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Arctic Bioscience AS: Stabilisation and over-allotment notice
Reference is made to the announcement from Arctic Bioscience AS (“Arctic Bioscience” or the “Company”) published on 19 February 2021 regarding the successful completion of a Private Placement (the “Private Placement”) and the admission to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo (the “Admission”) of the shares in Arctic Bioscience (the “Shares”).
DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, acting as stabilisation manager (the “Stabilisation Manager”) may, on behalf of the Managers (as defined below), engage in stabilisation activities of the Shares from today to and including 25 March 2021 (the “Stabilisation Period”).
As part of the Private Placement, the Managers have over-allotted 1,451,612 Shares (the “Additional Shares”) to the applicants in the Private Placement, which equals 15% of the 9,677,419 new shares allocated in the Private Placement. In order to permit delivery of the Additional Shares, the Stabilisation Manager, on behalf of the Managers, has borrowed a number of Shares equal to the number of Additional Shares from Capra Invest AS and Ronja Capital II AS (with 50% from each), and which will be redelivered to such shareholders upon expiry of the Stabilisation Period.
Further, the Company has granted the Stabilisation Manager an option (the “Greenshoe Option”), which may be exercised on behalf of the Managers, to subscribe for a number of Shares up to the number of Additional Shares, at a price per Share equal to the subscription price in the Private Placement of NOK 31 per share (the “Offer Price”). The Stabilisation Manager can use the Greenshoe Option to close out short positions resulting from over-allotments made as part of the Private Placement.
The Stabilisation Manager may effect transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the Company’s Shares at a level higher than what might otherwise prevail, through buying Shares in the Company in the open market at prices equal to or lower than (but not above) the Offer Price. There is no obligation on the Stabilisation Manager to conduct stabilisation activities and there can be no assurance that stabilisation activities will be undertaken. If stabilisation activities are undertaken, they may be discontinued at any time, and must be brought to an end upon or before expiry of the Stabilisation Period.
Any stabilisation activities will be conducted based on the same principles as set out in Section 3-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act section 3-12 and the EC Commission Regulation 2273/2003 regarding buy-back programmes and stabilisation of financial instruments, as well as, to the extent applicable, article 5 (4) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation and chapter III of the supplemental rules set out in the Commission Delegated (EU) 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016 with regard to regulatory technical standards for the conditions applicable to buy-back programmes and stabilisation measures, in order to support the market price of the Shares.
The Company will only receive the proceeds from the Additional Shares if, and to the extent that, the Greenshoe Option is exercised.
ABG Sundal Collier ASA and DNB Markets, part of DNB Bank ASA, acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in the Private Placement and as Euronext Growth advisors in relation to the Admission (the “Managers”). Adviso advokatfirma AS and Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS are acting as legal counsels in connection with the Private Placement and the Admission.
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of the Company. The distribution of this announcement and other information may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws.
The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering or its securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made solely to “qualified institutional buyers” as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act.
In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression “Prospectus Regulation” means Regulation 2017/1129 as amended together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State.
This communication is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons in the United Kingdom that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only for relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.
Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “strategy”, “intends”, “estimate”, “will”, “may”, “continue”, “should” and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control.
Actual events may differ significantly from any anticipated development due to a number of factors, including without limitation, changes in investment levels and need for the Company’s services, changes in the general economic, political and market conditions in the markets in which the Company operates, the Company’s ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel, changes in the Company’s ability to engage in commercially acceptable acquisitions and strategic investments, and changes in laws and regulation and the potential impact of legal proceedings and actions. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The Company does not provide any guarantees that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this announcement are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this announcement or any obligation to update or revise the statements in this announcement to reflect subsequent events. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this document.
The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review, update, confirm, or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this announcement.
Neither of the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities in the Company. Neither the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act