Raute – Rights issue and two convertible perpetual junior loans

We advised Raute Corporation and lead manager Evli Plc in connection with Raute’s rights issue. The offering was oversubscribed, and the company raised gross proceeds of approximately EUR 7.5 million. Trading with the new shares subscribed for in the issue will commence on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd on or about 21 June 2023.

In addition, we advised Raute in connection with two convertible perpetual junior loans. Raute agreed on perpetual junior loans of up to EUR 2 million each with LähiTapiola Yritysrahoitus I Ky and Veritas Pension Insurance Company Ltd respectively in connection with the rights issue.

We have been the trusted partner of Raute in previous assignments as well: this spring, we acted as the legal advisor to Raute relating to its directed share issue, combination of share classes, new EUR 12 million secured revolving credit facility and a total of EUR 40 million in uncommitted secured bank guarantee facilities.

‘I would like to thank our shareholders for their trust and commitment. The completion of the offering, together with the directed issue carried out earlier this year and the agreed junior loan arrangements, form an entity, which strengthens our financial position and enables the implementation of our new growth strategy. Raute now has a strong foundation to be the partner to future-proof the wood industry. With our unique solutions, we drive change and promote resource-efficient society.,’ comments Mika Saariaho, President and CEO of Raute.

Raute is a worldwide technology and service company whose customers are companies operating in the wood products industry. Raute’s technology offering covers the entire production process for veneer, plywood and LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and special measurement equipment for sawn timber. As a supplier of mill-scale projects, Raute is a global market leader both in the plywood and LVL industries. Additionally, Raute’s full-service concept includes technology services ranging from spare parts deliveries to regular maintenance and equipment modernisations.