Intervacc has carried out a directed issue of approximately 6.5 million shares, raising gross proceeds of approximately SEK 147 million
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Stockholm 16 June 2020
Intervacc AB (publ) (”Intervacc” or the ”Company”) (Nasdaq First North Growth Market: IVACC) hereby announces that the Company has successfully completed a directed issue of 6,537,973 shares, at a subscription price of SEK 22.50 per share (the “Directed Share Issue”). Through the Directed Share Issue, Intervacc will raise gross proceeds of approximately SEK 147 million.
Summary of the Directed Share Issue
The Board of Directors of Intervacc has, in accordance with the authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting on 11 June 2020, and as indicated in the press release of the Company earlier today, resolved on a directed issue of 6,537,973 shares at a subscription price of SEK 22.50 per share, consequently raising gross proceeds of approximately SEK 147 million. The subscription price in the Directed Share Issue has been determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, and it is the assessment of the Board of Directors that the subscription price accurately reflects current market conditions and demand.
The subscription price of SEK 22.50 per share corresponds to a discount of approximately 4.5 percent in relation to the closing price on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 16 June 2020. A number of existing and new shareholders participated in the Directed Share Issue, including Swedbank Robur, Fjärde AP-fonden, Handelsbanken Fonder, Länsförsäkringar Fonder, Aktie-Ansvar and funds managed by Aktia Asset Management.
The reason for deviating from the shareholders’ preferential right is to carry out a capital raise for the development of ongoing projects in a time and cost-efficient manner. Moreover, the Company will further diversify the shareholder base with Swedish and international institutional investors.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue to:
- prepare for commercialization of Strangvac®, including regulatory process with the USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture), technology transfer to the US, and regulatory processes in selected other markets outside the US and EMA jurisdictions;
- advance pre-clinical vaccine projects to next stage; and
- continue to build and strengthen the organization to support the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.
The Directed Share Issue entails a dilution of approximately 13.0 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company calculated after the Directed Share Issue. Through the Directed Share Issue, the number of outstanding shares and votes will increase by 6,537,973, from 43,586,490 to 50,124,463. The share capital will increase by approximately SEK 13,075,946.88, from approximately SEK 87,172,985.89 to approximately SEK 100,248,932.77.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Company has undertaken, subject to customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of 180 days after the settlement date of the Directed Share Issue. In addition, the Company’s largest shareholder Thomas Eklund, currently holding approximately 6.7 percent of the shares and votes in Intervacc, members of the Board of Directors of Intervacc and management representatives of Intervacc have undertaken, subject to customary exceptions, not to sell any shares in Intervacc for a period of 90 days after the settlement date of the Directed Share Issue.
Carnegie Investment Bank acted as Sole Global Coordinator and Bookrunner in connection with the Directed Share Issue. Cirio Advokatbyrå acted as legal adviser to the Company in connection with the Directed Share Issue.
For more information please contact:
Andreas Andersson, CEO
Phone: +46 (0)8 120 10 601, Cell: +46 (0)73 335 99 70
This information is information that Intervacc 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 23.40 CEST on 16 June 2020.
Intervacc AB (publ) is a company within the biotechnology sector. The Company´s main area is to develop modern sub-unit vaccines against economically important bacterial infections, within animal health. The Company´s vaccine candidates are based on several years of research at Karolinska Institutet and Swedish University of Agricultural Research where the foundation was laid for the Company´s research and development work. The Intervacc share has been listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market since April 2017 with Eminova Fondkommission AB, email@example.com, +46 (0)8–684 211 10 as Certified Adviser.
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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 Intervacc have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the 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 may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares 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 Directed Share Issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Sole Bookrunner will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
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A modern vaccine against equine strangles.
 The European Medicines Agency. The centralized marketing authorization is valid in all of the EU member states, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
 Excluding 35,925 shares to be issued for the purpose of exercise of employee stock options and warrants under the employee stock option program 2017/2020:1 and incentive program 2017/2020:2, but which have not yet been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office.