Vitrolife intends to carry out a directed share issue
Vitrolife AB (publ) (“Vitrolife”) has mandated Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (“SEB”) to evaluate the conditions for carrying out a directed share issue corresponding to a value of approximately SEK 3.6 billion, through an accelerated book building procedure, based on the authorisation granted to the board of directors on the annual general meeting on 28 April 2021. The directed share issue is fully covered by subscription commitments from a number of current shareholders and new investors.
Proceeds received from the directed share issue will be used to partly finance the acquisition of Igenomix S.L.1 (“Igenomix”), which was communicated in a separate press release earlier today.
The book building procedure will start immediately after the publication of this press release. Pricing and allocation of the new shares in the directed share issue is expected to take place before start of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm on 9 July 2021. By establishing the subscription price in the directed share issue through an accelerated book building procedure, it is the assessment of the board of directors that the subscription price will accurately reflect current market conditions and demand. The exact timing of closing of the book building, pricing and allocation is at the discretion of Vitrolife and SEB and may be cancelled at any point in time. Vitrolife will announce the outcome of the directed share issue immediately after closing of the book building in a subsequent press release.
The reason for carrying out a directed share issue and deviating from shareholders’ preferential rights in the share issue is to enable the raising of capital in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
The directed share issue is fully covered by subscription commitments from Willam Demant Invest A/S, Bure Equity AB, Fjärde AP-fonden och AMF. William Demant Invest A/S has committed to subscribe for shares corresponding to a value of SEK 1,322m, Bure Equity AB to a value of SEK 203m, Fjärde AP-fonden to a value of SEK 1,017m, AMF to a value of SEK 1,017m, at a price of SEK 368.92 per share, which is equivalent to the subscription price of the issue in kind of shares in Vitrolife to the seller of Igenomix. The subscription commitments are not associated with any fee.
Vitrolife is an international medical device Group. Vitrolife develops, produces and markets products for assisted reproduction. Vitrolife has approximately 400 employees and the company’s products are sold in approximately 110 markets. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and there are also offices in Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and USA. The Vitrolife share is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm.
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This announcement is not a prospectus for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. Vitrolife has not authorized any offer to the public of shares or other securities in any member state of the EEA and no prospectus has been or will be prepared in connection with the share issues. In any EEA member state, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that member state within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation.
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Statements in this press release relating to any future status or circumstances, including statements regarding future performance, growth and other trend projections and other effects of the Rights Issue or the other matters described herein, are forward-looking statements. These statements may generally, but not always, be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “will”, “would” or similar expressions. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that could occur in the future. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to several factors, many of which are outside Vitrolife’s control. Any forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date on which the statements are made and Vitrolife has no obligation (and undertakes no obligation) to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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 new shares in the directed share issue (the “Issue Shares”) have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Issue 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 Issue Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Issue Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Issue 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, SEB 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 Issue Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Issue Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
 Mendel HoldCo
This disclosure contains information that Vitrolife AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU nr 596/2014). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person, on July 8 2021 at 5.33 pm CET.
Queries should be addressed to:
Thomas Axelsson, CEO, tel 46 31 721 80 01
Mikael Engblom, CFO, tel 46 31 721 80 14
This is a translation of the Swedish version of the press release. When in doubt, the Swedish wording prevails.
Vitrolife is an international medical device Group. Vitrolife develops, produces and markets medical devices for assisted reproduction.
Vitrolife has approximately 400 employees and the company's products are sold in about 110 markets. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and there are also offices in Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and USA. The Vitrolife share is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm.
Vitrolife AB (publ), Box 9080, SE-400 92 Göteborg, Sweden. Corporate identity number 556354-3452. Tel: 46 31 721 80 00. Fax: 46 31 721 80 99. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.vitrolife.com/