Midsona completes a directed new share issue of 7,496,252 class B shares, raising approximately SEK 500 million

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Midsona AB (publ) (“Midsona” or the “Company”) has, in accordance with the Company’s press release earlier today and based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 5 May 2021, resolved on a directed new share issue of 7,496,252 new class B shares at a subscription price of SEK 66.70 per share (the “Transaction”), corresponding to a discount of approximately five percent in relation to the closing price for the Company’s share on 24 August 2021. Through the Transaction, the Company will raise approximately SEK 500 million before issue costs. The subscription price in the Transaction has been determined through an accelerated bookbuilding process performed by Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial (“Danske Bank”). The Transaction was oversubscribed and a large number of Swedish and international institutional investors, including the largest shareholder Stena Adactum AB and other larger shareholders in Midsona, participated in the Transaction.

Peter Åsberg, President and CEO of Midsona

“We are very pleased to successfully carry out this new share issue and to see the great interest and participation from well reputed institutional investors, including Stena Adactum. Midsona has played a significant role in consolidating the Nordic market. With the capital provided, we are further strengthening our opportunities to make favorable acquisitions and to continue being a driving force in the consolidation of other European markets.”

The Transaction

The board of directors of Midsona has, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 5 May 2021, and in accordance with the Company’s press release earlier today, resolved on a directed new share issue of class B shares. The directed new share issue encompasses a total of 7,496,252 new class B shares. The subscription price in the directed new share issue was set at SEK 66.70 per share, and was determined through an accelerated bookbuilding process led by Danske Bank.

The Transaction generated a large interest and has been carried out to selected Swedish and international institutional investors. Through the Transaction, the Company will raise approximately SEK 500 million before issue costs. The Company intends to mainly use the proceeds from the Transaction to strengthen the Company’s financial position to increase the Company’s financial flexibility to act on identified acquisition opportunities.

The Company’s board of directors’ assessment, based on the accelerated book building process executed by Danske Bank, is that the Transaction was carried out on market terms. The reason for deviating from the shareholders’ preferential rights in the Transaction was to secure the most time- and cost-effective capital raising possible, with the purpose of financing further value creating acquisitions.

Through the Transaction, the total number of shares in the Company will increase by 7,496,252 class B shares, from 65,217,788 shares to 72,714,040 shares, whereof 71,958,220 are class B shares and 755,820 are class A shares. The total number of votes will increase by 7,496,252 votes, from 72,020,168 votes to 79,516,420 votes. The share capital will increase with SEK 37,481,260, from SEK 326,088,940 to SEK 363,570,200. The Transaction entails a dilutive effect for existing shareholders of approximately 10.3 percent of the capital and 9.4 percent of the votes based on the total number of shares and votes in the Company after the Transaction.

The Company has, in conjunction with the Transaction, agreed to, with customary exceptions and given that the Transaction is executed, not to carry out any additional issues of shares during a period of 90 calendar days from the settlement day. In addition, persons in the Company’s board of directors and management have agreed to, with customary exceptions and given that the Transaction is executed, not to sell any shares in the Company for a period of 90 calendar days from the settlement day. In addition, Stena Adactum has agreed to, with customary exceptions and given that the Transaction is executed, not to sell any shares in the Company for a period of 90 calendar days from the settlement day.

Advisors

Danske Bank is Sole Global Coordinator in the Transaction. Advokatfirman Schjødt is legal advisor to Danske Bank.

For further information, please contact

Peter Åsberg, CEO and president

Mobile:           +46 730 26 16 32

E-mail:           peter.asberg@midsona.com

Max Bokander, CFO

Mobile:           +46 708 65 13 64

E-mail:           max.bokander@midsona.com

This is information of the type that Midsona AB is obligated to make public in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication through the agency of Peter Åsberg on August 24, 2021, at 23:45 CEST.

About Midsona AB

Midsona develops and markets strong brands within health and well-being, with products that help people live a healthier and more sustainable life, with an increased understanding of the origin of the raw material and with transparency as to the content.  The Midsona share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, Mid Cap. For more information www.midsona.com/en

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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 Midsona 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 Midsona may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Midsona’s offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Midsona 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 new share issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Sole Global Coordinator 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 (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 Midsona.

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in Midsona and determining appropriate distribution channels.

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