SÃO PAULO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Azul S.A., or Azul, announced today that it has commenced an initial public offering pursuant to which Azul is offering 63,000,000 preferred shares and certain selling shareholders are offering 9,000,000 preferred shares, for a total of 72,000,000 preferred shares, in a global offering consisting of (i) an offering of preferred shares in Brazil by the Brazilian underwriters, and (ii) a concurrent international offering of preferred shares, including in the form of American depositary shares, or ADSs, in the United States and elsewhere outside of Brazil by the international underwriters. Each ADS represents three preferred shares. The selling shareholders intend to grant the international underwriters and Brazilian underwriters an option to purchase for a period of 30 days beginning on the date hereof up to the first day of trading of the preferred shares on the BM&FBOVESPA for 10,800,000 additional preferred shares at the initial public offering price less the underwriting discount to cover options to purchase additional preferred shares. The total amount of preferred shares offered in the global offering, including preferred shares represented by ADSs (but excluding preferred shares that may be sold pursuant to the underwriters’ option described above), may be increased by up to 20%, representing 14,400,000 additional preferred shares, including in the form of ADSs to be sold by the selling shareholders upon the agreement of the selling shareholders, Brazilian underwriters and the international underwriters.
We anticipate that the initial public offering price will be between R$19.00 and R$23.00 per preferred share and between US$18.02 and US$21.81 per ADS, calculated at the exchange rate of R$3.1636 per US$1.00 at March 14, 2017.
The international offering is made in the United States pursuant to registration statements filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Preferred shares are being offered in Brazil in a public offering expected to be authorized by the Brazilian Securities Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários). The closings of the international and Brazilian offerings are conditioned upon each other.
Application has been made to list the ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “AZUL” and to list the preferred shares on the Level 2 (Nível 2) segment of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBOVESPA S.A.—Bolsa de Valores Mercadorias e Futuros) under the symbol “AZUL4.”
Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Itau BBA USA Securities, Inc., Banco do Brasil Securities LLC, Bradesco Securities Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Santander Investment Securities Inc., will collectively act as international underwriters with respect to the offering of the ADSs and, together with Safra Securities LLC, as agents on behalf of the Brazilian underwriters with respect to the offering of preferred shares sold outside of Brazil not in the form of ADSs. A copy of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from Citigroup, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, telephone: +1 (800) 831-9146 (toll free); Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, by telephone at 1-800-503-4611, or by email at email@example.com; and Itau BBA USA Securities, Inc., Attention: Steven M. Hurwitz, 767 Fifth Avenue 50th Floor, New York, NY 10153, by telephone at + 1 (212) 710-6734, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banco Itaú BBA S.A., Citigroup Global Markets Brasil, Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários S.A., Deutsche Bank S.A. – Banco Alemão, BB – Banco de Investimento S.A., Banco Bradesco BBI S.A., Banco J.P. Morgan S.A., Banco J. Safra S.A. and Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. will act collectively as Brazilian underwriters with respect to the sale of preferred shares in the public offering in Brazil.
Registration statements relating to these securities have been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission but have not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statements become effective. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
This press release includes estimates and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. These estimates and forward-looking statements are based mainly on our current expectations and estimates of future events and trends that affect or may affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flow, liquidity, prospects and the trading price of our preferred shares, including in the form of ADSs. Although we believe that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to many significant risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are made in light of information currently available to us. In addition, in this presentation, the words “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should” and similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. Neither Azul nor the selling shareholders undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward-looking statements after we distribute this press release because of new information, future events or other factors. Our independent public auditors have neither examined nor compiled the forward-looking statements and, accordingly, do not provide any assurance with respect to such statements. In light of the risks and uncertainties described above, the future events and circumstances discussed in this prospectus might not occur and are not guarantees of future performance. Because of these uncertainties, you should not make any investment decision based upon these estimates and forward-looking statements.
Azul is the largest airline in Brazil in terms of departures and cities served, with 784 daily departures serving 102 destinations, creating a network of 203 non-stop routes as of December 31, 2016.