Huvepharma Announces Its Intention to Launch an Offering and List on Euronext Amsterdam

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This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation EU 2017/1129 and underlying legislation, relating to the intention of the Company (as defined below) to proceed with the Offer (as defined below) and the Admission (as defined below). This announcement does not constitute a prospectus. This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy Shares (as defined below) in any jurisdiction, including the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. If and when the Offer is launched, further details about the Offer and the Admission will be included in the Prospectus (as defined below). Once the Prospectus has been approved by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten) (the “AFM”), the Prospectus will be published and made available at no cost at the start of the offer period through the corporate website of the Company (www.huvepharma.com), subject to securities law restrictions in certain jurisdictions. An offer to acquire Shares pursuant to the Offer will be made, and any potential investor should make their investment, solely on the basis of information that will be contained in the Prospectus. Potential investors should read the Prospectus before making an investment decision in order to fully understand the potential risks and rewards associated with the decision to invest in the Shares. The approval of the Prospectus by the AFM should not be understood as an endorsement of the quality of the Shares and the Company (as defined below).

HUVEPHARMA ANNOUNCES ITS INTENTION TO LAUNCH AN OFFERING AND
LIST ON EURONEXT AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 14 June 2021 – Huvepharma B.V. (the “Company”) and together with its consolidated subsidiaries (the “Group”), a leading global livestock animal health company with strong positions in the attractive veterinary and feed additives segments, today announces its intention to proceed with an offering (the “Offer”) and apply for admission to listing and trading of its ordinary shares (the “Shares”) on Euronext Amsterdam (“Euronext Amsterdam”), a regulated market operated by Euronext Amsterdam N.V. (the “Admission”). The Offer is expected to comprise a primary offering of newly issued Shares by the Company and a secondary offering of existing Shares by the Company’s sole shareholder, Advance Properties OOD (the “Selling Shareholder”). The Offer is expected to take place in the coming weeks, subject to market conditions and other relevant considerations.

HUVEPHARMA HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Company is the fastest-growing global livestock animal health company (in terms of sales growth) with a focus on developing, manufacturing and marketing animal and human health and nutrition products1. The global animal health market generated annual revenue of circa $33bn in 2019, of which circa $20bn, or 60% of the market, represents livestock animals. The Company is the 6th largest company by revenue in the livestock health industry (including livestock animal vaccine products), and the 2nd largest by revenue in swine and poultry animal health (excluding vaccines). With more than half a century of expertise, the Company is dedicated to offering high quality products and services to help customers improve livestock animal health.
  • Based in the European Union and with main production sites in Italy, France, Bulgaria and the United States across a total of 13 locations, the Company is highly self-sufficient; more than 95% of its finished products are produced internally.
  • The segment of livestock animals in which the Company operates (poultry, swine, cattle, sheep and aqua) is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% for the years 2019 to 2024 (in nominal terms) according to Vetnosis - a faster rate than other animal health areas, such as companion animals, which is expected to have a CAGR of 2.5% over the same period (according to Vetnosis). The growth is mainly driven by three factors: an increase in the global population; a larger and growing middle-class in developing countries demanding more high-quality animal proteins; and increased food safety concerns and demand for higher quality standards resulting in increasing demand for better quality meat. Though there is growing trend of vegan alternatives in developed markets, the Group expects that the impact of this trend on the overall mid to long-term demand for food animal products will be limited.
  • The Company’s leadership lies in its operational model that combines an exclusive focus on key livestock growth areas with best-in-class reliable and tailored products made to the highest health and safety standards, all based on customer proximity and service models that foster trust and loyalty.
  • The Group has developed a vertically integrated production and supply model that stretches beyond those of its peers designed to ensure reliable, safe supplies and control over the value chain. The Company operates a client-demand driven approach, which anticipates localized and tailored customer needs and aims to ensure agility and customer proximity through a sales force of 580 long-standing sales and marketing managers, and additional veterinarians and nutritionists. The Company is commercially represented across the globe, operating in more than 100 countries
  • The Company’ growth is mainly organic and achieved by extending its product portfolio through in-house developments. The Company also achieves growth through selected acquisitions that offer a strong strategic fit and high levels of synergies, such as the 2018 acquisitions of Qalian and AgriLabs in the EU and US, respectively.
  • The Company’s diversified product portfolio focuses on high margin areas in enzymes, coccidiostats, feed additives, veterinary products and vaccines.
  • Following investments of €160m in capacity extension between FY2018 and FY2020, the Company’s fermentation capacity is one of the largest in Europe at 10,000m3, which allows 90% of API needs to be sourced internally.
  • Over the last three years Huvepharma has consistently grown faster than the market in terms of sales growth. This resulted in revenues of €588m and an EBITDA of €167m with an EBITDA margin of 28.4% in 2020.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Group’s revenue increased by 11.2% compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020, with all segments seeing positive growth. The sale of feed additive products was particularly boosted by the rollout of Monimax in Europe and Monovet in the US. The revenue generated from sales to the rest of the world increased by 30.9% as customers shifted supply from Asia to Huvepharma as a more reliable supplier during the pandemic.
  • The Company’s management team includes long-standing experts with an average of more than 20 years’ industry experience, all of them having served more than 15 years at the Company.
  • The Company has invested significantly to protect the environment. For example, modern incinerator plants have been installed to utilize the waste and biomass fuel from its production processes to generate energy. Waste-water treatment plants and a number of exhaust air filtration installations have been integrated into the Company’s manufacturing facilities. Co-generation plants have been built to ensure the supply of ecologically generated energy and steam. The Company is building solar power plants with a total installed capacity of 40MW, which are expected to be fully operational within the next two years. These plants will cover a large part of the Company’s electricity needs and are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 25,000 tons per year from 2023 onward. Significant investments have also been made and will continue to be made in environmentally-friendly packaging, with a lower carbon footprint.
  • The Group’s business has thus far been relatively resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic at a time of global economic turmoil. While working through the significant effects of the current crisis, the Group has since 31 December 2019 traded in line with management’s expectations and the Group believes its medium- to long-term targets continue to be achievable.

Kiril Domuschiev, President and CEO of the Company said: “Huvepharma is at the next stage of its development and this IPO is the natural way to accelerate the company’s growth. The IPO will further accelerate the company’s organic growth and new product developments, and also increase the company’s ability to acquire or license new products or technologies, reduce our leverage, as well as enable us to further increase our production capacity. The Netherlands is a leading European country in livestock development, and Amsterdam is the European trading venue with the highest daily turnover in the Eurozone. Amsterdam was therefore an obvious choice as a listing venue for us rooted in a country with a strong agriculture profile. I am excited about our future as a listed company.”

OFFER HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Offer is expected to comprise a primary component of approximately EUR 300 million and a secondary component that is still to be determined.
  • The Company intends to use the expected net proceeds of the issue of any new shares to (i) fund and accelerate its growth capex and (ii) repay part of its outstanding debt in order to improve its leverage ratio, with a targeted leverage ratio below 1.5x at the end of 2021. The Admission will further provide the Company with access to capital markets, and further increase its profile internationally.  
  • The Company expects the Admission and the Offer to create a new long-term shareholder base as well as liquidity for the existing and future shareholders. The Offer also aims to provide the Selling Shareholder with an opportunity to realize its investment in the Company. It is the intention of the Company and the Selling Shareholder to create a meaningful free float in the Shares on Admission.
  • An application is expected to be made for the admission to listing and trading of the Shares on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • The Offer is to be structured as a private placement to certain institutional investors in various jurisdiction, including the Netherlands.
  • The Company has appointed J.P. Morgan AG, BNP Paribas and Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG as joint global coordinators for the Offer (the “Joint Global Coordinators”). ING Bank N.V. and UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, together with the Joint Global Coordinators, are acting as joint bookrunners for the Offer (the “Joint Bookrunners”). Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., KBC Securities NV and Raiffeisen Bank International AG are acting as co-lead managers for the Offer (the “Co-Lead Managers” and, together with the Joint Bookrunners, the “Underwriters”).
  • A customary option to cover over-allotments is expected to be granted to the Underwriters.

The Company and the Selling Shareholder of the Group expect to enter into customary lock-up arrangements with the Underwriters in connection with the Offer.

THE COMPANYS MARKETS

The global animal health industry is a large market estimated to be worth approximately USD 32.9 billion in 2019 and is projected to be worth USD 39.9 billion in 2024, according to the research and consulting firm Vetnosis (Outlook: 2019-2024F, Vetnosis Limited, June 2020). Within the global animal health industry, there are two distinct segments in which companies can participate that vary in market size according to Vetnosis:

  • Livestock animal segment, with a market size of approximately USD 19.7 billion, and
  • Companion animal segment, with a market size of approximately USD 13.2 billion

The Group’s core operations focus on the livestock animal segment which, with a market size of approximately USD 19.7 billion (according to Vetnosis), represents approximately 60% of the global animal health industry.

Vetnosis projects the global animal health industry for livestock to grow nominally at a CAGR of 5% between 2019 and 2024. The fastest growth rates over this period will be in poultry, expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% during the period 2019 to 2024, followed by cattle and sheep at 4.2% and swine at 3.5%. According to Vetnosis, although both the companion animal segment and livestock species segment are expected to grow, all livestock species are expected to grow faster than the companion animal segment, which Vetnosis forecasts to grow at 2.5% from 2019 to 2024.

The Group believes this growth will be driven by a number of strong and sustainable factors, including the following:

  • Increased global population.
  • Increased global demand for protein.
  • Significant pressure on producers to improve productivity.
  • Increasing importance of food quality and human health security are driving the evolution of the livestock market.
  • Favourable commercial dynamics in the livestock health industry.
  • Significant growth opportunities driven by developing countries.
  • By species, ruminants (which is comprised of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs) are expected to remain the largest market by revenue going forward but poultry is expected to drive future growth.
  • Vaccines are expected to drive overall growth in the market.
  • Additional key structural characteristics of the food animal health industry that contrast favourably with the human health industry, such as time to market of new products, sustained brand loyalty customer relationships, diversified product portfolios, and self-pay markets.

COMPETITIVE STRENGTHS

A leading animal health company with an established global presence and a nearly exclusive focus on livestock.
The Group is a top ten animal health company measured by revenue, with EUR 587.9 million revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020 with an established global presence and a nearly exclusive focus on livestock such as poultry, swine and cattle (including sheep). The Group is the second largest player in poultry and swine animal health, excluding vaccines, in terms of the combined revenues in those categories. Based on Vetnosis’ analysis of 2019 revenues, the Group is the sixth largest player in the livestock health industry (including livestock animal vaccine products).
The Group has a broad and diversified product portfolio and sells its products in over 100 markets worldwide. The Group has a direct sales presence in major livestock markets, which accounted for approximately 90% of its sales for the year ended December 31, 2020. The Group realized 10% of its sales through carefully selected distributors. The Group has strong market positions in the United States and Europe, with an expanding footprint in the rest of the world which accounted for 32%, 45% and 23%, respectively, of its sales for the year ended December 31, 2020.
The Group also believes that it is well positioned in the livestock market with strong exposure to both fast-growing species and higher margin regions, particularly, North America and Europe, which are highly regulated markets.

Proven ability to develop and commercialise new products in high growth opportunities.
The Group has a strong culture of product innovation. In 2019, it realized over 500 new product registrations, in 2020 it launched ten new products and currently it has a pipeline of 25 new products. In the last three years, 35% of the Group’s revenue growth was attributable to the sales of new products launched during the same period, with 25% from products developed internally and 10% from two acquisitions made during this period. Consistent with its strategy of focus on value-added solutions, the Group’s new products are focused on high growth and high margin areas, specifically vaccines, veterinary products, enzymes, coccidiostats and medical feed additives. The Group’s vaccine development leverages new product lines adding to its existing coccidiosis vaccines lines. Furthermore, the Group believes that it is well-positioned to accommodate expected shifts from medicinal feed additives to non-antibiotic alternatives.

Vertically integrated business and well invested asset base offering secure, cost-efficient and reliable operations, positioned to deliver revenue growth with increasing margins.

The Group believes it is a leader in terms of manufacturing quality and supply reliability. The Group’s core activity is fermentation, with over 10,000 m3 of fermentation capacity in Europe, making it one of the largest and most efficient players in Europe, in terms of bioprocessing, as of the year ended December 31, 2020. The Group operates 13 production facilities in Europe and the United States, including an 8,500 m2 logistic centre with capacity for 10,000 pallets. Its strong manufacturing capabilities drive the Group’s competitive edge in terms of the quality and continuity of supply of its products. The Group’s vertically integrated model covers: each stage of the manufacturing process from development to production, regulatory, marketing, sales and services. The Company has invested EUR 160 million of capital expenditure in its production capabilities from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. These strategic investments enable the Group to capture future revenue growth and increase its margins, with low maintenance capital expenditures at 1.5% of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Experienced management team with strong track record supported by a dynamic talent pool.

The Group’s founder-led management team is comprised of experienced professionals from a wide range of leading animal health and related industries, globally. The team has led the Group through the last 20 transformational years and has a demonstrated track record of delivering strong organic growth supported by selective acquisitions to accelerate development with a focus on returns.

Track record of strong profitable growth which provides cash flow that allows for reinvestment in improvement of facilities.

The Group has generated approximately 90% of its growth organically with a 14% CAGR over the last 10 years, growing from revenues of EUR 122 million in 2010 to EUR 469 million in 2020.
While most of its historic growth has derived from organic initiatives, the Group has also demonstrated its ability to source and integrate acquisitions and realize synergizes such as Agrilabs in the US and Qalian to gain critical mass in France in 2018. In both cases, the Group achieved a payback in less than three years due to the synergies and operational gains that resulted from the acquisitions.

STRATEGY

As a pure player focusing on the health and production of livestock, the Group aims to build on its current position to become the world’s leading livestock health company by revenue, by providing high quality products, services and support to its customers. To extend the Group’s leadership across all segments of the livestock health market, the Group has six strategic objectives:

  • Drive profitable growth in the cattle market and further expand strong position in poultry and swine animal health markets.
  • Expand its product portfolio through customer-centred R&D.
  • Build future growth with opportunistic acquisitions.
  • Leverage strong sales force to expand the Group’s offering to new and existing clients.
  • Focus on its strength in manufacturing to drive operating efficiency.
  • Prudent financial management with focus on returns.

KEY FINANCIALS

 Three months ended
March 31,
Year ended December 31,
 20212020202020192018
   
 (Euro in thousand)
Revenue        160,918144,762587,937548,016485,562
Organic growth (%)        12%16%7%9%8%
Gross Profit        72,43563,787266,027229,142210,755
Gross Profit Margin (%)        45.0%44.1%45.2%41.8%43.4%
EBITDA        48,76837,372166,745127,086121,965
EBITDA margin (%)        30.3%25.8%28.4%23.2%25.1%
Capital expenditures        (21,716)(40,141)(95,817)(134,606)(156,332)
Cash conversion (%)        55.5%(7.4)%42.5%(5.9%)(28.2%)
Net leverage ratio (x)        2.893.692.873.753.24

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Group’s revenue increased by 11.2%, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020, with all segments seeing positive growth. The sale of feed additive products was particularly boosted by the rollout of Monimax in Europe and Monovet in the US. The revenue generated from sales to the rest of the world increased by 30.9% as customers shifted supply from Asia to Huvepharma as a more reliable supplier during the pandemic. The Group expects to return to teens growth for the full year 2021. Organic growth for the full year 2021 is expected to be higher than the level already achieved during the three months ended March 31, 2021 as a result of the continued growth in market share for Avert NE, Monovet and Monimax, as well as the introduction of Cycleguard and Optigrid, for which FDA Approval was obtained in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.

In terms of EBITDA, the Group typically experiences lower revenues in the first quarter of the year due to seasonality effects. The Group reached a 30.3% EBITDA margin (+ c.450bps year-on-year) for the three months ended March 31, 2021, benefitting from its high margin products Monimax in Europe and Monovet in the US.

MID-TERM TARGETS

  • Expected high teens revenue growth in 2022 and low to mid-teens growth annually thereafter,
  • EBITDA margin target growing from low to mid-30 percentages,
  • Regular capital expenditures program as a percentage of revenue at low to mid-teens gradually declining towards 8%,
  • Accelerated growth capital expenditures of approximately EUR100 million over 2022 and 2024, planned for accelerated investments in in-licensing, technologies and research,
  • Net leverage policy of 2.0x or below.

  
DIVIDEND POLICY

The Company intends to target a mid-term dividend pay-out ratio per financial year of 10% to 20% of reported net income.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Board Structure
The Company has a one-tier board consisting of one or more Executive Directors (uitvoerend bestuurders) and one or more Non-Executive Directors (niet-uitvoerend bestuurders).

PROSPECTUS AND RISK FACTORS

If and when the Offer is launched, further details about the Offer and the Admission will be included in the prospectus to be published by the Company in relation to the Offer and the Admission (the "Prospectus"). Once the Prospectus has been approved by the AFM, the Prospectus will be published and made available at no cost at the start of the offer period through the corporate website of the Company (www.huvepharma.com), subject to securities law restrictions in certain jurisdictions. An investor should make its investment solely on the basis of information that will be contained in the Prospectus. The AFM’s approval should not be considered as an endorsement of the Company or the quality of the securities that are the subject of the Prospectus.
Investing in the Shares involves certain risks. Before investing in the Shares, prospective investors should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the Prospectus, together with the other information contained or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus. A selection of key risks is set out below. Investors should read, understand and consider all risk factors which will be included in the Prospectus, which should be read in its entirety before making an investment decision to invest in the Shares. The occurrence of any of the events or circumstances described in the risk factors chapter in the Prospectus, individually or together with other circumstances, could have a material adverse effect on the Group’s business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects. In that event, the value of the Shares could decline, and an investor might lose part or all of its investment.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Huvepharma B.V.
Alain Kanora DVM Diplomate ECPHM
Phone: +32 3 292 8306
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Holland – SPJ/AMO
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  • An outbreak of animal-borne disease could negatively affect the demand for, and sale and production of, the Company’s animal products;
  • Animal health products can be subject to unanticipated safety, quality or efficacy concerns or may be banned by regulatory authorities, which may harm the Group’s reputation;
  • Perceived adverse effects on human health linked to the consumption of food derived from species that utilize the Group’s products could cause a decline in the sale of such products;
  • The Group’s business is subject to risk based on global economic conditions;
  • The Group’s business may be negatively affected by weather conditions and the availability of natural resources;
  • The Group’s revenues are dependent on the continued operation of its manufacturing facilities and manufacturing problems may cause product launch delays, inventory shortages, recalls or unanticipated costs;
  • The Group faces competition in each of its markets from a number of large and small companies;
  • The worldwide economic effect of the outbreak of COVID-19 has had, and could continue to have, an adverse effect on the Group’s business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects;
  • The Group is exposed to a possible decline in sales volume and prices of its products based on demand and purchasing power of its livestock product customers;
  • The Group’s business is dependent on R&D, licensing and third-party collaborations to facilitate product development, which may fail;
  • Advances in animal health technologies and products could negatively affect the market for the Group’s products;
  • The misuse or off-label use of the Group’s products or the illegal distribution by third parties of counterfeit or illegally compounded versions of the Group’s products may harm its reputation or result in financial or other damages;
  • The payment of any future dividends will depend on the Group’s financial condition and results of operations, as well as on the Company’s operating subsidiaries’ distributions to the Company; and
  • The Selling Shareholder will retain control of the Company preventing free float shareholders to significantly influence important corporate decisions.

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The date of the admission of the Offer Shares to trading on the Euronext Amsterdam (the "Admission") may be influenced by factors such as market conditions. There is no guarantee that the Admission will occur, and you should not base your financial decisions on the Company's intentions in relation to the Admission at this stage. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Persons considering making such investments should consult an authorized person specializing in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Offer. The value of Offer Shares can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Offer for the person concerned.

Information to Distributors: 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 (together, 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 Offer Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Offer Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, “distributors” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) should note that: the price of the Offer Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Offer Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Offer 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. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Underwriters will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties. For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Offer Shares.   Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Offer Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

Nothing contained herein constitutes or should be construed as: (i) investment, tax, financial, accounting or legal advice; (ii) a representation that any investment or strategy is suitable or appropriate to your individual circumstances; or (iii) a personal recommendation to you.

For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of the Company’s website, including the websites of the Company’s business units, are not incorporated by reference into, and do not form part of, this announcement.


1 2015-19 reported livestock sales growth of competitors compiled by Vetnosis