Millennium Food-Tech partnership completes TASE IPO, raising $7.5 million
The offering of Millennium Food-Tech, an R&D partnership for the investment in food-tech companies, was 100% oversubscribed. "Despite this challenging period, the public believes that food-tech is a sector of the future," said Millennium Food-Tech CEO
The tranches in the tender were offered to the public at a minimum price of NIS 1,000 (approximately $290) and set in the tender at the price of NIS 1,050. The mix of investors included strategic and institutional investors as well as individual investors from the public.
Millennium Food-Tech will be the first R&D partnership to be traded on the Israeli stock market, following an amendment to the TASE regulations in February last year, which allowed offerings by limited partnerships engaged in R&D. Prior to this amendment, the TASE only allowed partnerships operating in the fields of oil and gas exploration and the film production sector. The R&D limited partnership is made up of two partners – the general partner managing the partnership and the limited partner.
Millennium Food-Tech will be managed by Chanan Schneider who serves as CEO and Guy Rosen as Chairman. Millennium Food-Tech's management team has been joined by Ilan Hadar, who will serve as VP Business Development and CFO. The partnership's consultant is Nili Zur, who has major experience in food-tech, consumer products and services.
"Despite this challenging period, the offering and the demand demonstrate that the Israeli public believes that food-tech is a sector of the future, and that the change in consumption habits by the public is near,” said Schneider. “I am delighted that institutional bodies also took part in the offering, despite its size. The mix of investors included strategic investors, institutional bodies and individual investors from the public. I believe that through Israeli food-tech we will bring about a positive change in consumption by the public at large that will also benefit the shareholders."
The offering was supported by Advs. Itay Brafman and Adi Ron of the Dr. Zeev Holender Law Offices & Notary.
"The successful offering of the Millennium Food-Tech Partnership paves the way for a wave of new offerings,” said Leumi Partners Underwriters CEO Eliav Bar David. “This is the first budding of investor partnerships in R&D companies that is expected to blossom on the TASE over the next year. The large demand indicates a hunger by institutional and private investors for exposure to new investments with high-growth potential. In my opinion, this is only the start of this trend."