Biocartis Group NV: BIOCARTIS SUCCESSFULLY RAISES EUR 55.50 MILLION
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23 January 2019, 21:30 CET
BIOCARTIS SUCCESSFULLY RAISES EUR 55.50 MILLION IN AN EQUITY PLACEMENT
Mechelen, Belgium, 23 January 2019 - Biocartis Group NV (the "Company" or "Biocartis"), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), announces today that it successfully raised an amount of EUR 55.50 million in gross proceeds by means of a private placement via an accelerated bookbuild offering of 5,000,000 new shares (being approximately 9.73% of the Company's outstanding shares) at an issue price of EUR 11.10 per share (the "Offering").
Ewoud Welten, Chief Financial Officer of Biocartis, commented: "Today's oversubscribed private placement further strengthens the capitalisation of Biocartis. We are pleased to see that even in challenging market conditions, both existing and new international institutional investors continue to support Biocartis in the further execution of its business plan. That is a great motivator to our teams and partners as well as a strong recognition of the progress that Biocartis has made over the last year."
Biocartis currently envisages using the net proceeds to fund the expansion of the Idylla(TM) test menu and applications, its sales and marketing activities, further investments in its cartridge manufacturing capacity, and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG ("Berenberg"), KBC Securities SA/NV ("KBC Securities") and Kempen & Co N.V. ("Kempen") acted as Joint Bookrunners in the Offering.
In relation to the Offering, the Company has agreed with the Joint Bookrunners to a market customary 90 days standstill period on future share issuances, waivable by the Joint Bookrunners subject to customary exceptions.
The payment and delivery of the new shares is expected to take place on 28 January 2019, and an application will be made to admit the new shares to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels at the same time. The new shares to be issued will have the same rights and benefits as, and rank pari passu in all respects with, the existing and outstanding shares of Biocartis at the moment of their issuance.
As a result of the issuance of new shares, the Company's share capital will increase from EUR 513,610.88 to EUR 563,610.88 and its issued and outstanding shares will increase from 51,361,088 to 56,361,088 ordinary shares.
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Biocartis (Euronext Brussels: BCART) is an innovative molecular diagnostics (MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry. Biocartis' proprietary MDx Idylla(TM) platform is a fully automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system that offers accurate, highly reliable molecular information from virtually any biological sample in virtually any setting. Biocartis is developing and marketing a rapidly expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs in oncology. This area represents the fastest growing segment of the MDx market worldwide. Today, Biocartis offers tests supporting melanoma, colorectal and lung cancer. More information: www.biocartis.com. Press Photo Library available here. Follow us on Twitter: @Biocartis_.
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Information to Distributors:
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures, and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any 'manufacturer' (for the purposes of the product governance requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the new shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the new shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the 'Target Market Assessment'). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the new shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the new shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the new shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Offering. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Joint Bookrunners will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
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