Surgical Science announces intention to carry out a directed share issue
Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) (“Surgical Science” or the “Company”) hereby announces its intention to carry out a directed share issue corresponding to up to approximately 10 percent of the total number of outstanding shares in the Company to institutional investors through an accelerated book-building procedure, pursuant to the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 6 May 2020 (the “Directed Share Issue”). The Directed Share Issue is carried out primarily to finance the acquisition of Mimic Technologies Inc. (“Mimic”) as announced by the Company earlier today. Surgical Science has engaged Pareto Securities AB to evaluate the conditions for the Directed Share Issue.
The Directed Share Issue is intended to be resolved by the board of directors pursuant to the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 6 May 2020 and will be carried out with deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights. The Directed Share Issue will be directed to Swedish and international institutional investors. The price of the new shares in the Directed Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated book-building procedure, which will commence immediately after publication of this press release and end before commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 21 January 2021. The book-building procedure may, at the discretion of the board of directors of the Company, close earlier or later and may be cancelled at any time and consequently, the Company may refrain from completing the Directed Share Issue. The Company will announce the outcome of the Directed Share Issue in a subsequent press release after the closing of the book-building procedure.
The purpose of the Directed Share Issue and the reasons for the deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights are to be able to carry out a capital raise in a timely and cost-effective manner in order to finance the acquisition of Mimic, whilst also further diversifying and strengthening the Company’s shareholder base.
The net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue will be used to finance: (i) the closing consideration in relation to the acquisition of Mimic and (ii) strategic corporate purposes.
Surgical Science’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to SEK 87.1 million on 31 December 2020.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Company has, subject to customary exceptions, agreed to not to carry out any additional share issuances for a period of 90 days following completion of the Directed Share Issue. Members of the Company’s board of directors, management and the existing shareholders Marknadspotential AB, Semelin Kapitalförvaltning AB and Landsnora Software AB have, subject to customary exceptions, agreed to not sell shares in the Company for a period of 90 days following completion of the Directed Share Issue.
Pareto Securities AB has been appointed Sole Manager and Bookrunner. Advokatfirman Vinge acts as legal adviser to the Company and Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB acts as legal adviser to Pareto Securities AB in connection with the Directed Share Issue.
Gothenburg, 20 January 2021
Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ)
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Gisli Hennermark, CEO
Telephone: +46 70 420 83 00
Anna Ahlberg, CFO
Telephone: +46 70 855 38 35
This is information that Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons above, on January 20, 2021 at 17:32 (CET).
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About Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ)
One of the biggest challenges within healthcare globally is how injuries during care can be reduced. Medical education and training are key, as a large part of the training today can be performed outside the operating room. Surgical Science is a world leader in the manufacture of virtual reality simulators for evidence-based laparoscopic and endoscopic training. The simulators enable surgeons and other medical specialists to train and improve their psychomotor skills and instrument handling before entering the operating room. In parallel with its own products, Surgical Science works with simulation solutions for medical technology companies that develop surgical instruments for clinical use, such as robotic surgery.
Surgical Science is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and present in Stockholm, Sweden. Through sales offices in the US, France, China and UAE as well as a global network of distributors, Surgical Science maintains a presence in most markets around the world. Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) is traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Certified Adviser is Erik Penser Bank (Telephone: 08-463 83 00; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Directed Share Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. Such information has not been independently verified by Pareto Securities AB.
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Information to distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in the Company have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in the Company may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in the Company offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in the Company is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Directed Share Issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Pareto Securities AB will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
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