Acarix carries out a rights issue of approximately SEK 51.8 million to finance an increased market expansion
Malmö, 25 September 2019
Acarix carries out a rights issue of approximately SEK 51.8 million to finance an increased market expansion
The board of directors of Acarix AB ("Acarix" or the "Company") has today, pursuant to the authorization granted by the extra general meeting on 16 August 2019, resolved to carry out a new share issue of a maximum of 34,541,064 shares with preferential rights for the Company's existing shareholders at a subscription price of SEK 1.50 per share, which may provide the Company with approximately SEK 51.8 million before deduction of transaction costs (the "Rights Issue").
Acarix has received subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments from external investors totaling approximately SEK 43 million (approximately 83 percent of the Rights Issue), of which approximately SEK 10 million is attributable to subscription undertakings through transferred subscription rights and approximately SEK 33 million is attributable to guarantee commitments. The amount from SEK 43 million up to approximately SEK 51.8 million in the Rights Issue is therefore not covered by guarantee undertakings. The Rights Issue is carried out for purposes of financing an increased market expansion in Europe until sales volume has increased.
Summary of the Rights Issue
- Size of the Rights Issue and transaction costs: The Rights Issue comprise a maximum of 34,541,064 shares. At full subscription in the Rights Issue, Acarix will receive approximately SEK 51.8 million before deduction of transaction costs, which are expected to amount to approximately SEK 9 million, including costs for guarantees, corresponding to net proceeds amounting to approximately SEK 42.8 million.
- Subscription price: The subscription price in the Rights Issue amounts to SEK 1.50 SEK per share. The subscription price corresponds to a discount of approximately 40,6 percent compared with the theoretical price after separation of subscription rights, based on the closing price of the Acarix share on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market on 24 September 2019.
- Subscription and guarantee undertakings: Acarix has received subscription undertakings of approximately SEK 10 million (through transfer of subscription rights) and guarantee commitments of approximately SEK 33 million, which together corresponds to approximately 83 percent of the Rights Issue. The subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments have been provided by a consortium of external investors. The guarantee consists of one so called bottom guarantee which covers the amount from SEK 10 million to approximately SEK 40 million in the Rights Issue and one so called top guarantee for an amount of approximately SEK 3 million which covers the amount from approximately SEK 40 million to SEK 43 million in the Rights Issue. The amount from SEK 43 million up to approximately SEK 51.8 million of the Rights Issue is therefore not covered by guarantees.
- Record Date: Holders of shares, which on the record date of 4 October 2019 are entered in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB for Acarix, have the right to, with preferential right, subscribe for new shares in the Rights Issue in relation to the holders' existing holdings of shares. One (1) existing share held at the record date entitles the holder to three (3) subscription rights. Two (2) subscription rights entitles the holder to subscribe for one (1) new share.
The last day of trading in the Company's shares on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market with right to participate in the Rights Issue is on 2 October 2019. The First day of trading in the Company's shares on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market without right to participate in the Rights Issue is on 3 October 2019.
The public also has the possibility to notify interest to subscribe for shares in the Rights Issue.
- Subscription period: Subscription of shares with subscription rights shall be made during the period from 9 October 2019 until 25 October 2019.
- Trading in subscription rights: Trading in subscription rights will take place on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market during the period from 9 October until 23 October 2019.
- Trading in BTA: Trading in interim shares ("BTA") will take place on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market during the period from 9 October 2019 until the Rights Issue has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the BTAs has been converted to shares, which is expected to take place during week 47 (November 18 – 24), 2019.
- Allotment principles: Shares subscribed for without subscription rights will be allotted to, firstly, persons subscribing for shares with subscription rights, secondly, other persons who have subscribed for shares without subscription rights and thirdly, guarantors.
"With a firm base in strong clinical data and a first loyal appreciating customer base we are entering into a phase, where we will focus on a number of areas to expedite the use of the CADScor®System. Therefore we are carrying out the Rights Issue to focus on development of both current and new market. Our vision for the CADScor®System is to achieve a change of paradigm in the exclusion of coronary heart diseases; swiftly, exactly, safely, non-invasive and without radiation at the first care event. It is also positive for us with respect to England and for the rest of the European market that National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in Great Britain has assessed the CADScor® technology as promising for determination of patients with suspected coronary heart diseases. With these pieces in place, I am in eager anticipation of the future. We have all prerequisites to create a profitable, cost effective and successful business within the health care", says Per Persson, CEO Acarix AB.
Background and reason
Acarix is Swedish med-tech company developing and commercializing diagnostic tests for coronary heart diseases. The Company's main focus is to establish CADScor®System, a hand held device which in approximately ten minutes immediately can exclude significant coronary heart diseases with patients and thereby promote correct additional treatment. Acarix is in an early commercial stage with the CADScor®System which is CE marked since 2015 and the first commercial sale occurred in mid-2017.
A new management team was assigned in late 2018, which started to lay down a new strategy in order to secure the commercial establishment of the CADScor®System in Europe. The implementation of the new business plan means that Acarix will focus mainly on market expansion in Europe, with a focus on increasing the market penetration in Germany and in the Nordics, where sales has already commenced. At the same time, work is ongoing with obtaining an approval for the US market, both in terms of the regulatory process with the FDA and the work with business models and key opinion leaders.
The goal is to establish CADScor®System as a standard tool for general practitioners and specialists for exclusion of coronary artery disease at the first patient meeting. In addition, Acarix is working on having CADScor®System included in national health guidelines for diagnosing coronary artery diseases, but also in national reimbursement systems through medical insurances, which would significantly widen the market segment.
The board of directors is of the opinion that the proceeds from the Rights Issue, provided that it is fully subscribed, will cover the Company's working capital needs until the end of 2020. The proceeds from the Rights Issue, after deduction of transaction costs, is intended to be distributed over the four following areas:
- Market expansion in Europe (approximately 40 percent;
- FDA approval and establishment on the US market (approximately 25 percent);
- Clinical studies (approximately 30 percent); and
- Further product development of the CADScor®System (approximately 5 percent).
The Rights Issue
The board of directors of Acarix has today, pursuant to the authorization granted by the extra general meeting on 16 August 2019, resolved to carry out a new share issue of no more than 34,541,064 shares with preferential rights for the Company's existing shareholders at a subscription price of SEK 1.50, which may provide the Company with approximately SEK 51.8 million before deduction of transaction costs. The subscription price of SEK 1.50 SEK per share corresponds to a discount of approximately 40,6 percent compared with the theoretical price after separation of subscription rights, based on closing price of the Acarix share on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market on 24 September 2019. Costs related to the Rights Issue is expected to amount to approximately SEK 9 million, including costs related to the guarantors.
Holders' of shares, which on the record date of 4 October 2019 are entered in the share register held by Euroclear Sweden AB for Acarix, have the right to, with preferential right, subscribe for new shares in the Rights Issue in relation to the holders' existing holdings of shares. One (1) existing share held at the record date on 4 October 2019 entitles the holder to three (3) subscription rights. Two (2) subscription rights entitles the holder to subscribe for one (1) new share.
If all of the new shares are not subscribed for with subscription rights, the board will decide on allotment of new shares subscribed for without subscription rights. Allotment will then be made firstly to persons who have applied for subscription without subscription rights and who have subscribed for shares with subscription rights, regardless of whether or not the subscriber was a shareholder on the record date, and in case of oversubscription, allocation shall be made in relation to the total number of shares allotted through exercise of subscription rights, and to the extent that this is not possible, by drawing of lots. Secondly, allocation shall be made to other persons who have applied for subscription without subscription rights, and in the case of oversubscription, pro rata to the new number of shares subscribed for in the application form, and to the extent that this is not possible, by drawing of lots. Finally, allotment of the remaining shares shall be made to the investors who have provided guarantees and in accordance with the conditions of their respective guarantee.
The last day of trading in the Company's shares with right to participate in the Rights Issue is 2 October 2019. The first day of trading in the Company's shares without right to participate in the Rights Issue is on 3 October 2019.
Subscription of shares with subscription rights shall be made during the period from 9 October 2019 until 25 October 2019. The board of directors are entitled to extend the subscription period and time for payment, which shall be made no later than the last day in the subscription period and be announced be the Company.
Trading in subscription rights will take place on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market during the period from 9 October until 23 October 2019. Shareholders shall contact their bank or other authorized nominee in order to buy and sell subscription rights. Subscription rights acquired during the above-mentioned trading period give, during the subscription period, the same right to subscribe for new shares that the subscription rights shareholders receive based on their holdings in the Company on the record date.
Trading in BTAs will take place on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market during the period from 9 October 2019 until the Rights Issue has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the BTAs has been converted to shares, which is expected to take place during week 47 2019.
At full subscription in the Rights Issue, the Company's share capital will, through the issuance of no more than 34,541,064 shares, increase by no more than SEK 34,541,064, to a total of SEK 57,568,440, and the number of shares and votes will increase from 23,027,376 shares to a total of 57,568,440 shares. A dilution effect of a maximum of 60 percent of the capital and votes will arise for shareholders who do not subscribe for new shares in the Rights Issue. However, shareholders may compensate for the financial dilution effect by selling their subscription rights.
Subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments
Acarix has received subscription undertakings of approximately SEK 10 million and guarantee commitments of approximately SEK 33 million, which together corresponds to approximately 83 percent of the Rights Issue. The subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments has been provided by a consortium of external investors. The guarantee part consists of one so called bottom guarantee which covers the amount from SEK 10 million to approximately SEK 40 million in the Rights Issue and one so called top guarantee for an amount of approximately SEK 3 million which covers the amount from approximately SEK 43 million to SEK 43 million in the Rights Issue. The amount from SEK 43 million up to approximately SEK 51.8 million of the Rights Issue is therefore not covered by guarantees.
Certain principal shareholders in the Company, Sunstone LSV Fund II K/S, SEED Capital DK II K/S and Coloplast A/S, who together hold approximately 48.55 percent of the shares and votes in the Company, has undertaken towards Redeye, not to transfer their shares in the Company, during a period of twelve months as of 25 September 2019, with certain customary exemptions.
The full terms and conditions of the Rights Issue and information about the Company will be included in an EU growth prospectus expected to be published on the Company's website around 27 September 2019.
Preliminary time table for the Rights Issue
|Last day of trading in the Company's shares with right to participate in the Rights Issue||2 October 2019|
|First day of trading in the Company's shares without right to participate in the Rights Issue||3 October 2019|
|Record date for participation in the Rights Issue||4 October 2019|
|EU growth prospectus published on the Company's website||Around 27 September 2019|
|Subscription period in the Rights Issue||9 – 25 October 2019|
|Trading in subscription rights||9 – 23 October 2019|
|Trading in BTAs||9 October 2019 – week 47|
|Announcement of the outcome of the Rights Issue||Around 29 October 2019|
Invitation to investment meetings will be provided separately and also presented on Acarix' and Redeye's websites.
Redeye Aktiebolag is acting as financial adviser and Baker & McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB is acting as legal adviser to Acarix in connection with the Rights Issue. Hagberg & Aneborn Fondkommission AB is acting as issuing agent.
Contact persons for further information
Per Persson, CEO, e-mail: email@example.com, tel: +46 736 005 990
Christian Lindholm, CFO, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +46 705 118 333
Wildeco Ekonomisk Information AB (+46 8 545 271 00, email@example.com) is the Company's Certified Adviser.
This information disclosed by Acarix AB constitutes inside information as defined in the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person above, at 25 September 2019 CET on 08.30 2019.
Acarix was established in 2009 and is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier. Acarix's CADScor®System uses an advanced sensor placed on the skin above the heart to listen to the sounds of cardiac contraction movement and turbulent flow. It has been designed to be an all-in-one system in the sense that the heart signal will be recorded, processed, and displayed as a patient specific score, the CAD-score, on the device screen. Readings are obtained in less than 8 minutes. Safe and suitable for use in both out- and inpatient settings, the CADScor®System thus has the potential to play a major role in patient triage, avoiding the need for many patients to undergo stressful invasive diagnostic procedures. See more at www.acarix.com.
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