Smart Eye announces intention to carry out a directed share issue of approximately 1.5 million shares
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Smart Eye AB (Smart Eye AB (publ) (“Smart Eye” or the “Company”) today announces its intention to, based on the board authorization given by the Annual General Meeting on 8 May 2020, execute a share issue of approximately 1.5 million shares (corresponding to approximately 10 per cent of the total number of outstanding shares and votes in the Company) directed to institutional investors (the “Issue”). The Company has retained Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Issue. The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure (the “Bookbuilding”).
The Bookbuilding will commence immediately following the announcement of this press release. Pricing and allocation of the new shares are expected to take place before the trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market begins at 09:00 CEST on 6 October 2020. The timing of the closing of the Bookbuilding, pricing and allocation are at the discretion of the Company, which may also at any time decide to suspend, shorten or extend as well as to refrain in whole or in part from carrying out the Issue. The company will announce the outcome of the Issue in a press release after the closing of the Bookbuilding.
The market for Automotive Solutions remains strong, largely as a result of additional regulatory and legislative activities. The Company remains a leader in the global competition for design wins relating to eye-tracking software, which are no longer confined to premium cars but increasingly moving toward the mass market with imminent high-volume models. This is manifested in a large number of design wins won during the past year. Several new procurement processes are underway in Asia, Europe and North America and are expected to be determined over the coming two years. Smart Eye expects to defend its market-leading position. In order to fully capitalise on new and expected design wins, maintain the Company's leading position and maximize its long-term growth potential in all business areas, Smart Eye sees a need to invest further in the business.
The reason for deviating from the shareholders’ preferential right is to ensure the most time and cost-effective financing as possible of the continued scale-up of the business, so that the Company can cover its financing needs until the obtained and potentially additional customers begin to generate sufficient large revenues to cover the Company's costs. As the subscription price in the Issue is determined through a bookbuilding procedure, it is the Board of Directors’ assessment that the subscription price will reflect current market conditions and demand.
In connection with the Share Issue, the members of the Board and certain members of the management team[i], of which several are large shareholders in Smart Eye, have undertaken to, subject to certain exceptions, not sell shares in Smart Eye for a period of 180 calendar days after the settlement date. Furthermore, the Company has agreed to a commitment, with customary exceptions, not to carry out any additional issuances for a period of 180 calendar days after the settlement date.
In conjunction with the Issue, the Company has engaged Carnegie Investment Bank as Sole Bookrunner and Advokatfirman Vinge as legal adviser.
For further information, please contact
Martin Krantz, CEO Smart Eye AB
Phone: +46 70-329 26 98
Anders Lyrheden, CFO Smart Eye AB
Phone: +46 70-320 96 95
About Smart Eye
For over 20 years Smart Eye has developed artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of eye tracking technology that understands, supports and predicts a person’s intentions and actions. By carefully studying eye, facial and head movement, our technology can draw conclusions about a person’s awareness and mental state. Our eye tracking technology is used in the next generation of cars, commercial vehicles and providing new insights for research within aerospace, aviation, neuroscience and more. Smart Eye’s solutions are used around the world by more than 700 partners and customers, including the US Air Force, NASA, BMW, Lockheed Martin, Audi, Boeing, Volvo and GM.
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This is information that Smart Eye 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, on 5 October 2020 at 17:31 CEST.
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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 Smart Eye 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 Smart Eye may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Smart Eye offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Smart Eye 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.
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 Smart Eye.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in Smart Eye and determining appropriate distribution channels.
[i] Martin Krantz, CEO and Anders Lyrheden, CFO