China Online Education Group Announces Proposed Follow-on Public Offering of American Depositary Shares
BEIJING, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — China Online Education Group ("51Talk" or the "Company") (NYSE: COE), a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education, today announced the commencement of a proposed registered underwritten public offering by the Company and certain selling shareholders of American depositary shares (the "ADSs"), each representing fifteen (15) Class A ordinary shares of the Company. The Company proposes to offer 428,571 ADSs (the "Primary ADS Offering"), and the selling shareholders propose to offer 1,000,000 ADSs (the "Secondary ADS Offering" and, together with the Primary ADS Offering, the "ADS Offering"). The underwriters in the ADS Offering will have a 30-day option to purchase up to 214,285 additional ADSs from the Company and certain selling shareholders solely for the purpose of covering overallotment.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Needham & Company, LLC are acting as the joint book-running managers for the ADS Offering.
The ADSs will be offered pursuant to the Company's shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (the "Form F-3"), as amended, which was originally filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on April 6, 2020 and became effective on May 8, 2020. A preliminary prospectus supplement related to the proposed ADS Offering will be filed with the SEC. The Form F-3 and the preliminary prospectus supplement will be available at the SEC website at: http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from (1) Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Prospectus Department, 2nd Floor, 180 Varick Street, New York, NY, 10014, United States of America, or by calling 1-866-718-1649, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; (2) Needham & Company, LLC, Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department, 250 Park Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, New York 10177, or by calling 800-903-3268, or by email at email@example.com.
This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of the securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
This press release contains information about the pending offering of the ADSs, and there can be no assurance that the offering will be completed.
About China Online Education Group
China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students.
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