FlexQube announces its intention to carry out a directed issue of up to approximately 800,000 shares
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GOTHENBURG, 1 DECEMBER 2021
FlexQube AB (publ) (”FlexQube” or the ”Company”) (listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market, under the ticker FLEXQ) hereby announces its intentions to carry out a directed new issue of up to approximately 800,000 shares in the Company (the “Share Issue”). The Share Issue is conditional upon FlexQube’s Board of Directors resolving to issue new shares and that the board resolution is approved by a subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting. The Share Issue is intended to be directed at Swedish and international institutional investors. FlexQube has appointed Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) (“Carnegie”) as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner to explore the conditions to carry out the Share Issue through an accelerated book-building procedure.
The Board of Directors of FlexQube intends to resolve on the Share Issue conditional upon the approval of a subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting. If the Board decides on the Share Issue, the Company will publish a separate notice to an Extraordinary General Meeting, which is expected to be held on 20 December 2021. The subscription price and the total number of shares issued in the Share Issue will be determined through the accelerated book-building procedure which will commence immediately after the publication of this press release. Pricing and allocation are expected to take place before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 2 December 2021. The book-building procedure may be shortened or extended and may at any time be cancelled by the Company. The Company will announce the outcome in a subsequent press release after the book-building procedure has been completed.
The net proceeds from the Share Issue are intended to be used to finance the Company’s continued expansion to become a global robotics company, strengthen the Company’s sales and marketing capabilities and to scale the Company’s operations.
The Board of Directors has carefully considered alternative financing sources, hereunder the possibilities of raising capital through a rights issue rather than a directed share issue, and the board has concluded that it is in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders to complete the Share Issue. The reason for deviating from the shareholders' pre-emptive rights is to secure financing of the Company’s continued growth in the most time and cost-effective manner, to diversify the shareholder base and that conditions are not deemed to exist for carrying out a rights issue on favorable terms. The board of directors’ assessment is that the subscription price in the Share Issue will accurately reflect current market conditions and demand as it will be determined through an accelerated book-building procedure.
The Company will, subject to certain exemptions and the completion of the Share Issue, undertake, in favor of Carnegie, not to issue additional shares for a period of 180 calendar days from the settlement date of the Share Issue. In addition, the members of the Company’s Board of Directors as well as its management, subject to customary exemptions and the completion of the Share Issue, undertake, in favor of Carnegie, not to sell any shares in FlexQube for a period of 180 calendar days from the settlement date of the Share Issue. Carnegie may grant exemptions from these lockup periods.
Carnegie acts as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Share Issue. Baker & McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB acts as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the Share Issue.
For more information, please contact:
CEO, Anders Fogelberg
+46 702 86 06 74
CFO, Heidi Bader
+46 708 24 71 46
This information is such information FlexQube AB (publ) is obliged to make public in accordance with the (EU) Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was sent for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above on the 1st December 2021 at (17:31) CET.
FlexQube is a technology company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden with subsidiaries in USA, Mexico, Germany and England. FlexQube offers solutions for cart-based material handling using a patented modular concept. FlexQube develops and designs customized solutions for both robotic and mechanical cart logistics. Through the own developed and unique automation concept FlexQube can offer robust and self-driving robotic carts. FlexQube has more than 850 customers in 35 countries with primary markets being North America and Europe.
FlexQube’s customers can be found within the manufacturing industry, distribution- and warehousing. Some examples of major customers are Tesla, Amazon, Volvo Cars, Siemens, Autoliv, Scania, Oda and Mann+Hummel.
The share (FLEXQ) is traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. FNCA Sweden AB, telephone +46 8-528 00 399, is the Company’s Certified Adviser. Read more at www.flexqube.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 new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Share Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. Such information has not been independently verified by the Managers. 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. The Managers are acting for the Company in connection with the transaction and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the transaction or any other matter referred to herein.
This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor’s option with respect to the Share Issue. Each investor or prospective investor should conduct his, her or its own investigation, analysis and evaluation of the business and data described in this announcement and publicly available information. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
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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. FlexQube has not authorized any offer to the public of shares or rights in any member state of the EEA and no prospectus has been or will be prepared in connection with the Share Issue. In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation.
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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 FlexQube 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 “EU Target Market Assessment”). Solely for the purposes of each manufacturer's product approval process in the United Kingdom, the target market assessment in respect of the shares in the Company has led to the conclusion that: (i) the target market for such shares is only eligible counterparties, as defined in the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook, and professional clients, as defined in Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("UK MiFIR"); and (ii) all channels for distribution of such shares to eligible counterparties and professional clients are appropriate (the “UK Target Market Assessment” and, together with the EU Target Market Assessment, the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in FlexQube may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in FlexQube offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in FlexQube 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 Share Issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Managers will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II or UK MiFIR; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the shares in FlexQube.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in FlexQube and determining appropriate distribution channels.
This is a translation of the Swedish version of the press release. In case of discrepancies, the Swedish wording shall prevail.