Acconeer announces rights issue of approximately SEK 140 million
The board of directors of Acconeer AB ("Acconeer" or the "Company") has today, based on the authorization from the annual general meeting on 27 April 2021, resolved to carry out a rights issue of shares with preferential rights for the Company's existing shareholders of approximately SEK 140 million (the "Rights Issue"). The Company has received subscription commitments from a selection of the Company's largest shareholders, board members and senior executives, amounting to approximately SEK 29 million, corresponding to approximately 21 percent of the Rights Issue. Furthermore, the Company has entered into agreements on guarantee commitments of approximately SEK 90 million, which means that the Rights Issue is secured to approximately 85 percent. Acconeer will use the proceeds from the Rights Issue to finance the Company for the next 24 months. The Rights Issue provides Acconeer with working capital and creates better conditions for realizing the Company's strategy and business plan.
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Anyone who is a shareholder in Acconeer on the record date, 29 November 2021, has the preferential right to subscribe for new shares in the Rights Issue.
One (1) existing share in the Company entitles to one (1) subscription right. Ten (10) subscription rights entitle to subscription of one (1) new share, i.e., a subscription ratio of 1:10.
The subscription price is SEK 60 per new share, which, provided that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, results in the Company receiving issue proceeds of approximately SEK 140 million before deduction of transaction costs.
The subscription period runs from 1 December 2021 until 15 December 2021.
The last day of trading in the Acconeer share including the right to participate in the Rights Issue is 25 November 2021.
Major shareholders, board members and senior executives in the Company have expressed their support for the Rights Issue by entering into subscription commitments amounting to approximately SEK 29 million, corresponding to approximately 21 percent of the Rights Issue. Furthermore, the Company has entered into agreements on issue guarantees of approximately SEK 90 million, corresponding to approximately 64 percent of the Rights Issue, which means that the Rights Issue is secured to approximately 85 percent.
The net proceeds from the Rights Issue are intended to finance the Company for the next 24 months. The rights issue provides Acconeer with working capital and creates better conditions for realizing the Company's strategy and business plan in order to create value for the Company's shareholders and other stakeholders.
The Company intends to publish a prospectus regarding the Rights Issue on 29 November 2021.
Background and reason for the Rights Issue
Based on university research, Acconeer has created a radar sensor that combines the best of existing radar technologies and opens up new possibilities for interaction between humans and technology. The radar sensor combines the low power consumption of pulsed radar systems with the high precision of coherent radar - all in a component of five times five millimeters. Acconeer launched its first product in 2018 and has since sold and shipped more than 500,000 radar sensors. The Company is now taking the step from a single-product company as the Company, together with the strategic partner Alps Alpine, develops the next generation of pulsed coherent radar sensor.
Acconeer's assessment is that the Company's radar was the first 60 GHz radar that has size, cost and power consumption which enable use of radar in consumer electronics. The uses of a radar sensor with these properties are innumerable. Acconeer's market, i.e. market for 3D sensors, is expected to continue to grow rapidly based on several industry trends such as 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Today, the sensors are based mainly on ultrasound, infrared light or camera technology. Acconeer does not need to create a new market but can replace existing solutions that all have their weaknesses.
In most areas, intensive development of new applications requires more advanced sensors, for example, gesture control, 3D reading and material recognition. During the first quarter of 2021, Acconeer signed a development agreement with Alps Alpine to develop the next generation of pulsed coherent radar sensor, with a view to a wide range of applications in the automotive, industrial and consumer industries, including mobile telephony.
Acconeer is ready for the next step in the Company's development and plans an offensive strategy to continue the commercialization of its first product generation and further develop its technology for the next generation of radar sensors. With this intensified development and commercialization strategy, the Company intends to take major steps towards realizing the potential around the Company's technology in radar sensors.
To support Acconeer's strategy described above, to commercialize its first product generation and further develop its technology for the next generation, the Company has decided to carry out the Rights Issue.
The net proceeds from the Rights Issue are intended to finance the Company for the next 24 months, which includes the following measures, arranged in order of priority with the estimated distribution of the issue proceeds indicated in parentheses:
New projects within the framework of the Company's research and development and design of the next generation radar sensors A2 and A121 (approximately 70 percent).
Initiatives within the framework of the Company's commercialization strategy of its first product generation A111 (approximately 10 percent).
General working capital requirement (approximately 20 percent).
Terms of the Rights Issue
Those who are registered as shareholders on the record date, 29 November 2021, have the preferential right to subscribe for new shares in the Rights Issue in relation to the number of shares held on the record date. One (1) existing share in the Company entitles to one (1) subscription right. Ten (10) subscription rights entitle to subscription of one (1) new share, i.e., a subscription ratio of 1:10. In addition, investors are offered the possibility to subscribe for shares without subscription rights.
If not all newly issued shares are subscribed for by exercise of subscription rights, allotment of the remaining shares shall be made within the highest amount of the Rights Issue: firstly, to those who have subscribed for shares by exercise of subscription rights (regardless of whether they were shareholders on the record date or not) and who have applied for subscription of shares without exercise of subscription rights and if allotment to these cannot be made in full, allotment shall be made pro rata in relation to the number of subscription rights that each and every one of those, who have applied for subscription of shares without exercise of subscription rights, have exercised for subscription of shares; secondly, to those who have applied for subscription of shares without exercise of subscription rights and if allotment to these cannot be made in full, allotment shall be made pro rata in relation to the number of shares the subscriber in total has applied for subscription of shares; and thirdly, to those who have provided underwriting commitments with regard to subscription of shares, in proportion to such underwriting commitments. To the extent that allotment in any section above cannot be done pro rata, allotment shall be determined by drawing of lots.
The subscription price is SEK 60 per new share. Provided that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, the share capital will increase by a maximum of SEK 116,912.5 by a new issue of a maximum of 2,338,250 new shares. In the event of full subscription, the Rights Issue will provide Acconeer with approximately SEK 140 million before deduction of issue costs.
Shareholders who choose not to participate in the Rights Issue will, provided that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, have their shareholding diluted by approximately nine (9) percent, but can financially compensate for this dilution by selling their subscription rights.
Subscription of shares shall take place during the period from and including 1 December 2021 to and including 15 December 2021. The board of directors has the right to extend the subscription and payment period. A possible extension of the subscription period shall be announced by press release no later than the last subscription day in the Rights Issue, i.e. 15 December 2021. Trading in subscription rights takes place on Nasdaq First North Growth Market during the period from and including 1 December 2021 to and including 10 December 2021 and trading in paid subscribed shares (Sw. Betalda tecknade aktier) during the period from and including 1 December 2021 until the Rights Issue has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Sw. Bolagsverket).
Subscription commitments, guarantee commitments and declarations of intent
Acconeer has received subscription commitments from a selection of the Company's major existing shareholders as well as representatives from the board of directors and management amounting to approximately SEK 29 million, corresponding to approximately 21 percent of the Rights Issue. Furthermore, the Company has entered into agreements on guarantee commitments of approximately SEK 90 million, corresponding to approximately 64 percent of the Rights Issue. The guarantee ensures, provided that subscription corresponds to at least the subscription commitments, that approximately 85 percent of the Rights Issue is subscribed and paid for. Neither subscription commitments or guarantee commitments are secured by bank guarantee, blocking funds, pledges or similar arrangements. For the guarantees, a guarantee commission of five (5) percent of the guaranteed amount in cash compensation is paid. No compensation is paid for the subscription commitments entered into.
Preliminary timeline for the Rights Issue
25 November 2021
Last day of trading incl. preferential rights
26 November 2021
First day of trading excl. preferential rights
29 November 2021
Estimated publication of prospectus
29 November 2021
1 December - 10 December 2021
Trading in subscription rights
1 December - 15 December 2021
1 December - Until the Rights Issue is registered at the Swedish Companies Registration Office
Trading in paid subscription shares (Sw. "BTA")
20 December 2021
Estimated date for announcement of the outcome in the Rights Issue
In connection with the Rights Issue, the Company has undertaken towards the Global Coordinator, subject to customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares or other share-related instruments for a period of 12 months after the end of the subscription period.
Full terms and conditions for the Rights Issue, as well as other information about the Company and information about subscription and guarantee commitments will be presented in the prospectus that the Company is expected to make public around 29 November 2021
Pareto Securities is the Global Coordinator in connection with the Rights Issue. Advokatfirman Schjødt is legal advisor to Acconeer and Cirio Advokatbyrå AB is the legal advisor to Global Coordinator in connection with the Rights Issue. Aktieinvest FK AB acts as the issuing agent in the Rights Issue.
This information is such information as Acconeer AB 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 set out above, at 10:45 a.m. CET on 22 November 2021.
With ground-breaking technology, Acconeer has developed a radar sensor that opens a new world of interaction. Acconeer Micro Radar Sensor, with low power consumption, high precision, small size and high robustness, is a 60GHz robust and cost-effective sensor for detection, distance measurement, motion detection and camera-supported applications with low power consumption. Acconeer combines the advantage of low power consumption with highly accurate pulsed radar systems of coherent radar, all integrated into a component with a surface area of only 28 mm2. The radar sensor can be included in a range of mobile consumer products, from smartphones to wearables, but also in areas such as robots, drones, the Internet of Things, healthcare, automotive, industrial robots and security and monitoring systems. Acconeer is a semiconductor company and, as a business model, sells hardware to manufacturers of consumer electronics products. Acconeer is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market with the ticker code ACCON, Redeye is the company's Certified Advisor (CA) and can be contacted via telephone +46(0)8 121 576 90 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.acconeer.com.
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