Nominating committee for the 2021 annual general meeting in Bure

The Nominating Committee for the 2021 annual general meeting has been appointed. In accordance with a decision at the annual general meeting, the three largest shareholders or owner groups shall be given the opportunity to appoint a member to the Nominating Committee. The Board Chairman shall be a member of the Nominating Committee.

The following members have been appointed to Bure’s Nominating Committee:

Per Björkman, appointed by the Björkman family
Thomas Ehlin, appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden
Patrik Tigerschiöld, appointed by the Tigerschiöld family

The Chairman of the Board, Patrik Tigerschiöld, shall convene the first meeting of the Committee.

The Nominating Committee has been appointed according to the instructions from the Annual General Meeting in 2020. The members of the Nominating Committee together represent 36.7
per cent of the votes attached to all voting shares in the company.

The Annual General Meeting of Bure Equity AB will be held on 6 May 2021.

The tasks and responsibilities of the Nominating Committee are described on the website, www.bure.se

Shareholders who wish to recommend candidates for nomination can contact Bure’s Nominating Committee via e-mail: info@bure.se (“To the Nominating Committee”), or by mail to: Bure Equity AB, Att: Chairman of the Board, Nybrogatan 6, SE-114 34 Stockholm, no later than 31 January 2021.

Bure Equity AB (publ)

For more information contact:

Patrik Tigerschiöld, Chairman of the Board
Tel. +46 (0)8-614 00 20

Bure has resolved upon a directed share issue of 1,000 MSEK

Bure Equity AB (publ), (“Bure Equity” or the “Company”) has today, in accordance with the press releases published on 10 and 11 June 2020, by using the authorisation from the annual general meeting on 11 June 2020, resolved to carry out the directed share issue which will raise 1,000 MSEK in gross proceeds (the “Directed Share Issue”).

Through the Directed Share Issue, the Company’s share capital will increase by SEK 40,180,204 from SEK 535,518,034 to SEK 575,698,238 by new issue of 5,175,000 ordinary shares, resulting in the total number of shares increasing from 68,971,921 shares to 74,146,921 shares. The Directed Share Issue will result in a dilution of 7.0 per cent of the capital and 7.0 per cent of the votes for existing shareholders based on the total number of shares and votes in the Company after the Directed Share Issue. It is expected that investors in the Directed Share Issue will be delivered their shares around 22 June 2020.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB has been Sole Bookrunner in the Directed Share Issue and Kanter Advokatbyrå KB has been legal adviser to Bure.

The Tigerschiöld and Björkman families have confirmed their intentions to remain as long-term owners in Bure.

Important information

Publication, distribution or release of this press release may, in certain jurisdictions, be subject to restrictions. The recipients of this press release in jurisdictions where this press release has been published or distributed shall inform themselves of and follow such restrictions. This press release does not constitute an offer, or a solicitation of any offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities in the Company in any jurisdiction, neither from Bure Equity nor from anyone else.

This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Directed Share Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness.

This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor’s option with respect to the Directed Share Issue. Each investor or prospective investor should conduct his, her or its own investigation, analysis and evaluation of the business and data described in this announcement and publicly available information. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

This press release does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold within the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There is no intention to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to make a public offering of the securities in the United States. The information in this press release may not be published, distributed or released, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, within or into the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zeeland, South Africa, Switzerland or in any other jurisdiction where such publication, distribution or release of the information would not comply with applicable laws and regulations or would require prospectuses, registration or any other measures than those required by Swedish law. Actions taken in violation of this instruction may constitute a crime against applicable securities laws and regulations.

This press release is not a prospectus for the purposes of Regulation 2017/1129 of the European parliament and of the council (the “Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. Bure Equity has not authorised any offer to the public of shares or rights in any member state of the EEA and no prospectus has been or will be prepared in connection with the Directed Share Issue. In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation.

This press release is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons in the United Kingdom that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons”). This press release must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this press release relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. Persons distributing this press release must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements which reflect Bure Equity’s current view on future events and financial and operational development. Words such as “intend”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “may”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate” and other expressions which imply indications or predictions of future development or trends, and which are not based on historical facts, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements inherently involve both known and unknown risks and uncertainties as they depend on future events and circumstances. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future results or development and the actual outcome could differ materially from the forward-looking statements.

2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF BURE EQUITY AB (PUBL)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bure Equity AB (publ) on 11 June 2020 dealt with the following items of business, among others:

Election of Board members
The AGM decided that the number of Board members shall be 6 (6). As Bure’s Board of Directors, the AGM re-elected sitting Board members Carl Björkman, Carsten Browall, Bengt Engström, Charlotta Falvin, Sarah McPhee and Patrik Tigerschiöld. Patrik Tigerschiöld was re-elected as Board Chairman.

Election of auditor
The AGM elected the auditing firm of Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB as the company’s auditor to serve for the period until the 2021 AGM. Magnus Svensson Henryson was appointed Auditor in Charge.

Resolution regarding dividends
The AGM resolved to approve a cash dividend of SEK 1.00 as ordinary dividend. The record date was set for 15 June 2020, which means that the dividends are expected to be disbursed on 18 June 2020.

Principles for remuneration and other terms of employment for senior executives
The AGM approved the Board’s proposed principles for remuneration and other terms of employment for senior executives.

Authorization of the Board to decide on the repurchase of shares
The AGM authorized the Board of Directors, until the date of the 2021 AGM, to repurchase shares in order to adapt the company’s capital structure to the company’s capital requirements from time to time and thereby contribute to greater shareholder value. Following the repurchase, the company may hold no more than 10 per cent of all shares in the company.

Shares may be acquired through trading on Nasdaq Stockholm (“the stock exchange”), or in accordance with a tender offer to all of the company’s shareholders. Shares may be acquired during the period from 11 June 2020 until the next AGM. However, no shares will be acquired during a period of 30 days prior to the publication of a quarterly report, including the date of publication. Acquisitions on the stock exchange may take place only at a price per share that falls within the registered price interval at any given time. Payment for the shares shall be made in cash. Shares may be acquired on one or several occasions.

Bure Equity AB currently holds no treasury shares. The total number of shares in issue by Bure Equity AB currently amounts to 68,971,921. The maximum number of shares that can be repurchased is thus 6,897,192.

Authorization of the Board to decide on a new share issue
The AGM authorized the Board of Directors, prior to the 2021 AGM, on one or more occasions, to decide on the issue of shares, with or without deviating from the shareholders' preferential rights. Shares may be issued against cash payment, offset, or transfer of contingent property or with other conditions referred to in chapter 13, paragraph five, section 6 of the Swedish Companies Act. Furthermore, the Board has the right to determine the terms of an issue. The issue price shall be determined by market conditions and the number of newly issued shares may not exceed ten per cent of the number of outstanding shares on the date of this notice.

The reason for deviating from the right of pre-emption and the right to decide on offsets, in kind or other conditions referred to in the Companies Act is that the Company should be able to issue shares in order to continuously adjust the Company's capital structure to match the Company's capital needs and thereby contribute to increased shareholder value.

Amendment of the Company’s Articles of Association
AGM decided to amend the Company’s Articles of Association. According to a proposed amendment to the Swedish Companies Act, the record date for a general meeting of listed companies applies six business days before the AGM. It is proposed that the amendment enters into force on September 3, 2020. The Board therefore decided to amend the corresponding provision in the Company’s Articles of Association. Furthermore, the AGM decided upon some editorial changes due to changes already made to the law. The new wording is shown below.

§ 1 Company name

The Company's corporate name is Bure Equity AB (publ.). The Company is publicly listed.

§ 9 (ii) Notification of, and the right to attend the AGM

Shareholders who wish to participate in discussions at the AGM must submit a notification to the Company no later than 12pm on the date stated in the notice of the AGM. This day must not fall on a Sunday, any other public holiday, Saturday, Midsummer's Eve, Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, and not later than five working days before the AGM.

§ 11, Reconciliation company

The Company's shares must be registered in a reconciliation register in accordance with the Swedish Companies Act (1998: 1479) on central securities depositories and the accounting of financial instruments.

Exercise of repurchase authorization
At the statutory meeting following the AGM, the Board decided to exercise this authorization. This decision means that repurchases can be initiated during the year.

BURE AQUIRES SHARES IN CAVOTEC

Bure Equity AB (publ) has acquired 7,803,248 shares in Cavotec SA and thereafter holds 36.2 percent of the capital and the votes in the company.

 
Bure has acquired 7,803,248 shares in Cavotec on 8 May 2020. After the transaction, Bure’s total holding in Cavotec amounts to 34,071,619 shares which is equivalent to 36.2 percent of the total number of shares and votes in the company. Cavotec is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. The mandatory provisions in accordance with the Act on public takeover bids in the stock market do not apply as Cavotec is a Swiss company.

Interim report January-March 2020

  • Net asset value was SEK 146.7 per share compared to SEK 196.6 at the beginning of the year, which corresponds to a decrease of 25.4 per cent.
  • Bure’s net asset value was SEK 10,117M compared to SEK 13,563M at the beginning of the year.
  • Total return on the Bure share was -25.8 per cent compared to the SIX Return Index which fell 18.2 per cent.
  • Consolidated profit after tax amounted to SEK -3,460M (1,919). Earnings per share amounted to SEK -50.2 (27.8).
  • Bure acquired 0.65 million shares in Cavotec for SEK 11.2M, increasing its holding to 27.8 per cent.

Subsequent events

  • Net asset value amounted to SEK 180.8 per share on 27 April 2020, which corresponds to a decrease of 8.1 per cent since the beginning of the year.
  • In April, Bure acquired 1.2 million shares in Mentice for SEK 51.7M, increasing its holding to 15.1 per cent.

Comments from the CEO

The Covid-19 epidemic threw much of the western world into crisis during the quarter. Many countries shut their borders as well as schools, universities, and workplaces. Large numbers of people were forbidden from going out or were encouraged not to leave their homes. Such measures created a dramatic step-change for financial markets all over the world. Following a strong start to the year in January, with many stocks achieving all-time-high valuations, the SIX RX fell 18 per cent during the quarter.

Bure’s net asset value was also negatively affected during the period as all listed portfolio companies were hit by the fall in the market. Net asset value per share fell 25 per cent to SEK 146.7 per share at the end of March. The decrease in net asset value of some SEK 3.4 billion is entirely due to falls in share prices of listed portfolio companies. It is therefore with some relief that we have seen a recovery in share valuations in April.

In addition to stock market falls, the day-to-day economic consequences of the epidemic are likely to be considerable for many. Lost income and a fixed cost base is a challenging combination. The majority of Bure’s portfolio companies have global market positions and their products typically have a high technological content, which increases the likelihood that potential income losses will be more a case of income delays. Demand for these types of products and services should recover once the spread of the virus has been contained.

Furthermore, Bure has adopted a conservative view of financial risk for many years, which has resulted in portfolio companies being generally well-capitalised.

Initially, drastic measures may be needed to adapt the businesses to the new conditions they face. As owners, it is also important to look ahead. Crises do not last forever. My ambition is that Bure can help the portfolio companies to be proactive, maintain perspective, think long-term, and ensure that this crisis makes them stronger.

Bure Equity AB (publ)

Bure postpones the Annual General Meeting

Due to the great uncertainty caused by the extensive dissemination of covid-19, Bure's Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting to a later date.

The Annual General Meeting was originally scheduled to be held on May 6, 2020 at the IVA Conference Center, Wallenbergsalen, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm.

Bure will returns with a notice to the AGM no later than four weeks before the new date. The Board's previously announced dividend proposal may be revised in connection with this. The meeting will be held in accordance with current legislation.

Bure Equity AB (publ)

Year-end report January-December 2019

Total return on the Bure share was 97.9 per cent

January – December 2019

  • Net asset value was SEK 196.6 per share compared to SEK 137.1 at the beginning of the year, which corresponds to an increase of 43.5 per cent.
  • Bure’s net asset value was SEK 13,563M compared to SEK 9,454M at the beginning of the year.
  • Total return on the Bure share was 97.9 per cent compared to the SIX Return Index that increased 35.0 per cent.
  • Consolidated profit after tax amounted to SEK 4,229M (1,821). Earnings per share amounted to SEK 61.3 (26.3).

Fourth quarter 2019

  • Net asset value per share was SEK 196.6 compared to SEK 159.2 at the start of the quarter, which corresponds to an increase of 23.5 per cent.
  • Bure divested shares in Mercuri to the company’s management team at book value which corresponds to reported net asset value. Mercuri also acquired ProSales, a leading Swedish research and consultancy firm specialising in B2B sales training. In conjunction with this transaction, the ProSales management team acquired new-issue shares in Mercuri. Bure’s holding in Mercuri amounted to 90.4 per cent following these transactions.
  • Bure Growth acquired additional shares in ScandiNova Systems for SEK 10M increasing its holding to 27.8 per cent.

Subsequent events

  • Net asset value amounted to SEK 187.5 per share on 19 February 2020 which corresponds to a decrease of 4.7 per cent since the beginning of the year.
  • The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting approve an ordinary dividend of SEK 2.00 per share (2.00) and an extra dividend of SEK 0.50 per share (0.00).

Comments from the CEO

2019 was another successful year for Bure. Net asset value per share increased 43.5 per cent to end the year at around SEK 13.5 billion. Despite economic uncertainty, the majority of our portfolio companies achieved sales growth and improvements in profitability. Bure’s two largest holdings, Mycronic and Vitrolife, accounted for the two single largest increases in net asset value in 2019, which is fantastic. The unlisted segment of the portfolio also contributed to net asset value growth during the year. Our holding in cyber security company Yubico was Bure’s third largest holding at the end of the year following a revaluation under IFRS 9.

The year included several changes to the portfolio. Firstly, Cavotec and Ovzon conducted rights issues in which Bure increased its holding. During the first quarter, we also launched a new focus on active asset management under the new-old name Atle. Today, Atle is part-owner of a number of successful asset management funds and was, for example, involved in the launch of the year’s perhaps most high-profile fund, TIN Fonder. In the beginning of March, a modest amount of our holding in Mycronic and Vitrolife was divested. This was done to create financial scope for new investments. During the second quarter, we invested in two exciting growth companies. Bure was a so-called anchor investor for the stock market listing of Mentice and acquired a large minority holding in Scandinova.

Similar to the previous year, 2019 ended in dramatic fashion. But in contrast to the steep falls we experienced in 2018, the stock market jumped a record 10 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2019. Bure’s share price increased 47.2 per cent in the last quarter alone, which resulted in a total return for the year of 97.9 per cent. Naturally, this is extremely reassuring, and taken together with growth in net asset value, I believe this reinforces our conviction that a long-term approach, presence in and commitment to the portfolio companies ensures that Bure is a good owner.

Bure Equity AB (publ)

Nominating committee for the 2020 annual general meeting in Bure

The Nominating Committee for the 2020 annual general meeting has been appointed. In accordance with a decision at the annual general meeting, the three largest shareholders or owner groups shall be given the opportunity to appoint a member to the Nominating Committee. The Board Chairman shall be a member of the Nominating Committee.

The following members have been appointed to Bure’s Nominating Committee:

Per Björkman, appointed by the Björkman family
Erik Durhan, appointed by Nordea Investment Funds
Patrik Tigerschiöld, appointed by the Tigerschiöld family

The Chairman of the Board, Patrik Tigerschiöld, shall convene the first meeting of the Committee.

The Nominating Committee has been appointed according to the instructions from the Annual General Meeting in 2019. The members of the Nominating Committee together represent 39.3
per cent of the votes attached to all voting shares in the company.

The Annual General Meeting of Bure Equity AB will be held on 6 May 2020.

The tasks and responsibilities of the Nominating Committee are described on the website, www.bure.se

Shareholders who wish to recommend candidates for nomination can contact Bure’s Nominating Committee via e-mail: info@bure.se (“To the Nominating Committee”), or by mail to: Bure Equity AB, Att: Chairman of the Board, Nybrogatan 6, SE-114 34 Stockholm, no later than 31 January 2020.

Bure Equity AB (publ)

For more information contact:
Patrik Tigerschiöld, Chairman of the Board

Tel. +46 (0)8-614 00 20