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Publicerat: 2023-01-31 08:20:52

Katalysen Ventures AB: Katalysen Ventures completes a directed share issue of 805’000 new shares, raising proceeds of approximately SEK 11.9 million from strategic investors

The board of directors of Katalysen Ventures AB (publ) ("Katalysen" or the "Company") has today resolved to carry out a directed share issue of 805’000 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 14.75 per share corresponding to a discount of approximately 7.8% compared to the closing price of SEK 16.00 on 27 January 2023. Through the directed share issue, Katalysen will receive proceeds amounting to approximately SEK 11.9 million before transaction costs. Total transaction costs are estimated at SEK 10’000.

The board of directors of Katalysen has today, based on the authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 12 May 2022, resolved to carry out a directed share issue with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights of 805’000 new shares to a group of strategic investors.

The subscription price has been determined through negotiations and agreement with the subscribing investors. The price, SEK 14.75, corresponds to a discount of approximately 7.8% compared to the closing price of SEK 16.00 on 27 January 2023, and the board of directors assesses that the subscription price fairly reflects prevailing market conditions and demand. Due to the current volatile market climate, compensation for guarantee commitments in a rights issue would likely exceed the value of the discount for the directed share issue. Therefore, it is the board's assessment that the market value of the subscription price has been ensured. Payment of the subscription price shall be made in cash at the latest on 6 February 2023. The board of directors has the right to postpone the last date for payment.

The reason for executing the directed issue and to deviate from the shareholders’ preferential rights are as follows:

The Company's board has investigated and considered various financing alternatives, among other things it has investigated the prerequisites for carrying out a successful rights issue (Swedish: Företrädesemission). Due to the prevailing market climate, the board considers that there are currently no suitable conditions for carrying out a rights issue on favorable terms. The board has noted that the majority of rights issues that have been carried out on the market have been negatively affected by the volatile market climate. In those cases where rights issues have been carried out, it has been noted that the market value of shares have fallen below subscription prices despite heavy discounts. As a result, the subscription rate outside of guarantee and subscription commitments has been low. It is therefore deemed beneficial to conduct a directed share issue to avoid exposure to price fluctuations in the market. Obtaining underwriting and guarantee commitments is a time-consuming and costly process. Taking into account that the subscription rate in rights issues on the market many times does not exceed the subscription and guarantee commitments, the board considers that it is not advantageous to pay compensation for the liquidity one expects to receive. Due to the above, the board does not consider it appropriate to carry out a rights issue under such conditions as described. The board's assessment is that a directed share issue ensures the most time- and cost-effective financing of the development of the Company.

The board also assesses that the signing investors are likely to provide significant strategic, long-term value for the Company and its shareholders. Participating investors include:

  • Alex Schütz through his family office, Mr Schütz is the founder of C-Quadrat Investment Group with over EUR 8 billion in assets under management. Mr Schütz is an active and well-known investor in tech companies. Collaboration between Mr Schütz and Katalysen Ventures regarding a venture fund is in discussion.
  • Klemens Hallmann, a highly public entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the founder and sole owner of Hallmann Corporate Group, one of Austria’s leading groups of companies with investments in real estate, finance, technology and film production.

The board's overall assessment is that the above-mentioned reasons outweigh the reasons that justify the main principle that issues must be carried out with applicable shareholders' pre-emptive rights and that an issue with a deviation from shareholders' pre-emptive rights is therefore in the interests of the Company and all shareholders.

Through the directed issue, the number of shares and votes in the Company increases with 805’000 from 5’870’209 to 6’675’209, and the share capital increases with SEK 104’650.00 from SEK 763’127.17 to SEK 867’777.17. The directed issue results in a dilution for existing shareholders of approximately 12% of the number of shares and votes in the Company, based on the total number of shares and votes in the Company after the directed issue.

This disclosure contains information that Katalysen Ventures AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU nr 596/2014). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person, on 31-01-2023 08:21 CET.

For more information on Katalysen Ventures, please contact:
CEO Peter Almberg
Phone: +46 76 860 37 00

About Katalysen Ventures AB (publ):
Katalysen Ventures is a publicly listed venture developer that advances early-stage ventures as an active partner by providing hands-on expertise, capital, experience and access to networks. Katalysen operates via its team of venture developers out of offices in Stockholm, Geneva, and San Francisco and has so far invested its expertise and capital in 26+ early-stage ventures.

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