Today, 2 November 2012 at 16:00 a public offering of shares in Eimskipafélag Íslands hf. was completed. Straumur fjárfestingabanki hf. and Íslandsbanki hf. are joint listing advisors to the Company and the sellers. The price in the offering was predetermined at ISK 208 per share. Total subscriptions amounted to over ISK 11 billion, which is more than five times the value of the 5% stake offered for sale by Landsbanki Ísland hf., ALMC hf. and Samson eignarhaldsfélag ehf. Based on the oversubscription, the Company will increase the number of shares offered, by offering 6,000,000 treasury shares for sale as stated in the Company's Prospectus. Therefore, a total of 16,000,000 shares, or 8% of the Company's issued share capital, will be sold as a part of the public offering.
In total about 2,500 investors subscribed for shares in the public offering. The public offering follows the sale of a 20% stake in the book building process completed last Thursday, 26 October 2012, and the sale of a 14% stake, sold by Landsbanki Íslands hf. and funds relating to The Yucaipa Companies to Lífeyrissjóður verzlunarmanna in a process prior to the book building process. In total a 42% stake in the Company has been sold in relation to the listing of the Company's shares on the Main Market at NASDAQ OMX Iceland hf. The sale proceeds for the 42% stake totals in excess of ISK 17 billion.
Allocation of shares in the public offering will be in accordance with section 6.2.5 in the Securities Note of Eimskipafélag Íslands hf. dated 22 October 2012. Investors that subscribed for shares will be notified on the allocation via e-mail sent before 16:00 on Monday, 5 November 2012.
Gylfi Sigfússon, CEO
I'm very pleased how well Eimskip has been received by investors. The public offering results indicate that the number of shareholders following the listing will be around 3,000 which means that the Company will have a diversified ownership base as I had hoped for. On behalf of Eimskipafélag Íslands I would like to thank new shareholders and the Company's employees for the trust they have shown the Company and I hope to have good co-operation with them in the future.