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GFJ ESG Acquisition I SE and Learnd Ltd. executed Letter of Intent concerning potential Business Combination
Luxembourg, September, 29th 2022 – GFJ ESG Acquisition I SE (the “Company”), a Luxembourg special purpose acquisition company, has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (“LoI”) with Learnd Ltd., London, United Kingdom (“Learnd”), concerning a business combination between the Company and Learnd through which Learnd would become publicly traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Learnd is a leading provider of energy management solutions that uses its technology platform to help customers reduce energy costs and carbon emissions within their buildings. In the LoI, the Company and Learnd have agreed on a post-money equity valuation of Learnd of approximately EUR 100 million.
The LoI includes an agreement to seek a PIPE investment (private investment in public equity). Details of the PIPE will be determined at a later stage.
As currently contemplated, the transaction would involve the existing shareholders of Learnd transferring 100% of the outstanding equity and equity equivalents of Learnd to the Company in exchange for (i) new shares in the Company and (ii) a consideration in cash. The combined entity would be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and would have a shareholder base comprised of (i) Learnd’s existing shareholders, (ii) the Company’s shareholders, and (iii) investors in the PIPE.
One of Learnd’s shareholders is Josef Brunner, also one of the Company’s sponsors and member of the Company’s supervisory board, who indirectly holds a major shareholding in the share capital of Learnd. In order to address potential conflict of interests, the Company will obtain a customary fairness opinion.
The Company and Learnd continue to be in mutually exclusive negotiations with the aim of entering into a binding business combination agreement in due course. However, there is no guarantee that a final binding agreement will be reached.
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