Ovzon has completed a directed share issue and thereby raises approximately SEK 238 million
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INSIDE INFORMATION: The board of directors of Ovzon AB (publ) (“Ovzon” or the “Company”) has, in accordance with the announcement made in a press release earlier today, completed a directed issue of 4,660,988 shares corresponding to approximately SEK 238 million before deduction of costs related to the issue (the “Directed Share Issue”). The subscription price in the Directed Share Issue was set at 51 SEK per share and was determined through an accelerated book building procedure conducted by Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) (“Carnegie”) and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken ("SEB", and together with Carnegie, the “Joint Bookrunners”).
Summary of the Directed Share Issue
The board of directors of Ovzon has, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 13 April 2021, resolved on the Directed Share Issue.
- The Directed Share Issue encompasses a total of 4,660,988 new shares.
- The subscription price in the Directed Share Issue was set at 51 SEK per share and was determined through an accelerated book building procedure carried out by Carnegie and SEB.
- Through the Directed Share Issue, the Company will receive proceeds of approximately SEK 238 million before deduction of costs related to the Directed Share Issue.
- The Directed Share Issue entails a dilution of approximately 9.1 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company. Through the Directed Share Issue, the number of shares outstanding and votes increases by 4,660,988 from 46,609,888 to 51,270,876. The share capital increases by SEK 466,098.80 from SEK 4,660,988.80 to SEK 5,127,087.60.
- The Directed Share Issue was directed to selected Swedish and international institutional investors.
The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Directed Share Issue to the following:
- Based on, and to benefit of, the agreement for steerable beams on IS-37 and IS-39 with IntelSat:
- accelerate marketing of the global reach offering and invest in a stronger network of selling agents
- finance pilot projects, field tests and new application products to pave the way for future recurring orders on Ovzon 3
- Strengthen the Company’s financial position and increase financial flexibility, especially in light of the above initiatives and the short-term financial impact of the rescheduling of the launch of Ovzon 3
The board of directors’ assessment, based on the accelerated book building process executed by Carnegie and SEB, is that the Directed Share Issue, including the subscription price, was carried out at market terms. The reason for the deviation from the shareholder’s preferential rights was to allow the Company to raise capital in a time and cost-effective manner and with favourable conditions raise capital for the Company’s continued expansion, in line with the description of use of proceeds as set out above, as well as to diversify the shareholder base with Swedish and international investors.
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 calendar days after the settlement date in the Directed Share Issue. In addition, all members of the Company’s management and board of directors have agreed not to sell any shares in the Company for a period of 180 calendar days after the settlement date in the Directed Share Issue, subject to customary exceptions.
Carnegie and SEB are Joint Bookrunners and Baker McKenzie is legal adviser to the Company in connection with the Directed Share Issue.
This press release constitutes inside information that Ovzon AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was sent for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out below, at the time stated by the Company’s news distributor, Cision, at the publication of this press release.
For further information, please contact:
Per Norén, CEO
+1 206 931 7232
Johan Brandt, CFO
+46 703 69 33 00
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