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Argeo AS: Private Placement of NOK 175 million successfully completed
Asker, 20 April 2021: Reference is made to the press release from Argeo AS (the “Company”) published on 19 April 2021 regarding a contemplated private placement and listing on Euronext Growth Oslo (the “Listing”).
The Company is pleased to announce that the Private Placement (as defined below) has been successfully completed. The transaction comprised of a private offering of 21,341,463 new shares (the “New Shares”) at a price of NOK 8.20 per share (the “Subscription Price”) resulting in gross proceeds of NOK 175 million (the “Private Placement”).
The Private Placement attracted strong interest from high-quality investors and was significantly oversubscribed.
Jan P. Grimnes (through Redback AS), Chairman of the board of the Company, was allocated 1,219,512 New Shares in the Private Placement.
Mr. Jan P. Grimnes, the newly elected chairman of Argeo, made the following statement in connection with the completed Private Placement:
“We are proud to be able to take the next important steps in Argeo´s rapid development with a capital raise that secures our growth and a listing at Euronext Growth Oslo. More than 50 years of oil and gas developments have given Norwegian businesses including Argeo, substantial technical and operational knowhow that gives a head start in the ocean space digital and robotics transformation. Argeo’s state of the art solutions will be instrumental in changing the climate impact in the ocean surveying and inspection industry.”
Mr. Trond E. Figenschou Crantz, CEO of Argeo commented as follows:
“The trust that investors have given Argeo by investing NOK 175 million in the Company is a responsibility that the Argeo team will manage carefully. We are now able to invest and expand the business substantially to become a global challenger in the ocean space service industry. The industry need a greener solution with a substantially reduced environmental impact from operations and Argeo’s solutions and technology will increase the pace of this transition in the industry at large. As the CEO and one of the founders, I am proud that Argeo will take part in reducing the world’s CO2 footprint. Our solutions are faster, better and greener and at a lower cost for our end customers.”
Use of proceeds
The net proceeds from the Private Placement will predominantly be used to fund investments in new AUVs and ramp-up of organisation as well as general corporate purposes.
The Company, the currently existing shareholders holding 1% or more of the shares in the Company (the “Existing Shareholders”) as well as members of the Company’s board of directors and management have entered into customary lock-up arrangements with the Manager (as defined below) that will restrict, subject to certain exceptions, their ability to, without the prior written consent of the Manager, issue, sell or dispose of shares, as applicable, for a period of 12 months for the Company and 12 months for the Existing Shareholders and members of the Company’s board of directors and management, after the commencement of trading in the shares on Euronext Growth Oslo.
Conditions for the Private Placement
The Company has applied for, and will, subject to the necessary approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange, list the shares of the Company on Euronext Growth Oslo (the “Listing”). The first day of trading on Euronext Growth Oslo is expected to be on or about 26 April 2021.
The completion of the Private Placement is subject to (i) necessary corporate resolutions of the Company required to implement the issue of the New Shares, including the Company’s general meetings resolution to allocate and issue the New Shares in the Private Placement, currently expected held on or about 20 April 2021, (ii) the Oslo Stock Exchange’s approval of the application for Listing and21 (iii) the New Shares having been validly issued, fully paid and delivered in the VPS.
Shares in issue after the Private Placement
The Company will have 27,441,463 shares outstanding following the completion of the Private Placement (the “Shares) and the post-money market capitalization of the Company, based on the offering price of NOK 8.20 per share, will thus be approx. NOK 225 million.
Financial instruments in issue or to be issued after the Private Placement
Tranche 1 Warrants (as defined below): The Company has 624,772 options, formalized as warrants (Nw.: frittstående tegningsretter), in issue (the “Tranche 1 Warrants”) prior to the date of this notice. The Tranche 1 Warrants can be exercised at an average share price of NOK 1.46 and expires at various intervals from 10 February 2024 to 23 December 2025. The Tranche 1 Warrants were originally subscribed for by a total of 4 individuals who are part of an option program implemented by the Company, where each allocated option gave the right to subscribe for one Tranche 1 Warrant.
Tranche 2 Warrants (as defined below): In connection with the Private Placement and Listing, the Company’s general meeting has approved the issuance of 3,750,000 new warrants (Nw.: frittstående tegningsretter) to the currently existing shareholders of the Company (the “Tranche 2 Warrants”), being 14 shareholders in total. A total of 1,875,000 Tranche 2 Warrants can be exercised at NOK 0.10 given a demonstrated share market price appreciation of two times the Subscription Price within the next two years and the remaining 1,875,000 Tranche 2 Warrants can be exercised at NOK 0.10 given a demonstrated share market price appreciation of three times the Subscription Price within a period of 4 years.
The Tranche 1 Warrants and Tranche 2 Warrants: The 4,375,772 warrants will be equivalent to 15.95% of the Company’s Shares.
Options (as defined below): Subsequent to the Listing, the Company intends to issue options as part of an incentive scheme towards the Company’s board of directors, management and employees (the “Options”). The Options will correspond to approx. 3% of the Company’s Shares.
Conditional allocation to investors will be communicated on or about 21 April 2021. The Private Placement will be settled by the Manager on a delivery-versus-payment (DVP) basis on or about 21 April 2021 following the registration of the new share capital in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises and the issuance of the new shares in VPS. The delivery-versus-payment settlement in the Private Placement is facilitated by a pre-funding agreement between the Company and the Manager.
SpareBank 1 Markets AS is acting as Global Coordinator and Bookrunner in connection with the Private Placement (the “Manager”). Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS is acting as Norwegian legal counsel to the Company.
For more information, please contact:
Trond Figenschou Crantz, CEO
Phone: +47 976 37 273
Argeo is a company with a mission to transform the ocean surveying and inspection industry by utilizing autonomous surface and underwater robotics solutions. Equipped with unique sensors and advanced digital imaging technology, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (“AUVs”) will significantly increase efficiency and imaging quality in addition to contribute to significant reduction in CO2 emissions from operations for the global industry in which the Company operates. The Company’s highly accurate digital models and digital twin solutions are based on geophysical, hydrographic and geological methods from shallow waters to the deepest oceans for the market segments Infrastructure, Offshore Wind, Oil & Gas and Deep Sea Minerals. Argeo was established in 2017 and has offices in Asker and Tromsø, Norway. Since its incorporation, Argeo has carried out complex projects for some of Norway’s largest companies in the field.
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