Ice Group ASA: postponement of initial public offering and listing on Oslo Børs
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Oslo, 6 December 2018 – Reference is made to earlier announcements regarding the potential initial public offering (“the IPO” or “the offering”) of Ice Group’s ordinary shares on Oslo Børs. As a result of deteriorating market conditions, the Ice Group board of directors has decided to postpone its offering.
While Ice Group has received highly positive feedback related to its business case and the highly accretive network expansion plans in Norway, the increasing turbulence of the global financial markets, including this week’s rapid decline of the Dow Jones, means that investors have become increasingly cautious. As a result, the board of directors has decided to postpone the IPO process.
The Ice Group board of directors will not provide further comments at the moment. However, Ice Group may resume the IPO process when the market conditions become more favourable.
About Ice Group
Ice Group is a Scandinavian telecommunications company with nationwide networks within each of its territories. In Norway, the company operates a pure 4G mobile network, providing smartphone, m2m, IoT and mobile broadband services to B2C and B2B customers. Its Norwegian business was the fastest growing mobile network operator in Europe in 2017. Ice Group also offers mobile broadband, m2m and IoT services in Sweden and Denmark through its own network. For more information, see www.icegroup.com.
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