Dye & Durham, a portfolio company of Manulife Capital, has completed its initial public offering and secondary offering in Canada. The company and secondary sellers raised a total of C$150 million, not including the greenshoe option. Dye & Durham, a Toronto-based provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions for legal and business professionals, is now listing its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DND”.
TORONTO, July 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dye & Durham Limited (“Dye & Durham” or the “Company”), the parent company of Dye & Durham Corporation (the “Operating Subsidiary”), a leading provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions, designed to improve efficiency and increase productivity for legal and business professionals, announced today the successful closing of its previously announced initial public offering and secondary offering (the “Offering”) of common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”, and each a “Common Share”). Pursuant to the Offering, Dye & Durham issued 17,000,000 Common Shares and certain selling shareholders (the “Selling Shareholders”) sold an aggregate of 3,000,000 Common Shares for a total aggregate of 20,000,000 Common Shares at a price of $7.50 per Common Share for total gross proceeds of $150 million, with Dye & Durham and the Selling Shareholders receiving gross proceeds of $127.5 million and $22.5 million, respectively.
The Common Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DND”.
“Completing this IPO is an exciting milestone for Dye & Durham,” said Matthew Proud, CEO of Dye & Durham. “With the proceeds raised, we are in a strong position to continue to make accretive acquisitions and pursue technological advancements as we position ourselves as a market leader.”
The Offering was led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. (“Canaccord”), Scotia Capital Inc., BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and INFOR Financial Inc., as joint bookrunners, and Raymond James Ltd. as underwriter (collectively, the “Underwriters”). Canaccord, on behalf of the Underwriters, entered into a sub-underwriting agreement with finnCap Ltd. (“finnCap”), whereby finnCap sold securities under the Offering in the United Kingdom pursuant to available exemptions from registration requirements. Goodmans LLP acted as legal counsel to the Company, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP acted as legal counsel to the Underwriters.
The Underwriters were granted an over-allotment option (the “Over-Allotment Option”) to purchase up to an additional 3,000,000 Common Shares from Dye & Durham, at a price of $7.50 per common share for additional gross proceeds to the Company of $22.5 million if the Over-Allotment Option is exercised in full. The Over-Allotment Option can be exercised for a period of 30 days from the closing date.
No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this news release. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “U.S. Securities Act”), as amended, or any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, “U.S. persons” (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act). Accordingly, the securities may not be offered or sold within the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to exemptions from the registrations requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
On July 17, 2020, immediately prior to the closing of the Offering, the Company and each of Plantro Ltd. (“Plantro”) and Seastone Invest Limited (“Seastone”) completed a series of pre-closing transactions (the “Pre-Closing Transactions”) pursuant to which, among other things, the Company acquired from (a) Plantro 10,165,410 common shares of the Operating Subsidiary and 53,004 Series 2 preferred shares of the Operating Subsidiary, in consideration for the issuance of 10,218,414 Common Shares to Plantro (with an aggregate value of approximately $76.6 million), and (b) Seastone 8,132,328 common shares of the Operating Subsidiary and 35,336 Series 2 preferred shares of the Operating Subsidiary, in consideration for the issuance of 8,167,664 Common Shares to Seastone (with an aggregate value of approximately $61.3 million). Each of Plantro and Seastone sold 1,333,333 Common Shares in the Offering, having an aggregate value of approximately $10 million. Prior to the completion of the Pre-Closing Transactions, neither Plantro nor Seastone held Common Shares. Immediately following the Pre-Closing Transactions, but before giving effect to the Offering, Plantro held 10,218,414 Common Shares, representing approximately 41.0% of the Common Shares issued and outstanding and Seastone held 8,167,664 Common Shares, representing approximately 33.0% of the Common Shares issued and outstanding. After giving effect to the Pre-Closing Transactions and the Offering, Plantro holds 8,885,081 Common Shares, representing approximately 21.5% of the Common Shares issued and outstanding and Seastone holds 6,834,331 Common Shares, representing approximately 16.5% of the Common Shares issued and outstanding.
The Pre-Closing Transactions were completed to partially effect the Company’s acquisition of Dye & Durham Corporation in connection with the closing of the Offering. Each of Plantro and Seastone has advised the Company that it intends to review its investment in the Company on a continuing basis. Subject to the 180-day lock-up that it has agreed to with the Underwriters, Plantro and/or Seastone may determine to sell all or some of the Common Shares it holds (including pursuant to its registration rights under the investor rights agreement between the Company, Plantro and Seastone), depending upon price, market conditions, availability of funds, evaluation of alternative investments, the interests of indirect investors and other factors it considers relevant from time to time.
Plantro is organized under the laws of the Bahamas and its registered office is 1st Floor, Kings Court, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas. An early warning report will be filed by Plantro in accordance with applicable securities laws and will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or may be obtained directly from Amanda Lashley upon request at 1 (246) 430 5350 ext. 4270. Seastone is organized under the laws of the British Virgin Islands and its registered office is Floor 4, Banco Popular Building Road Town, Tortola VG 1110, British Virgin Islands. An early warning report will be filed by Seastone in accordance with applicable securities laws and will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or may be obtained directly from Amanda Lashley upon request at 1 (246) 430 5350 ext. 4270.
About Dye & Durham
Dye & Durham Limited is the parent company of Dye & Durham Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions designed to improve efficiency and increase productivity for legal and business professionals. Dye & Durham has operations in Canada and the United Kingdom, and has a strong blue-chip customer base that includes law firms, financial service institutions, and government organizations.
Additional information can be found at www.dyedurham.com.