Anoto resolves on a SEK 20 million directed issue and a SEK 20 million rights offering in order to strengthen financial position and in preparation for a large order from a customer of KAIT
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Anoto hereby informs that it is in late-stage discussions regarding a potential order of several hundred thousand pens. In order to finance a timely delivery of pens regarding the potential order and repay outstanding debt, the Board of Directors has resolved to carry out a directed share issue and a rights issue amounting to in total approximately SEK 40 million. The rights issue is guaranteed to 50 per cent and both the directed issue and the rights issue is subject to approval by an Extraordinary General Meeting.
Background and reasons
Anoto Group AB (“Anoto” or the “Company”) is in late-stage discussions with a Middle East government regarding a potential delivery of several hundred thousand pens. The potential order would also include a long-term license agreement regarding software products from Knowledge AI Holdings Ltd. (“KAIT”).
As part of the arrangement and to be able to timely deliver pens to the client, Anoto needs to pay the contract manufacturer of the pens an upfront payment for few critical components of the pen which is part of the production cost. In order to finance this upfront payment as well as to repay outstanding debt, the Board of Directors has resolved to carry out a directed share issue of SEK 20 million (the “Directed Issue”) and a rights issue, which is guaranteed up to 50 per cent, of approximately SEK 20 million (the “Rights Issue”) (and together with the Directed Issue the “Issues”).
The Board of Directors of Anoto has resolved on the issue of 50 million new ordinary shares with deviation from the shareholders preferential rights, raising proceeds of SEK 20 million before transaction related costs. The Directed Issue is subject to the approval by the EGM, which is scheduled to be held on 4 May 2023 (the “EGM”). The new shares have been subscribed for by Beof Company Ltd. a Korean company affiliated with Mr. KC Kim., who was previously associated with AIITONE Co Ltd’s, the largest shareholder of Anoto. Payment for the subscribed shares shall be made no later than on 11 May 2023. The reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights is that the Company is in great need of capital and the Board of Directors assesses that the expected issue proceeds in a time and cost-effective manner enable the Company to (i) ensure repayment of overdue loans, and (ii) ensure financing of components in order to enable the delivery of digital pens according to a potential order that the Company is currently negotiating with a government in the Middle East. The order and the license agreement that the order is expected to entail will, in the Board of Director’s opinion, contribute with great value for the Company’s shareholders, which justifies the issue’s deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights. Furthermore, the Directed Issue enables the Company to carry out the below described Rights issue with a guarantee undertaking from Beof Company Ltd of SEK 10 million. The subscription price has been determined based on the closing price of the Company’s ordinary share on Nasdaq Stockholm on April 4, 2023 of SEK 0.39 per share, which means that the subscription price corresponds to a premium of approximately 2.6 percent.
The new shares in the Directed Issue corresponds to approximately 15.1 percent of the total number of shares in the Company after dilution also including the new shares issued in the Rights Issue.
The Board of Directors of Anoto has resolved on a new issue of ordinary shares with preferential rights for the existing shareholders, raising proceeds of approximately SEK 20 million before transaction related costs. The Rights Issue is subject to the approval by the EGM, which is scheduled to be held on 4 May 2023.
In the Rights Issue, Anoto’s current shareholders will have a preferential right to subscribe for new shares in proportion to the number of shares held on the record date, which is expected to be 10 May 2023. The subscription price has been set to SEK 0.40 per share and the Rights Issue comprises approximately 50 million ordinary shares.
Shares which are subscribed for without preferential rights will be offered to current shareholders and other investors who have applied to subscribe for new shares without preferential rights. The subscription period is expected to run from 12 May 2023 to 26 May 2023. The new shares in the Rights Issue corresponds to approximately 15.1 percent of the total number of shares in the Company after dilution also including the new shares issued in the Directed Issue.
Subscription undertakings, guarantee commitments and voting commitments
Subject to the approval by the EGM, Beof Company Ltd. has guaranteed SEK 10 million, corresponding to approximately 50 per cent of the Rights Issue, subject to customary conditions. No commission will be paid in respect of the guarantee undertaking. The guarantee commitment are not secured through a bank guarantee, blocked funds, or pledge of collateral or similar arrangement.
Extraordinary General Meeting
The Issues is subject to approval by the EGM to be held on 4 May 2023. Notice to the EGM will be published separately on or around 5 April 2023 and will be available on www.anoto.com.
Information regarding the listing of the shares in the Issues, as well as other information regarding the Company, will be provided in the prospectus that is planned to be published in May 2023. The Prospectus which will be published on the Company’s website (www.anoto.com).
Setterwalls is legal adviser to the Company in connection with the Issues.
This information constitutes inside information as Anoto Group AB (publ) is obliged to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was provided by the contact person below for publication 5 April 2023 at 08:45 CET.
For further information, please contact:
Joonhee Won, CEO, Anoto Group AB (publ)
For more information about Anoto, please visit www.anoto.com or email email@example.com
Anoto Group AB (publ), Reg.No. 556532-3929, Flaggan 1165, SE-116 74 Stockholm
About Anoto Group
Anoto is a publicly held Swedish technology company known globally for innovation in the area of information-rich patterns and the optical recognition of those patterns. It is a leader in digital writing and drawing solutions, having historically used its proprietary technology to develop smartpens and related software. These smartpens enrich the daily lives of millions of people around the world. Anoto currently has three main business lines: Livescribe retail, Enterprise Forms and OEM. Anoto also owns Knowledge AI, a leading AI based education solution company, as its majority-controlled subsidiary. Anoto is traded on the Small Cap list of Nasdaq Stockholm under ANOT.
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