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NEW YORK, 8 July, 2020 – Renalytix AI plc (LSE: RENX), an artificial intelligence-enabled in vitro diagnostics company, focused on optimizing clinical management of kidney disease to drive improved patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs, announces that it now proposes to distribute shares in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Verici Dx Limited (“Verici”).
Following the approval by shareholders at a general meeting held on 15 May 2020 of the reduction of capital and the confirmation of the High Court in England and Wales on 9 June 2020, the cancellation of the Company’s share premium account has been completed and the reduction of capital became effective on 6 July 2020.
On 7 July 2020 the Board convened and declared a distribution in specie of shares in Verici to trustees on trust for the Company’s shareholders (the “Distribution”). Verici’s share capital has been re-designated into 59,416,134 A Shares of £0.001 each and 1 golden share of £0.001 (the “Golden Share”). The Golden Share will be the only voting share in the capital of Verici and will be retained by the Company. The Company’s shareholders on the register as at close of business on 9 July 2020 (“Relevant Renalytix Shareholders“) will receive one A Share in Verici (“Distribution Shares”) for every 1 ordinary share held in the Company. Broadway Nominees Limited, as trustees, will act as legal holder of the Distribution Shares and the undertaking can be accessed on the Company’s website under the investor section.
Relevant Renalytix Shareholders will become the beneficial owners of their respective Distribution Shares when the Board resolves to declare the Distribution, at which time an ‘omnibus’ share certificate in respect of the Distribution Shares will be issued, to be held by the trustees on behalf of the Relevant Renalytix Shareholders for a period of:
During the Lock-up Period, Relevant Renalytix Shareholders will not be permitted to transfer the legal or beneficial ownership of their Distribution Shares.
The A Shares and the Golden Share will, on the earlier of the admission to trading of Verici on AIM (or another recognised stock exchange) and two years from the date that the Distribution is declared, automatically convert into Ordinary Shares in Verici on the basis of one Ordinary Share for each A Share or Golden Share held. If Verici is admitted to trading on AIM (or another recognised stock exchange), the Lock-up Period will continue to apply to the converted Ordinary Shares. Upon conversion, the A Shares will rank equally in all respects with the Golden Share (and all other Ordinary Shares) including in respect of voting and dividend rights.
The legal title to the Distribution Shares will be held by Broadway Nominees Limited, as trustees, during the Lock-Up Period. If the A Shares are converted into Ordinary Shares prior to the expiration of the Lock-up Period, Broadway Nominees Limited will withhold its votes in relation to any shareholder resolution of Verici. At the end of the Lock-up Period, Broadway Nominees Limited will execute stock transfer forms to transfer the Distribution Shares to the Relevant Renalytix Shareholders based on a schedule provided by the Company’s registrars.
Relevant Renalytix Shareholders will receive a letter informing them of their beneficial holdings of Distribution Shares shortly after the declaration of the Distribution.
Following the Lock-up Period, Relevant Renalytix Shareholders will receive individual certificates in respect of their Distribution Shares.
On 4 May 2020 the Company transferred the in-licensed FractalDx technology and associated assets to Verici for a consideration of $2,000,000 (“Consideration”). The Consideration was satisfied by the issue of convertible loan notes of Verici in favour of the Company (“Loan Notes”). The Loan Notes are repayable (if the Company so determines), amongst other things, on the completion of a fundraising in Verici or 12 months from the date of the instrument constituting the Loan Notes, unless the Company determines to convert the Loan Notes into ordinary shares in Verici at the time of a fundraising in Verici. The Loan Notes are secured by a debenture over Verici in favour of the Company and no interest shall accrue on the Loan Notes.
The anticipated timetable for the distribution is:
|Record date for the Distribution
|close of business on 9 July 2020
|RenalytixAI ordinary shares marked as ex rights
|Start of trading on 10 July 2020
|Transfer of shares in Verici
|10 July 2020
Related party transaction
As part of RenalytixAI’s preparations for a potential dual-listing on Nasdaq, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (“Mount Sinai”), a substantial shareholder in the Company, has requested that RenalytixAI enter into a registration rights agreement pursuant to which RenalytixAI will, at its own cost and expense, assist Mount Sinai in the registration of Mount Sinai’s ordinary shares for resale under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The registration rights agreement contains customary indemnities given by RenalytixAI in respect of any loss suffered by Mount Sinai and certain of its associated persons (as well as the underwriters on any underwritten follow-on offering by Mount Sinai) arising out of any material misstatements made in or omissions from the public filings related to the potential Nasdaq dual-listing and/or the resale of Mount Sinai’s ordinary shares. These indemnities are of a customary nature and are uncapped.
The entry by RenalytixAI into the registration rights agreement together with the obligations contained within it is deemed to be a related party transaction pursuant to AIM Rule 13 as Mount Sinai is a substantial shareholder in the Company. The directors of the Company, excluding Erik Lium and Barbara Murphy, who are not considered to be independent for this purpose on account of their connection with Mount Sinai, having consulted with the Company’s nominated adviser, Stifel, consider the terms of the registration rights agreement to be fair and reasonable insofar as the Company’s shareholders are concerned.