Cherry d’Argand Partners achieves successful IPO
At the final offer price of 32 euros per share, the total volume of the IPO was significantly oversubscribed. Cherry’s 24,300,000 shares began trading this morning, June 29, 2021, under ticker C3RY on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse). Additional details can be found here: https://www.boerse-frankfurt.de/equity/cherry-ag.
The total number of shares and the final offer price correspond to a market capitalization of approximately 778 million euros. The total volume of primary and secondary shares placed in the IPO amounts to approximately 416 million euros.
The gross proceeds of the Company from the placement of 4,300,000 new shares amount to 138 million euros. Cherry intends to use the net proceeds of the IPO to (i) fuel organic growth, in particular to advance and expand Cherry’s position as a global brand and innovation leader, ( ii) stimulate inorganic growth through selective acquisitions, and (iii) repay some outstanding debt through refinancing of existing debt.
Heather faust, Managing Partner at Argand, commented: “We are delighted to support this important milestone in Cherry’s history and to realize significant value for our investors. Cherry is a world-class company and well positioned to advance and expand its position as a global brand and innovation leader. We are delighted with the strong institutional shareholder support the company has received and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from investors throughout the process. We look forward to continuing to support Cherry’s management team in its pursuit of organic and inorganic growth. ”
Hauck & Aufhäuser acted as sole global coordinator and associate bookrunner, and ABN AMRO (in cooperation with ODDO BHF SCA) and MMWarburg & CO acted as Joint Bookrunners for the IPO.
About Argand Partners
Argand Partners is a new York and San Francisco Bay Area– A mid-sized private equity firm that targets market-leading industrial companies with underfunded and unrealized global growth potential. Argand companies have a strong market share, sustainable competitive advantages, defensive characteristics and significant growth potential supported by secular demand trends. The company focuses on specialty manufacturing and business service companies with a strong United States connection (corporate headquarters, primary growth market or majority of revenue) and often global operations or significant expansion opportunities.
Argand is a growth-oriented controlling investor who seeks complex, often contrarian situations in order to buy well. The team uses a hands-on approach to partnering with management to create value throughout the investment lifecycle and help portfolio companies realize their full potential as world-class companies and industry leaders.
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About the cherry
Cherry AG, headquartered in Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Germany, is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end mechanical switches for the PC gaming keyboard market. Cherry is also one of the world’s leading manufacturers of computer input devices, with a focus on the gaming, office, industrial, security and healthcare markets. Cherry employs approximately 500 people in production plants and corporate branches in Germany, France, UK, China, Austria and the United States. Founded in 1953, the Cherry brand is synonymous with “German quality” products designed and developed specifically for the needs of its customers. In December 2019, the company opened a new head office and a new manufacturing plant in Auerbach, Germany, reflecting Cherry’s new values of ‘Workplace of the Future’ and ‘New Work’. Cherry brings high quality, passion and design to the world of work, targeting both end customers and businesses that demand high performance, durability and functionality from their computer input devices.
More information about Cherry can be found on the website: www.cherry-world.com
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