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SkinBioTherapeutics PLC
25 January 2024
 

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SkinBioTherapeutics plc

("SkinBioTherapeutics" or "the Company")

 

£5.0m Convertible Bond Facility

First facility drawdown of £1.6m for acquisition of
Dermatonics, a specialist in topical & dermatological products

 

25 January 2024 - SkinBioTherapeutics plc, (AIM: SBTX, or the "Company"), the life science business focused on skin health announces that it has entered into a £5.0 million convertible bond facility (the "Facility") with Macquarie Bank Limited ("MBL") and CLG Capital LLC ("CLG").

The Facility would be used primarily to enable the Company to execute one or more near term earnings accretive acquisitions.

Today, the Company has drawn down a £1.6 million tranche from the £5.0 million Facility, in order to finance the upfront cash consideration of £1.68 million for the acquisition of Dermatonics, a specialist in innovative topical and dermatological products in the skincare / woundcare space (see separate announcement today).

Details of the Proposed Facility

Under the Facility, MBL and CLG will provide a convertible bond facility of up to £5.0 million with a coupon on drawn down amounts of 1% per annum over the 3-month term SONIA rate and payable quarterly in cash.

The convertible bonds will be issued in multiple tranches, subject to conditions precedent as set out in the subscription agreement among the Company, MBL and CLG ("Subcription Agreement"). MBL and CLG will purchase the convertible bonds at a fixed price equal to 92% of the principal amount for the first tranche (97% of the principal amount for subsequent tranches). MBL will purchase the first tranche, and each subsequent tranche will be purchased by MBL or CLG pursuant to the terms of the Subscription Agreement.

MBL and CLG can convert the convertible bonds into SkinBioTherapeutics shares ("Shares") by issuing a conversion notice with the price set at the higher of (i) 93% of the 5-day Volume Weighted Average Price of the Shares on one trading day selected by the holder in its sole discretion out of the 5 trading days immediately preceding the date of the conversion notice, and (ii) the minimum conversion price (£0.0475 for the first tranche). The convertible bonds shall have a maturity of two years from issuance.

In addition, warrants amounting to 30% of each tranche will be attached to each tranche of the convertible bonds. The warrants will have a strike price fixed at the Volume Weighted Average Price on the 5 trading days immediately preceding any tranche issuance. The warrants will expire three years after issuance. The number of warrants to be issued under the first tranche is 2,349,244 shares with an exercise price of £0.204321 per share.

The convertible bonds would be capable of redemption at any time by the Company with 20 business days' notice at par plus 8% premium of the principal amount remaining.

MBL and CLG would be unable to convert the convertible bonds to Shares where such conversion would mean that they would become interested (as defined in the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Takeover Code")) in shares that in aggregate carry more than 19.99 per cent of the of the voting rights of the SkinBioTherapeutics. Instead, the Company would be required to make a cash alternative payment [reflecting the amount being converted].

The Company will seek shareholder approval, should this be required, in order to issue the convertible bonds in accordance with the tranches which may be drawn under the Facility.

 

Stuart Ashman, CEO of SkinBioTherapeutics Plcsaid: 

"Announcement of this new financing facility and our first drawdown marks the first step in our acquisition strategy as laid out in our FY results last year. We are delighted by the confidence Macquarie Group and CLG Capital have shown in us and look forward to working with them closely going forward. The £5.0 million convertible bond facility complements our fundraise in November and enables us to drive forward with our planned acquisitions. Dermatonics is an established topical and dermatological company in the skincare/woundcare space, which is immediately accretive financially and operationally, and provides new channels for our own products and brings new skills and resource to the team."

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Shareholder presentation and Q&A

CEO, Stuart Ashman, and CFO, Manprit Randhawa, will provide a live presentation about the acquisition of Dermatonics and the financing details via the Investor Meet platform Friday 26 January at 10:00 am GMT.

The presentation is open to all existing and potential shareholders. Questions can be submitted pre-event via your Investor Meet Company dashboard at any time during the live presentation.

Investors can sign up to Investor Meet Company for free and add to meet SkinBioTherapeutics at the link HERE.

Investors who already follow SkinBioTherapeutics on the Investor Meet Company platform will automatically be invited.

A recording of the presentation will be available shortly afterwards on the SkinBioTherapeutics investor relations section of the website HERE.

 

The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

For more information please contact:

SkinBioTherapeutics plc

Stuart J. Ashman, CEO

Manprit Randhawa, CFO

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 191 495 7325

 

 

 

Cavendish Capital Markets Limited

(Nominated Adviser & Broker)

Giles Balleny, Dan Hodkinson (Corporate Finance)

Charlie Combe (Broking)

Dale Bellis, Tamar Cranford-Smith (Sales)

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Instinctif Partners (financial press)

Melanie Toyne-Sewell / Jack Kincade

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7457 2020

SkinBioTherapeutics@instinctif.com

 


Notes to Editors

About SkinBioTherapeutics plc

SkinBioTherapeutics is a life science company focused on skin health. The Company's proprietary platform technology, SkinBiotix®, is based upon discoveries made by Professor Catherine O'Neill and Professor Andrew McBain.

The Company is targeting a number of skin healthcare sectors, the most advanced of which are cosmetic skincare and food supplements to modulate the immune system by harnessing the gut-skin axis. In each area SkinBioTherapeutics plans to exemplify its technology through human studies. The Company's first product, AxisBiotix-Ps™, a food supplement to address the symptoms of mild to moderate psoriasis.

The Company listed on AIM in April 2017 and is based in Newcastle, UK. For more information, visit: www.skinbiotherapeutics.com and www.axisbiotix.com.

 

About CLG Capital LLC

CLG Capital LLC specialises in structured transactions to high growth companies providing patient capital for the companies they invest in.

 

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