Freemelt announces intention to carry out a directed share issue
21 Feb 2023 | Regulatory
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Freemelt Holding AB (publ) (”Freemelt” or the ”Company”) hereby announces its intention to carry out a directed issue new ordinary shares through an accelerated book-building procedure, in an amount of approximately SEK 60 million, to Swedish and international institutional investors (the “Directed Share Issue”). The Company has obtained interest from major shareholders and external investors, including Stiftelsen Industrifonden, Coeli Circulus, Bengt Julander, and Carlbergssjön AB to subscribe for shares in the Directed Share Issue. Furthermore, the Company's board members Carl Palmstierna, Staffan Zackrisson, Cecilia Jinert Johansson and Johannes Heinrich Schleifenbaum as well as the Company's CEO Daniel Gidlund, have expressed interest of participating in the Directed Share Issue, which is subject to a resolution by the extraordinary general meeting. In total, the indication of interests amounts to approximately SEK 50 million. Freemelt has appointed ABG Sundal Collier to act as Sole Bookrunner to explore the conditions to carry out the Directed Share Issue.
The Directed Share Issue
The Board of Directors of Freemelt intends to resolve on the Directed Share Issue, without preferential rights of the Company's shareholders, based on the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting held on 24 May 2022 (“Tranche 1”). In accordance with the proposal by the Company's shareholder Carlbergssjön AB, the Board of Directors intends to summon the Company's shareholders for an extra general meeting to be held to resolve on a directed share issue, without preferential rights of the shareholders, directed to the Company's CEO and those of the Company's board members that indicated their interest to participate in the Directed Share Issue (“Tranche 2”). If the board of directors resolves on the Directed Share Issue the Company will publish a separate notice to an extraordinary general meeting to resolve on Tranche 2, which is expected to be held on 13 March 2023.
The Company has obtained indications of interest from major shareholders and external investors, including Stiftelsen Industrifonden (“Industrifonden”), Coeli Circulus, Bengt Julander and Carlbergssjön AB, to subscribe for shares corresponding to approximately SEK 50 million in the Directed Share Issue. The indications of interest from Industrifonden, Coeli Circulus, Bengt Julander are conditional on the election of Per Anell as a new board member in the Company at the annual general meeting of the Company, which is expected to be held 25 May 2023. The Board of Directors of Freemelt is positive to Per Anell being elected as a new board member by the Company's shareholders, as well as to proposals to, ahead of the next annual general meeting, to prepare principles for the nomination committee to be established and resolved on at the annual general meeting in 2023. Indications of interest to participate in the Directed Share Issue have also been provided by the Company's board members Carl Palmstierna, Staffan Zackrisson, Cecilia Jinert Johansson and Johannes Heinrich Schleifenbaum as well as the Company's CEO Daniel Gidlund, whose participation is comprised in Tranche 2 and thus subject to a resolution by the extraordinary general meeting.
The offer price per share and the total number of new ordinary shares in the Directed Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated book-building procedure, which will commence immediately following publication of this press release. Pricing and allocation of the new shares is expected to take place prior to the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market at 09.00 CET on 22 February 2023.
The timing of closing, pricing and allocation in the book-building procedure is at the discretion of the Company and the book-building procedure may close earlier or later and may be cancelled at any point in time. The Company will announce the outcome of the Directed Share Issue in a subsequent press release after the book-building procedure has been completed.
Background and reasons
The net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue will be used to accelerate the industrial machine eMELT, strengthening the sales and service organisation, working capital and investments to promote continued organic growth, including, inter alia, development resources and supply capacity.
The Company's Board of Directors has made an overall assessment and carefully considered the possibility to raise capital through a preferential rights issue, but considers that it, for example, would entail a risk that the Company cannot provide for its capital needs and at the same time maintain an optimal capital structure. The Board of Directors has concluded that a rights issue, compared to the Directed Share Issue, (i) would take significantly longer time to execute and thereby entail increased market risk exposure, (ii) would require significant underwriting commitments from an underwriting syndicate given the current market volatility, which would entail additional costs and/or additional dilution depending on the type of consideration paid for such underwriting commitments, (iii) likely would have had to be made at a lower subscription price given the discount levels in rights issues completed on the market in recent time, and (iv) unlike a rights issue, the Directed Share Issue is to some extent expected to broaden the shareholder base and provide the Company with new reputable institutional owners and strategic investors. Considering the above, the Board of Directors has made the assessment that a directed share issue with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right is the most favourable alternative for Freemelt and in the best interest of the Company’s shareholders and thus considers that the reasons outweigh the main rule that new issues must be carried out with preferential rights for the shareholders.
As the subscription price in the Directed Share Issue will be determined through a book-building procedure, the Board of Directors assesses that the subscription price will reflect current market conditions and demand.
The Directed Share Issue is conditional on, among other things, that the Board of Directors of Freemelt, following completion of the accelerated book-building procedure, resolves on the Directed Share Issue and, for Tranche 2, that the extraordinary general meeting expected to be held 13 March 2023 resolves on Tranche 2. Notice to the extraordinary general meeting is expected to be published in connection with the publication of the outcome of the accelerated book-building procedure. The execution of Tranche 1 is not conditional upon Tranche 2 being carried out.
ABG Sundal Collier is acting as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Directed Share Issue and Baker McKenzie is acting as legal advisor to Freemelt.
For more information, please contact:
Daniel Gidlund, CEO
+46 70 246 45 01
This information is such that Freemelt Holding AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 21 February 2023 at 17:32 CET.
Freemelt is a high-tech company whose ground-breaking solution creates new opportunities for rapid growth in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. The Company's protected technology enables cost-effective printing to a consistent and high quality. By choosing an open-source solution, the conditions are created for strong growth and expansion towards manufacturing markets. Freemelt was founded in 2017, is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market, has 34 employees, head office in Gothenburg and a manufacturing unit in Linköping. Read more at www.freemelt.com.
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