Coala-Life Group AB (publ) (”Coala-Life Group” or the ”Company”), (Nasdaq First North Growth Market: COALA), hereby announces the Board of Directors’ intention to carry out an issue of new shares of approximately SEK 150 million with preferential rights for the Company’s shareholders (the “Rights Issue”). The Board of Directors will convene to an extraordinary general meeting which will be held around March 14, 2022 (the “EGM”) to authorize the Board of Directors to resolve on the Rights Issue and the terms thereof. The net proceeds from the Rights Issue are mainly intended to be used to fund an accelerated market penetration in the US, research and development and general corporate purposes. The notice to the EGM will be announced through a separate press release and also include proposals to resolve on share-based incentive programs.
- The Board of Directors will convene an EGM to be held around March 14, 2022 to authorize the Board of Directors to resolve on the Rights Issue and the terms thereof. The notice to the EGM will be made public through a separate press release and also include proposals to resolve on share-based incentive programs.
- The larger existing shareholders 20 North Street Co AB and Otiva AB have expressed their support for the Rights Issue and their interest to participate. CEO Dan Pitulia and Chairman Per Carendi will also participate in the Rights Issue.
- The Rights Issue is fully guaranteed through subscription undertakings from current shareholders and guarantee commitments from external investors.
- Provided that the EGM resolves on the authorization and that the Rights Issue is carried out, the net proceeds are intended to be used to accelerate the Company’s market penetration in the US, research and development and general corporate purposes.
Background and intention
On September 27, 2021, Coala Life (at the time RNB Retail and Brands AB) announced that the Company had entered into an agreement to acquire all shares in Coala-Life AB through an issue of new shares against payment in kind and the intention to change listing venue for the Company's shares from Nasdaq Stockholm to Nasdaq First North Growth Market. The acquisition was completed on November 8, 2021 and in connection with this, the Company's business orientation was shifted to development, marketing and commercialization of electronic medical equipment.
The Company experiences strong demand and potential for its product offering, particularly in the US. The Company's head of US operations was appointed during the third quarter of 2021 and the Company has since continued to develop its US operations. In order to provide the Company with the best conditions to build on its operations and grow, primarily in the US, to be able to develop its product offering and achieve sustainable profitability, the Board of Directors intends, subject to authorization from the EGM, to resolve on the Rights Issue. The Rights Issue is expected to provide Coala-Life Group with approximately SEK 150 million, before transaction costs.
The net proceeds from the Rights Issue are intended, in order of priority and with an approximate proportion indicated in parentheses, to be used for:
- Accelerated market penetration in the US (75.0%).
- Research and development (12.5%).
- General corporate purposes (12.5%).
The proceeds from the Rights Issue would strengthen the Company's financial position and provide the Company with opportunity to complete its growth plan as well as the opportunity to build on the Company's platform and accelerate market penetration. In addition, the Company assesses that there is a spectrum of attractive acquisitions that could strengthen Coala Life’s position within long-term monitoring, analytics and algorithm-based diagnostics. As such, the Company wants to be prepared and have the ability to make selective acquisitions to accelerate its growth.
Subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments
A number of investors have provided guarantee commitments, which together with subscription undertakings from existing shareholders, including 20 North Street Co AB and Otiva AB, in total amounts to SEK 150 million. As such, the Rights Issue is fully guaranteed through subscription and guarantee commitments whereby SEK 15 million will be provided through set-off of existing loans as a result of the Company having utilised the loan facility entered into in October 2021.
CEO Dan Pitulia and Chairman Per Carendi have committed to subscribe for approximately SEK 6.7 million in the Rights Issue by acquiring and exercising subscription rights that 20 North Street Co AB receives in the Rights Issue.
Shareholders representing in total approximately 55.7 percent of the shares and votes in the Company have undertaken to at the EGM vote to authorize the Board of Directors to resolve on the Rights Issue and the terms thereof.
EGM and expected timetable for the Rights Issue
The notice to the EGM will be announced through a separate press release. The EGM is planned to take place around March 14, 2022. Provided that the EGM decides on giving the Board of Directors the necessary authorization, and that the Board of Directors carries out the Rights Issue, further information on the Rights Issue, including a detailed timetable and terms, will be announced in a separate press release. Furthermore, an EU Growth Prospectus is intended to be prepared in connection with the Rights Issue and be published on the Company’s website after review and approval by SFSA. In addition to a proposed resolution regarding an authorization, the EGM will also be proposed to resolve on two different share-related incentive programs, one of which is to be directed to the board of directors and the other to employees and consultants. The incentive programs entail that participants are offered to acquire warrants entailing the right to subscribe for new shares in the Company from and including July 2025 until and including December 2025 at a subscription price corresponding to 200 percent of the share price based on a certain measurement period that commences after completion of the Rights Issue. The incentive programs will together entail a maximum potential dilution of nine (9) percent based on the share capital, number of outstanding shares and votes after the Rights Issue. Additional information will be included in the notice, and the complete proposals.
Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) acts as Sole Global Coordinator in connection with the Rights Issue. Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB acts as legal adviser to Coala-Life Group in connection with the Rights Issue.
For further information, please contact:
Dan Pitulia, CEO Coala Life AB, +46 70 972 08 38, email@example.com
Philip Siberg, Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer and IR, +46 70 790 67 34, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Penser Bank AB
Telefon: +46 (0)8-463 80 00
This information is information that Coala-Life Group AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU No 596/2014). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above on February 23, 2022 at 07:00 CET.
About Coala-Life Group AB (publ)
Coala Life is a medical device company founded in Sweden focusing on cloud-based cardiac and pulmonary diagnostics. The Company has developed and launched the Coala Heart Monitor – a multi-award winning, FDA-cleared and CE-approved product platform enabling long-term remote monitoring, analysis and algorithm-based diagnostics of heart and lungs in real-time. The Coala Heart Monitor is mainly marketed to healthcare providers as a Rx solution for use in patient’s everyday life and home environment. The Company’s solutions are based on over 10 years of R&D and are protected by more than 30 patents. The head office is based in Uppsala, Sweden and since 2019, the US office is based in Irvine, California. More than 350 care providers and 1,000 doctors are connected to the Coala Care Portal. For more information see www.coalalife.com.
The information in this press release does not contain or constitute an offer to acquire, subscribe or otherwise trade in shares or other securities in the Company. No action has been taken and no measures will be taken to permit a public offering in any jurisdictions other than Sweden.
This release is not a prospectus in accordance with the definition in the Prospectus Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (“Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. This announcement does not identify, or purport to identify, risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in shares or other securities in the Company. A so-called EU Growth Prospectus (the “Prospectus”) will be prepared in connection with the Rights Issue and be reviewed and approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen) which is the national competent authority in Sweden under the Prospectus Regulation. In order for investors to fully understand the potential risks and benefits associated with a decision to participate in the Rights Issue, any investment decision should only be made based on the information in the Prospectus. Thus, investors are encouraged to review the Prospectus in its entirety. This press release constitutes an advertisement in accordance with article 2 k of the Prospectus Regulation.
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 Dan Pitulia has committed to participate indirectly through related parties.
 Dan Pitulia has committed to participate indirectly through related parties.