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The board of directors of Coala-Life Group AB (publ) (“Coala Life” or the “Company”) has today resolved to carry out a directed issue of 44,736,846 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 0.38 per share, corresponding to a volume weighted average price of ten trading days without discount, subject to the general meeting’s subsequent approval (the “Directed New Share Issue”). The Directed New Share Issue is carried out in order to strengthen the Company's liquidity and is expected, subject to the approval of the general meeting, to provide the Company with SEK 17.0 million before deduction of transaction costs.
The board of directors of Coala Life has today resolved to carry out the Directed New Share Issue, subject to the subsequent approval of the general meeting. The subscription price per new share in the Directed New Share Issue, which amounts to SEK 0.38, has been determined through arm's length negotiations with a number of potential investors and corresponds to the volume weighted average price (WVAP) of the Company's share on Nasdaq First North Growth Market during a period of ten (10) trading days immediately preceding, and including, 10 July 2023 rounded to the nearest whole number of Swedish öre (SEK 0.01). Subject to the approval of the general meeting, the Directed New Share Issue is expected to provide the Company with SEK 17.0 million before deduction of transaction costs, mainly consisting of fees for legal advise and costs related to practical management.
The rapid turnover growth in Coala Life means that the Company’s working capital, due to the long payment terms, to a significantly increasing extent is tied up in accounts receivable. In order to ensure financial sustainability, Coala Life recently entered a factoring agreement in order to receive faster payments on its accounts receivable. The factoring agreement has eased the pressure on the Company´s liquidity, but not to a sufficient degree. Considering Coala Life’s expected continued growth and the time-lag on payments that still remains, the board of directors has therefore resolved on the Directed New Share Issue to strengthen the Company’s liquidity.
The board of directors has considered the possibility to raise the required funds through a rights issue instead of through the Directed New Share Issue. The board of directors has concluded that a rights issue would have entailed significantly longer execution time and that there is an imminent risk that the Company's strained liquidity would have a negative impact on the Company's operations before a rights issue could be completed. In light of the above and considering the Company’s rights issues during 2022 and 2023, the board of directors has made the assessment that the Directed New Share Issue with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights is the most favourable alternative for Coala Life and in the best interest of the Company’s shareholders. As the subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue has been determined through arm's length negotiations with a number of potential investors and corresponds to a volume weighted average price of ten trading days the board of directors assesses that the subscription price reflects current market conditions and demand.
The Directed New Share Issue is directed to the existing shareholders 20 North Street CO AB corresponding to SEK 5.65 million, Otiva J/F AB corresponding to SEK 3.0 million, Åke Sundvall Holding AB corresponding to SEK 2.5 million, eQ Asset Management Oy corresponding to SEK 0.85 million, Nils-Holger Olsson corresponding to SEK 0.5 million, to Coolax Holding AB (indirect shareholder through 20 North Street CO AB) corresponding to SEK 0.5 million and to the Company’s CEO Dan Pitulia through a pension insurance corresponding to SEK 4.0 million. Payment for subscribed shares is to be made within three banking days.
The Directed New Share Issue is formally carried out by the board of directors making two separate resolutions on issuance of new shares to be approved by the general meeting, since the company's CEO indirectly is entitled to subscribe for new shares which entails particular majority requirements for the general meeting's approval.
The first issue resolution refers to the issue of a total of 34,210,530 new shares to 20 North Street CO AB, Otiva J/F AB, Åke Sundvall Holding AB, eQ Asset Management Oy, Nils-Holger Olsson and Coolax Holding AB which, subject to the general meeting's subsequent approval, is expected to provide the Company with SEK 13.0 million before transaction costs.
The second issue resolution refers to the issue of a total of 10,526,316 new shares to the Company’s CEO Dan Pitulia through a pension insurance. The second issue is subject to the so called “Leo rules” of Chapter 16 of the Swedish Companies Act, which implies that the general meeting's subsequent resolution on approval requires that the approval is supported by shareholders representing at least nine tenths (9/10) of both the votes cast and the shares represented at the general meeting. Subject to the approval by the general meeting, the second issue is expected to provide the Company with SEK 4.0 million before transaction costs.
The Directed New Share Issue entails a dilution of 15.5 per cent of the share capital and total number of shares and votes in the Company (i.e. the new shares in the Directed New Share Issue will represent 15.5 percent of the share capital and total number of shares and votes in the Company after the Directed New Share Issue). Through the Directed New Share Issue, the number of outstanding shares and votes will increase by 44,736,846, from 244,461,601 to 289,198,447. The share capital will increase by SEK 11,184,211.50, from SEK 61,115,400.25 to SEK 72,299,611.75.
The Directed New Share Issue has been resolved upon subject to the subsequent approval of the general meeting and the board of directors therefore intends to issue a notice of an extraordinary general meeting. The notice to the extraordinary general meeting will be announced through a separate press release.
Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB is legal advisor and Nordic Issuing AB is issuing agent in connection with the Directed New Share Issue.
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