Helsinki, Finland, 2013-10-08 08:15 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Ixonos Plc Stock Exchange Release 08 October 2013 09:15
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IXONOS IS PREPARING A SHARE ISSUE TO RAISE A MAXIMUM OF EUR 10.5 MILLION
Ixonos Plc ("Ixonos" or "Company") is preparing a share issue (“Share Issue”) pursuant to the shareholders' pre-emptive right to subscription in which a maximum amount of 120,000,000 new shares will be issued for subscription by the shareholders based on the authorisation of the Extraordinary General Meeting. The Share Issue requires, among other things, the approval of the Extraordinary General Meeting and the above share amount is based on the assumption that the shareholders meeting will at the same time decide on a reverse share split where five (5) existing shares are combined into one (1) new share for the purposes laid down in Chapter 15, Section 9 of the Finnish Companies Act.
The Company intends to raise a maximum amount of EUR 10.5 million in the Share Issue of which a maximum amount of EUR 3.5 million may be raised by issuing shares in a directed share issue ("Directed Share Issue") or option rights or other special rights entitling to shares that are set out in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Companies Act ("Options or Other Special Rights").
The largest shareholder of the Company, Turret Oy Ab ("Turret") (approx. 24.25 percent of shares) has in relation to the Share Issue given a subscription commitment in full concerning the new shares that their holding entitles them to subscribe for. The subscription commitment given by Turret is conditional upon the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority having granted Turret a permanent exemption from the obligation pursuant to the Finnish Securities Market Act to make a mandatory public offer for the remainder of the shares and other securities entitling to shares issued by the Company in case Turret’s ownership, as a result of the subscription commitment, exceeds 30 percent of the voting rights attached to the Company’s shares.
Additionally, Turret has given an underwriting commitment for shares that are potentially not subscribed for in the Share Issue up to maximum amount of EUR 1.0 million. The underwriting commitment is, however, only effective to the extent Turret's ownership does not, as a result of the use of the subscription commitment and the underwriting commitment, exceed 30 per cent of the voting rights attached to the Company’s shares.
Turret has a right to set off the subscription prices payable based upon the given subscription and underwriting commitments against the amount of its receivables from the Company by presenting a claim to the Company therefor.
The Board of Directors of Company is expected to decide on the terms and conditions of the Share Issue, including the number of issued shares and the subscription price, after the Extraordinary General Meeting has granted the Board of Directors the authorisation to decide of the Share Issue. The subscription period of the Directed Share Issue or the Options or Other Special Rights shall begin and end after the end of the subscription period of the Share Issue. The Company will publish a prospectus before the beginning of the Share Issue as set out in the Security Markets Act.
Pohjola Corporate Finance Ltd will act as a lead manager in the Share Issue, the Directed Share Issue and the issue of Options or Other Special Rights.
The invitation to Extraordinary General Meeting has been published today as a separate stock exchange release. Proposals for the authorisation of the Share Issue, the reverse share split and other information concerning the Extraordinary General Meeting are available in Company web pages www.ixonos.com.
Helsinki, 8 October 2013
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