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Lemonsoft is planning an initial public offering and a listing on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland

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Lemonsoft Oyj (”Lemonsoft” or the ”Company”) today announces its intention to launch an initial public offering (the “IPO” or the "Offering") and to list its shares on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market (“First North”).

Lemonsoft is a Finnish SaaS company that designs, develops and sells ERP software solutions. The Company focuses on offering solutions mainly for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Company’s software solutions and services enable improved efficiency of customers’ business processes as well as cost savings through automation and digitalisation.

The objective of the IPO is to enable the Company’s First North listing and thus enable the growth and business expansion outlined by the Company’s strategy. The Company expects that the First North listing allows Lemonsoft to access a new channel for equity financing both from domestic and foreign investors, create liquidity for the Company’s shares and strengthen Lemonsoft’s recognition and brand awareness among customers, employees and investors. In addition, the Offering aims to broaden the Company’s ownership base with both domestic and foreign investors. The listing of the shares and increased liquidity would also help in using Lemonsoft’s shares more effectively as a means of consideration in potential acquisitions and in incentive programs for personnel.

The contemplated IPO is expected to consist of a share issue by the Company of approximately EUR 15 million (gross proceeds) and of a share sale by certain existing shareholders. The proceeds from the share issue are intended to be used to support Lemonsoft’s growth strategy including financing of acquisitions.

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Mandatum Asset Management Ltd, TIN Fonder, Aeternum Capital, Handelsbanken Fonder, ODIN Fonder, certain funds managed by Evli Fund Management Company Ltd, certain funds managed by entities owned by Aktia Bank Plc, Grenspecialisten, SEB Investment Management AB and certain funds managed by SP-Fund Management Company Ltd (together “Cornerstone Investors”) have, subject to certain ordinary conditions, committed to subscribing shares in the Offering, provided that the combined value of the Company’s shares before IPO proceeds does not exceed €201 million. Commitments by the Cornerstone Investors amount to €42.5 million in total.

Christoffer Häggblom, Chairman of the Board comments:

“Lemonsoft’s growth has been fast and its profitability excellent. Still, we find that the company has a wide array of completely new opportunities ahead of it. We expect that the market will grow significantly, and we want our growth to exceed the growth of the market. Therefore, now is the right time for Lemonsoft’s listing.
Lemonsoft’s strategy is to continuously invest in product development and new technologies to maintain its strong position compared to the competition and offer the best products and customer experience in the market. Acquisitions are also a central piece of the growth strategy. We firmly believe that the planned listing would further increase Lemonsoft’s abilities to make investments and achieve the long-term financial targets set by the Board of Directors.”

Kari Joki-Hollanti, CEO comments:

“We have already been able to succeed on multiple fronts during our history: fast and profitable growth, satisfied employees and a large amount of long-term customers from different industries. I believe that the planned listing increases Lemonsoft’s recognition and brand awareness and makes the Company even more attractive as an employer. As a listed company, we would also be able to use stock-based incentives to increase employee engagement and commitment.
At the core of all our operations is the desire to develop our products and services together with our customers. Our solutions enable our customers to have more time and resources to focus on their core business. We believe that efficiency is the prerequisite for growth. We are thrilled to be able to share this journey with new shareholders.”

About Lemonsoft

Lemonsoft is a Finnish software company that that designs, develops and sells ERP software solutions to streamline its customers’ processes across different business lines and administration. The extensive offering of software solutions and related services enables the Company to provide its customers with holistic service. The Company’s standardised and scalable software solutions are delivered mainly from the cloud and are based on the SaaS model in which customers pay a monthly service fee for the use of the software. As of the date of this press release, the Company’s customer base consists of over 6,600 customer companies using the Company’s software solutions, including customers from especially industrial manufacturing, wholesale and retail, professional services automation, construction and accounting.

Due to the extensive software offering and modern technology, the Company has succeeded in maintaining strong growth while simultaneously increasing its profitability. The average annual growth rate (CAGR) of the Company’s net sales was 20 percent between the financial years ended 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2020. At the same time, the Company’s adjusted EBIT margin increased from 27.1 percent to 32.6 percent between the financial years ended 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2020. Lemonsoft’s net sales was 13.6 million euros, adjusted EBIT 4.4 million euros and EBIT 3.9 million euros in the financial year ended 31 December 2020. Lemonsoft’s pro forma net sales was 17.4 million euros and pro forma adjusted EBIT 5.6 million euros (32.3 percent of net sales) in the financial year ended 31 December 2020.

The Lemonsoft Group consists of the parent company Lemonsoft Oyj and its subsidiaries Lixani Oy, Metsys Oy, PlanMill Oy and WorkIn Oy. The Company’s average head count was 123 employees in the nine month period ended 30 September 2021. The Company has operations in nine cities: Vaasa, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kouvola, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa. From these offices, the Company caters to its customers all over Finland.

Strengths

The Company’s management estimates that particularly the following factors are the Company’s strengths:

  • SaaS company having grown quickly during its history with very strong key metrics across the board
  • Strong market position in the sizeable ERP market for SMEs
  • Comprehensive software solution for managing SMEs’ business critical processes
  • Strong growth prospects by increasing ARPC, acquiring new customers and releasing new products
  • Potential to continue the successful acquisition strategy

Strategy

The main goal of Lemonsoft’s strategy is to increase market share and penetration

  • by increasing the revenue from the Company’s current customer base;
  • by winning new customers;
  • by optimising pricing;
  • by growing the transaction business; and
  • by releasing new modules and solutions.

The strategic focus points are:

  • Product leadership – The Company will seek to be a product leader in the market of industry-specific ERP systems through continuous investment in product development and new technology to stay ahead of its competitors.
  • Customer experience leadership – The Company will seek to offer the best user experience in its market. By offering the best customer experience in the market, the Company will seek to keep its customers loyal and to generate growth from the Company’s current and new customers.

Financial targets and dividend policy

Lemonsoft’s target is to increase its net sales organically to EUR 40 million by the financial year ending 31 December 2025. This target excludes potential acquisitions, as acquisitions are difficult to predict. The Company aims to continue executing its active acquisition strategy.
In addition, Lemonsoft’s target is to increase its adjusted EBIT margin to 40 percent by the financial year ending 31 December 2025.
The Company will seek to carry out an active dividend policy, provided that profit distribution will not weaken the Company’s ability to achieve its targets set out in the Company’s growth strategy or other financial targets.

Lemonsoft’s key figures

During the financial year ended 31 December 2020, Lemonsoft’s net sales was 13.6 million euros and adjusted EBIT 4.4 million euros representing adjusted EBIT margin of 32.6 percent. The Company’s pro forma net sales was 17.4 million euros and pro forma adjusted EBIT 5.6 million euros.

The following table sets forth the key figures of Lemonsoft:

For the nine months ended 30 September For the year ended 31 December
2021 2020 2020 (* 2019 2018
(EUR in thousands unless otherwise indicated) (Unaudited unless otherwise indicated)
Net sales 12,284 9.938 13.588 (**** 10.639 (**** 9.484 (****
Net sales growth, % 23.6 % 27.7 % 27.7 % 12.2 % 19.8 %
SaaS 9,269 7,628 10,316 7,559 6,268
Transactions 786 673 956 848 586
Consulting and other 2,230 1,637 2,316 2,232 2,631
Gross Margin 10,955 8,754 11,941 9,300 8,565
Gross Margin-% 89.2 % 88.1 % 87.9 % 87.4 % 90.3 %
EBITDA 4,179 3,511 4,794 3,504 2,782
EBITDA-% 34.0 % 35.3 % 35.3 % 32.9 % 29.3 %
Adjusted EBITDA (** 4,368 3,419 4,683 3,511 2,782
Adjusted EBITDA, % of net sales 35.6 % 34.4 % 34.5 % 33.0 % 29.3 %
Operating profit (EBIT) 3,366 2.860 3.906 (**** 3.139 (**** 2.428 (****
Operating profit (EBIT), % of net sales 27.4 % 28.8 % 28.7 % 29.5 % 25.6 %
Adjusted EBIT (*** 4,205 3,228 4,428 3,283 2,566
Adjusted EBIT, % of net sales 34.2 % 32.5 % 32.6 % 30.9 % 27.1 %
Profit for the period 2,656 2.215 2.976 (**** 2.484 (**** 1.912 (****
Attributable to parent shareholders 2,635 2.211 2.976 (**** 2.484 (**** 1.912 (****
Minority share 22 4 0 0 0
Profit for the period, % of net sales 21.6 % 22.3 % 21.9 % 23.3 % 20.2 %
Attributable to parent shareholders, % of net sales 21.4 % 22.3 % 21.9 % 23.3 % 20.2 %
Minority share, % of net sales 0.2 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 0.0 %
Equity ratio, % 51.9 % 59.9 % 61.6 % 77.9 % 67.4 %
Net debt -787 -1,857 -3,099 -3,776 -2,251
Gearing, % -10.7 % -30.0 % -44.3 % -68.5 % -52.9 %
Earnings per share (EPS), EUR (***** 1.39 3,251.79 4,375.92 3,652.58 2,811.21
Average personnel, end of period 121 104 110 79 75
Shares outstanding, end of period 17,000,000 680 680 680 680
Average shares outstanding during the period 1,889,493 680 680 680 680

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(* The Group and the requirement for consolidated accounts was formed during the financial year 2020.
(** Adjusted EBITDA is the period’s EBITDA adjusted for costs associated with acquisitions and the listing
(*** Adjusted EBIT is the EBIT of the period adjusted for depreciations and amortizations of merged companies, goodwill amortisation and costs associated with acquisitions and the listing
(**** Audited
(***** Earnings per share (EPS) has been calculated using the 1,889,493 shares outstanding figure for the period ending 30 September 2021 and using 680 shares outstanding figure for other stated periods.

Information on the IPO

The contemplated IPO is expected to consist of a share issue by the Company of approximately EUR 15 million (gross proceeds) and a share sale, in which shareholders Rite Internet Ventures Holding AB and Kari Joki-Hollanti (“Selling Shareholders”) would sell their shares. Lemonsoft, Selling Shareholders, members of Lemonsoft’s Board of Directors and management, and subscribers participating in the contemplated personnel offering will commit to customary lock-up arrangements. The contemplated IPO is expected to include a personnel offering to employees of Lemonsoft and its group companies, that are employed at the time of the subscription period, and members of the Board of Directors and the management team.

Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Mandatum Asset Management Ltd, TIN Fonder, Aeternum Capital, Handelsbanken Fonder, ODIN Fonder, certain funds managed by Evli Fund Management Company Ltd, certain funds managed by entities owned by Aktia Bank Plc, Grenspecialisten, SEB Investment Management AB and certain funds managed by SP-Fund Management Company Ltd (together “Cornerstone Investors”) have, subject to certain ordinary terms and conditions, committed to subscribing shares in the Offering, provided that the combined value of the Company’s shares before IPO proceeds does not exceed €201 million. Commitments by the Cornerstone Investors amount to €42.5 million in total.

Danske Bank A/S, Finland branch (“Sole Global Coordinator”) has been appointed to act as the Sole Global Coordinator in the contemplated IPO. Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd is acting as legal adviser to the Company. Roschier, Attorneys Ltd. is acting as legal adviser to the Sole Global Coordinator. Miltton is acting as communications adviser to the Company. As of the contemplated listing, Danske Bank A/S, Finland branch will act as Lemonsoft’s certified adviser in accordance with the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Rulebook.

Inquiries

Kari Joki-Hollanti, CEO, +358 40 768 1415

Alpo Luostarinen, M&A Manager, +358 50 911 3507

Disclaimer

This announcement is not being made in and copies of it may not be distributed or sent into the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which the distribution or release would be unlawful.

The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States and such shares have not been registered or exempted from the requirement of registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended). 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.

The issue, purchase or sale of securities in the Offering are subject to specific legal or regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions. The Company and the Sole Global Coordinator assume no responsibility in the event of a violation of such restrictions, by any person.

This announcement is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities issued by the Company in any jurisdiction where such offer or sale would be unlawful. The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

In any EEA Member State other than Finland and in the United Kingdom, this announcement is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (“Prospectus Regulation”) and Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

This announcement does not constitute an offer of the securities referred to herein to the public in the United Kingdom. No prospectus has been or will be approved in the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, this announcement is being distributed to and is directed only at persons (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments which fall within the meaning of Article 19 (5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”), (ii) who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49 (2)(a) to (d) of the Order or (iii) to whom this announcement may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons”). Any investment activity to which this announcement relates will only be available to, and will only be engaged with, Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a Relevant Person should not act or rely on this announcement or any of its contents.

Any potential offering of the securities referred to in this announcement will be made by means of a prospectus. This announcement is not a prospectus as set out in the Prospectus Regulation. Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information contained in the aforementioned prospectus.

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 by any person for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness. The information in this announcement is subject to change.

This announcement is for information purposes only and under no circumstances shall constitute an offer or invitation, or form the basis for a decision, to invest in any securities of the Company. The Sole Global Coordinator is acting exclusively for the Company and the Selling Shareholders and no one else in connection with the Offering. The Sole Global Coordinator will not regard any other party or person as its client in relation to the Offering and will not be responsible to anyone other party or person for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Offering, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.

The contents of this announcement have been prepared by, and are the sole responsibility of, the Company. The Sole Global Coordinator or any of its directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from this announcement) or any other information relating to the Company, its subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

Forward-looking statements
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