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*** The below text clarifies that the subscription period and planned trading in subscription rights will be in March 2023 and not March 2022.
OSLO NORWAY – 22 NOVEMBER 2022 - The Board of Directors of Zwipe AS (the "Company" or "Zwipe") has today resolved to propose a preferential rights issue of 20,862,047 new shares (the "Offer Shares"), for a subscription price of NOK 4.80 per Offer Share, raising gross proceeds of approximately NOK 100 million with preferential rights for existing shareholders (the "Rights Issue"). The Rights Issue is fully guaranteed through a combination of subscription commitments and underwriting commitments. The Rights Issue requires the approval by the extraordinary general meeting of the Company expected to be held on 2 December 2022 (the "EGM") to be implemented. The notice of the extraordinary general meeting will be published in a separate press release.
Background and reason for the Rights Issue
Zwipe is a Norwegian biometric technology company established in 2009, focused on developing and commercializing secure, fast, and easy-to-use biometric authentication solutions with broad applications across key verticals such as payments and access control. Since 2019, card manufacturers have started the process of launching biometric payment card specific manufacturing lines, semiconductor providers have begun the development of dedicated offerings for this market, and the entire value chain supporting these processes has started moving more consistently. At the same time, Zwipe has made significant progress and added numerous smart card manufacturing customers across the world, significantly broadening their customer base. In addition, Zwipe has entered multiple important partnerships to enhance their go-to-market strategy and accelerate the adoption of biometric payment cards. Pilots have started and give the Company insights in its progress towards commercial adoption of its offerings.
In 2022, Zwipe has achieved a number of important milestones. The Company received its single largest commercial order for Zwipe Pay in a single quarter totalling $225,000. The Zwipe Pay Biometric Payment Card Platform received certification from both Visa and Mastercard, and the Fraport biometric access control project at Frankfurt Airport was successfully completed. Catering to the strong demand for access control solutions in the market, Zwipe is now engaging with a number of system integrators and distributors to accelerate the deployment of biometric access cards in key verticals and markets.
The Rights Issue is carried out in order to strengthen the Company’s financial position and enable the transition from start-up to scale-up.
Robert Puskaric, CEO of Zwipe comments:
“I am extremely pleased by the continued confidence demonstrated by our largest existing shareholders. Zwipe is experiencing significant positive commercial momentum and the proceeds from this fully secured rights issue will enable us to build upon our already strong position within biometric payments and biometric access control. The proceeds will be used to continue ramping up to meet growing global market demand for biometric security.”
Key terms of the Rights Issue
- Issue of 20,862,047 Offer Shares for a subscription price of NOK 4.80 per Offer Share to be paid in cash.
- Through the Rights issue, Zwipe will raise gross proceeds of approximately NOK 100.1 million before issue costs, which are estimated to amount to NOK 13.5 million, of which approximately NOK 9.2 million is compensation for the guarantee.
- One (1) existing share in Zwipe held on the record date of 1 March 2023, entitles the holder to one (1) subscription right. Nine (9) subscription rights entitle the holder to subscribe for five (5) Offer Shares.
- The subscription period is expected to run during the period 6 – 20 March 2023.
- Subscription rights that are not exercised during the subscription period become invalid and lose their value. Trading in subscription rights is planned to take place on the Euronext Growth Market and Nasdaq First North Growth Market during the period 6 – 15 March 2023.
- The Rights issue means that the Company's share capital increases by NOK 2,086,204.70, implying a dilution of 35.7 percent.
Underwriting obligations and guarantee commitments
The Rights Issue is fully guaranteed through a combination of subscription- and underwriting commitments. The subscription commitments are entered into with the Company’s largest shareholders, including Chairman of the Board Jörgen Lantto, and amount to approximately NOK 34.5 million, corresponding to approximately 34.5 percent of the Rights Issue. The underwriting commitments amount to approximately NOK 65.6 million, corresponding to approximately 65.5 percent of the Rights Issue. The underwriting commitments are entered into with three of the Company’s largest owners, Vasastaden Holding AB, Erik Selin Fastigheter AB and Arcanum Eiendom AS (controlled by Lars Windfeldt) pursuant to underwriting agreements entered into with each of them on 22 November 2022. The commitments and underwriting commitments are not secured by bank guarantee, escrow funds, pledging or similar arrangements. Pursuant to, and subject to, the terms and conditions set out in the underwriting agreements and the subscription commitments, the underwriters and pre-committing subscribing shareholders have undertaken to vote their shares held at the time of the EGM in favour of the Rights Issue and all underwriters have undertaken to guarantee on a several basis (not jointly) to subscribe for the Offer Shares, for a total underwritten amount of NOK 100,137,825.6 million, less any subscriptions covered by the subscription commitments. The Offer Shares which are not subscribed upon expiration of the subscription period (if any), will thus be subscribed by and allocated to the underwriters.
Other information pertaining to the Rights Issue
In connection with the Right Issue, a prospectus will be prepared, which is subject to the approval by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority and which will be passported to Sweden. The prospectus will be published prior to the commencement of the subscription period and will form the basis for subscriptions in the Right Issue. Provided that the prospectus is approved by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority and passported to Sweden in time, the subscription period for the Rights Issue will commence on 6 March 2023 and expire 20 March 2023 at 16:30 hours (CET). In the event that the prospectus is not approved in time to uphold this subscription period, the subscription period will commence on the second trading day on the Oslo Stock Exchange following the approval of the prospectus and expire at 16:30 hours (CET) two weeks thereafter.
The shareholders of the Company on 27 February 2023 (and being registered as such in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository, Euronext Securities Oslo, (the "VPS") as at the expiry of 1 March 2023 (the "record date")) will be granted one (1) preferential subscription right for each share registered as held by the shareholder as of the record date. Nine (9) preferential rights will give the right to subscribe for and be allocated five (5) Offer Shares in the Rights Issue (i.e. the holding of less than nine (9) preferential rights will not give the right to subscribe for any Offer Shares in the Rights Issue). Provided that a purchase of shares is made with ordinary T+2 settlement, shares purchased up to and including 27 February 2023 will give the right to receive subscription rights, whereas shares purchased from and including 28 February 2023 will not give the right to receive subscription rights. The subscription rights are expected to be tradable and listed on Euronext Growth Oslo and Nasdaq First North from and including the first day of the subscription period and until 16:30 (Oslo time) four trading days prior to the expiry of the subscription period. Over-subscription and subscription without subscription rights will be permitted.
A further description of the Rights Issue and of other circumstances that must be considered upon subscription of shares in the Rights Issue will be included in the prospectus for the Rights Issue, which will be published no later than the first trading of the subscription period and that will constitute the subscription material for the Rights Issue.
Indicative timeline for the Rights Issue
- 2 December 2022: EGM
- 27 February 2023: Last trading day in the share including subscription rights
- 28 February 2023: First trading day in the share without subscription rights
- 1 March 2023: Record date for determination of the right to receive subscription rights
- 3 March 2023: Estimated date for publication of prospectus
- 6 – 15 March 2023: Trading in subscription rights
- 6 – 20 March 2023: Subscription period
- 21 March 2023: Estimated date for publication of the outcome of the Rights Issue and the allocation of the Offer Shares
Change in share capital and number of shares and dilution
Upon completion of the Rights Issue, the share capital in the Company will be increased by NOK 2,086,204.7, from NOK 3,755,168.50 to NOK 5,841,373.20, through the issuance of 20,862,047 new shares. The number of shares thus increases from 37,551,685 to 58,413,732 shares. For existing shareholders who do not participate in the Rights Issue, this means, in the case of full subscription, a dilution effect of 35.7 percent of capital and votes in the Company.
Zwipe has engaged Erik Penser Bank AB and Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS as financial and legal advisors respectively in connection with the Rights Issue.
For further information contact:
Danielle Glenn, CFO and Head of IR, Zwipe
This information is subject to the disclosure requirements in the Market Abuse Regulation (EU 596/2014) and the Norwegian Securities Trading Act section 5-12, and is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo (Euronext Growth Oslo Rule Book – Part II) and on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, email@example.com. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 19:30 on 22 November 2022.
Zwipe believes the inherent uniqueness of every person is the key to a safer future. We work with great passion across networks of international organizations, industries and cultures to make convenience safe and secure. We are pioneering next-generation biometric card and wearables technology for payment and physical & logical access control and identification solutions. We promise our customers and partners deep insight and frictionless solutions, ensuring a seamless user experience with our innovative biometric products and services. Zwipe is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with a global presence.
To learn more, visit http://www.zwipe.com.
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