Bambuser has Completed a Directed Share Issue of New Shares Raising Proceeds of MSEK 290
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STOCKHOLM, June 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Inside information: The board of directors of Bambuser AB (publ) ("Bambuser" or the "Company") has, as announced in the Company's press release earlier today, resolved to issue up to 54,716,981 shares (the "Directed Share Issue"). The subscription price for the new shares in the Directed Share Issue is SEK 5.30 per share and has been determined through an accelerated book building procedure. Through the Directed Share Issue, Bambuser will raise proceeds amounting to MSEK 290 before transaction costs. The investors in the Directed Share Issue are a number of Swedish and international investors, including reputable new investors such as Harmony Partners, an US based venture investor, Consensus Asset Management, Handelsbanken Fonder, Lancelot Asset Management AB and TIN Fonder as well as current shareholders, amongst others, Murifield Invest AB (a company associated with board member Carl Kinell), who beforehand had expressed its interest to participate and Joel Citron, who beforehand had expressed his interest to participate. As further announced, in connection with the Directed Share Issue, certain of the Company's larger shareholders - Wellstreet Partners AB (a company associated with board member Mikael Wintzell), Ribers Park Fastighets AB and Sprout Park AB (a company associated with board member Mikael Ahlström) (together referred to as the "Larger Shareholders") - sold in total 9,000,000 shares at the same price as the subscription price in the Directed Share Issue.
Bambuser has during the Covid-19 pandemic experienced a strong increased demand for the Company's Live Video Shopping-solution, with an accelerating adoption of technology from customers in various industries. The ongoing changes in the society have contributed to increased global demand to a much higher extent than the Company initially expected. The net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue are therefore intended to be used to increase the growth of the Company's operations through primarily appointing new resources in an accelerated tempo. This is to deal with the increased interest from new customers as well as to faster facilitate expansion to new markets. Furthermore, the Company intends to continue to increase the technological advantage and ensure a leading market position.
The subscription price for the new shares in the Directed Share Issue is SEK 5.30 per share and has been determined through an accelerated book building procedure. Through the Directed Share Issue, Bambuser will raise SEK 290 million before transaction costs. Investors in the Directed Share Issue are a wide range of Swedish and international investors including reputable new investors such as Harmony Partners, an US based venture investor, Consensus Asset Management, Handelsbanken Fonder, Lancelot Asset Management AB and TIN Fonder as well as current shareholders such as Muirfield Invest AB (a company associated with board member Carl Kinell) and Joel Citron.
As announced in the press release earlier today, and, in connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Larger Shareholders have sold in total 9,000,000 shares. The price for the shares was the same as the subscription price in the Directed Share Issue.
The board of directors deems, in the light of the accelerated book building procedure completed by Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) as Sole Global Coordinatior and Bookrunner, that the Directed Share Issue, including the determination of the subscription price, has been determined on market terms. The reasons for the deviation from the shareholders' pre-emptive rights are to raise capital for planned expansion in a timely and cost-efficient manner and to diversify the shareholder base.
The Directed Share Issue has been resolved on by the board of directors of the Company based on the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting held on 21 April 2020 of 10,800,198 shares, and the remaining part of 43,916,783 shares, subject to the subsequent approval of an extraordinary general meeting. The reason to the Directed Share Issue being carried out based on an authorisation as well as subject to a subsequent approval of the extraordinary general meeting is that the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting only allows issuance of maximum 10,800,198 shares, and that the chairman of the board, Joel Citron, as well as Murifield Invest AB (a company associated with the board member Carl Kinell), are subscribers in the Directed Share Issue and hence, that the decision to issue shares to them is subject to the so-called LEO-rules (Sw: Leo-reglerna).
The Directed Share Issue will entail a dilution of approximately 33.6 per cent of the number of outstanding shares and votes in the Company calculated after the Directed Share Issue. Calculated prior to the Directed Share Issue, the dilution will amount to approximately 50.7 per cent. Through the Directed Share Issue, the number of outstanding shares and votes will increase by 54,716,981 from 108,001,988 to 162,718,969. The share capital will increase by SEK 2,735,849.05, from SEK 5,400,099.40 to SEK 8,135,948.45.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Company has undertaken, subject to customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of 360 calendar days after the second settlement date (i.e. the settlement date for the shares issued subject to the subsequent approval of an extraordinary general meeting). In addition, certain of the Company's larger shareholders, Muirfield Invest AB, Wellstreet Partners AB, Ribers Park Fastighets AB, Ligerism AB and Sprout Park AB, the Company's CEO, CFO, COO and CPO, as well as the members of the board of directors of Bambuser who own shares, have agreed not to sell any shares in the Company for a period of 180 calendar days after the second settlement date, subject to customary exceptions.
The Company's larger shareholders, Muirfield Invest AB, Wellstreet Partners AB, Ribers Park Fastighets AB, Ligerism AB and Sprout Park AB, who together hold approximately 33.6 per cent of the shares and votes in Bambuser, have undertaken to vote in favour of the board of directors' resolution to issue new shares at the extraordinary general meeting.
To enable the delivery of shares to investors in the Directed Share Issue on 30 June 2020 and 17 July 2020 or thereafter, respectively, Carnegie will subscribe for all shares in the Directed Share Issue on behalf of the investors.
Notice to the extraordinary general meeting will be published separately today and contains the board of directors' full resolution regarding the part of the Directed Share Issue that requires the approval of the extraordinary general meeting. The notice also contains proposals for resolutions to increase the employee option programs that are proposed to be resolved at the extraordinary general meeting on 3 July 2020. The reason for the proposals to increase the employee option programs is to adjust for the dilution that the Directed Share Issue entails.
Harmony Partners, one of the investors in the Directed Share Issue, has proposed that Mark J. Lotke is appointed as new board member and such proposal will be included in the notice to the extraordinary general meeting. The Company's nomination committee and larger shareholders supports Harmony Partner's proposal. Furthermore, Mikael Wintzell has informed the board of directors and the nomination committee that he wishes to resign from the board of directors effected as of the election of Mark J. Lotke.
Bambuser's Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market is Erik Penser Bank AB, +468-463 83 00, email@example.com. Please refer to the Company's website for more information: www.bambuser.com.
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