From 15 December 2016 highly dilutive rights issues started by Italian shares issuers listed on Borsa Italiana's regulated markets will be managed according to a new model called rolling model.
The implementation of the rolling model has been sponsored by Consob, following a number of consultations, with the aim of avoiding the occurrence of price anomalies on the concerned shares during highly dilutive rights issues. Price anomalies occurred during all main highly dilutive rights issues carried out from 2009 till 2016 (for instance, the operations launched by Saipem SPA in January 2016, by Banca MPS SPA in 2015 and 2014, by Fondiaria-Sai SPA in 2012, by Seat PG SPA and Tiscali SPA in 2009).
The new model, in short, provides for the following steps:
- Two working days before the start of the rights issue, the concerned issuer has to announce the terms of the capital increase;
- Borsa Italiana will check, on the basis of objective criteria set up by Consob and described in Borsa Italiana's Market Rules, if the rights issue has to be considered highly dilutive;
- If the rights issue is highly dilutive, Borsa Italiana will notify to the market with a Notice that the rights issue will be managed using the rolling model; if the rights issue is not highly dilutive, the capital increase will be managed according to the standard model (not rolling);
- Consob, shortly before the start of the highly dilutive rights issue, will published a specific Communication on its website, whereby it announces the imminent launch of the highly dilutive rights issue to be managed with the rolling model;
- During the highly dilutive rights issue, it will be possible to exercise the subscription rights in each day of the capital increase starting from the third day; the newly issued shares stemming from such "early" exercise will be made immediately available; the early exercise has to be made in accordance with the procedures and within the time limits laid down in the Instructions for the CSD Service of Monte Titoli SPA, and with the contractual conditions agreed, case by case, with one's intermediary;
- The early delivery of the newly issued shares is aimed at allowing arbitrage activity between shares and subscription rights starting from the first day of the rights issue, as clarified in Consob Communication no. 88305 of 5 October 2016; in turn, the arbitrage activity should minimize the risk of having price anomalies;
- Alternatively, subscription rights can be exercised asking that the delivery of the newly issued shares takes place at the end of the rights issue (as it happens in the standard model).
The rolling model will apply to rights issues only. Other kinds of capital increases (e.g. conversion of bonds; capital increases without the issuance of subscription rights) will not be managed using the rolling model.
Moreover, it is worth highlighting that the rolling model can have an impact on the right to revoke the decision of subscribing the new shares, provided for in Article 95-bis, paragraph 2, of the Italian Consolidated Law on Finance (see Consob Communication no. 88305 of 5 October 2016).
Any question on the rolling model can be sent to: Consob - Market Division - Post-Trading Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).