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BICO announces intention to carry out a directed issue of approximately SEK two billion
BICO Group AB (publ) (“BICO” or the “Company”) hereby announces its intention to, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on April 26, 2021, execute a Share Issue of series B shares in the Company of approximately SEK two billion directed to Swedish and international institutional investors (the “Share Issue”). The Company has retained Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) and J.P. Morgan AG as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and ABG Sundal Collier AB and Bryan, Garnier & Co as Joint Bookrunners (the “Joint Bookrunners”) in connection with the Share Issue. The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure (the “Bookbuilding”) led by the Joint Bookrunners and will commence immediately following this announcement.
Pricing and allocation of the Share Issue are expected to take place before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm at 09:00 am CEST on October 8, 2021. The timing of the closing of the Bookbuilding, pricing and allocation are at the discretion of the Company and/or the Joint Bookrunners and may close earlier or later and may be canceled at any time. Consequently, the Company may refrain from completing the Share Issue, in part or in full. The Company will announce the outcome of the Share Issue in a subsequent press release after the closing of the Bookbuilding.
As announced on October 1, 2021, BICO entered into an agreement with the shareholders of QInstruments GmbH to acquire all outstanding shares to a purchase price of euro 61.25 million. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Share Issue to further advance the Company’s acquisition agenda and create financial readiness for new opportunities. The Company currently has several acquisition processes ongoing concerning targets of various size. Hence, the reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emption rights is to enable a raise of capital in order to ensure the most time and cost-effective financing of the Company’s growth agenda, to better position the Company in ongoing negotiations with potential target companies and to enable financing of further strategic acquisitions and to further improve the Company’s shareholder base with long term Swedish and international institutional owners. The Board of Directors’ assessment is that the subscription price in the Share Issue will be in accordance with market conditions since it will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure.
In connection with the Share Issue, members of the Board of Directors and the management team, of which several are large shareholders in BICO, have agreed to lock-up agreements to, subject to certain exceptions, not sell shares in BICO for a period of 90 calendar days after the settlement date. Furthermore, the Company has agreed to a commitment, with customary exceptions, not to carry out any additional share issuances for a period of 90 calendar days after the settlement date.
In conjunction with the Share Issue, the Company has engaged Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) and J.P. Morgan AG as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and ABG Sundal Collier AB and Bryan, Garnier & Co as Joint Bookrunners. Advokatfirman Vinge acts as Swedish legal adviser to the Company and Baker McKenzie acts as Swedish and U.S. legal adviser to the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners.
For further information, please contact:
|Gusten Danielsson, CFO Phone
(Sweden): +46 70 991 86 04
Phone (US): +1 (857) 332 2138
|Isabelle Ljunggren, Head of Communications
Phone (Sweden): +46 70 830 0890
This is information that BICO Group AB (publ) is required to publish in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency by the contact persons set out above on October 7, 2021, at 17:31 (CEST).
Founded in 2016, BICO (formerly CELLINK) is the leading bio convergence company in the world. By combining different technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and 3D bioprinting with biology, we enable our customers to improve people's health and lives for the better. With a focus on the application areas of bioprinting, multiomics, cell line development, and diagnostics, the company develops and markets innovative technologies that enable researchers in the life sciences to culture cells in 3D, perform high-throughput drug screening and print human tissues and organs for the medical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. We create the future of health. The Group’s products are trusted by more than 2,000 laboratories, including all the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, are being used in more than 65 countries, and have been cited in more than 9,500 publications. BICO is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under BICO. www.bico.com
This press release does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in BICO in any jurisdiction, not from BICO or from any other person. Publication, distribution or release of this press release may, in certain jurisdictions, be subject to restrictions by law and the persons in such jurisdictions where this press release has been published or distributed should inform themselves of and follow such legal restrictions. 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.
This press release 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. BICO has not authorized any offer to the public of shares or rights in any member state of the EEA and no prospectus has been or will be prepared in connection with the 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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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 Zealand, 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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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 contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s intentions, beliefs, or current expectations about and targets for the Company’s future results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, performance, prospects, anticipated growth, strategies and opportunities and the markets in which the Company operates. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “may”, “plan”, “estimate”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “aim” or “might”, or, in each case, their negative, or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurances that they will materialize or prove to be correct. Because these statements are based on assumptions or estimates and are subject to risks and uncertainties, the actual results or outcome could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The Company does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this press release are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this press release or any obligation to update or revise the statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as at its date and are subject to change without notice. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review, update, confirm or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this press release, unless it is not required by law or Nasdaq Stockholm rule book for issuers.
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 BICO 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 BICO may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in BICO offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in BICO 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 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 shares in BICO.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in BICO and determining appropriate distribution channels.