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The board of directors of Precise Biometrics AB today announces the outcome of the rights issue of ordinary shares which was resolved on by the board of directors on 10 August 2022 and approved by the extraordinary general meeting on 5 September 2022. In total, 2,871,564 ordinary shares were subscribed for, corresponding to approximately 43.5 percent of the rights issue. Through the rights issue, the company will receive approximately SEK 18.5 million prior to issue costs. Further, Egis Technology Inc. has subscribed and been allocated all ordinary shares in the directed issue resolved on by the board of directors on 10 August 2022, corresponding to proceeds of approximately SEK 25.5 million before issue costs. In total, the Company will receive approximately SEK 44.0 million before issue costs. Egis Technology's ownership in the Company after the share issues amounts to a total of 5,609,488 ordinary shares, corresponding to 12.08 percent of the shares in the Company.
Comment from Patrick Höijer, CEO of Precise Biometrics AB:
“I would like to thank our existing shareholders who have participated in the rights issue despite the current market climate. We now have a significantly strengthened cash position as well as a deeper collaboration with Egis Technology, as they are now joining as long-term shareholders in the company. We see that this overall strengthens our ability to expand our existing business in new verticals over time, fully in line with our strategic growth agenda.”
The Rights Issue
On 10 August 2022, the board of directors of Precise Biometrics AB (”Precise” or the ”Company”) resolved, with a subsequent approval by the extraordinary general meeting on 5 September 2022, on a rights issue of up to 6,599,399 ordinary shares with preferential right for the Company’s existing shareholders (the "Rights Issue"). In total, 1,168,552 ordinary shares were subscribed for with support of subscription rights, corresponding to approximately 17.7 percent of the Rights Issue. 1,703,012 ordinary shares, corresponding to approximately 25.8 percent of the Rights Issue, have been allotted to persons who have subscribed for ordinary shares without support of subscription rights, of which 1,649,849 ordinary shares have been allocated to Egis Technology Inc. (“Egis” or “Egis Technology”) in accordance with their guarantee undertaking. All shareholding members of the Board of Directors and Management in Precise have subscribed their pro rata share of the Rights Issue and the board director Peter Gullander has subscribed for shares without subscription rights, in total amounting to approximately 2.7 percent of the Rights Issue. The subscription price was SEK 6.44 per ordinary share. Through the Rights Issue, the Company will receive approximately SEK 18.5 million prior to issue costs.
Allotment of ordinary shares subscribed for without support of subscription rights as part of the Rights Issue has been made in accordance with the principles which are included in the prospectus that the Company published on 6 September 2022. Notice of the allotment is provided by means of a contract note, which is distributed to each subscriber. Ordinary shares shall be paid for in accordance with the instructions on the contract note. Nominee registered shareholders receive notice of the allotment in accordance with the procedures of the respective nominee. Only those who will receive allotment will be informed.
The last day of trading in paid subscribed shares ("BTA") on Nasdaq Stockholm is expected to occur during week 41, 2022. As soon as the share issue is registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, which is expected to occur around week 41, 2022, BTA will be converted into ordinary shares without special notice from Euroclear.
The Directed Issue
On 10 August 2022, the board of directors of the Company resolved, on the basis of the authorisation from the annual general meeting held on 19 May 2022, on a directed issue of a maximum of 3,959,639 ordinary shares to Egis Technology at a subscription price of SEK 6.44 per share (the "Directed Issue"). Egis has subscribed and been allocated all ordinary shares in the Directed Issue, and the Company will thereby receive approximately SEK 25.5 million before issue costs.
Number of shares and share capital
Following registration of the Directed Issue and the Rights Issue with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the Company’s share capital will increase by SEK 2,049,360.90 to a total of SEK 13,928,279.10. The number of shares in the Company will increase by 6,831,203 to a total of 46,427,597.
Vator Securities AB acts as financial advisor to Precise Biometrics in connection with the share issues and Advokatfirman Lindahl KB is the Company’s legal advisor in connection with the share issues.
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This press release is not a prospectus according to Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 and Directive 2003/71 / EC (together with relevant implementations and delegated regulations "Prospectus Regulation"). A prospectus regarding the Rights Issue was prepared by the Company and approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority on 6 September 2022.
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