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PledPharma : raises SEK 250 million in oversubscribed rights issue and utilized overallotment option

11/25/2020 | 12:35pm
PledPharma raises SEK 250 million in oversubscribed rights issue and utilized overallotment option

November 25, 2020

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PledPharma AB (publ)'s (STO:PLED), under proposed name change to Egetis Therapeutics AB, ('PledPharma' or the 'Company') today announces that the new share issue with preferential rights for the Company's existing shareholders of approximately SEK 200 million (the 'Rights Issue') was oversubscribed, and hence, no guarantee commitments will be utilized. Due to strong demand, the Board of Directors in the Company has resolved to carry out a directed issue with deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights of approximately SEK 50 million (the 'Overallotment Option'). Shares in the Overallotment Option were allotted to the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund ('AP4'), NYIP (Nyenburgh Holding BV) and Nordic Cross. Through the Rights Issue and the Overallotment Option, PledPharma will receive proceeds amounting to approximately SEK 250 million before transaction costs.

The result of the Rights Issue of maximum 38,238,085 shares shows that 29,069,110 new shares, corresponding to approximately 76 percent of the Rights Issue, have been subscribed for with subscription rights. Additionally, 19,769,548 shares were subscribed for without subscription rights of which 9,168,975 shares, corresponding to approximately 24 percent of the Rights Issue, have been allotted to investors that have subscribed for shares without subscription rights. The Rights Issue is thus oversubscribed and hence, no guarantee commitments will be utilized.

Allotment of shares subscribed for without subscription rights has been made in accordance with the resolved allotment principles. Notice of allotment of shares subscribed for without subscription rights will only be sent to those who have been allotted shares. Payment shall be made in accordance with the instructions on the contract note. Nominee-registered shareholders will receive notice of allotment and payment in accordance with the procedures of each nominee.
Due to the oversubscription of the Rights Issue, the Board of Directors of the Company has exercised the Overallotment Option to meet additional demand from strategic investors through a directed issue of 9,523,809 new shares. Shares in the Overallotment Option were allotted to the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund ('AP4'), NYIP (Nyenburgh Holding BV) and Nordic Cross.

Following the Rights Issue and Over-Allotment Option, PledPharma's share capital will increase by approximately SEK 2,513,785 to approximately SEK 8,687,822 and the number of shares will increase by 47,761,894 shares to 165,068,560 shares.

The last day of trading in paid subscribed shares (BTA) will be December 2, 2020.The shares subscribed for in the Rights Issue and through exercise of the Overallotment Option are expected to be registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office during week 49 and are expected to begin trading on Nasdaq Stockholm during week 50.

Financial and legal advisors
ABG Sundal Collier and Pareto Securities acted as Joint Bookrunners for the Rights Issue. Advokatfirman Lindahl acted as the legal advisor to PledPharma and Baker McKenzie acted as the legal advisor to the Joint Bookrunners.

For further information, please contact:

Nicklas Westerholm, Verkställande direktör
Tel. 073 354 20 62
nicklas.westerholm@pledpharma.se

About PledPharma

PledPharma is an innovative, unique and integrated pharmaceutical drug development company, focusing on improving treatments for diseases with substantial unmet medical need. The drug candidate Aladote® is a first in class drug candidate developed to reduce the risk of acute liver injury associated with paracetamol poisoning. A proof of principle study has been successfully completed and the design of the upcoming pivotal Phase IIb/III study for Aladote has been finalized after completed interactions with FDA, EMA and MHRA. Aladote® has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in the US. Through the acquisition of Rare Thyroid Therapeutics (RTT), the clinical portfolio also includes Emcitate®, for the treatment of MCT8 deficiency, a rare disease with high unmet medical need and no available treatment. A pivotal Phase IIb/III early intervention study is planned to start in Q4 2020. Emcitate has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in the US and EU. The Phase III POLAR program for the drug candidate PledOx® was prematurely stopped in Q2 2020. Results from POLAR program will determine if further development of PledOx is warranted via strategic partnerships and is expected to be announced in Q4 2020. The company is planning for a name change to Egetis Therapeutics pending a resolution at the EGM on December 11, 2020. PledPharma (STO: PLED) is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm main market since October 31, 2019. For more information, see http://www.pledpharma.com/

This information is information that PledPharma is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 2020-11-25 18:30 CET.

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This press release is not a prospectus for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 (the 'Prospectus Regulation') and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. A prospectus regarding the Rights Issue described in this press release will be prepared and published by the Company. The prospectus will be reviewed and approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen) being the national competent authority and be published and available on the Company's website thereafter.

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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 PledPharma 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 PledPharma may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in PledPharma offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in PledPharma 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 Rights Issue.

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 PledPharma.

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in PledPharma and determining appropriate distribution channels.

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PledPharma AB published this content on 25 November 2020 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 25 November 2020 17:34:02 UTC

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