The Board of Directors of XMReality AB (publ) (“XMReality” or the “Company”) has, with authorization from the annual general meeting held on May 4, 2023, resolved on a directed share issue of 13 834 884 shares at a subscription price of SEK 0.43 per share to Investment AB Spiltan, Rotakorn Electronics Holding AB, Rambas AB and certain other existing well-capitalized and reputable shareholders (the “Directed Share Issue”). Through the Directed Share Issue, XMReality will be provided with approximately SEK 5.95 million before transaction costs.
The Directed Share Issue comprises 13 834 884 new shares issued at a subscription price of SEK 0.43 per share, which means that XMReality will raise approximately SEK 5.95 million before deduction of transaction costs. The proceeds will be used primarily to finance the Company’s expansion of sales in the US and Europe as well as continued operations.
The subscription price in the Directed Share Issue has been determined after negotiations on arms’ length basis with the investors. It corresponds to the volume-weighted average price (“VWAP”) of the Company’s share on Nasdaq First North Growth Market (“First North”) during the last 10 trading days preceding the Board of Directors’ resolution on the Directed Share Issue. Thus, the subscription price does not entail a discount compared to the quoted value of the Company’s share measured in this manner. The assessment of the Board of Directors is that the 10-day VWAP is a more accurate way of measuring the share’s quoted value than a closing price at a certain trading day or the average price during only one trading day. In the opinion of both the Board of Directors and the Company’s financial adviser, there is no reason to believe that the quoted value of the Company’s shares measured through a 10-day VWAP would not reflect the market value of the shares.
Investors participating in the Directed Share Issue, who together have committed to subscribe for all shares in the Directed Share Issue, are Investment AB Spiltan, Rotakorn Electronics Holding AB, Rambas AB and certain other existing well-capitalized and reputable shareholders with pronounced long-term interests in the Company.
After investigating the conditions and carefully considering the possibility of carrying out a rights issue to raise the required capital, the board has decided to carry out the Directed Share Issue. When choosing the type of issue, the board has considered, and assessed it as positive, being able to secure the interest of existing capital-strong and reputable shareholders through the Directed Share Issue. None of these investors have demanded a discount which regularly occurs in this type of transaction.
The reason for deviating from the shareholders' preferential rights is that less than a year ago the Company carried out a preferential rights issue of so-called units, which required a substantial discount of the subscription price as well as costly guarantor fee to guarantors. The Board of Directors assesses that the current financial market situation are in any case not better and therefore, the Company are unable to carry out a capital raise to strengthen the Company's financial position in another form on more favourable terms for the Company and its shareholders.
Another consideration is that the size of the transaction is so limited that the costs of a preferential rights issue would be disproportionately high in relation to the acquired capital. The decision to conduct a directed share issue will result in a larger proportion of the proceeds benefiting the Company.
In addition, a preferential rights issue would entail a significantly longer completion period, which negatively affects the Company's financial position and ability to act, which would entail a higher level of risk in the current, volatile, capital market.
The Board of Director’s overall assessment is thus that the reasons for conducting the Directed Share Issue in this manner outweighs the reasons that justify the main rule of issuing shares with preferential rights for existing shareholders. The Board of Director’s conclusion is that an issue with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights is thus in the interest of the Company and all shareholders. Furthermore, the Board of Directors assess that the subscription price is well within the framework of what is considered market-based in the current market.
Through the Directed Share Issue, the Company's share capital will increase by SEK 691 744.20, from SEK 4 557 652.35 to SEK 5 249 396.55, through the issuance of 13 834 884 shares, which means that the total number of shares will increase from 91 153 047 to 104 987 931 shares. The Directed Share Issue will result in a dilution of approximately 13.2 percent for existing shareholders based on the total number of shares and votes in the Company after the Directed Share Issue.
XMReality has engaged Erik Penser Bank AB as advisor and issuing agent and Ramberg Advokater KB as legal advisor in connection with the Directed New Issue.
XMReality’s Certified Adviser is Redeye AB
For further information:
Andreas Jonsson, CEO XMReality
Phone: +46 70 724 03 29
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For more information, please contact:
Andreas Jonsson, CEO XMReality
Phone: +46 70 724 03 29
XMReality AB (publ) develops and sells solutions that revolutionize knowledge transfer through so-called Augmented Reality (AR). The company is a market leader in remote guidance where you guide a person on site via AR to solve problems or prevent them from occurring. The product is used globally in more than 60 countries. Nestlé, Electrolux, Sidel, Heineken and Saab are examples of the more than 135 customers. XMReality is based in Linköping and in the U.S. and is listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market (ticker: XMR). For more information, visit: www.xmreality.com