Alon Blue Square Israel Announces $33.02M Private Placement in Israel of Additional Series C Notes
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd. (NYSE: BSI) (hereinafter: "Alon Blue Square" or the "Company") announced today that it has agreed with Israeli institutional investors to issue to such investors in a private placement NIS 100 million par value (approximately $27.52 million) of additional Series C Notes (the "Additional Series C Notes") in consideration for an aggregate sum of approximately NIS 99.3 million (approximately $27.33 million) (the "Private Placement").
If issued, the terms of the issued Additional Series C Notes will be similar to the terms of the Series C Notes previously issued by the Company and which are currently traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Ltd. ("TASE"). If issued, the Additional Series C Notes will form a single series together with the currently outstanding Series C Notes. 17.4% of the Additional Series C Notes issued in the Private Placement were acquired by the Company's subsidiary, Dor Alon Energy In Israel Ltd.
The issuance of the Additional Series C Notes is subject to the receipt of the approval of the TASE for the listing of such Series C Notes.
The sale and/or transfer of the Additional Series C Notes are subject to the limitations on re-sale of securities set forth in the Israeli Securities Law of 1968 and the regulations promulgated thereunder applicable to private placements.
The weighted discount rate for the sole purpose of withholding tax with respect to the entire Series C Notes (including the previously issued Series C Notes and following the issuance of the Additional Series C Notes) was determined to be 5.99% calculated in accordance with the approval received by the Company from the Israeli Tax Authority.
The Additional Series C Notes are not and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation "S" promulgated under the Securities Act) without registration under the Securities Act or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.
On June 26, 2013, Midroog Ltd. (an Israeli rating agency, a 51% subsidiary of Moody's), announced that it had affirmed the "A2"/negative outlook rating (on a local scale) for a bond issue of up to NIS 120 million (approximately US$33.02 million) in principal amount through the expansion of the Series C Notes.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, including the Additional Series C Notes.
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd. (hereinafter: "Alon Blue Square") is the leading retail company in the State of Israel and operates in four reporting segments: In its supermarket segment, Alon Blue Square, as a pioneer in the modern food retail, through its 100% subsidiary, Mega Retail Ltd., currently operates 211 supermarkets under different formats, each offering a wide range of food products, "Near Food" products and "Non-Food" products at varying levels of service and pricing. In its "Non-Food" segment, Alon Blue Square, through its 100% subsidiary BEE Group Retail Ltd., operates specialist outlets in self-operation and franchises and offers a wide range of "Non-Food" products as retailer and wholesaler. In the Fueling and Commercial Sites segment, through its 78.43% subsidiary, which is listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange ("TASE"), Dor Alon Energy in Israel (1988) Ltd is one of the four largest fuel retail companies in Israel based on the number of petrol stations and a leader in the field of convenience stores. Dor Alon operates a chain of 203 petrol stations and 209 convenience stores in different formats in Israel. In its Real Estate segment, Alon Blue Square, through its TASE traded 74.76% subsidiary Blue Square Real Estate Ltd., owns, leases and develops yield generating commercial properties and projects. In other segments, Alon Blue Square through its 100% subsidiary, Alon Cellular Ltd., operates an MVNO network in Israel and through Diners Club Israel Ltd., an associate held at 49%, which operates in the sector of issuance and clearance of YOU credit cards to the customer club members of the group.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, plans or projections about our business, our future revenues, expenses and profitability. Forward-looking statements may be, but are not necessarily, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: the effect of the economic conditions in Israel on the sales in our stores and of our products and on our profitability; our ability to compete effectively against low-priced supermarkets, large fuel companies and our other competitors; enactment of new laws and regulations, including the enactment of recommendations of governmental appointed committees and regulations with respect to the procurement of petroleum products by fuel companies and the price of petroleum products that are subject to regulation; quarterly fluctuations in our operating results that may cause volatility of our ADS and share price; fluctuations in the price of petroleum products and increases in excise tax rates imposed on the sale of petroleum products in Israel; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for products that we sell in our stores; the effect of an increase in the minimum wage in Israel on our operating results; the effect of any actions taken by the Israeli Antitrust Authority on our ability to execute our business strategy and on our profitability; the effect of increases in oil, raw material and product prices in recent years; the effects of damage to our reputation or to the reputation of our store brands due to reports in the media or otherwise; government policies with respect to residential building may have a negative impact on our operations in residential building, and other risks, uncertainties and factors disclosed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including, but not limited to, risks, uncertainties and factors identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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