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AdEPT Tech.Group PLC   -  ADT   

Placing and Subscription

Released 07:00 21-Feb-2020

RNS Number : 6756D
AdEPT Technology Group PLC
21 February 2020
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THE APPENDIX, AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICES WITHIN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE OR SOLICITATION TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE SHARES IN ADEPT TECHNOLOGY GROUP PLC IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH ANY SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DEEMED BY THE COMPANY TO CONSTITUTE INSIDE INFORMATION AS STIPULATED UNDER THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION ("MAR"). UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT VIA A REGULATORY INFORMATION SERVICE, THIS INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND SUCH PERSONS SHALL THEREFORE CEASE TO BE IN POSSESSION OF INSIDE INFORMATION.

 

21 February 2020

 

AdEPT Technology Group plc

("AdEPT", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Proposed placing and subscription to raise gross proceeds up to £4.0 million

 

AdEPT Technology Group plc (AIM: ADT) one of the UK's leading independent providers of managed services for IT, unified communications, connectivity, voice and cloud services, announces its intention to conduct a non pre-emptive placing of up to 1,242,187 new Ordinary Shares (the "Placing Shares") at a price of 320 pence per Placing Share (the "Issue Price") to certain existing shareholders and institutional and other investors by way of an accelerated bookbuild which will be launched immediately following release of this announcement (the "Placing"). This is alongside a proposed subscription of new ordinary shares by certain Directors of the Company (the "Subscription") for 7,813 new Ordinary Shares ("Subscription Shares") at the Issue Price detailed further in this announcement.

 

The total number of Placing Shares and Subscription Shares (together the "New Shares") will be issued under the existing authorities which were granted at the Annual General Meeting held on 25 September 2019. The Placing and Subscription are therefore not subject to shareholder approval.

 

Net proceeds of the Placing and Subscription will be used in support of the Company's stated strategy to reduce indebtedness, finance potential acquisition opportunities, accelerate Project Fusion "One AdEPT" and for ongoing working capital requirements. Alongside the delivery of long term, sustainable organic growth, the Board believes that selective acquisitions will continue to provide an expedited route to growth. This may be to accelerate product and technology capability and / or broaden AdEPT's geographic footprint. Any acquisition activity would be judged against defined strategic, operational, financial and cultural criteria before being considered for further investigation.

 

Strategy

 

Since 2015, the Board has successfully pursued a strategy of building AdEPT so that it can offer one-stop converged delivery of IT and communications infrastructure and services to its broad range of customers. In part, this has been achieved by the acquisition and integration of a number of companies around the UK which have brought complementary services and skills to the Group. 

 

In addition, there is an ongoing focus on delivering organic growth year on year, particularly through; increasing the size of opportunities AdEPT is able to win,  deploying a greater range of capability to both new and existing customers, leveraging AdEPT's strong supplier relationships, capitalising on AdEPT's supplier status in various public sector frameworks and benefitting from its relationships with major UK network operators.

 

There are 6 key strategic areas of focus with the aim of delivering long term value for the Company's shareholders:

 

·      Customers

Through 'Project Fusion' improve the service and range of capability provided to customers and the efficiency of the business.

 

·      Partners

Continuously evolve strong partner relationships to ensure the delivery of beneficial combined solutions to customers.

 

·      Enhancing Intellectual Property

Building out the AdEPT Education Suite for the benefit of both education and commercial clients, together with the evolution of AdEPT Nebula to ensure this combined capability can be cost effectively, and elegantly, deployed.

 

·      Building upon Market Expertise

Capitalising on the experience within the Education, Health, Commercial and Public sectors, and the technical expertise in Telephony, Networking and IT markets.

 

·      Frameworks

Utilising approved supplier status on Government procurement frameworks to further develop existing public sector relationships and forge new partnerships with public sector customers.

 

·      Acquisitions

Acquiring complementary businesses that either increase economies of scale for AdEPT or broaden the proposition that can be delivered to customers. 

 

Acquisitions are a key component of the AdEPT strategy and the Board believes that there is significant opportunity and value to be found in the highly fragmented UK managed services sector within the ICT arena. There is continuous evaluation of potential strategic acquisitions which should complement the existing business whilst adding shareholder value.

 

Alongside, the Board pursues rigorous discipline in financial and operational management and the Directors are of the opinion that the recent and ongoing One AdEPT initiative (christened 'Project Fusion') has heralded the integration of the different Group operations into an efficient single operating platform, across sales, marketing, internal systems and brand development.

 

Current Trading

 

The Company announced on 12 November 2019 interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2019. Revenue increased by 26% to £30.8 million driven by the acquisition of Advanced Computer Systems Group Limited and full 6-month contributions from acquisitions in previous periods. EBITDA increased by 18% to £6.1 million. Adjusted profit after tax increased by 4% to £3.9 million, resulting in a 4% increase to adjusted fully diluted EPS to 15.3 pence. An interim dividend of 5.10 pence was declared, representing a 4% increase over the comparative period. Reported EBITDA to pre-tax cash from operating activities was 90%, with the senior net debt of £31.5 million at 30 September 2019.

 

The Company expects to announce full year results for the year ending 31 March 2020 in July 2020. The Group is currently trading in line with consensus market expectations. The Board expects to recommend a final dividend with the March 2020 full year results.

 

Details of the Placing

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe is acting as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Placing. The Placing is being conducted by way of an accelerated bookbuild process (the "Bookbuild") and will be launched immediately following the release of this announcement (the "Announcement"), in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the Appendix to this Announcement (the "Appendix").

 

The final number of Placing Shares will be agreed by Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and AdEPT at the close of the Bookbuild, and the result of the Placing will be announced as soon as practicable thereafter. The timing for the close of the Bookbuild and allocation of the Placing Shares shall be at the discretion of Cantor Fitzgerald Europe in consultation with the Company. The Placing is not underwritten.

 

By choosing to participate in the Placing and by making an oral and legally binding offer to acquire Placing Shares pursuant to the Bookbuild, investors will be deemed to have read and understood this Announcement (including the Appendix) in its entirety and to be making such offer on the terms and subject to the conditions in such announcement, and to be providing the representations, warranties and acknowledgements contained in the Appendix. Your attention is drawn to the detailed terms and conditions of the Placing set out in the Appendix to this Announcement.

 

The Placing is conditional upon, inter alia, Admission becoming effective. The Placing is also conditional upon the placing agreement between the Company and Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (the "Placing Agreement") becoming unconditional and not being terminated. Further details of the Placing Agreement can be found in the terms and conditions of the Placing contained in the Appendix to this Announcement (which forms part of the Announcement).

 

Application has been be made to the London Stock Exchange for the New Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. Admission is expected to become effective and dealings in such shares are expected to commence at 8.00 a.m. on 25 February 2020. The New Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the Existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends or other distributions made, paid or declared in respect of such shares after the date of issue of the New Shares.

 

Details of the Subscription

 

The following directors of the Company intend to participate in the Subscription and subscribe for the following:

 

Director

Subscription Shares

Phil Race, Chief Executive Officer

7,813

 

The Subscription is conditional upon completion of the Placing.

 

 

The Appendix, which forms part of this Announcement, sets out further information relating to the Bookbuild and the terms and conditions of the Placing.

 

 

AdEPT Technology Group Plc

Phil Race, Chief Executive

John Swaite, Finance Director

 

 

 

07798 575 338

01892 550 243

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Nominated Adviser & Broker

Phil Davies, Will Goode, Adam Dawes (Corporate Finance)

Caspar Shand Kydd, Arthur Gordon, Masie Atkinson (Sales)      

 

 

020 7894 7000

 

The person responsible for arranging release of this information is John Swaite, Finance Director of the Company.

 

 

Overview of AdEPT Technology Group plc

 

AdEPT is a UK provider of managed services for IT, unified communications, connectivity, voice and cloud services. The Company has a long-established customer base in 4 strategic sectors: Education, Health, Commercial and the Public Sector. AdEPT's tailored services are used by customers across the UK and are brought together through strategic relationships with tier-1 suppliers such as Openreach (a functional Division of BT), BT Wholesale, Talk Talk, Gamma, Avaya, Microsoft and Dell.

 

AdEPT combines multi-product solutions from a number of communications and IT partners to provide tailored solutions to meet the specific requirements of customers. AdEPT is widely recognised as a multi-site multi product specialist, with thousands of customers taking a range of products. AdEPT is increasingly focused on customers who can benefit from AdEPT's ability to provide a fully unified communication, network and IT solution (ICT).

 

Important Notice

 

This announcement, including the Appendix (together, the "Announcement"), and the information contained herein is not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into or from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan or the Republic of South Africa, or any other jurisdiction where to do so might constitute a violation of the relevant laws or regulations of such jurisdiction (the "Restricted Jurisdictions"). The Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an available exemption from or in a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act and, in each case, in compliance with the securities law of any state or any other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in the United States. The Placing Shares are being offered and sold outside the United States in "offshore transactions" within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act. Persons receiving this Announcement (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not forward, distribute, mail or otherwise transmit it in or into the United States or use the United States mails, directly or indirectly, in connection with the Placing. This Announcement does not constitute or form part of an offer to sell or issue or a solicitation of an offer to buy, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any securities in any jurisdiction including, without limitation, the Restricted Jurisdictions or any other jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. This Announcement and the information contained in it is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, to persons in a Restricted Jurisdiction unless permitted pursuant to an exemption under the relevant local law or regulation in any such jurisdiction.

 

No action has been taken by the Company, Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, or any of their respective directors, officers, partners, agents, employees or affiliates that would permit an offer of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other publicity material relating to such Placing Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons receiving this Announcement are required to inform themselves about and to observe any restrictions contained in this Announcement.

 

This Announcement is directed at and is only being distributed to: (A) persons in member states of the European Economic Area who are "qualified investors", as defined in article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129), as amended (the "Prospectus Regulation"), (B) if in the United Kingdom, persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "FPO") or fall within the definition of "high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc" in article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the FPO and (ii) are "qualified investors" as defined in section 86 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA") or (C) persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (each, a "Relevant Person"). No other person should act on or rely on this Announcement and persons distributing this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so. By accepting the terms of this Announcement, you represent and agree that you are a Relevant Person.

 

This Announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this Announcement or the Placing relate is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. As regards all persons other than Relevant Persons, the details of the Placing set out in this Announcement are for information purposes only.

 

Persons (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual or other legal obligation to forward a copy of this Announcement should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.

 

This Announcement is not being distributed by, nor has it been approved for the purposes of section 21 of FSMA by, a person authorised under FSMA. This Announcement is being distributed and communicated to persons in the United Kingdom only in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not apply.

 

No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this Announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published.

 

The information contained in this Announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this Announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness.

 

Certain statements in this Announcement are forward-looking statements which are based on the Group's expectations, intentions and projections regarding its future performance, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements, which may use words such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "could", "intend", "estimate", "expect" and words of similar meaning, include all matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause the actual results of operations, financial condition, liquidity and dividend policy and the development of the industries in which the Group's businesses operate to differ materially from the impression created by the forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given those risks and uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of such statements and, except as required by the UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"), the London Stock Exchange or applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Any indication in this Announcement of the price at which the Company's shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company and for no one else in connection with the Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Cantor Fitzgerald Europe or for providing advice in relation to the Placing, or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

 

This Announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by or on behalf of the Company (except to the extent imposed by law or regulations), Cantor Fitzgerald Europe or by their affiliates or their respective agents, directors, officers and employees as to, or in relation to, the contents of this Announcement, including its accuracy, completeness or verification or for any other statement made or purported to be made by any of them, or on their behalf, the Company or any other person in connection with the Company, the Placing or Admission or for any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed. Each of Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and their respective affiliates and agents disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by law all and any responsibility or liability whatsoever, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which it might otherwise have in respect of this Announcement or any such statement.

 

The New Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than to trading on AIM.

 

The Appendix to this Announcement sets out the terms and conditions of the Placing. By participating in the Placing, each person who is invited to and who chooses to participate in the Placing by making or accepting an oral and legally binding offer to acquire Placing Shares will be deemed to have read and understood this Announcement in its entirety and to be making such offer on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in this Announcement and to be providing the representations, warranties, undertakings and acknowledgements contained in the Appendix.

 

Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the Placing and no public offering of Placing Shares is being or will be made.

 

Neither the content of the Company's website (or any other website) nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this Announcement.

 

APPENDIX

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PLACING

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE PLACING FOR INVITED PLACEES ONLY.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THIS APPENDIX, AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN (TOGETHER THE "ANNOUNCEMENT") IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.  THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, NOR IS IT INTENDED THAT IT WILL BE SO APPROVED.

 

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THIS APPENDIX, AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT IN THIS APPENDIX ARE DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) PERSONS IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA ("EEA") WHO ARE QUALIFIED INVESTORS WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(E) OF THE EU PROSPECTUS REGULATION (WHICH MEANS REGULATION (EU) 2017/1129, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME) (THE "PROSPECTUS REGULATION") ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS"); AND (B) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, QUALIFIED INVESTORS WHO ARE PERSONS WHO (I) HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 19(1) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005, AS AMENDED (THE "ORDER"); (II) ARE PERSONS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) ("HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC") OF THE ORDER; OR (III) ARE PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFULLY COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS"). THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS MAY BE RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN RELATE IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THIS APPENDIX, DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR THE SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES FOR SALE INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE PLACING SHARES HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT 1933 (THE "SECURITIES ACT") OR WITH ANY SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF ANY STATE OR JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD, RESOLD, TRANSFERRED OR DELIVERED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN THE UNITED STATES ABSENT REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OR AN EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND, IN EACH CASE, IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANY APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES.  THE PLACING SHARES ARE BEING OFFERED AND SOLD OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES IN "OFFSHORE TRANSACTIONS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF, AND IN RELIANCE ON, REGULATION S UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT AND OTHERWISE IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS.  NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE PLACING SHARES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM OR ELSEWHERE. 

THE PLACING SHARES HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN OR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD, RESOLD, OR DELIVERED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, WITHIN AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN OR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, OR IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DO SO, EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION.

EACH PLACEE SHOULD CONSULT WITH ITS ADVISERS AS TO LEGAL, TAX, BUSINESS AND RELATED ASPECTS OF AN INVESTMENT IN THE PLACING SHARES.  THE DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, ANY PART OF IT OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT MAY BE RESTRICTED BY LAW IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS, AND ANY PERSON INTO WHOSE POSSESSION THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, ANY PART OF IT OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT COMES SHOULD INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT, AND OBSERVE, SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

 

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 the 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, the Sole Bookrunner will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.

 

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 Placing Shares.

 

Persons who are invited to and who choose to participate in the Placing by making an oral or written offer to acquire Placing Shares, including any individuals, funds or others on whose behalf a commitment to acquire Placing Shares is given (the "Placees"), will be deemed: (i) to have read and understood this Announcement, including this Appendix, in its entirety; and (ii) to be participating and making an offer for Placing Shares on the terms and conditions and to be providing the representations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings, contained in this Appendix.

 

In particular each such Placee represents, warrants and acknowledges that:

 

a)      it is a Relevant Person and undertakes that it will acquire, hold, manage or dispose of any Placing Shares that are allocated to it for the purposes of its business;

 

b)      it is acquiring the Placing Shares for its own account or is acquiring the Placing Shares for an account with respect to which it has authority to exercise, and is exercising, investment discretion and has authority to make and does make the representations, warranties, indemnities, acknowledgements, undertakings and agreements contained in this Announcement;

 

c)       it understands (or if acting for the account of another person, such person has confirmed that such person understands) the resale and transfer restrictions set out in this Appendix; and

 

d)      if it is a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the Prospectus Regulation, any Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing will not be acquired on a non-discretionary basis on behalf of, nor will they be acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in circumstances which may give rise to an offer of securities to the public other than an offer or resale to Qualified Investors in a member state of the EEA, or in circumstances in which the prior consent of the Sole Bookrunner has been given to each such proposed offer or resale.

 

Details of the Placing Agreement, the Placing Shares and the Bookbuild

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe is acting as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Placing and has entered into the Placing Agreement with the Company under which it has conditionally agreed to use its reasonable endeavors to procure Placees to take up the Placing Shares, on the terms and subject to the conditions set out therein and in this Appendix. The Placing is not being underwritten.

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe will today commence the bookbuilding process to determine demand for participation in the Placing by potential Placees. This Appendix gives details of the terms and conditions of, and the mechanics of participation in, the Placing. No commissions will be paid to Placees or by Placees in respect of any Placing Shares.

 

The Sole Bookrunner shall be entitled to effect the Placing by such alternative method to the Bookbuild as it may, in its absolute discretion following consultation with the Company, determine.

 

The Placing Shares will, as from the date when they are issued, be fully paid up and rank pari passu in all respects with the Existing Ordinary Shares then in issue.

 

Application for listing and admission to trading

 

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. on 25 February 2020.

 

Participation in, and principal terms of, the Placing

 

1.    The Sole Bookrunner is arranging the Placing as agent of the Company for the purpose of procuring Placees at the Issue Price for the Placing Shares.

 

2.    Participation in the Placing will only be available to persons who may lawfully be, and are, invited to participate by the Sole Bookrunner.  The Sole Bookrunner and its affiliates are entitled to enter bids as principal in the Bookbuild.

 

3.    The final number of Placing Shares will be agreed between the Sole Bookrunner and the Company following completion of the Bookbuild. The final number of Placing Shares to be issued will be announced on a Regulatory Information Service following completion of the Bookbuild.

 

4.    To bid in the Bookbuild, prospective Placees should communicate their bid by telephone or in writing to their usual sales contact at the Sole Bookrunner. Each bid should state the number of Placing Shares which the prospective Placee wishes to subscribe for at the Issue Price. Bids may be scaled down on the basis referred to in paragraph 7 below.

 

5.    The Bookbuild is expected to close no later than 4.30 p.m. (London time) on 21 February 2020, but may be closed earlier or later, at the discretion of the Sole Bookrunner. The Sole Bookrunner may, in agreement with the Company, accept bids (either in whole or in part) that are received after the Bookbuild has closed.

 

6.    Each Placee's allocation will be confirmed to Placees orally by the Sole Bookrunner following the close of the Bookbuild, and a trade confirmation or contract note will be dispatched as soon as possible thereafter. The terms of this Appendix are deemed to be incorporated in the form of confirmation. The Sole Bookrunner's oral confirmation to such Placee will constitute an irrevocable legally binding commitment upon such person (who will at that point become a Placee) in favour of the Sole Bookrunner and the Company, pursuant to which such Placee agrees to acquire the number of Placing Shares allocated to it and to pay or procure payment of the relevant Issue Price in respect of such shares on the terms and conditions set out in this Appendix and in accordance with the Company's corporate documents.

 

7.    Subject to paragraphs 3 and 4 above, after consultation with the Company as to the allocation of the Placing Shares to Placees, the Sole Bookrunner will, in effecting the Placing, determine the identity of the Placees and the basis of allocation of the Placing Shares.

 

8.    A bid in the Bookbuild will be made on the terms and subject to the conditions in this Appendix and, after confirmation (oral or otherwise) by the Sole Bookrunner, will be legally binding on the Placee on behalf of which it is made and except with the Sole Bookrunner's consent will not be capable of variation or revocation after the time at which it is submitted. Each Placee will also have an immediate, separate, irrevocable and binding obligation, owed to the Sole Bookrunner, to pay or procure payment to it (or as it may direct) in cleared funds an amount equal to the product of the Issue Price and the number of Placing Shares that such Placee has agreed to acquire.

 

9.    Except as required by law or regulation, no press release or other announcement will be made by the Sole Bookrunner or the Company using the name of any Placee (or its agent), in its capacity as Placee (or agent), other than with such Placee's prior written consent.

 

10.  Irrespective of the time at which a Placee's allocation pursuant to the Placing is confirmed, settlement for all Placing Shares to be acquired pursuant to the Placing will be required to be made at the same time, on the basis explained below under "Registration and Settlement".

 

11.  All obligations under the Bookbuild and Placing will be subject to fulfilment or (where applicable and permissible by law) waiver of the conditions referred to below under "Conditions of the Placing" and to the Placing not being terminated on the basis referred to below under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement".

 

12.  By participating in the Bookbuild, each Placee agrees that its rights and obligations in respect of the Placing will terminate only in the circumstances described below and will not be capable of rescission or termination by the Placee after confirmation (oral or otherwise) by the Sole Bookrunner.

 

13.  To the fullest extent permissible by law, neither the Sole Bookrunner, the Company nor any of their respective affiliates or persons acting on behalf of any of them shall have any responsibility or liability to Placees (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise). In particular, neither the Sole Bookrunner, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates or persons acting on behalf of any of them shall have any responsibility or liability (including to the extent permissible by law, any fiduciary duties) in respect of the Sole Bookrunner's conduct of the Bookbuild or of such alternative method of effecting the Placing as the Sole Bookrunner and the Company may agree. Nothing in this paragraph excludes liability of any person for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation made by that person.

 

Conditions of the Placing

 

The Placing is conditional upon the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms. The Sole Bookrunner's obligations under the Placing Agreement are conditional on certain conditions, including inter alia:

 

a)    the Company having complied with certain specified obligations under the Placing Agreement (to the extent such obligations fall to be performed prior to Admission) including the Company allotting, conditional on Admission, the Placing Shares subject to the Articles;

 

b)    the delivery by the Company to the Sole Bookrunner of certain documentary conditions precedent; and

 

c)    Admission of the Placing Shares occurring at 8:00 a.m. (London time) on 25 February 2020 (or such later time and/or date, not being later than 8:00 a.m. (London time) on 11 March 2020, as the Company and the Sole Bookrunner may otherwise agree).

 

If: (i) any of the conditions contained in the Placing Agreement in relation to Admission, including those described above, are not fulfilled or (where applicable and permissible by law) waived or extended in writing by the Sole Bookrunner by the relevant time or date specified (or such later time or date as the Company and the Sole Bookrunner may agree); or (ii) prior to Admission the Placing Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms including, inter alia, in the circumstances specified below, the Placing will lapse and the Placees' rights and obligations hereunder in relation to the Placing Shares shall cease and terminate at such time and each Placee agrees that no claim can be made by it in respect thereof.

 

The Sole Bookrunner may, at its discretion, extend the time for satisfaction of, or, where applicable and permissible by law, waive compliance by the Company with, the whole or any part of certain of the Company's obligations in relation to the conditions in the Placing Agreement. Any such extension or waiver will not affect Placees' commitments as set out in this Announcement.

 

The Sole Bookrunner shall have no liability to any Placee (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise) in respect of any decision it may make as to whether or not to waive or to extend the time and/or date for the satisfaction of any condition to the Placing nor for any decision it may make as to the satisfaction of any condition or in respect of the Placing generally and by participating in the Placing each Placee agrees that any such decision is within the absolute discretion of the Sole Bookrunner.

 

During the period of 40 days after the later of the commencement of the Placing and the closing of the Placing, the Placing Shares may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (other than Placing Shares sold pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act) and an offer or sale of the Placing Shares within the United States during this period by any dealer (whether or not participating in the Placing) may violate the registration requirements of the Securities Act, if such offer or sale is made otherwise than pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Terms used in this paragraph have the respective meanings given to them by Regulation S under the Securities Act.

 

Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe may, after having to the extent practicable in the circumstances consulted with the Company, at any time before Admission of the Placing Shares terminate the Placing and the Placing Agreement in accordance with its terms in certain limited circumstances including, inter alia, if:

 

a)   any statement contained in the Placing documents has, in the opinion of the Sole Bookrunner (acting reasonably), been discovered to be untrue, incorrect or misleading or that there has been a material omission therefrom; or

 

b)   there has, in the opinion of the Sole Bookrunner (acting reasonably), been a breach of any of the warranties or any other obligations on the part of the Company under the Placing Agreement.

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe may also terminate the Placing and Agreement, in accordance with its terms if, at any time prior to Admission of the Placing Shares, inter alia, there happens, develops or comes into effect:

 

a)   any occurrence of any kind which (by itself or together with any other such occurrence) in the Sole Bookrunner's reasonable opinion is likely to materially and adversely affect the market's position or prospects of the Group taken as a whole; or

 

b)   any other crisis of international or national effect or any change in any currency exchange rates or controls or in any financial, political, economic or market conditions or in market sentiment which, in any such case, in the reasonable opinion of the Sole Bookrunner is materially adverse to the Placing.

 

By participating in the Placing, Placees agree that the exercise by Cantor Fitzgerald Europe of any right of termination or other discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (acting in accordance with the terms of the Placing and Agreement) and that it need not make any reference to, or consult with, Placees and that it shall have no liability to Placees whatsoever in connection with any such exercise.

 

No Prospectus

 

No offering document or prospectus has been or will be submitted to be approved by the FCA or submitted to the London Stock Exchange in relation to the Placing.

 

Placees' commitments will be made solely on the basis of the information contained in this Announcement (including this Appendix) released by the Company today and subject to the further terms set forth in any contract note to be provided to individual Placees. Each Placee, by accepting a participation in the Placing, agrees that the content of this Announcement (including this Appendix) and all other publicly available information previously published by the Company by notification to a Regulatory Information Service is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and confirms that it has neither received nor relied on any other information, representation, warranty or statement made by or on behalf of the Company or Sole Bookrunner or any other person and neither the Company nor the Sole Bookrunner nor any other person will be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement which the Placees may have obtained or received. Each Placee acknowledges and agrees that it has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Group in accepting a participation in the Placing. Nothing in this paragraph shall exclude the liability of any person for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by that person.

 

Registration and Settlement

 

Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares (ISIN: GB00B0WY3Y47) following Admission will take place within the system administered by Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited ("CREST"). Subject to certain exceptions, the Sole Bookrunner and the Company reserve the right to require settlement for, and delivery of, the Placing Shares (or any part thereof) to Placees by such other means that they deem necessary if delivery or settlement is not possible or practicable within the CREST system within the timetable set out in this Announcement or would not be consistent with the regulatory requirements in the Placee's jurisdiction.

 

Each Placee allocated Placing Shares in the Placing will be sent a trade confirmation in accordance with the standing arrangements in place with Cantor Fitzgerald Europe stating the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Issue Price, the aggregate amount owed by such Placee to the Sole Bookrunner and settlement instructions. Each Placee agrees that it will do all things necessary to ensure that delivery and payment is completed in accordance with the standing CREST or certificated settlement instructions in respect of the Placing Shares that it has in place with Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.

 

It is expected that settlement for the Placing Shares will be on 25 February 2020 in accordance with the instructions set out in the trade confirmation. 

 

Each Placee is deemed to agree that, if it does not comply with these obligations, the Sole Bookrunner may sell any or all of the Placing Shares allocated to that Placee on such Placee's behalf and retain from the proceeds, for the Sole Bookrunner's account and benefit, an amount equal to the aggregate amount owed by the Placee. The relevant Placee will, however, remain liable for any shortfall below the aggregate amount owed by it and may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax (together with any penalties) or other similar taxes imposed in any jurisdiction which may arise upon the sale of such Placing Shares on such Placee's behalf.

 

If Placing Shares are to be delivered to a custodian or settlement agent, Placees should ensure that the trade confirmation is copied and delivered immediately to the relevant person within that organisation.

 

Insofar as Placing Shares are registered in a Placee's name or that of its nominee or in the name of any person for whom a Placee is contracting as agent or that of a nominee for such person, such Placing Shares should, subject as provided below, be so registered free from any liability to UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax. If there are any circumstances in which any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes or duties (including any interests and penalties relating thereto) is payable in respect of the allocation, allotment, issue, sale, transfer or delivery of the Placing Shares (or, for the avoidance of doubt, if any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax is payable in connection with any subsequent transfer of or agreement to transfer Placing Shares), neither the Sole Bookrunner or the Company shall be responsible for the payment thereof.

 

Representations, Warranties and Further Terms

 

By participating in the Placing each Placee (and any person acting on such Placee's behalf) irrevocably:

 

1.    represents and warrants that it has read and understood the Announcement, including this Appendix, in its entirety and that its acquisition of Placing Shares is subject to and based upon all the terms, conditions, representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings and other information contained herein and undertakes not to redistribute or duplicate this Announcement;

 

2.    acknowledges that no offering document or prospectus has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing and represents and warrants that it has not received and will not receive a prospectus or other offering document in connection with the Placing or the Placing Shares;

 

3.    acknowledges that the Placing does not constitute a recommendation or financial product advice and that the Sole Bookrunner has had no regard to its particular objectives, financial situation or needs;

 

4.    acknowledges that none of the Sole Bookrunner, the Company, any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees has provided, nor will provide, it with any material regarding the Placing Shares or the Company other than this Announcement; nor has it requested any of the Sole Bookrunner, the Company, any of their respective affiliates or any person acting on behalf of any of them to provide it with any such information;

 

5.    acknowledges that the Existing Ordinary Shares are listed on AIM and that the Company is therefore required to publish certain business and financial information in accordance with the rules and practices under the AIM Rules, which includes a description of the Company's business and the Company's financial information, including balance sheets and income statements, and that it is able to obtain or access such information, or comparable information concerning other publicly traded companies, in each case without undue difficulty;

 

6.    acknowledges that the content of this Announcement is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and that neither the Sole Bookrunner, nor its affiliates or any person acting on behalf of it, has or shall have any liability for any information, representation or statement contained in, or omission from, this Announcement or any information previously published by or on behalf of the Company, pursuant to applicable laws, and will not be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any information, representation or statement contained in this Announcement or otherwise. Each Placee further represents, warrants and agrees that the only information on which it is entitled to rely and on which such Placee has relied in committing itself to acquire Placing Shares is contained in this Announcement and any information previously published by the Company by notification to a Regulatory Information Service, such information being all that such Placee deems necessary or appropriate and sufficient to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares and that it has neither received nor relied on any other information given, or representations, warranties or statements made, by the Sole Bookrunner or the Company nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees and the Sole Bookrunner or the Company or any such affiliate, agent, director, officer or employee will be liable for any Placee's decision to accept an invitation to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement, provided that nothing in this paragraph excludes the liability of any person for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation made by that person;

 

7.    acknowledges and agrees that it may not rely, and has not relied, on any investigation that the Sole Bookrunner, any of its affiliates or any person acting on its behalf, may have conducted with respect to the Placing Shares or the Company, and none of such persons has made any representation, express or implied, with respect to the Company, the Placing Shares or the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information in this Announcement or any other publicly available information; each Placee further acknowledges that it has conducted its own investigation of the Company and made its own assessment of the Placing Shares and has received all information it believes necessary or appropriate in connection with its investment in the Placing Shares;

 

8.    acknowledges that it has made its own assessment and has satisfied itself concerning the relevant tax, legal, currency and other economic considerations relevant to its investment in the Placing Shares;

 

9.    acknowledges that none of the Sole Bookrunner, its affiliates nor any person acting on behalf of any of them has or shall have any liability for any information made publicly available by or in relation to the Company or any representation, warranty or statement relating to the Company or the Group contained therein or otherwise, provided that nothing in this paragraph excludes the liability of any person for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation made by that person;

 

10.  represents and warrants that (i) it is and, at the time the Placing Shares are subscribed for, will be outside the United States and subscribing for the Placing Shares in an "offshore transaction" in accordance with Rule 903 or Rule 904 of Regulation S; (ii) if acquiring the Placing Shares for the account of one or more other persons, it has full power and authority to make the representations, warranties, agreements, undertakings and acknowledgements herein on behalf of each such person; (iii) it is not acquiring the Placing Shares as a result of any "directed selling efforts" as defined in Regulation S or as a result of any "general solicitation" or "general advertising" within the meaning of Rule 502(c) of Regulation D of the Securities Act; and (iv) it will not publish, distribute or transmit this Announcement or any other document or information related to the Placing, by any means or media, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into or from the United States;

 

11.  acknowledges that it understands that the Placing Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered, sold, resold or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into or from the United States, except in accordance with Regulation S or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act;

 

12.  acknowledges that in making any decision to acquire Placing Shares it (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of subscribing for or purchasing the Placing Shares, (ii) will not look to the Sole Bookrunner for all or part of any loss it may suffer as a result of any such subscription or purchase, (iii) is experienced in investing in securities of this nature in this sector and is aware that it may be required to bear, and is able to bear, the economic risk of an investment in the Placing Shares, (iv) is able to sustain a complete loss of an investment in the Placing Shares and (v) has no need for liquidity with respect to its investment in the Placing Shares;

 

13.  undertakes, unless otherwise specifically agreed with the Sole Bookrunner, that it is not and at the time the Placing Shares are acquired, neither it nor the beneficial owner of the Placing Shares will be, a resident of Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa and further acknowledges that the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the securities legislation of Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered, sold, transferred, delivered or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into any of those jurisdictions;

 

14.  represents and warrants that the issue to it, or the person specified by it for registration as holder, of Placing Shares will not give rise to a liability under any of sections 67, 70, 93 or 96 of the Finance Act 1986 (depositary receipts and clearance services) and that the Placing Shares are not being acquired in connection with arrangements to issue depositary receipts or to issue or transfer Placing Shares into a clearance service;

 

15.  represents and warrants that it has complied with its obligations: (i) under the Criminal Justice Act 1993 and the Market Abuse Regulation (EU 596/2014);  (ii) in connection with the laws of all relevant jurisdictions which apply to it and it has complied, and will fully comply, with all such laws (including where applicable, the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended) and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017) and that it is not a person: (a) with whom transactions are prohibited under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 or any economic sanction programmes administered by, or regulations promulgated by, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; (b) named on the Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets maintained by HM Treasury of the United Kingdom; or (c) subject to financial sanctions imposed pursuant to a regulation of the European Union or a regulation adopted by the United Nations ((i), (ii), (a) and (b), together, the "Regulations") and rules and guidance on anti-money laundering produced by the FCA and, if it is making payment on behalf of a third party, that satisfactory evidence has been obtained and recorded by it to verify the identity of the third party as required by the Regulations; and it is permitted to subscribe for Placing Shares in accordance with the laws of all relevant jurisdictions which apply to it and it has have complied, and will fully comply, with all such laws (including where applicable, the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended) and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017);

 

16.  where a Placee is acting as agent for discretionary managed clients, the Sole Bookrunner and the Company acknowledge that:

 

a)   the Placee is acting at all times as agent for and on behalf of certain discretionary managed clients of whom it has discretionary management authority (the "Funds");

 

b)   the Placee shall have no liability as principal to acquire and pay for the Placing Shares allocated to it as agent for and on behalf of the Funds or in respect of each Fund's obligations under the Placing who will hold the Placing Shares through a custodian; and

 

c)   all representations, warranties and undertakings are given by the Placee as agent and not as principal.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to create joint and several liability between the Funds. The Sole Bookrunner and the Company acknowledge and agree that any liabilities of a Fund incurred hereunder shall be limited to the property of that Fund and under no circumstances shall there be recourse to the assets of any other fund within the same umbrella as the Fund or any other Fund in respect of those liabilities;

 

17.  represents and warrants that it is acting as principal only in respect of the Placing or, if it is acting for any other person it is duly authorised to do so and has full power to make the acknowledgments, warranties, representations, undertakings, and agreements herein on behalf of each such person;

 

18.  if a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the EU Prospectus Regulation, represents, warrants and undertakes that the Placing Shares purchased by it in the Placing will not be acquired on a non-discretionary basis on behalf of, nor will they be acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in a Member State of the EEA other than Qualified Investors, or in circumstances in which the prior consent of the Sole Bookrunner has been given to the offer or resale;

 

19.  represents, warrants and undertakes that it has not offered or sold and will not offer or sell any Placing Shares to persons in the United Kingdom, except to persons whose ordinary activities involve them in acquiring, holding, managing or disposing of investments (as principal or agent) for the purposes of their business or otherwise in circumstances which have not resulted and which will not result in an offer to the public in the United Kingdom within the meaning of section 85(1) of the FSMA;

 

20.  represents, warrants and undertakes that it has not offered or sold and will not, prior to Admission, offer or sell any Placing Shares to persons in the EEA except to persons whose ordinary activities involve them in acquiring, holding, managing or disposing of investments (as principal or agent) for the purposes of their business or otherwise in circumstances which have not resulted in and which will not result in an offer to the public (within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation) in any member state of the EEA;

 

21.  represents, warrants and undertakes that it has only communicated or caused to be communicated and will only communicate or cause to be communicated any invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of the FSMA) relating to the Placing Shares in circumstances in which section 21(1) of the FSMA does not require approval of the communication by an authorised person;

 

22.  represents, warrants and undertakes that it has complied and will comply with all applicable provisions of the FSMA with respect to anything done by it in relation to the Placing Shares in, from or otherwise involving the United Kingdom;

 

23.  represents and warrants, if in a member state of an Economic Area, unless otherwise specifically agreed with the Sole Bookrunner in writing, that it is a "Qualified Investor";

 

24.  represents and warrants, if in the United Kingdom, that it is a person (i) having professional experience in matters relating to investments who falls within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Order or (ii) who falls within Article 49(2) (a) to (d) ("High Net Worth Companies, Unincorporated Associations, etc") of the Order, or (iii) to whom this Announcement may otherwise lawfully be communicated;

 

25.  acknowledges and agrees that no action has been or will be taken by either the Company or the Sole Bookrunner or any person acting on behalf of the Company or the Sole Bookrunner that would, or is intended to, permit a public offer of the Placing Shares in any country or jurisdiction where any such action for that purpose is required;

 

26.  represents and warrants that it and any person acting on its behalf is entitled to acquire the Placing Shares under the laws of all relevant jurisdictions and that it has fully observed such laws and obtained all such governmental and other guarantees, permits, authorisations, approvals and consents which may be required thereunder and complied with all necessary formalities to enable it to commit to this participation in the Placing and to perform its obligations in relation thereto (including, without limitation, in the case of any person on whose behalf it is acting, all necessary consents and authorities to agree to the terms set out or referred to in this Appendix) and will honour such obligations and that, to the best of its knowledge and belief it has not taken any action or omitted to take any action which will or may result in the Sole Bookrunner, the Company or any of their respective directors, officers, agents, employees or advisers acting in breach of the legal or regulatory requirements of any jurisdiction in connection with the Placing;

 

27.  undertakes that it (and any person acting on its behalf) will make or procure payment in respect of the Placing Shares allocated to it in accordance with this Appendix on the due time and date set out herein, failing which the relevant Placing Shares may be placed with other acquirers or sold as the Sole Bookrunner may in its sole discretion determine and without liability to such Placee, who will remain liable for any amount by which the net proceeds of such sale fall short of the product of the relevant Issue Price and the number of Placing Shares allocated to it and may be required to bear any stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes (together with any penalties) which may arise upon such placing or sale of such Placee's Placing Shares;

 

28.  acknowledges neither the Sole Bookrunner, nor any of its affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees are making any recommendations to it or advising it regarding the suitability of any transactions it may enter into in connection with the Placing and that its participation in the Placing is on the basis that it is not and will not be a client of the Sole Bookrunner in connection with its participation in the Placing and that the Sole Bookrunner has no duty nor responsibility to it for providing the protections afforded to its clients or customers or for providing advice in relation to the Placing nor in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities contained in the Placing Agreement nor for the exercise or performance of any of its rights and obligations thereunder including any rights to waive or vary any conditions or exercise any termination right;

 

29.  undertakes that the person whom it specifies for registration as holder of the Placing Shares will be (i) itself or (ii) its nominee, as the case may be. Neither the Sole Bookrunner nor the Company will be responsible for any liability to stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes resulting from a failure to observe this requirement;

 

30.  acknowledges that these terms and conditions and any agreements entered into by it pursuant to the terms and conditions set out in this Appendix, and all non-contractual or other obligations arising out of or in connection with them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and it submits (on behalf of itself and on behalf of any person on whose behalf it is acting) to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts as regards any claim, dispute or matter arising out of any such contract (including any dispute regarding the existence, validity or termination of such contract or relating to any non-contractual or other obligation arising out of or in connection with such contract), except that enforcement proceedings in respect of the obligation to make or procure payment for the Placing Shares may be taken by either the Company or the Sole Bookrunner in any jurisdiction in which the relevant Placee is incorporated or in which any of its securities have a quotation on a recognised stock exchange;

 

31.  except as set out in clause 33 below, represents and warrants that it has neither received nor relied on any 'inside information' (for the purposes of MAR and section 56 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993) concerning the Company prior to or in connection with accepting the invitation to participate in the Placing and is not purchasing Placing Shares on the basis of material non-public information;

 

32.  if it has received any 'inside information' (for the purposes of MAR and section 56 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993) in relation to the Company and its securities, confirms that it has received such information within the market soundings regime provided for in article 11 of MAR and associated delegated regulations and it has not: (i) dealt (or attempted to deal) in the securities of the Company; (ii) encouraged, recommended or induced another person to deal in the securities of the Company; or (iii) unlawfully disclosed inside information to any person, prior to the information being made publicly available;

 

33.  represent, warrants and undertakes that its purchase of Placing Shares is in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations;

 

34.  agrees that the Company, the Sole Bookrunner and their respective affiliates and others will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the foregoing representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements, and undertakings which are given to the Sole Bookrunner on its own behalf and on behalf of the Company and are irrevocable and it irrevocably authorises the Company and the Sole Bookrunner to produce this Announcement, pursuant to, in connection with, or as may be required by any applicable law or regulation, administrative or legal proceeding or official inquiry with respect to the matters set forth herein;

 

35.  acknowledges that neither the Company nor the Sole Bookrunner owes any fiduciary or other duties to any Placee in respect of any acknowledgments, confirmations, undertakings, representations, warranties or indemnities in the Placing Agreement; and

 

36.  acknowledges and agrees that its commitment to take up Placing Shares on the terms set out in this Announcement (including this Appendix) will continue notwithstanding any amendment that may now or in the future be made to the terms and conditions of the Placing and that Placees will have no right to be consulted or require that their consent be obtained with respect to the Company or the Sole Bookrunner's conduct of the Placing.

 

The foregoing representations, warranties, agreements, undertakings, acknowledgements and confirmations are given for the benefit of the Company as well as the Sole Bookrunner and are irrevocable.

 

The agreement to allot and issue Placing Shares to Placees (and/or to persons for whom such Placee is contracting as agent) free of stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax relates only to their allotment and issue to Placees, or such persons as they nominate as their agents, direct from the Company for the Placing Shares in question. Such agreement also assumes that the Placing Shares are not being acquired in connection with arrangements to issue depositary receipts or to issue or transfer the Placing Shares into a clearance service. If there are any such arrangements, or the settlement relates to any other dealing in the Placing Shares, stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes may be payable, for which neither the Company nor the Sole Bookrunner will be responsible and the Placees shall indemnify the Company and the Sole Bookrunner on an after-tax basis for any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax paid by them in respect of any such arrangements or dealings. If this is the case, each Placee should seek its own advice and notify the Sole Bookrunner accordingly. Placees are advised to consult with their own advisers regarding the tax aspects of their subscription for Placing Shares.

 

The Company and the Sole Bookrunner are not liable to bear any transfer taxes that arise on a sale of Placing Shares subsequent to their acquisition by Placees or for transfer taxes arising otherwise than under the laws of the United Kingdom. Each Placee should, therefore, take its own advice as to whether any such transfer tax liability arises and notify the Sole Bookrunner accordingly. Furthermore, each Placee agrees to indemnify on an after-tax basis and hold the Sole Bookrunner and the Company and their respective affiliates harmless from any and all interest, fines or penalties in relation to stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax and all other similar duties or taxes to the extent that such interest, fines or penalties arise from the default or delay of that Placee or its agent.

 

In addition, Placees should note that they will be liable for any stamp duty and all other stamp, issue, securities, transfer, registration, documentary or other duties or taxes (including any interest, fines or penalties relating thereto) payable outside the UK by them or any other person on the acquisition by them of any Placing Shares or the agreement by them to acquire any Placing Shares.

 

Each Placee and any person acting on behalf of the Placee acknowledges and agrees that the Sole Bookrunner or any of its affiliates may, at its absolute discretion, agree to become a Placee in respect of some or all of the Placing Shares.

 

When a Placee or person acting on behalf of the Placee is dealing with the Sole Bookrunner, any money held in an account with the Sole Bookrunner on behalf of the Placee and/or any person acting on behalf of the Placee will not be treated as client money within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the FCA made under the FSMA. The Placee acknowledges that the money will not be subject to the protections conferred by the client money rules; as a consequence, this money will not be segregated from the Sole Bookrunner's money in accordance with the client money rules and will be used by the Sole Bookrunner in the course of its own business and the Placee will rank only as a general creditor of the Sole Bookrunner.

 

All times and dates in this Announcement may be subject to amendment. The Sole Bookrunner shall notify the Placees and any person acting on behalf of the Placees of any changes.

 

 

DEFINITIONS

 

The following definitions apply throughout this Announcement, unless the context otherwise requires:

 

Act

 

 

the Companies Act 2006 (as amended)

 

Admission

 

 

 

 

admission of the New Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM becoming effective in accordance with Rule 6 of the AIM Rules

 

AIM

 

 

 

the market of that name operated by the London Stock Exchange

 

AIM Rules

 

 

 

the AIM Rules for Companies published by the London Stock Exchange as amended from time to time

 

Articles

 

 

 

the articles of association of the Company in force at the date of this document

 

Board or Directors

 

 

 

the directors of the Company, as at the date of this Announcement

 

Cantor Fitzgerald, Nominated Adviser or Sole Bookrunner

 

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, the Company's Nominated Adviser and sole bookrunner in respect of the Placing

 

certificated or in certificated form

 

 

 

 

in relation to a share or other security, a share or other security that is not in uncertificated form, that is not in CREST

 

Company or AdEPT

 

 

 

 

 

AdEPT Technology Group plc, a company incorporated in England and Wales with company number 4682431 whose registered office is at One Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7WS

 

CREST

 

 

 

 

 

 

the relevant system (as defined in the CREST Regulations) for the paperless settlement of share transfers and the holding of shares in uncertificated form in respect of which Euroclear is the Operator (as defined by the CREST Regulations)

 

CREST Regulations

 

 

the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001 (SI 2001-No. 3775), as amended

 

EU

 

 

the European Union

 

Euroclear

 

 

Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited, the operator of CREST

 

Existing Ordinary Shares

 

 

 

 

the 23,701,832 Ordinary Shares in issue as at the date of this document being the entire issued share capital of the Company prior to the Placing and Subscription

 

FCA

 

 

the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK

 

FSMA

 

 

the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended)

 

Group

 

 

 

the Company, its subsidiaries and its subsidiary undertakings

 

Issue Price

 

 

320 pence per Placing Share and Subscription Share

 

London Stock Exchange

 

 

London Stock Exchange plc

 

New Shares

 

 

the Placing Shares and Subscription Shares

Ordinary Shares

 

 

 

 

ordinary shares of ten pence each in the capital of the Company having the rights and being subject to the restrictions contained in the Articles

 

Placees

 

 

 

any person who has agreed to subscribe for Placing Shares

 

Placing

 

 

 

 

 

the placing by Cantor Fitzgerald, as agent of and on behalf of the Company, of Placing Shares at the Issue Price on the terms and subject to the conditions in the Placing Agreement

 

Placing Agreement

 

 

 

 

the conditional agreement dated 20 February 2020 between the Company and Cantor Fitzgerald, a summary of which is set out in the Appendix of this Announcement

 

Placing Shares

 

 

 

the 1,242,187 Ordinary Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing

 

Prospectus Rules

 

 

 

 

 

the Prospectus Rules made in accordance with EU Prospectus Regulation ((EU) 2017/1129) in relation to offers of securities to the public and admission of securities to trading on a regulated market

 

Restricted Jurisdictions

 

 

 

 

 

the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of South Africa and any other jurisdiction where the extension or availability of the would breach any applicable law

 

Subscription

 

 

the direct subscription for the Subscription Shares

 

Subscription Shares

 

 

 

the 7,813 new Ordinary Shares to be subscribed for by certain Directors of the Company

 

Shareholders

 

 

registered holders of Ordinary Shares

 

UK

 

 

the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

 

US or United States

the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia

 

 


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