Leonardo announces postponement of the DRS initial public offering

Rome  24 March 2021 08:06 Inside Information

Leonardo S.p.a. (“Leonardo”) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Leonardo US Holding, Inc. (“Leonardo US Holding”), postponed the initial public offering (“IPO”) of shares of Leonardo DRS, Inc. (“DRS”), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo.

Notwithstanding investor interest within the price range during the course of the roadshow, adverse market conditions did not allow an adequate valuation of DRS.

DRS remains a core part of Leonardo’s business portfolio and the IPO will potentially be revisited when market conditions are more favorable and a successful IPO at an appropriate valuation for this strategic business can be achieved.

Leonardo remains excited about the prospects of DRS and will continue to support its development within the Leonardo Group.


A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time when the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, 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.

The proposed offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC., Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, by telephone at (866) 471-2526 or by email at prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com; BofA Securities, Inc., Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte NC 28255; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by telephone at 866-803-9204 or by email at prospectus-eq_fi@jpmorganchase.com.


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This announcement does not constitute an offer of any securities to the public in Italy. The shares will not be registered with the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (“CONSOB”) pursuant to Italian securities legislation and, accordingly, no shares may be offered, sold or delivered, nor may copies of the prospectus and any other document relating to any shares be distributed in the Republic of Italy, except: (i) to qualified investors (investitori qualificati), as defined in Article 2, letter e) of the Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (“Prospectus Regulation”), pursuant to Article 1, fourth paragraph, letter a), of the Prospectus Regulation; or (ii) in other circumstances which are exempted from the rules on public offerings pursuant to Article 1 of the Prospectus Regulation. Any offer, sale or delivery of the shares or distribution of copies of the prospectus and any other document relating to any shares in the Republic of Italy must be in compliance with applicable Italian laws and regulations.

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