PledPharma completes a Directed New Share Issue of 4,866,665 shares, raising proceeds of SEK 91 million
May 21, 2019
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The board of directors of PledPharma AB (publ) (”PledPharma” or the ”Company”) has, as announced in the Company’s press release earlier today, resolved to carry out a Directed New Share Issue of 4,866,665 shares at a subscription price of SEK 18.70 per share corresponding to zero (0) percent discount to the closing price on May 21, 2019. Through the directed new share issue, PledPharma will receive proceeds amounting to SEK 91 million before transaction costs.
The board of directors of PledPharma have, based on the authorization given by the annual general meeting on May 7 2019, and as announced in the Company’s press release earlier today, resolved to carry out a directed new share issue of 4,866,665 shares to institutional investors (the “Directed New Share Issue”). The Directed New Share Issue was, among others, subscribed for by Fjärde AP-fonden, Handelsbanken fonder and an additional pair of larger existing shareholders in the Company. The investors have been selected based on an accelerated bookbuilding procedure which has been carried out by the Company’s financial advisor Pareto Securities AB (“Pareto Securities”).
The subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue is set to SEK 18.70 and has been determined through the bookbuilding procedure. The subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue corresponds to a discount of zero (0) percent compared to the closing price on May 21, 2019. Through the Directed New Share Issue, PledPharma will raise SEK 91 million before transaction costs.
The Directed New Share Issue entails a dilution of approximately 10 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company. Through the Directed New Share Issue, the number of outstanding shares will increase by 4,866,665 from 48,666,656 to 53,533,321. The share capital will increase by SEK 256,140.3579 from SEK 2,561,403.8949 to approximately SEK 2,817,544.2528.
The reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights are mainly to diversify the shareholder base in the Company among institutional investors and at the same time take advantage of the opportunity to raise capital in a time- and cost-efficient manner. Further, the Directed New Share Issue intends to finance an accelerated clinical development of Aladote® given the positive results of the first clinical study and the newly granted orphan drug designation in the US; an indication expansion of PledOx® in Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) caused by taxanes; as well as initial preparations for the market authorization application of PledOx® in oxaliplatin-induced CIPN. The board of directors’ assessment is that the subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue will be in accordance with market conditions, since it will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure.
The Directed New Share Issue will, for technical reasons, be subscribed by Pareto Securities at the shares’ quotient value, for immediate sale to institutional investors on behalf of the Company at a price of SEK 18.70 per share.
In connection with the Directed New Share Issue, the Company has undertaken, with customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of nine calendar months after the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue. In addition, board members and persons of the management have undertaken not to sell any shares in PledPharma for a period of 90 calendar days after the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue, with customary exceptions.
Pareto Securities AB is acting Sole Manager and Bookrunner and Lindahl is legal adviser in connection with the Directed New Share Issue.
For further information, please contact:
Nicklas Westerholm, CEO
Tel. +46 (0)73 354 20 62
Yilmaz Mahshid, CFO
Tel. +46 (0)72 231 68 00
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