Bigbank public offering of unsecured subordinated bonds oversubscribed several times
The base volume of the public offering of the unsecured subordinated bonds of Bigbank that ended on 16 September 2022 was oversubscribed by more than twice and its total volume will be 20 million euros. Trading with the bonds on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange is expected to commence on Thursday, 22 September 2022.
A total of 1,610 investors participated in the offering, subscribing subordinated bonds in the total amount of approximately 22.8 million euros. Bigbank used the option to increase the volume of the offering by up to 10,000 bonds as a result of which the total volume of the offering increased from 10 million euros to 20 million euros.
Martin Länts, Chairman of the Bigbank Management Board, thanked all investors who participated in the public offering for their confidence in the Bigbank’s strategy and growth prospects. “I am happy that in addition to offering loans and deposits to Estonian people and companies, we were now also able to contribute to the development of the local capital market and creation of an additional investment opportunity for investors,” he noted. “20 million euros of additional capital will help to realise our growth plans both in the field of home loans as well providing financing to companies. We wish to give strong competition in these sectors to large universal banks in the Baltics and through that profitably grow our business volumes and market share,” added Martin Länts.
The Management Board of Bigbank decided to allocate the subordinated bonds between investors in accordance with the following principles:
- All subscription orders of all investors up to 10,000 euros were satisfied in full;
- The employees, members of the management boards and supervisory boards of the companies belonging to the Bigbank group were allocated 100% of their subscribed volume;
- Investors were allocated 81.1% of their subscribed amount that exceeded 10,000 euros.
The offering was part of the first series of the unsecured subordinated bond programme newly created by Bigbank. It was conducted on the basis of the prospectus approved by the Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority on 5 September 2022. During the public offering Bigbank offered up to 10,000 unsecured subordinated bonds with the name of EUR 8.00 Bigbank subordinated bond 22-2032, with the nominal value of EUR 1,000 each, the maturity date 21 September 2032 and fixed interest rate of 8% per annum, payable quarterly (the first interest payment will be made on 21 March 2023). The public offering was carried out in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Bigbank’s legal advisor was Ellex Raidla and its financial adviser was Redgate Capital.
Bonds will be transferred to the investors’ securities accounts on or about 21 September 2022 and their first day of trading in the Baltic Bond List of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange is on or about 22 September 2022.
Bigbank is an Estonian commercial bank with a global reach specialised in loans and in 2021 its balance sheet volume exceeded one billion euros.