Vitec has carried out a directed new share issue of 2,500,000 class B shares, raising proceeds of SEK 197.5 million
Vitec Software Group AB (publ) (”Vitec” or the ”Company”) has, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 23 April 2018, resolved to carry out a directed new share issue of 2,500,000 class B shares at a subscription price of SEK 79 per share. The subscription price has been established by the Company’s board of directors, in collaboration with Handelsbanken Capital Markets, based on the considered interest to invest shown by institutional investors.
Subscribers in the directed new share issue are the institutional investors Cliens Kapitalförvaltning AB, Creades AB, Didner & Gerge Fonder AB, Grenspecialisten Förvaltning AB, Handelsbanken Fonder AB and OstVast Capital. The Company will receive proceeds of SEK 197.5 million before transaction cost for the directed new share issue.
The reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights is to diversify the shareholder base among institutional investors and at the same time carry out the capital raising in a time and cost-effective manner. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the directed new share issue to finance acquisitions of companies, product rights, or other objects that complement the business, and enable a higher investment pace in the development of the Company. The board of directors’ assessment is that the subscription price has been determined in accordance with market practice through contacts with institutional investors and the considered interest to invest.
As a result of the directed new share issue, the number of shares in the Company will increase with 2,500,000 from 29,838,900 to 32,338,900 and the number of votes will increase with 2,500,000 from 59,988,900 to 62,488,900 (divided between 3,350,000 class A shares and 28,988,900 class B shares). The share capital will increase with SEK 250,000 from SEK 2,983,890 to SEK 3,233,890. The directed new share issue entails a dilution effect for existing shareholders of approximately 7.7 percent of the number of shares and approximately 4.0 percent of the number of votes based on the total number of shares and votes in Vitec after the directed new share issue.
In connection with the directed new share issue, the Company has agreed with Handelsbanken Capital Markets not to issue additional shares during a period of 180 days, a so-called "standstill period". Certain customary exemptions apply after consultation with Handelsbanken Capital Markets. In addition, Lars Stenlund (CEO) has agreed not to sell his shareholding during a lock-up period of 180 days.
Handelsbanken Capital Markets has been appointed as Sole Lead Manager and Bookrunner and Baker McKenzie acts as legal advisor in the directed new share issue.
For more information, please contact
Lars Stenlund, CEO Vitec Software Group AB (publ), +46 70 659 49 39
Patrik Fransson, IR Officer Vitec Software Group AB (publ), +46 76 942 85 97
This information is such information that Vitec Software Group AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication under the auspices of the above stated contact persons on 29 November 2018 at 19:40 CET.
Vitec is market leader for Vertical Market Software in the Nordic region. We develop and deliver standard niche software. Vitec grows through acquisitions of well-managed and well-established software companies. The Group's overall processes together with the employees' in-depth knowledge of the customer's local market enables continuous improvement and innovation. Our 650 employees are based in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Vitec is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and had net sales of SEK 855 million in 2017. Find more at www.vitecsoftware.com.
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