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Iconovo AB (publ) (”Iconovo” or the ”Company”) today announces that the Company, pursuant to the authorisation granted by the Annual General Meeting of the Company that was held on 19 May 2021, has mandated Danske Bank to evaluate the conditions to carry out a directed share issue of approximately SEK 60 million (the ”Issue”). The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure (the “Bookbuilding”) targeting institutional investors. The Bookbuilding will commence immediately following this announcement. Pricing and allocation of the new shares are expected to take place before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market Stockholm at 09:00 CEST on 2 July 2021. The Board of Directors may decide to extend or shorten the application period and can at any moment decide to terminate the Bookbuilding and thus refrain from carrying out the Issue. Iconovo will announce the outcome of the Issue in a subsequent press release after completion of the Bookbuilding.
The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Issue for accelerating and value-creational development and initiatives connected to the Company’s new long term strategy. Approximately 40 per cent of the proceeds intends to be used to build a value-creating portfolio of projects within the strategic area Innovative inhalation products. Another approximately 40 per cent of the proceeds intends to be used for building and scaling up the Company’s Nordic sales of pharmaceuticals through licencing of products to Iconovo Pharma. Remaining share of the proceeds intends to be used for increasing the Company’s project capacity, which would reduce the risk in the portfolio and increase the likelihood of launch of additional products to market, and increased commercialisation connected to Iconovo’s three strategic focus areas (i) own sales of generic inhalation products in the Nordics, (ii) development of innovative inhalation products, and (iii) development of generic inhalation products.
The Company believes that using the flexibility provided by a non-pre-emptive placing is the most appropriate transaction structure in order to raise capital in a time- and cost-effective manner, whilst also further diversifying the Company’s shareholder base. Given that the subscription price in the Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, it is the Board of Directors’ assessment that the subscription price will be determined in accordance with market conditions.
The Issue is, among other things, subject to resolution by the Board of Directors of Iconovo, pursuant to the authorisation given by the Annual General Meeting held on 19 May 2021, to issue new shares following close of the Bookbuilding.
In connection with the Issue, the Company has agreed to a lock-up undertaking on future share issuance for a period of 180 days, subject to customary exceptions. In addition, the Company’s CEO, CFO and Board of Directors who hold shares in the Company at the time of the transaction, have undertaken not to sell any shares in Iconovo during the same period, subject to customary exceptions.
In connection with the Issue, the Company has retained Danske Bank as sole bookrunner and Bird & Bird Advokat as legal adviser.