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26 November 2021
("Velocys" or the "Company")
Result of Placing
Velocys plc (AIM: VLS), the sustainable fuels technology company, is pleased to announce the completion of the Bookbuild, which was significantly oversubscribed, following the announcement of the proposed Fundraise made yesterday, 25 November 2021. A total of 312,500,000 Placing Shares have been conditionally placed at the Placing Price of 8 pence per Placing Share to raise a total of £25 million for the Company (before expenses).
The Company also announced details of an Open Offer to be made to Qualifying Shareholders to raise up to an additional approximately £2 million at the Placing Price.
The net proceeds of the Fundraise will be used primarily for:
• capital investment in the current manufacturing capability to enable output of at least 12 reactors per year and, in addition, the build-up of reactor parts inventory to expedite commissioning of that equipment;
• funding to advance the two reference projects (Bayou Fuels in Mississippi, US and Altalto in Immingham, UK) to the point of securing external investment into the detailed engineering stage;
• setting aside funds to back process guarantees and equipment warranties to clients;
• general working capital needs over the next 24 months, including the potential co-payment to secure site option extension for the Altalto project; and
• providing a line of sight to achieving net positive cash flow during 2024.
A Circular to shareholders containing full details of the Fundraise including details of the Open Offer and the terms and conditions on which it is being made, (including the procedure for application and payment) and convening the General Meeting is expected to be posted by 6 p.m. on 29 November 2021 and will also be available on the Company's website around the same time. Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited ("Panmure Gordon") is acting as nominated adviser, joint broker and joint bookrunner to the Company alongside joint broker and joint bookrunner Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited ("Shore Capital").
The Fundraise remains conditional on, inter alia, the passing of the Resolutions at the General Meeting. The Placing is also conditional upon the Placing Agreement between the Company, Panmure Gordon and Shore Capital becoming unconditional and not being terminated in accordance with its terms.
It is expected that dealings in the New Ordinary Shares in relation to the VCT Shares will commence at 8:00 a.m. on 16 December 2021 and dealings in the New Ordinary Shares in relation to the General Placing Shares and Open Offer Shares as may be subscribed for, is expected to commence at 8:00 a.m. on 17 December 2021. The Open Offer is conditional on the Placing becoming or being declared unconditional in all respects and not being terminated before Admission.
Assuming completion of the Placing and subscription for the Open Offer Shares in full, upon Admission, the Enlarged Share Capital is expected to be 1,403,332,670 Ordinary Shares. On this basis, the Placing Shares will represent approximately 22.3 per cent. of the Enlarged Share Capital.
Related Party Transaction
As part of the Placing, Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP ("Lansdowne"), a substantial shareholder of the Company and therefore a Related Party as defined by the AIM Rules ("Related Party"), has subscribed for a total of 71,405,393 Placing Shares at the Placing Price under the Placing. Following completion of the Fundraise (assuming subscription for the Open Offer Shares in full), Lansdowne will have an aggregate interest in 255,156,632 Ordinary Shares, representing approximately 18.2 per cent. of the enlarged share capital of the Company.
Certain Directors of the Company, being Andrew Morris, Philip Holland, Darran Messem, Ann Markey and Thomas Quigley, all of which are deemed to be a Related Party pursuant to the AIM Rules, have subscribed for an aggregate of 625,000 Placing Shares at the Placing Price. Following completion of the Fundraise (assuming subscription for the Open Offer Shares in full), the above Directors will hold an interest in 5,627,713 Ordinary Shares, representing 0.4 per cent. of the enlarged share capital of the Company.
The Directors who are independent of the Fundraise, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, consider that the terms of the participation in the Fundraise by Lansdowne and certain of the Directors are fair and reasonable insofar as its shareholders are concerned.
Henrik Wareborn, CEO of Velocys, commented:
"Velocys has a technology solution to accelerate the decarbonisation transition for global aviation clients which has been commercially demonstrated and is ready for commercial scale deployment.
As a capital-light, licensing company which benefits from recurring revenues from the full-service technology packages we provide to our clients, we have a strong platform for scalable growth. This Placing and Open offer, which has been significantly oversubscribed, will enable the investment required to advance our commercial traction and proceed towards our goals.
On behalf of the Board I would like to express my appreciation to the investors who have supported us in this Placing. We look forward to continuing to pursue our strategy, which we believe will create value for all of our stakeholders."
The capitalised terms used in this announcement have the same meanings as in the announcement published by the Company at approximately 5.09 p.m. on 25 November 2021 unless otherwise stated.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation 596/2014/EU (MAR).
Henrik Wareborn, CEO
Andrew Morris, CFO
Lak Siriwardene, Director of Communications & Sustainability
+44 1865 800821
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Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Nomad and Joint Broker)
Emma Earl (Corporate Finance)
John Prior (Corporate Finance)
Hugh Rich (Corporate Broking)
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Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited (Joint Broker)
Henry Willcocks (Corporate Broking)
Toby Gibbs (Corporate Advisory)
James Thomas (Corporate Advisory)
Liam Zabludowicz (Corporate Advisory)
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Notes to Editors
Velocys is an LSE-listed, international sustainable fuels technology company, traded on the AIM, providing clients with a technology solution to enable the production of negative Carbon Intensity synthetic, drop-in fuels from a variety of waste materials. SAF ('Sustainable Aviation Fuel') is the only commercially available, permanent alternative to fossil aviation fuels.
The technology is IP-protected in all major jurisdictions.
Two reference projects in the US and UK (Bayou Fuels and Altalto) are designed to accelerate the adoption and standardise the Velocys proprietary Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology with an integrated end to end solution, including renewable power and sequestration. Velocys is enabling commercial scale SAF production in response to the clean energy transition.
Velocys technology pathway is enabling the next generation of low carbon sustainable fuels with significant additional positive air quality impacts.
The information contained in this announcement is for information purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. The information contained in this announcement is given at the date of its publication (unless otherwise marked) and is subject to updating, revision and amendment from time to time. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness.
Neither this announcement, nor any copy of it, may be taken or transmitted, published or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant securities laws of such jurisdiction. This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or issue, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, acquire or subscribe for any shares in the Company in the United States or any other state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is not authorised or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of securities laws of such jurisdictions.
The New Ordinary Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act") and may not be offered, sold directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act. There will not be any public offering of the New Ordinary Shares in the United States.
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