 16.9 million. According to the terms of Lainaamo’s debt securities, Lainaamo has the right to repay the loans prior to the due date. A portion of Lainaamo’s debt would be repaid following the potential issuance of the Notes and the holders of Lainaamo’s debt securities would be invited to invest in the new Notes.
Evli Bank Plc acts as the Lead Manager in the potential issuance of the Notes. Borenius Attorneys Ltd acts as legal advisor to the Company.
Jouni Hintikka, CEO, Fellow Finance, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 40 585 5009
Certified advisor, Evli Bank Plc, tel. +358 40 579 6210
Fellow Finance Plc started its operations in 2014. The company is an expansive global FinTech group that provides crowdfunding services. A key role in the company’s business services is played by the leading Nordic¹ loan-based crowdfunding and peer-to-peer platform maintained by the company which has already been used by more than 600,000 customers in approximately 60 countries. Fellow Finance Plc is an Authorized Payment Institution supervised by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority of Finland and the shares of Fel-low Finance Plc are listed on the Nasdaq First North Finland marketplace. The company has approximately 2,900 shareholders.
¹Measured by amount of financing facilitated. Source: Brismo Market Data (data accessed on 10 May 2019).
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