Azelio intends to carry out a directed share issue of up to approximately 10.6 million shares
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Azelio AB (publ) (“Azelio” or the “Company”) hereby announces its intention to, based on the authorization given by the annual general meeting on 14 May 2020, carry out an issue of shares of up to approximately 10.6 million shares, directed to Swedish and international institutional investors (the “Share Issue”). The Company has engaged Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ), Pareto Securities AB and Bryan, Garnier & Co as Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Share Issue. The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure (the “Bookbuilding”). The Bookbuilding will commence immediately following the publication of this press release. Pricing and allocation of the new shares are expected to take place before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market at 09:00 CET on 11 March 2021. The timing of the closing of the Bookbuilding, pricing and allocation are at the discretion of the Company after consultation with the Joint Bookrunners. The Company will announce the outcome of the Share Issue in a press release after the closing of the Bookbuilding.
The purpose of the Share Issue is to finance the continued industrialization of Azelio’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Stirling-based electricity production technology with the objective to start series production in the third quarter of 2021, and to be able to finance additional development projects and general corporate purposes. As communicated in the Company’s year-end report, the expected growing business volumes bind working capital, particularly at the start of series production and in the early stages of commercialization of the product. At this stage, working capital is also particularly sensitive to shifts in cash flows. This risk is amplified by the pandemic, for example, with restrictions on movement that could affect the start and completion of projects. Accordingly, the Board of Directors of Azelio has made the assessment that the Company’s working capital need has increased and therefore intends to carry out the Share Issue. The proceeds from the Share Issue, together with existing cash, are expected to be sufficient to fund the Company’s business plan until the operations are cash-flow positive, which is expected to occur during 2022. The Board of Directors of Azelio has resolved to deviate from the shareholders’ pre-emption rights to ensure the most time- and cost-effective financing of its continued industrialization.
Members of the board and the management team have agreed, subject to certain exceptions, not to sell shares in Azelio for a period of 90 calendar days after the settlement date. In addition to customary exceptions, members of the board and management team may during the lock-up period sell shares for the purpose of financing the exercise of warrants or call options related to Azelio shares. Furthermore, the Company has agreed, with certain exceptions, not to carry out any additional future share issuances for a period of 180 calendar days after the settlement date.
The Share Issue is, among other things, subject to resolution by the Board of Directors of Azelio, based on the authorization given by the annual general meeting on 14 May 2020 to issue new shares following close of the Bookbuilding.
Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ), Pareto Securities AB and Bryan, Garnier & Co act as Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Share Issue. Advokatfirman Vinge acts as legal adviser to Azelio and Baker McKenzie acts as legal adviser to the Joint Bookrunners.
For further information, please contact
Jonas Eklind – CEO
Tel: +46 709 40 35 80
This is information that Azelio AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 17.31 CET on 10 March 2021.
Azelio specializes in energy storage with electricity and heat production. The technology is revolutionary in that the energy becomes dispatchable, making renewable energy available around the clock. The energy is stored in recycled aluminium from which it is converted into electricity and heat with a total efficiency of up to 90 percent. The solution is scalable, sustainable, and cost-efficient from 0.1 MW up to 100 MW. Azelio has approx. 160 employees with headquarters in Gothenburg, production in Uddevalla and development centres in Gothenburg and Åmål, as well as presence in Stockholm, Beijing, Madrid and Ouarzazate. Azelio is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm First North Growth Market with FNCA Sweden AB as Certified Adviser: +46(0)8-528 00 399, email@example.com. More about Azelio: www.azelio.com
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