Oslo, Norway, 24 June 2020: Photocure ASA ("Photocure" or the "Company") has retained ABG Sundal Collier ASA and DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA as Joint Bookrunners (collectively referred to as the "Managers") to advise on and effect a contemplated private placement directed towards Norwegian and international investors, subject to and in compliance with applicable exemptions from relevant prospectus or registration requirements (the "Private Placement"). The Company is contemplating to issue up to 2,500,000 new shares in the Company (the "Offer Shares") corresponding to approximately 10% of the current outstanding shares in the Company, of which 98,300 Offer Shares will be issued and sold following exercise of fully vested employee options.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Private Placement (i.e. net of transaction costs and employer’s contributions triggered by the option exercise) to i) create and scale up a world-class marketing, sales, and distribution infrastructure after transfer of the business previously owned and managed by Ipsen; ii) finance growth and working capital, including expansion in underserved countries and new geographies currently not served by Photocure or Ipsen; iii) explore new product opportunities / development, and new geographies for Hexvix/Cysview to expand and secure its market position; and iv) general corporate purposes.
In addition to the contemplated Private Placement, the Company has agreed a three-year term loan with Nordea, secured under the State Guarantee Scheme to further strengthen the financing of the abovementioned use of proceeds.
As communicated in connection with the first quarter 2020 reporting, Photocure experienced near term temporary pressure on revenue due to COVID-19 impact. The Company has seen a rebound over recent weeks building comfort on the expectation of steady return to growth in second half 2020. Photocure has implemented strict cost control in line with the activity level in second quarter 2020. The 2023 group guidance remains firm on group revenue ambitions in the range of NOK 1 billion with EBITDA margins of approximately 40%.
The subscription price and the number of Offer Shares to be issued in the Private Placement will be determined by the board of directors of the Company (the "Board") following an accelerated bookbuilding process. The application period for the Private Placement will commence on 24 June 2020 at 16:30 hours CEST and is expected to close on 25 June 2020 at 08:00 hours CEST. The Company, after consultation with the Managers, reserves the right to at any time and in its sole discretion resolve to close or to extend the application period or to cancel the Private Placement in its entirety without further notice. If the Application Period is shortened or extended, any other dates referred to herein may be amended accordingly.
The minimum subscription and allocation amount in the Private Placement will be the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000, provided that the Company may, at its sole discretion, allocate an amount below EUR 100,000 to the extent applicable exemptions from the prospectus requirement pursuant to applicable regulations, including the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and ancillary regulations, are available.
The allocation will be made at the sole discretion of the Board after input from the Managers. Allocation will be based on criteria such as (but not limited to), existing ownership in the Company, timeliness of the application, price leadership, relative order size, sector knowledge, investment history, perceived investor quality and investment horizon. Primary insiders will be allocated a number of Offer Shares needed to meet the required acquisition of shares pursuant to the option program as set out below. The Board may, at its sole discretion, reject and/or reduce any applications. There is no guarantee that any applicant will be allocated Offer Shares.
The Offer Shares will be issued based on a Board authorization granted by the Company's annual general meeting held on 10 June 2020. The Managers are expected to pre-fund the subscription price for the Offer Shares to facilitate a swift registration of the share capital in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises (“NRBE”). The Offer Shares will be tradeable from the registration of the share capital increase in the NRBE. Delivery of the Offer Shares will be on a delivery versus payment basis to the investors.
The Company will announce the results of the Private Placement in a stock exchange announcement expected to be published before opening of markets tomorrow, 25 June 2020. Completion of the Private Placement is subject to final approval by the Board.
The Board of Directors has considered the Private Placement in light of the equal treatment obligations under the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and Oslo Børs' Circular no. 2/2014, and is of the opinion that the proposed Private Placement is in compliance with these requirements. The Board has considered alternative structures for the raising of new equity. Following careful considerations, the Board is of the view that it will be in the common interest of the Company and its shareholders to raise equity through a private placement setting aside the pre-emptive rights of the shareholders. By structuring the transaction as a private placement, the Company expects to be in a position to complete the share issue in today's market conditions in an efficient manner. It also gives the Company the possibility of raising equity with a lower discount to the current trading price and with significantly lower execution risks compared to a rights issue. In addition, the Private Placement has been subject to a pre-sounding and is subject to a publicly announced bookbuilding process. By this, a market based subscription price will be achieved.
The Company, members of the board of directors and senior management team will be subject to a customary lock-up for a period of six months following issuance and listing of the Offer Shares.
The option exercise in relation to the Private Placement refers to the Company's stock exchange release on 31 December 2019, with the final number of shares issued following the exercise being 98,300. The remaining of these exercised options have been settled by the Company. Pursuant to the terms of the employee option program, members of the Executive Management are required to acquire a number of shares equivalent to 1/10 of the options exercised. The following primary insiders are the option holders who participate in the of sale of Offer Shares:
- Erik Dahl, CFO, selling 24,000 Offer Shares and subscribing for 2,400 Offer Shares;
- Grete Hogstad, VP Strategic Marketing, selling 24,000 Offer Shares and subscribing for 2,400 Offer Shares;
- Gry Stensrud, VP Technical Development and Operation, selling 27,000 Offer Shares and subscribing for 2,700 Offer Shares;
- Espen Njåstein, Head Nordic Cancer Commercial Operations, selling 23,300 Offer Shares and subscribing for 2,330 Offer Shares;
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is acting as legal adviser to Photocure ASA.
For further information, please contact:
President and CEO
Tel: + 1-609 759-6515
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +47 450 55 000
About Photocure ASA
Photocure, The Bladder Cancer Company, delivers transformative solutions to improve the lives of bladder cancer patients. Our unique technology, which makes cancer cells glow bright pink, has led to better health outcomes for patients worldwide. Photocure is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: PHO). The US headquarters for Photocure Inc., are in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, please visit us at www.photocure.com, www.hexvix.com or www.cysview.com
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Actual events may differ significantly from any anticipated development due to a number of factors, including without limitation, changes in investment levels and need for the Company’s services, changes in the general economic, political and market conditions in the markets in which the Company operate, the Company’s ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel, changes in the Company’s ability to engage in commercially acceptable acquisitions and strategic investments, and changes in laws and regulation and the potential impact of legal proceedings and actions. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The Company does not provide any guarantees that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this announcement are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this announcement or any obligation to update or revise the statements in this announcement to reflect subsequent events. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this document. Current market conditions are affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The development in both Photocure's operations as well as relevant financial markets in general may affected by government measures to mitigate the effect of the virus, reduction in activity, unavailable financial markets and other. See OSE notification of 7 April 2020 for an in-depth analysis of risk and effects of the COVID-19 situation.
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