Surgical Science has completed a directed share issue of approximately SEK 322 million
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Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) (“Surgical Science” or the “Company”) has, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 6 May 2020, and in accordance with what the Company announced in a press release earlier today, successfully carried out a directed share issue of SEK 322 million at a subscription price of SEK 98.30 per share (the “Directed Share Issue”). The subscription price corresponds to a premium of approximately 1 percent to today’s closing price of SEK 97.40 per share and was determined through an accelerated book-building procedure. A number of new and existing Swedish and international institutional investors, including Aktia Asset Managent, Funds managed under the Lloyd Fonds brand, Handelsbanken Fonder, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, Nordea Asset Management, Swedbank Robur Fonder and TIN Fonder, have subscribed for shares in the Directed Share Issue. The net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue will primarily be used to finance the acquisition of Mimic Technologies Inc. (“Mimic” and the “Acquisition”) as announced by the Company earlier today. Furthermore, the board of directors of the Company has today resolved on a new issue of 169,800 shares directed to the major shareholder in Mimic, Jeff Berkley, pursuant to a commitment in the agreement for the Acquisition (the “Investment”).
The Directed Share Issue
The board of directors of the Company have, pursuant to the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 6 May 2020, resolved on the Directed Share Issue of 3,279,676 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 98.30 per share. Through the Directed Share Issue the Company will receive gross proceeds of approximately SEK 322 million before transaction related costs. The purpose of the Directed Share Issue and the reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights is to be able to carry out a capital raise in a timely and cost-effective manner in order to finance the Acquisition of Mimic, whilst also further diversifying and strengthening the Company’s shareholder base. The board of directors’ assessment is that the subscription price in the Directed Share Issue is in accordance with market conditions, since it has been determined through an accelerated book-building procedure.
The net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue will be used to finance: (i) the closing consideration in relation to the Acquisition of the Target and (ii) strategic corporate purposes.
“We are very pleased with and grateful for the confidence placed in us – from both our new and existing investors – during the financing discussions related to the acquisition of Mimic. This led us to the decision of raising capital in addition to that required for the initial closing consideration. There has never been as much dialogue as there is now on structural transactions within the medical simulation sector. We will continue working in line with our acquisition strategy – and we have a clear take on how the pieces of this puzzle align to best serve Surgical Science. These days there are few buyers but an increasing number of sellers. For us, as buyers, a strong cash-position and diversified shareholder base provides a strong basis for strategic acquisitions,” says Gisli Hennermark, CEO, Surgical Science.
The Directed Share Issue will entail a dilution of approximately 8.7 percent based on the number of shares and votes in the Company after the Directed Share Issue. The number of shares and votes outstanding in the Company will increase by 3,279,676 from 34,494,760 to 37,774,436. The share capital will increase by SEK 163,983.87 from SEK 1,724,738.74 to SEK 1,888,722.61.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Company has, subject to customary exceptions, agreed to a lock-up undertaking on future share issuances for a period of 90 days following completion of the Directed Share Issue. Members of the Company’s board of directors, management and the existing shareholders Marknadspotential AB, Semelin Kapitalförvaltning AB and Landsnora Software AB have, subject to customary exceptions, agreed to not sell their shares in the Company for a period of 90 days following completion of the Directed Share Issue.
Pursuant to and as an integral part of the Acquisition, the Company and Mimic’s major shareholder, Jeff Berkley, have agreed that Jeff Berkley shall receive an amount of SEK 16,691,340 of the initial purchase price (the “Investment Amount”) in shares in the Company. For technical reasons, as the Acquisition is structured as a merger, this will be carried out by way of a cash re-investment by Jeff Berkley by acquiring shares in the Company. Subsequently, the board of directors of the Company have, pursuant to the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 6 May 2020, resolved to issue 169,800 shares (the “Investment Issue”) corresponding to the Investment Amount. The subscription price of SEK 98.30 in the Investment Issue corresponds to the subscription price of the Directed Share Issue and the Investment Amount.
The shares pertaining to the Investment Issue will be subject to a lock-up undertaking by Jeff Berkley for a period of three (3) years with one third (1/3) of the shares being partially released each year.
Together with the Directed Share Issue, the Investment Issue will entail a dilution of approximately 9.1 percent based on the number of shares and votes in the Company after both issues. The number of shares and votes outstanding in the Company will increase by 3,449,476 from 34,494,760 to 37,944,236. The share capital will increase by SEK 172,473.87 from SEK 1,724,738.74 to SEK 1,897,212.61.
Pareto Securities AB has acted as Sole Manager and Bookrunner. Advokatfirman Vinge has acted as legal adviser to the Company and Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB has acted as legal adviser to Pareto Securities AB in connection with the Directed Share Issue.
Gothenburg, 20 January 2021
Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ)
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About Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ)
One of the biggest challenges within healthcare globally is how injuries during care can be reduced. Education and training are key, as a large part of the training today can be performed outside the operating room. Surgical Science is a world leader in the manufacture of virtual reality simulators for evidence-based laparoscopic and endoscopic training. The simulators enable surgeons and other medical specialists to train and improve their psychomotor skills and instrument handling before entering the operating room. In parallel with its own products, Surgical Science works with simulation solutions for medical technology companies that develop surgical instruments for clinical use, such as robotic surgery.
Surgical Science is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and present in Stockholm, Sweden. Through sales offices in the US, France, China and UAE as well as a global network of distributors, Surgical Science maintains a presence in most markets around the world. Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) is traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Certified Adviser is Erik Penser Bank (Telephone: 08-463 83 00; E-mail: email@example.com).
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