FluoGuide has completed a directed share issue raising approximately SEK 25 million
March 10, 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark, 10 March 2022 – FluoGuide A/S (publ) a developer of surgical precision solutions within oncology (“FluoGuide” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq First North Growth Market: FLUO) hereby announces that the Company has successfully completed a directed share issue raising approximately SEK 25 million in gross proceeds (the “Directed Share Issue”). The Directed Share Issue was subscribed by a number of Swedish and international institutional investors, which included, among others A/S Arbejdernes Landsbank, Linc AB, OP Fund Management-Nordic Micro Cap Fund and Eastbridge.
The board of directors of FluoGuide has, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 9 February 2021, and as indicated in the Company’s press release at 17:31 CET earlier today, resolved to increase the share capital without pre-emptive subscription rights for the Company’s existing shareholders with nominal DKK 49,500 corresponding to 495,000 new shares of nominal DKK 0.1 each at a subscription price of SEK 50.50 per share. The Company will receive gross proceeds of SEK 24,997,500 from the Directed Share Issue.
The subscription price in the Directed Share Issue has been determined by way of an accelerated bookbuilding procedure. The Directed Share Issue was subscribed by domestic and international institutional investors, with support from certain existing large shareholders.
Morten Albrechtsen, CEO of FluoGuide comments: “We are very pleased with the support from current and new institutional investors for this transaction. This transaction is very important for FluoGuide giving flexibility which is essential in the current highly uncertain market”
The net proceeds of the Directed Share Issue are intended to co-finance a phase II study in less aggressive brain cancers (meningioma and low grade glioma) and provide flexibility post the two phase II results for using FG001 to guide surgery of high grade glioma and lung cancer. The phase III program for FG001 in brain cancer is planned to be initiated in 2023.
By establishing the subscription price in the Directed Share Issue through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, it is the assessment of the board of directors that the subscription price accurately reflects current market conditions and demand. The board of directors believes that using the flexibility provided by the Directed Share Issue, instead of a rights issue, is the most appropriate alternative for the Company at this time, allowing it to raise capital in a timely and cost-effective manner, thus enabling the Company to accelerate the ongoing clinical studies. Further the Directed Share Issue reduces the exposure to volatility in the market and gives the Company access to professional investors, thereby diversifying the shareholder base. Accordingly, the board of directors believes that the Directed Share Issue is in the best interest of both the Company and its shareholders.
Through the Directed Share Issue, the Company’s share capital will increase by nominal DKK 49,500 from DKK 1,131,950 to DKK 1,181,450, by issuance of new shares, of nominal DKK 0.1 each. The new shares will rank pari passu and have the same rights attached as all other existing shares in the Company and will confer a right on dividends and other shareholder rights from the date of registration of the capital increase with the Danish Business Authority. The Directed Share Issue results in a dilution of approximately 4.2% percent of the capital and votes for existing shareholders based on the total number of shares and votes in the Company after the Directed Share Issue. It is expected that the new shares will be delivered in the Euroclear system to investors in the Directed Share Issue on or about 18 March 2022.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Company, Morten Albrechtsen (through Wexotec ApS) and Andreas Kjaer (through Life Science ApS), have agreed pursuant to a lock-up undertaking, subject to customary exceptions, not to issue or sell additional shares for a period of 90 days following settlement of the Directed Share Issue.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, Wexotec ApS have agreed to lend 185,688 shares to ABG Sundal Collier AB in order to facilitate delivery of the shares. The shares will be returned in connection with the Directed Share Issue being registered with the Danish Business Authority.
ABG Sundal Collier acted as Sole Bookrunner in the transaction. Mazanti-Andersen acted as legal adviser to FluoGuide.
For more information contact:
Morten Albrechtsen, CEO
+45 24 25 62 66
Henrik Moltke, CFO
+45 22 44 54 04
Svensk Kapitalmarknadsgranskning AB
+46 70 755 95 51
Online investor call on Monday, March 14, at 11:00 am CEST
FluoGuide invites investors to attend an online investor conference call on Monday, March 14, 2022, at 11:00 am.
CEO Morten Albrechtsen and CFO Henrik Moltke will be presenting the outcome of the Directed Share Issue and how it positions the company for future development.
To register for the online presentation, please register at: www.ir.live/fluoguide
To call in via phone, please, use the following details:
Attendee Dial-in Number: +1 (312) 248-9348
Attendee Dial-in ID Number: 085634
Attendee Dial-in Passcode: 6917
FluoGuide’s primary focus is to maximize surgical outcomes in oncology. The Company’s lead product, FG001, is designed to improve surgical precision by illuminating cancer cells intraoperatively. The improved precision enabled by FluoGuide’s products has a dual benefit – it reduces both the frequency of local recurrence post-surgery and lessens surgical sequelae. Ultimately, the improved precision will improve a patient’s chance of achieving a complete cure and will lower system-wide healthcare costs. The Company is has demonstrated early evidence of efficacy of F001 as well as it to be well tolerated and safe in the ongoing proof-of-concept clinical study (phase I/II) in patients with high grade glioma undergoing surgery. FluoGuide is listed on Nasdaq First North Sweden under the ticker “FLUO”.
EU Market Abuse Regulation
This is information that FluoGuide A/S (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, at 20.55 CEST on 10 March 2022.
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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Directed Share Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. 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 announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor’s option with respect to the Directed Share Issue. Each investor or prospective investor should conduct his, her or its own investigation, analysis and evaluation of the business and data described in this announcement and publicly available information. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
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This press release is not a prospectus for the purposes of Regulation 2017/1129 of the European parliament and of the council (the “Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. FluoGuide has not authorized any offer to the public of shares or other securities in the United Kingdom or any member state of the EEA and no prospectus has been or will be prepared in connection with the Directed Share Issue. 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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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, the Joint Bookrunners 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.