Xbrane announces final outcome in a rights issue
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The final outcome for Xbrane Biopharma AB (“Xbrane” or the “Company”) 94 percent guaranteed rights issue, for which the subscription period ended on 12 July 2019 (the “Rights Issue”), shows that 1,808,682 shares, corresponding to approximately 66.5 percent of the shares offered, were subscribed for by exercise of subscription rights. Additionally, 394,177 shares corresponding to approximately 14.5 percent of the Right Issue was subscribed without use of subscription rights. The remaining part of the Rights Issue, corresponding to 517,469 shares or approximately 19 percent was subscribed by the guarantors. The board of directors has therefore, in accordance with the allotment principles, allotted all shares offered in the Rights Issue. The Company receives approximately SEK 91 million before deduction for issue costs from the Rights Issue.
About the rights issue
Those registered by Euroclear Sweden AB as a shareholder in Xbrane on the record date on 26 June 2019 had preferential rights to subscribe for shares in the Rights Issue. For each share held in Xbrane, one (1) subscription right were received. 14 subscription rights entitled to subscribe for three (3) new shares at the subscription price of SEK 33.50. In addition, it was offered the opportunity to subscribe for shares without subscription rights.
The Rights Issue comprised a maximum of 2,720,328 shares, of which 1,808,682 shares, corresponding to approximately 66.5 percent, have been subscribed with subscription rights. Additionally, 394,177 shares corresponding to approximately 14.5 percent of the Right Issue was subscribed without use of subscription rights. The remaining part of the Rights Issue, corresponding to 517,469 shares or approximately 19 percent was subscribed for by the guarantors**.** The board of directors has therefore, in accordance with the allotment principles, allotted all shares offered in the Rights Issue.
Notice of allotment
Those who have subscribed for shares without subscription rights will be allocated shares in accordance with the principles set out in the prospectus. Notice of allotment to the persons who subscribed for shares without subscription rights is expected to be distributed on 17 July 2019. Subscribed and allotted shares shall be paid in cash no later than the settlement date, 22 July 2019, in accordance with the instructions on the settlement note. Trustee-registered shareholders receive notification of allocation in accordance with the respective manager’s procedures. Only those allotted will be notified.
Number of shares and share capital
Through the Rights Issue, Xbrane’s share capital will increase by SEK 609,859 to approximately SEK 3,455,872 and the total number of shares will increase by 2,720,328 shares to 15,415,199 shares, when the Rights Issue has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office. As soon as the increase in share capital has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, paid subscribed shares (BTA) will be converted into new shares. The new shares subscribed with and without subscription rights are expected to be traded on Nasdaq First North around 30 July 2019.
“I would like to thank existing and new shareholders for the trust in this rights issue. We are pleased to have completed the final step in fully funding our ongoing Phase III trial with our leading biosimilar Xlucane (Lucentis® biosimilar). We plan to report data from the primary efficacy end-point in the study Q2 2020.”, says Martin Åmark, CEO Xbrane
Vator Securities is financial adviser and Baker McKenzie is legal adviser to the Company in connection with the Rights Issue.
For more information, contact:
Martin Åmark, CEO/IR
M: +46 (0) 763-093 777
Susanna Helgesen, CFO
M: +46 (0) 708-278 636
Xbrane is a commercial phase Swedish biopharmaceutical company specialized in biosimilars. Xbrane has a patented protein production platform for development of biosimilars and world leading expertise in biosimilars. Xbrane’s headquarter is located in Solna outside of Stockholm and the company’s in-house research and development facilities are in Sweden and Italy. Xbrane is listed at Nasdaq First North since February 3rd, 2016 under the name XBRANE and Avanza Bank AB is Xbrane’s certified adviser (email@example.com*, +46 (0)8 409 421 20). For more information see www.xbrane.com.*
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