(Ålesund, 1 July 2022) Hofseth Biocare ASA ("HBC" or the "Company") has resolved to effect a contemplated private placement of new shares, after the close of trading on Oslo Børs today (the "Private Placement").
The Private Placement is directed towards Norwegian and international investors, subject to applicable exemptions from relevant registration, filing and prospectus requirements, and subject to other applicable selling restrictions. The minimum application and allocation amount have been set to the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000. The Company may however, at its sole discretion, allocate amounts below EUR 100,000 to the extent exemptions from the prospectus requirement in accordance with applicable regulations, including the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and ancillary regulations, are available.
Through the Private Placement, the Company is offering up to 35,490,000 new shares (the "Offer Shares") in the Company to raise gross proceeds of up to NOK 141 million. The subscription price per Offer Share is NOK 4 (the "Offer Price") and has been determined based on discussions with the potential subscribers in the Private Placement. The allocation of Offer Shares in the Private Placement will be determined by the Company's board of directors following the application period. The application period commences today at 16:30 CEST and will close at 08:00 CEST on 4 July 2022. The Company may, however, at its sole discretion, extend or shorten the application period at any time and for any reason. The Company will announce the final number of Offer Shares placed in the Private placement in a stock exchange announcement expected to be published on or about 4 July 2022.
The net proceeds of the Private Placement will be used for general corporate purposes.
The completion of the Private Placement is subject to; (i) the necessary corporate resolutions of the Company being made, i.e. approval of the Private Placement and the allocation of the Offer Shares by the Company's board of directors, and (ii) payment of all share deposits and registration with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises of the share capital increase in the Company pertaining to the Private Placement. The Offer Shares allocated in the Private Placement will be settled partially through cash payment and partially through conversion of debt.
CEO Roger Hofseth (through RH Industri AS) and existing shareholders Aqua-Spark and Bonafide have collectively indicated that they will subscribe for in total approximately NOK 129 million in the Private Placement.
The Offer Shares allocated in the Private Placement will be settled towards the investors in the Private Placement as soon as practicable after full payment has been received and the share capital increase pertaining to the Private Placement has been registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. The payment date will be on or about 6 July 2022. However, Offer Shares allocated to Aqua-Spark will be resolved issued through a separate resolution to increase the share capital, with payment date on or about 24 July 2022. Aqua-Spark will receive Offer Shares allocated to them as soon as possible after full payment from Aqua-Spark has been received, and the share capital increase pertaining to those Offer Shares has been registered. In addition, delivery of Offer Shares may be made on a delivery versus payment for up to 2 million Offer Shares through a share lending arrangement between Ødegård Prosjekt AS (a close associate of CFO Jon Olav Ødegård) and the Company.
The Company's board of directors has considered the structure of the contemplated Private Placement in light of the equal treatment obligations under the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and Oslo Børs' Circular no. 2/2014 and is of the opinion that it is in the common interest of the Company and its shareholders to raise equity through the Private Placement. The existing shareholders' preferential rights to subscribe for new shares may be deviated from. By structuring the equity raise as a private placement, the Company is expected to raise equity efficiently, with no discount to the current trading price, at a lower cost and with a significantly lower risk compared to a rights issue. Further, the Offer Price has been fixed to a premium towards the prevailing market price of the Company's shares. Based on the foregoing, it is currently not planned to conduct a subsequent repair issue directed towards shareholders not participating in the Private Placement.
Advokatfirmaet CLP DA acts as Norwegian legal counsel in connection with the Private Placement.
For further information, please contact:
James Berger, CCO at HBC
Phone: +41 79 950 1034
Jon Olav Ødegård, CFO at HBC
Phone: +47 936 32 966
HBC is a Norwegian consumer and pet health ingredient supplier and an incubator for new pharmaceutical drug leads. Research is ongoing to identify the individual elements within its ingredients that modulate inflammation and the immune response with pre-clinical studies ongoing in multiple clinics and university research labs. Lead clinical and pre-clinical candidates are focused on developing an oral treatment for inflammatory disease driven by eosinophils (a type of white blood cell). Clinical trial work with the oil is ongoing to ameliorate lung inflammation in eosinophilic asthma and COPD ("smokers lung") as well as in COVID. Other leads are focused on the protection of the Gastro-Intestinal (GI) system against inflammation (including ulcerative colitis and the orphan condition necrotising enterocolitis) and using peptide fractions of salmon protein hydrolysate (SPH also known as 'ProGo') as a Medical Food to help treat age-related Sarcopenia, and as a treatment for Iron Deficiency Anemia.
The company is founded on the core values of sustainability, optimal utilization of natural resources and full traceability. Through an innovative hydrolysis technology, HBC can preserve the quality of the lipids, proteins and calcium from fresh salmon off-cuts. HBC's headquarters are in Ålesund, Norway with branches in Oslo, London, Zürich, Ningbo, New Jersey and Palo Alto.
HBC is listed on Oslo Børs with ticker "HBC". More information about HBC at hofsethbiocare.com and facebook.com/hofsethbiocare.
This information was considered to be inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. This stock exchange announcement was published by Jon Olav Ødegård, Chief Financial Officer, on the time and date provided.
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of the Company. The distribution of this announcement and other information may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering or their securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act.
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