Eni: IPO of Plenitude shares postponed due to market conditions
23 June 2022 - 6:18 PM CEST
San Donato Milanese, 23 June 2022 – Eni S.p.A (“Eni”) today announced it will postpone the Initial Public Offering (the “Offering”) of ordinary shares in Eni Plenitude S.p.A. Società Benefit (“Plenitude”), for the listing on Euronext Milan, a regulated market which is organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A..
Market conditions have deteriorated since Eni and Plenitude announced the Intention to Float on 9 June. While there was strong and widespread investor interest in Plenitude and important support for its strategy, Eni has concluded that the volatility and uncertainty currently affecting the markets require a further phase of monitoring.
Eni and Plenitude will continue to monitor market conditions and deliver their strategy of offering decarbonized energy to their customers, through the development of renewables and electric mobility investments.
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This announcement does not constitute an offer for sale of, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for, any securities in the United States. No securities of the Company have been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Company does not intend to register any of the securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of the securities in the United States. There will be no public offering of the securities in the United States or elsewhere. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of an offering memorandum that may be obtained from the Company and will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.
This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Offering or the shares of the Company. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Information in this announcement or any of the documents relating to the Offering cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Potential investors should consult, to the extent they deem necessary, a professional investment, business, tax, and/or legal advisor as to the suitability of the offering for the person concerned.
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Certain figures contained in this document, including financial information, have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, in certain instances, the sum or percentage change of the numbers contained in this document may not conform exactly with the total figure given.
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Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures; and/or (d) (where applicable to UK investors or UK firms) the relevant provisions of the statutory instruments implementing Directive 2014/65/EU and Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593, Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 of the European Parliament, which is part of UK law by virtue of the EUWA (the “UK MiFID Laws” and together with MiFID II, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in the UK MiFID Laws and MiFID II (as applicable); and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II and the UK MiFID Laws (as applicable) to such target market (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Shares may decline, and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the offering.
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