ExpreS2ion publishes prospectus in connection with capital raise of up to SEK 216 million
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Hørsholm, Denmark, September 29, 2020 – the Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”) of ExpreS2ion Biotech Holding AB (publ) (“ExpreS2ion” or the “Company”) resolved on September 23, 2020 to carry out a share issue with preferential rights for the Company’s existing shareholders including warrants (the “Offering”). Upon full subscription in the Offering, the Company will receive approx. SEK 131 million. If the warrants are exercised in full, the Company will additionally receive up to approx. SEK 85 million before deduction of costs related to the Offering. The board of directors of ExpreS2ion has in connection with the Offering, and prior to the subscription period that commences on 5 October 2020, prepared a prospectus which today has been approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen) (the "SFSA").
Publication of the prospectus
For complete information about the Offering, please refer to the prospectus that has been prepared by the Company and that today has been approved by the SFSA. The prospectus is available on ExpreS2ion’s website (www.expres2ionbio.com) and Arctic Securities website (www.arctic.com/secse) and will also be available on the SFSA's website (https://fi.se/sv/vara-register/prospektregistret/). The prospectus will be passported to Denmark and thus also available for Danish investors.
The prospectus is prepared as an EU-Growth prospectus in accordance with article 15 in the Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation"). The prospectus has been approved by the SFSA, which is the Swedish competent authority in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation, in accordance with article 20 in the Prospectus Regulation. The SFSA only approves the prospectus as meeting the standards of completeness, comprehensibility and consistency imposed by the Prospectus Regulation. The approval should not be considered as an endorsement of ExpreS2ion or as an endorsement of the quality of the shares that are the subject of the prospectus and does not indicate that the SFSA guarantees that the facts in the prospectus are correct or complete. Investors should make their own assessment as to the suitability of investing in the Offering.
Application forms will be available on the Company's and Arctic Securtities website respectively.
Timetable for the Offering
|Last day of trading in shares including right to receive Unit rights||September 29, 2020|
|First day of trading in shares excluding right to receive Unit rights||September 30, 2020|
|Prospectus published (Denmark)||Around September 30, 2020|
|Record date for participation in the Offering||October 1, 2020|
|Subscription period||October 5 - October 19, 2020|
|Trading in Unit rights||October 5 - October 15, 2020|
|Trading in BTUs (Paid subscribed Units)||October 5, 2020 - until the Offering is registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Sw. Bolagsverket)|
|Announcement of final outcome in the Offering||Around October 26, 2020|
Arctic Securities AS, filial Sverige and Translution Capital ApS act as financial advisors to the Company in connection with the Offering. Arctic Securities is the Company’s issuing agent whereas Baker Mckenzie is the Company’s legal advisor in connection with the Offering.
Svensk Kapitalmarknadsgranskning AB
Telefon: +46 11 32 30 732
For further information about ExpreS2ion, please contact:
Bent U. Frandsen, CEO
Telephone: +45 4256 6869
ExpreS2ion Biotechnologies ApS is a fully owned Danish subsidiary of ExpreS2ion Biotech Holding AB with company register number 559033-3729. ExpreS2ion has developed a unique technology platform, ExpreS2, for fast and efficient non-clinical development and production of complex proteins for new vaccines and diagnostics. ExpreS2 is regulatorily validated for clinical supply. The platform includes functionally modified glycosylation variants for enhanced immunogenicity and pharmacokinetics. Since 2010, the Company has produced more than 300 proteins and 40 virus-like particles (VLPs) in collaboration with leading research institutions and companies. Since 2017, ExpreS2ion develops novel VLP based vaccines through its joint venture AdaptVac ApS. For additional information, please visit www.expres2ionbio.com and www.adaptvac.com.
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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the Company. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. Arctic Securities AS and Translution Capital ApS is acting for ExpreS2ion in connection with the Offering and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than ExpreS2ion for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the Offering or any other matter referred to herein.
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This press release is not a prospectus for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 (the “Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. A prospectus, corresponding to an EU Growth Prospectus regarding the Offering described in this press release has been prepared and published by the Company. The prospectus will be passported to Denmark making it available for Danish investors.
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Information to distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in ExpreS2ion have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in ExpreS2ion may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in ExpreS2ion offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in ExpreS2ion is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Offering.
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