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17 June 2021
Immunicum Announces Results of Directed Share Issue
Immunicum AB (publ) (Nasdaq Stockholm: IMMU) (“Immunicum” or the “Company”) today announces that it has successfully completed a directed share issue of 33,233,433 shares at a subscription price of SEK 4.25 per share (the “Directed Issue”), through which the Company receives approximately SEK 141.2 million in gross proceeds, before deducting the commissions and estimated Directed Issue expenses payable by Immunicum.
The board of directors of Immunicum has, based on the issue authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 4 May 2021, resolved on a directed issue of 33,233,433 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 4.25 per share. The subscription price in the Directed Issue has been determined by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process, and the board of directors therefore assesses that the subscription price is at market terms and accurately reflects current market conditions and demand.
The Directed Issue was directed to Swedish and international investors, including the Company’s largest shareholder Van Herk, which has subscribed for its pro rata share, and the Company’s second largest shareholder AP4, which has subscribed for an amount of circa SEK 52.8 million.
The net proceeds of the Directed Issue are intended to be used for: (i) continuation of ongoing clinical trials and preparations for clinical pipeline expansion; (ii) expansion of process development activities; (iii) preclinical research activities; and (iv) general corporate purposes.
The Company believes that using the flexibility provided by a share issue with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights was the most appropriate alternative for the Company at this time, allowing it to raise capital in a timely and cost-effective manner and to diversify the shareholder base.
Following settlement of the Directed Issue, which is envisaged on or about 22 June 2021, the total number of shares and votes in Immunicum will increase with 33,233,433, from 166,167,166 to 199,400,599. The share capital will increase with SEK 1,661,671.65, from SEK 8,308,358.30 to SEK 9,970,029.95. The Directed Issue entails a dilution of 16.7 percent, based on the total number of shares in Immunicum after the Directed Issue.
In connection with the Directed Issue, the Company has agreed, subject to customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of 180 days following settlement of the Directed Issue. In addition, members of the board of directors and management of the Company, as well as the Company’s major shareholders, Van Herk and AP4 (the “Major Shareholders”), have agreed not to sell any shares in the Company for a period of 180 days following settlement of the Directed Issue, subject to certain customary exceptions.
To facilitate settlement of the Directed Issue at a market practice “T+2” basis with investors participating in the transaction, Carnegie (in its capacity as settlement agent) have entered into a share lending agreement with Van Herk. Upon registration of the Directed Issue by the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Sw. Bolagsverket), the new shares will be redelivered to Van Herk pursuant to the share lending agreement.
Carnegie Investment Bank and Kempen & Co acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in the Directed Issue. Cederquist acted as legal counsel to the Company and Baker McKenzie acted as legal counsel to the Joint Global Coordinators in connection with the Directed Issue.
This information is such information that the Company is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (No. 596/2014). The information was submitted for publication through the agency of the contact persons set out below on 17 June 2021, at 10:20 pm CEST.
For more information, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
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About Immunicum AB (publ)
Immunicum is leveraging its expertise in dendritic cell biology to develop novel, off-the-shelf, cell-based therapies for solid and blood-borne tumors. With complementary therapeutic approaches in Phase II clinical development that are based on intratumoral priming and cancer relapse vaccination, the company aims to improve survival outcomes and quality of life for a broad population of cancer patients. Based in Sweden and the Netherlands, Immunicum is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stockholm. www.immunicum.com
In this announcement, Carnegie refers to Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) and Kempen & Co refers to Van Lanschot Kempen Wealth Management N.V.
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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Directed Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete.
Each Joint Global Coordinator is acting on behalf of the Company and no one else in connection with the Directed Issue. They will not regard any other person as their client in relation to the Directed Issue and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients nor for providing advice in relation to the Directed Issue, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein. None of the Joint Global Coordinators or any of their respective affiliates or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers, agents, alliance partners or any other entity or person accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, or makes any representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy, completeness or fairness of the information or opinions in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from this announcement) or any other information relating to the Company or its affiliates, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. Accordingly, the Joint Global Coordinators disclaim, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, all and any liability, whether arising in tort or contract or that they might otherwise be found to have in respect of this announcement and/or any such statement.
In connection with the Directed Issue, each of the Joint Global Coordinators and any of their affiliates acting as an investor for their own account may take up as a proprietary position any of the Company’s shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for their own account such shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Directed Issue or otherwise. In addition, each of the Joint Global Coordinators or their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps or contracts for difference) with investors in connection with each of the Joint Global Coordinators and any of their affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of the Company’s shares. None of the Joint Global Coordinators or their affiliates intends to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.
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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 (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in the Company have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such 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 shares in the Company may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in the Company offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in the Company 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 Directed Issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, the Joint Global Coordinators will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the shares in the Company.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in the Company and determining appropriate distribution channels.