Canadian apparel and lifestyle brand Roots Corp has wrapped up its initial public offering and will commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ROOT”. The IPO raised more than $200 million in proceeds, most of which will go to selling shareholders, including U.S. private equity firm Searchlight Capital Partners, which acquired Roots in 2015. Exercise of the IPO’s greenshoe option may increase the amount raised to as much as $230 million. As a result, Searchlight will reduce its ownership of the company to 47.7 percent of issued and outstanding shares, or 42.9 percent if the greenshoe option is exercised, according to the prospectus.
Roots Completes Initial Public Offering
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Oct. 25, 2017) –
Roots Corporation (“Roots”) (TSX:ROOT) today announced the successful closing of its previously announced initial public offering, by way of secondary offering of Roots common shares (the “Offering”), by investment funds managed by private equity firm Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P., and an entity indirectly controlled by the founders of Roots, Michael Budman and Don Green (collectively, the “Selling Shareholders”), at a price of $12.00 per share. The Selling Shareholders sold 16,667,000 common shares under the Offering for total gross proceeds to the Selling Shareholders of $200,004,000.
The common shares will commence trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ROOT”.
The Offering was co-led by TD Securities Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc. and BMO Capital Markets, together with Jefferies Securities, Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc., as joint bookrunners, and CIBC World Markets Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp. and National Bank Financial Inc., as underwriters.
The underwriters were granted an over-allotment option (the “Over-Allotment Option”) to purchase up to an additional 2,500,050 common shares from the Selling Shareholders, on a pro rata basis, at a price of $12.00 per share for additional gross proceeds of approximately $30,000,600 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. The common shares have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws. Accordingly, the common shares 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 registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of any securities of Roots in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Established in 1973, Roots is an iconic Canadian lifestyle brand with a rich heritage and portfolio of premium apparel, leather goods, accessories and footwear. We deliver products to our customers through our store network, online platform and international partnerships. As of July 29, 2017, our integrated omni-channel footprint included 116 corporate retail stores in Canada, 4 corporate retail stores in the United States, 109 partner-operated stores in Taiwan, 27 partner-operated stores in China and a global e-commerce platform that shipped to 54 countries during our most recently completed fiscal year.
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