CELLINK AB (”CELLINK” or “the Company”) today announces that the Company intends to carry out a directed new share issue, pursuant to an authorization granted by the shareholders' meeting, comprising of Class B shares (the “Directed Issue”) to reputable institutional investors. The Company has appointed Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) (“Carnegie”) as Sole Bookrunner and Lead Manager in relation to the Directed Issue. CELLINK's Board of Directors has also resolved, subject to, inter alia, market conditions, to work for a listing of the Company's Class B shares on Nasdaq Stockholm's main market within 12 months of the completion of the Directed Issue.
The Directed Issue in short
The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Direct Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, but the number of new shares will not exceed 10 percent of the currently issued and outstanding number of shares in the Company (i.e. not amount to more than 756 676 shares).
Bookbuilding will start immediately. Pricing and allocation of the new shares is expected to take place before beginning of trading on Nasdaq First North at 09:00 CET on 5 June, 2018. The Company will announce the outcome of the Directed Issue after closing of the bookbuilding in a subsequent press release.
The net proceeds of the Directed Issue are intended to be used for i) pursue acquisitions in line with the Company’s growth strategy ii) continue global expansion iii) organizational scale-up and iv) continue to develop the Company’s product portfolio.
The current owners Carl Bennet AB, Claes Dinkelspiel and Handelsbanken Fonder are supportive of the capital raising and will participate in the Directed Issue.
The reasons for the deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights is to raise capital in a time efficient way at attractive terms in order to support a continued expansion and development of the Company’s operations. In addition, the deviation enables the Company to diversify the shareholder base with reputable institutional investors, which is expected to improve the potential for greater liquidity in the share. The Board of Directors’ assessment is that the subscription price in the Directed Issue will be in accordance with market conditions, since it will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure.
The Directed Issue is, among other things, subject to a resolution by the Board of Directors of Cellink, pursuant to the issue authorization given by the most recent annual general meeting held 14 December 2017 to issue new shares, following the close of the bookbuilding procedure, and the Board of Directors may choose to terminate the bookbuilding procedure and refrain from continuing with the Directed Issue.
In order to facilitate the delivery of shares in the Directed Issue, Erik Gatenholm and Hector Martinez will jointly lend shares of Class B to Carnegie. The shares will be returned after the Directed Issue has been registered at Swedish Companies Registration Office. In connection with the Directed Issue, Senior Executives and the Board of Directors have undertaken not to sell their respective shareholdings during a 180 day lock-up period.
Intention to list the Company's Class B shares on Nasdaq Stockholm's main market
CELLINK's Board of Directors has also resolved, subject to, inter alia, market conditions, to work for a listing of the Company's Class B shares on Nasdaq Stockholm's main market within 12 months of the completion of the Directed Issue.
Carnegie is Sole Bookrunner and Lead Manager in relation to the Directed Issue. Advokatfirman Vinge is legal advisor to CELLINK and Baker McKenzie is legal advisor to Carnegie.
For further information, please contact:
Erik Gatenholm, CEO Gusten Danielsson, CFO
Telephone: +46 73 267 00 00 Telephone: +46 70 991 86 04
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This information is information that CELLINK AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 17.31 CET on 4 June 2018.
CELLINK has created one of the world's first universal Bioinks, today used by many of the world's most well-reputed research institutions. A Bioink can be mixed with living cells to print functional human tissues and if future research is successful, eventually, complete human organs in so-called 3D-Bioprinters. CELLINK's universal Bioink shows excellent results and can be used in both CELLINK's proprietary 3D Bioprinters and in 3D Bioprinters developed by other operators. CELLINK is listed at Nasdaq First North under the ticker CLNK and Erik Penser Bank AB, tel: +46 8 463 80 00, is the Company's Certified Adviser.
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Any investment decision in connection with the Directed Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. Such information has not been independently verified by Carnegie. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness.
This press release does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold within the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There is no intention to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to make a public offering of the securities in the United States. The information in this press release may not be announced, published, copied, reproduced or distributed, directly or indirectly, , in whole or in part, within or into Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zeeland, Singapore, South Africa, the United States, or in any other jurisdiction where such announcement, publication or distribution of the information would not comply with applicable laws and regulations or where such actions are subject to legal restrictions or would require additional registration or other measures than what is required under Swedish law. Actions taken in violation of this instruction may constitute a crime against applicable securities laws and regulations.
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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 CELLINK 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 CELLINK may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in CELLINK offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in CELLINK 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 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 CELLINK.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in CELLINK and determining appropriate distribution channels.