Aerocrine requests conversion of convertible loan
SOLNA, Sweden - May 4 2012 - Aerocrine AB (OMX Nordic Exchange: AERO) today announces that the company requested the conversion of the outstanding convertible loan, of 112 500 000 SEK, to shares per the terms of the convertible. The effect is that an additional 12,857,143 shares will be issued at a conversion price of 8.75 SEK per share.
The effect of the conversion will be to increase the Company’s equity capitalization and substantially reduce the Company’s debt.
The holder of the convertible loan, Novo A/S, will after the conversion but before the current new share issue hold approximately 25% of the shares and votes in Aerocrine. The conversion price of SEK 8.75 per share was set at the issuance of the loan and represented a premium over the closing price on September 15, 2010 of 41%.
Aerocrine is obliged, in connection with the conversion, to pay accrued interest on the convertible loan amounting to the difference between 3 years interest and what has been paid so far. The loan carries an annual coupon rate of 8%, representing an annual interest expense of SEK 9 million. Overall, this means that Aerocrine will pay approximately SEK 15.5 million upon conversion.
For more information, contact:
Scott Myers, CEO, Aerocrine AB, Phone: +46 768 788 379
Michael Colerus, CFO, Aerocrine AB, Phone +46 8 629 07 85
Aerocrine AB is a medical technology company focused on the improved management and care of patients with inflammatory airway diseases. As the pioneer and leader in the technology to monitor and manage airway inflammation, Aerocrine markets NIOX® Flex and NIOX MINO®. Both products enable fast and reliable management of airway inflammation and may therefore play a critical role in more effective diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with inflammatory airway diseases such as asthma. Aerocrine is based in Sweden with subsidiaries in the US, Germany and the UK. Aerocrine shares were listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange on 15 June 2007. Aerocrine discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:01 a.m. on May 4, 2012.