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14 May 2021
Results of conditional Fundraise to raise £22.5 million
e-therapeutics plc (AIM: ETX.L, "e-therapeutics'" or "the Company") announces, further to the announcement made by the Company on 13 May 2021 (the "Launch Announcement"), the successful completion of a Placing, Subscription and Retail Offer via PrimaryBid (together the "Fundraise") conditionally raising gross proceeds of £22.5 million for the Company. In total, 93,750,000 new Ordinary Shares will be issued pursuant to the Fundraise at the Placing Price of 24 pence per new Ordinary Share.
Details of the Fundraise
Pursuant to the Placing, a total of 81,208,333 Placing Shares will be issued, raising gross proceeds of £19.49 million.
Pursuant to the Subscription, a total of 8,708,334 Subscription Shares will be issued, raising gross proceeds of £2.09 million.
Pursuant to the Retail Offer, a total of 3,833,333 Retail Shares will be issued, raising gross proceeds of £0.92 million.
The Fundraise (details of which were provided in the Launch Announcement) is conditional on, inter alia, shareholder approval being received at the Annual General Meeting ("AGM") of the Company which is expected to be held on or around 16 June 2021. A notice convening the AGM will be announced and posted to shareholders in due course.
An application for Admission of the Placing Shares, Subscription Shares and Retail Shares will be made in due course with such shares expected to be admitted to trading on AIM on or around 17 June 2021, conditional upon shareholder approval at the AGM. The new Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing Ordinary Shares at that time.
Total Voting Rights
Following the issue of the Placing Shares, Subscription Shares and Retail Shares, the Company will have 514,523,546 Ordinary Shares of 0.1 pence each in issue.
Defined terms in this announcement shall have the same meaning as in the Launch Announcement unless otherwise specified.
Ali Mortazavi, CEO
Karl Keegan, CFO
Laura Roca-Alonso, CBO
Tel: +44 (0)1993 883 125 www.etherapeutics.co.uk
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP
Tel: +44(0)20 3470 0470
Nominated Adviser and Broker
Matthew Johnson/Caroline Rowe (Corporate Finance)
Vadim Alexandre/Rob Rees (Corporate Broking)
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This Announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's options with respect to the Placing. Recipients of this Announcement should conduct their own investigation, evaluation and analysis of the business, data and other information described in this Announcement. 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 Placing Shares. The price and value of securities can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon the disposal of the shares. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The contents of this Announcement are not to be construed as legal, business, financial or tax advice. Each investor or prospective investor should consult with his or her or its own legal adviser, business adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, business, financial or tax advice.
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The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange.
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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 Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Placing 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 Placing Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Placing Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Placing Shares 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 Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, SP Angel will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
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