Relaxnews lists on NYSE Alternext

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Paris, 12 December 2011 – NYSE Euronext today announced the listing on NYSE Alternext in Paris of Relaxnews, the leading source of leisure and lifestyle news.

Headed by Jérôme and Pierre Doncieux, Relaxnews produces high-quality leisure and lifestyle content for distribution via print, web, cellphone, TV and radio to create a loyal audience for media and brands. Content ranges from home and well-being to entertainment and tourism. The company’s client base includes 200 media vectors, brands, e-commerce sites, blogs and institutions in France and 21 other countries, plus a selection of high-profile partners, including Agence France Presse and PagesJaunes Groupe.

Relaxnews (ticker code: ALRLX) was listed through the admission to trading of 1,104,650 shares and 213,163 new shares issued under a Global Offer[1]. The Global Offering raised a total of €2.5 million.

The admission and issue price of Relaxnews shares was set at €11.75. Market capitalisation stood at €15 million on the day of listing.

“We are delighted to welcome Relaxnews to NYSE Alternext and to give the company an opportunity to raise its profile with investors,” said Marc Lefèvre, Head of European Domestic Listings Coverage at NYSE Euronext. “This new stage in its development will enable Relaxnews to pursue its drive for diversification and complete its plans for growth in France and abroad.”

Pierre and Jérôme Doncieux added: “In today’s particularly unsettled environment, we would like to thank the institutional and individual investors that have placed their trust in us by taking part in our listing. And we are especially grateful to our existing shareholders Habert Dassault Finance (HDF), Generis Capital Partners and Sigma Gestion for their continued support. We see this as encouraging our entrepreneurship, recognising both the quality of our fundamentals and our potential for growth. The capital increase and visibility associated with listing on NYSE Alternext in Paris have generated new resources to step up our operations in France and abroad.”

In six years, €2.6 billion has been raised on NYSE Alternext, half through secondary issues, by companies from countries including Belgium, Canada, China, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US. Their market capitalisation totals €5.9 billion. 180 companies are currently listed on NYSE Alternext. 

[1] The Global Offering was made up of an Open Price Public Offering and a Global Placement with institutional investors in France and other countries.

Contacts:

NYSE Euronext – Press relations
Caroline Tourrier: +33 (0)1 49 27 10 82

Relaxnews – Press relations
Jérôme Doncieux: +33 (0)1 53 19 89 50

About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: www.nyx.com.

About Relaxnews
Relaxnews is the first news agency specialised in the generation and management, consulting and production of rich-media content for the leisure and lifestyle sectors. For 13 years, it has developed customised content for media, brands, e-commerce sites, blogs and businesses including L’Express, Elle, Le Parisien, Orange.fr, Heineken, and the Paris Regional Tourism Centre, which distribute Relaxnews content on their websites and social networks, in mobile and tablet applications, in print and on television.

Relaxnews also launched “relaxwire,” the first newswire to focus on leisure news.  It covers four leisure categories: well-being, home, entertainment and tourism. Since 2006, Relaxwire content has been sold by subscription in France under the Relaxfil brand and worldwide under the AFP-Relaxnews brand in cooperation with Agence France Presse. 

In 2011, Relaxnews partnered with PagesJaunes to create a subsidiary, Relaxevents, dedicated to information on local events – including cultural calendars and databases of tourist spots – and acquired the Paris Modes TV video agency, as well as www.relaxnews.com.

 

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