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OSLO, NORWAY – 28 NOVEMBER 2023 – Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement published by Zwipe AS (“Zwipe” or the “Company“) on 8 November 2023, in which the Company announced that its board of directors has resolved to propose that the Company carries out a new issue of units, each consisting of one new share in the Company, each with a nominal value of NOK 0.10 and one warrant of series T01 (the “Warrants“), with preferential rights for existing shareholders per unit (the “Units“), amounting to approximately NOK 35 million (the “Rights Issue“). The subscription price in the Rights Issue is NOK 0.60 per Unit on Euronext Growth Oslo and SEK 0.59 per Unit on Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden, based on the European Central Bank‘s published exchange rate on 7 November 2023 (the “Subscription Price“).
Reference is further made to the stock exchange announcement published by the Company on 24 November 2023 where the Company announced that the prospectus pertaining to the Rights Issue had been approved and registered by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (the “Prospectus“). The Prospectus has also been passported to Norway.
Availability of the prospectus:
Subject to applicable local securities laws, the prospectus for the Rights Issue is available on the Company’s website www.zwipe.com and will also be available on the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s website, www.fi.se.
The shareholders of the Company on 22 November 2023 (the “Eligible Shareholders“) (and being registered as such in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository, Euronext Securities Oslo, (the “VPS“) as at the expiry of 24 November 2023 (the “Record Date“) has been granted one (1) subscription right for each share registered as held by the shareholder as of the Record Date (the “Subscription Rights“). One (1) Subscription Right is required to subscribe for one (1) Unit. Each Unit consists of one (1) new share and one (1) Warrant. The Subscription Rights will be registered on each Eligible Shareholders’ VPS account.
Allocation of Subscription Rights:
One Subscription Right provides preferential right to subscribe for, and be allocated, one Unit at the Subscription Price (subject to applicable law in the relevant jurisdiction of an Eligible Shareholder). Eligible Shareholders will be allocated one (1) Subscription Right for every one (1) existing share registered as held by such eligible shareholder as of the Record Date. For a description of the allocation procedure, acquisition and/or exercise of Subscription Rights, reference is made to the section headed “Terms and Conditions of the Offering” under sub-heading “Allocation of the Units” in the Prospectus.
Subscription Period: The subscription period in the Rights Issue taking place on Euronext Growth Oslo will commence at 09:00 hours (CET) on 28 November 2023 and expire at 16:30 hours (CET) on 13 December 2023. The subscription period in the Rights Issue for the part of the Rights Issue taking place on Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden will commence at 09:00 hours (CET) on 28 November 2023 and expire at 16:30 hours (CET) on 12 December 2023.
Trading in Subscription Rights: The Subscription Rights will be listed and tradable on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker “ZWIPT” from 09:00 hours (CET) on 28 November 2023 to 16:30 hours (CET) on 7 December 2023 on Euronext Growth Oslo and Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden. Subscription Rights that are not used to subscribe for Units or sold before the expiry of the Subscription Period will have no value and will lapse without compensation to the holder. The Subscription Rights may have economic value if the Company’s shares trade above the Subscription Price during the Subscription Period.
Change in share capital, number of shares and dilution:
Based on the outstanding number of shares as of today, the share capital in the Company increases through the Rights Issue by a maximum of NOK 5,841,373.20, from NOK 5,841,373.20 to a maximum of NOK 11,682,746.40, through the issuance of a maximum of 58,413,732 shares. The number of shares increases from 58,413,732 to a maximum of 116,827,464 shares. For existing shareholders who do not participate in the Rights Issue, this implies a dilution effect of 50.0 percent in the case of full subscription.
Upon full subscription in the Rights Issue and subsequent subscription of NOK 5 million in the Convertible Loan (as defined below), the number of shares will increase by a further 6,410,256 to 123,237,720 shares and the share capital by NOK 641,025.60 to NOK 12,323,772.00 given full conversion of the Convertible Loan.
In the event that all outstanding warrants issued in the Rights issue are fully exercised for the subscription of new shares in Zwipe, the number of shares will increase by a further 29,206,866 to a total of 152,444,586 shares and the share capital will increase by NOK 2,920,686.60 to a total of NOK 15,244,458.60.
In the event that all outstanding warrants issued in connection with the Convertible Loan are fully exercised for the subscription of new shares in Zwipe, the number of shares will increase by a further 3,205,128 to a total of 155,649,714 shares and the share capital will increase by 320,512.80 to a total of 15,564,971.40 SEK.
The subscription price in the Rights Issue is NOK 0.60 per Unit on Euronext Growth Oslo and SEK 0.59 per Unit on Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden, based on the European Central Bank‘s published exchange rate on 7 November 2023.
Pre-commitment and bottom guarantee commitments:
In connection with the Rights Issue, the Company has received subscription commitments from a number of existing shareholders totaling approximately NOK 8.8 million, corresponding to approximately 25 percent of the Rights Issue. No compensation is paid for these subscription commitments.
In addition, Zwipe has received so-called bottom guarantee commitments of approximately NOK 15.8 million. Through the bottom guarantees, provided that subscription takes place to an amount at least equivalent to the subscription commitments, approximately 70 percent of the issue proceeds in the Rights issue is secured. For the so-called bottom guarantees, a compensation of thirteen (13) percent of the guaranteed amount is paid. The subscription commitments and bottom guarantee commitments are not secured by bank guarantee, escrow funds, pledging or similar arrangements. Detailed information regarding the parties that have entered into subscription commitments and guarantee undertakings can be found in the Prospectus.
Top guarantee commitment and new issue of the Convertible Loan and Warrants pursuant to the top guarantee commitment
Zwipe has received a so-called top guarantee of approximately NOK 10.5 million. Through the top guarantee, provided that subscription takes place to an amount at least equivalent to the subscription commitments and the bottom guarantee commitments, 100 percent of the issue proceeds in the Rights Issue is secured. For the so-called top guarantee, a compensation of fifteen (15) percent of the guaranteed amount is paid. The top guarantee commitment is not secured by bank guarantee, escrow funds, pledging or similar arrangements. In the event that the top guarantor needs to fulfill its top guarantee commitment, the subscription amount shall be paid to the Company by the top guarantor subscribing for a convertible loan in the Company of up to approximately NOK 10.5 million (the “Convertible Loan“). The total subscription price for the Convertible Loan will be equivalent to the total subscription price of the Rights Issue, minus the subscription price of the units subscribed by the existing shareholders of the Company and the units subscribed by the bottom guarantors. However, the subscription price shall not be less than NOK 5.0 million. For instance, if the Rights Issue is subscribed to 75%, the top guarantor will subscribe in the Convertible Loan for 25% of the Rights Issue. If the Convertible Loan is subscribed to 95%, the top guarantor will subscribe for 5% of the Rights Issue, adjusted up to an amount equal to base amount of NOK 5.0 million. This means that the total potential funds raised in the Rights Issue and the Convertible Loan could amount to approximately NOK 40.0 million in aggregate. The Convertible Loan carries an annual interest rate of 10 percent + STIBOR 3M of the loan amount. The interest will be paid by the Company quarterly in cash. The maturity date of the Convertible Loan is 20 December 2024, to the extent conversion has not taken place before such date. The conversion price is 130 percent of subscription price in the Rights issue, which is equal to NOK 0.78 per share. The top guarantor will also have the right and obligation to subscribe for Warrants free of charge in relation to the subscription price for the Convertible Loan. The number of Warrants the top guarantor shall be entitled to subscribe for will amount to the maximum number of Units in the Rights Issue less the aggregate number of Units subscribed for by existing shareholders in the Company and Units subscribed for under the bottom guarantee commitments divided by 0.78. Detailed information regarding the top guarantor can be found in the Prospectus.
Financial Intermediaries: If an Eligible Shareholder holds shares in the Company registered through a financial intermediary as of expiry of the Record Date, the financial intermediary will customarily give the Eligible Shareholder details of the aggregate number of the Subscription Rights to which they will be entitled. The relevant financial intermediary will customarily supply each Eligible Shareholder with this information in accordance with its usual customer relations procedures. Eligible Shareholders holding their shares in the Company through a financial intermediary should contact the financial intermediary if they have received no information with respect to the Rights Issue.
Listing and Commencement of trading of the new shares: Subject to timely payment of the entire subscription amount in the Rights Issue, it is expected that the new shares will be issued and delivered to the VPS accounts of the subscribers to whom they are allocated on or about 28 December 2023. The new shares allocated in the Rights Issue are expected to commence trading on Euronext Growth Oslo and Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden on or about 28 December 2023.
DNB Bank ASA, Issuer Services, is acting as receiving agent in the Rights Issue.
Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS is acting as the Company’s legal adviser in connection with the Rights Issue.
For further details of the terms of the Rights Issue, please refer to the Prospectus.
This information is published in accordance with the requirements of the
Continuing Obligations set out in Euronext Growth Rule Book Part II for Euronext
For further information contact:
Danielle Glenn, CFO and Head of IR, Zwipe
E-mail: [email protected]
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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Offers to the public will be permitted in Sweden and Norway from and including the date of approval of the prospectus by the competent authority in Sweden and the competent authority in Norway has been notified in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation, through to and including the end of the subscription period in the Rights Issue.
This press release contains forward-looking statements related to the Company’s intentions, estimates or expectations with regard to the Company’s future results, financial position, liquidity, development, outlook, estimated growth, strategies and opportunities as well as the markets in which the Company is active. Forward-looking statements are statements that do not refer to historical facts and can be identified by the use of terms such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “will,” “may,” “implies,” “should,” “could” and, in each case, their negative, or comparable terminology. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on various assumptions, which in several cases are based on further assumptions. Although the Company believes that the assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no guarantee that they will occur or that they are correct. Since these assumptions are based on assumptions or estimates and involve risks and uncertainties, actual results or outcomes, for many different reasons, may differ materially from those what is stated in the forward-looking statements. Due to such risks, uncertainties, eventualities and other significant factors, actual events may differ materially from the expectations that expressly or implicitly are contained in this press release through the forward-looking statements. The Company does not guarantee that the assumptions which serve as a basis for the forward-looking statements in this press release are correct, and each reader of the press release should not rely on the forward-looking statements in this press release. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements that expressly or implicitly are stated herein are provided only as of the date of this press release and may change. Neither the Company nor any other party will review, update, confirm or publicly announce any revision of any forward-looking statement to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise with respect to the contents of this press release, beyond what is required by law or Euronext Growth Oslo or Nasdaq First North Growth Market’s rules for issuers.
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