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Placing and Proposed Admission to Trading on AIM

Released 07:00 20-Nov-2017

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City Pub Group PLC (The)
20 November 2017



This announcement is an advertisement and not an admission document or a prospectus. This announcement is not and does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer of securities for subscription or sale in any jurisdiction nor a solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities, 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 commitment whatsoever. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation regarding any securities.  Prospective investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this announcement except in compliance with applicable securities laws and regulation and on the basis of the information in the final admission document ("Admission Document") to be published by the Company, and any supplement thereto, in connection with the placing ("Placing") of its ordinary shares ("Ordinary Shares") and the proposed admission ("Admission") of the Ordinary Shares to trading on the AIM market of London Stock Exchange plc ("London Stock Exchange").  A copy of the Admission Document will, following publication, be available for viewing on the Company's website at www.citypubcompany.com.



20 November 2017


The City Pub Group plc


(The "City Pub Group" or the "Company")





The City Pub Group, the owner and operator of an estate of 34 premium pubs across Southern England, today announces its proposed admission to trading on AIM (the "Admission") and conditional placing of 20,588,236 new and 6,838,787 existing ordinary shares of 50p each ("Ordinary Shares") at a price of 170 pence per share (the "Placing Price") to raise gross proceeds of approximately £46.6 million (the "Placing").


Liberum Capital is acting as Nominated Adviser and Joint Bookrunner and Berenberg is acting as Joint Bookrunner in relation to Admission.


Key Highlights


·      Based on the Placing Price, the market capitalisation of the Company will be approximately £96 million on Admission;


·  On Admission, the Company will have 56,467,333 Ordinary Shares in issue and a free float of approximately 80.5 per cent;


·    The Placing is expected to raise gross primary proceeds of £35 million for the Company, which is £5 million more than initially proposed due to strong institutional demand;


·    The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Placing to accelerate its acquisition strategy and expand its high quality estate of pubs;


·     Admission and commencement of dealings on AIM are expected to take place at 8.00 am on 23 November 2017 under the ticker CPC;


·      The Company's ISIN is GB00BYWRS683 and its SEDOL is BYWRS68.



Clive Watson, Chairman of The City Pub Group, said:


"We are thrilled with the strong response to our IPO which has led to the offer being significantly oversubscribed, and welcome all our new shareholders. The funds raised will help City Pub Group build on its solid growth platform and enable the Company to fund and capture the exciting opportunity ahead.


"City Pub Group has a strong management team with a clear and proven strategy to double the size of its high quality estate in the next three to four years and build long-term value for all stakeholders."





The City Pub Group

Clive Watson, Executive Chairman

Tarquin Williams, CFO


via Instinctif Partners

Liberum (Nomad, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker)

Chris Clarke / Ben Roberts / Dominik Götzenberger


Tel: +44 20 3100 2222

Berenberg (Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker)

Chris Bowman / Toby Flaux / Marie Stolberg


Tel: +44 20 3207 7800


Instinctif Partners

Matthew Smallwood / Guy Scarborough

Tel: +44 20 7457 2020





This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell, allot or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for, any securities in the Company 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 or act as an inducement to enter into, any contract or commitment therefor.


Recipients of this announcement who are considering subscribing for or acquiring Ordinary Shares following publication of the Admission Document are reminded that any such acquisition or subscription must be made only on the basis of the information contained in the final Admission Document, which may be different from the information contained in this announcement. No reliance may be placed, for any purpose whatsoever, on the information or opinions contained in this announcement or on its completeness. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law or regulation, no undertaking, representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by or on behalf of the Company, Liberum Capital Limited ("Liberum"), Joh. Berenberg Gossler & Co KG, London Branch ("Berenberg") or their respective parent or subsidiary undertakings or the subsidiary undertakings of any such parent undertakings or any of their respective directors, officers, partners, employees, agents, affiliates, representatives or advisers or any other person as to the accuracy, sufficiency, completeness or fairness of the information, opinions or beliefs contained in this announcement and, save in the case of fraud, no responsibility or liability is accepted by any of them for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in such information or opinions or for any loss, cost or damage suffered or incurred, howsoever arising, from any use, as a result of the reliance on, or otherwise in connection with this announcement.


Liberum, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and Berenberg, which is authorised by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority and subject to limited regulation in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, are acting only for the Company in connection with the proposed Placing and Admission and are not acting for or advising any other person, or treating any other person as their respective client, in relation thereto and will not be responsible for providing the regulatory protection afforded to clients of Liberum or Berenberg or advice to any other person in relation to the matters contained herein. Such persons should seek their own independent legal, investment and tax advice as they see fit. Liberum's responsibilities as the Company's nominated adviser under the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers and AIM Rules for Companies will be owed solely to the London Stock Exchange and not to the Company, to any of its directors or any other person in respect of a decision to subscribe for or otherwise acquire Ordinary Shares in reliance on the Admission Document. Neither Liberum nor Berenberg, have authorised or approved the contents of, or any part of, this announcement and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Liberum and Berenberg or their affiliates as to any of its contents.


This announcement is only addressed to, and directed at, persons in member states of the European Economic Area who are qualified investors within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive  ("Qualified  Investors"). For these purposes, the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended, and includes any relevant implementing measure in each member state of the European Economic Area which has implemented the Prospectus Directive. In addition, in the United Kingdom, this announcement is addressed to and directed only at Qualified Investors who are (i) persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments, i.e., investment professionals within the meaning of Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "FPO"); (ii) high net-worth companies, unincorporated associations and other bodies within the meaning of Article 49 of the FPO; and (iii) persons to whom it is otherwise lawful to communicate it to. It is not intended that this announcement be distributed or passed on, directly or indirectly, to any other class of person and in any event, and under no circumstances should persons of any other description rely on or act upon the contents of this announcement.


Neither this announcement nor any copy of it may be (i) taken or transmitted into or distributed, directly or indirectly, in the United States (within the meaning of regulations made under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended), (ii) taken or transmitted into, distributed, published, reproduced or otherwise made available or disclosed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the Republic of South Africa or to any resident thereof, except in compliance with applicable securities laws, or (iii) taken or transmitted into or distributed in Japan or to any resident thereof for the purpose of solicitation or subscription or offer for sale of any securities or in the context where the distribution thereof may be construed as such a solicitation or offer. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws or the laws of any such jurisdiction. The distribution of this announcement in other jurisdictions may be restricted by law and the persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, any such restrictions.


The Ordinary Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States. No securities commission or similar authority in Canada has in any way passed on the merits of the securities offered hereunder and any representation to the contrary is an offence. No document in relation to the proposed placing of the Ordinary Shares has been, or will be, lodged with, or registered by, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and no registration statement has been, or will be, filed with the Japanese Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, subject to certain exceptions, the Ordinary Shares may not be, directly or indirectly, offered, sold, taken up, delivered or transferred in or into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction or offered or sold to a person within a Restricted Jurisdiction.


The date of Admission may be influenced by factors such as market conditions. There is no guarantee that the Admission Document will be published or that the Placing and Admission will occur, and you should not base your financial decisions on the Company's intentions in relation to the Placing and 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. The value of shares can decrease as well as increase. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Placing. Persons considering an investment in such investments should consult an authorised person specialising in advising on such investments.


This announcement contains certain statements that are, or may be, forward looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, business achievements and/or investment strategy of the Company. Such forward looking statements are based on the Board's expectations of external conditions and events, current business strategy, plans and the other objectives of management for future operations, and estimates and projections of the Company's financial performance. Though the Board believes these expectations to be reasonable at the date of this document they may prove to be erroneous. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, achievements or performance of the Group, or the industry in which the Group operates, to be materially different from any future results, achievements or performance expressed or implied by such forward looking statements.


Certain figures in this announcement, including financial information, have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, in certain instances, the sum or percentage change of the numbers contained in this announcement may not conform exactly to the total figure given.


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