Further to the announcement made at 7.10 a.m. today, Verici Dx plc (AIM: VRCI), a developer of advanced clinical diagnostics for organ transplant, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Placing.
The Placing has raised gross proceeds of approximately £9.55million (before expenses), through the placing of 27,282,492 Placing Shares with existing and new investors at the Fundraise Price of 35 pence. 14,285,714 of the Placing Shares are EIS/VCT qualifying (the “EIS/VCT Shares”).
The 27,282,492 Placing Shares represent approximately 19.25% per cent. of the existing issued share capital of the Company.
The Subscription is expected to generate further gross proceeds of approximately £0.45 million and will remain open until further notice to allow a limited number of entities and individuals who are outside of the United Kingdom to subscribe. A further announcement will be made in due course relating to the completion of the Subscription and the Fundraise.
The Placing Shares, other than the EIS/VCT Shares, and the Subscription Shares are conditional upon, amongst other things, Admission becoming effective. The Placing is also conditional on the Placing Agreement not being terminated in accordance with its terms prior to Admission.
Singer Capital Markets is acting as placing agent for and on behalf of the Company in respect of the Placing.
Sara Barrington, CEO of Verici Dx, commented:
“In these challenging times we are particularly grateful to be able to access additional funds through the support of both existing and new shareholders. Verici will now focus on executing its strategic growth and commercialisation plans and we look forward to updating the market on our progress in what will be an important year for the Company, as we strive to bring improvements in patient outcomes and healthcare economics to the kidney transplant market.”
Further to the announcement released by the Company at 7:10am p.m. on 4 March 2022 , Christopher Mills / Harwood Capital LLP1 (“Harwood Capital”) has confirmed its participation in the Placing and will invest in 2,928,571 Placing Shares for consideration of £1.025 million. Immediately prior to this announcement, Harwood Capital owned 28,368,572 Ordinary Shares, representing approximately 20.01% per cent. of the Company's existing issued share capital. As a Substantial Shareholder (as defined in the AIM Rules), the participation of Harwood Capital in the Placing constitutes a related party transaction pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules.
The Directors (all of whom are regarded as being independent of Harwood Capital), having consulted with Singer Capital Markets as the Company's nominated adviser, consider that the participation by Harwood Capital in the Placing is fair and reasonable in so far as shareholders are concerned.
Harwood Capital is a substantial shareholder in both Verici and EKF (in which it owns a 28.48% interest). Christopher Mills is Chair of EKF and Julian Baines, the Chair of Verici, is its Deputy Chairman. Having regard to these facts and noting that although EKF does not fall under the definition of a related party under the AIM Rules and therefore its investment in 7,142,857 Placing Shares for a consideration of £2.5 million does not qualifying as a related party transaction under Rule 13, the participation by EKF in the Fundraise has nonetheless been closely considered. The independent Directors of Verici, being those other than Julian Baines in relation to EKF’s participation in the Placing, having consulted with Singer Capital Markets, the Company’s nominated adviser, consider that the terms of the investment by EKF are fair and reasonable in so far as shareholders are concerned.
1 Christopher Mills is the controlling shareholder of Harwood Capital, whose associate companies act as adviser or investment manager to two investment trusts on whose boards Christopher Mills serves. The interests of Harwood Capital are therefore aggregated with those of Christopher Mills (which include those of his immediate family).
Applications will be made to the London Stock Exchange for 14,285,714 EIS/VCT Shares and for at least 14,285,715 Non-EIS /VCT Placing Shares (including the Subscription Shares) to be admitted to trading on AIM. The Placing Shares, when issued, will be fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with each other and with the existing ordinary shares of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue.
It is expected that settlement of the EIS/VCT Placing Shares will take place on 11 March 2022 and that Admission of the Placing Shares and the Subscription Shares will become effective at 8.00 a.m. on 14 March 2022.
A further announcement will be made in relation to Company’s increased total voting rights following completion of the Subscription.
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