Oatly Announces $425 Million of Commitments in New Financing to Accelerate Next Phase of Growth, Anchored by Long-Standing Investor Verlinvest
This investment from Verlinvest, Nativus, Blackstone and others helps position Oatly for profitable growth and further market expansion
MALMÖ, Sweden, March 15, 2023 – Oatly Group AB (Nasdaq: OTLY) (“Oatly” or the “Company”), the world’s original and largest oat drink company, today announced a $425 million capital raise to support its next phase of growth. Verlinvest, the international consumer-focused growth investor and long-standing partner to Oatly, will lead a strategic investment into the company as part of the capital raise.
This new funding from Verlinvest, Nativus, Blackstone and others will provide the liquidity to fully fund Oatly’s growth investments as it moves towards reaching financial self-sufficiency. Today, the Company also announced financial results in relation to its fiscal fourth quarter and full year through 2022.
“We’re pleased with the confidence demonstrated by our anchor shareholders and new investors in advancing Oatly’s mission and fueling the tremendous global opportunity ahead for our organization.” said Toni Petersson, CEO of Oatly. “With our operations better stabilized and business plan now fully funded, we are well-positioned to capitalize on the strong underlying global demand for our products and create significant, long-term value for our shareholders.”
“Verlinvest has long been a proud supporter of Oatly’s mission to make it easier for people to eat better, live healthier lives and handle our planet’s scarce resources more responsibly. With a strengthened management team, really exciting prospects, and the capital base to pursue them, we are very confident in the future of this business,” commented Roberto Italia, CEO of Verlinvest.
Verlinvest has committed to anchoring a $300m private convertible investment (PIPE). Oatly also announced that it entered into a commitment letter to amend its Sustainable Revolving Credit Facility Agreement and a commitment letter documenting a $125 million term loan B credit facility commitment.
Oatly is the world’s original and largest oat drink company. For over 25 years, it has exclusively focused on developing expertise around oats: a global power crop with inherent properties suited for sustainability and human health. Oatly’s commitment to oats has resulted in core technical advancements that enabled the company to unlock the breadth of the dairy portfolio, including alternatives to milks, ice cream, yogurt, cooking creams, spreads and on-the-go drinks. Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, the Oatly brand is available in more than 20 countries globally.
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