Press Release, 15 May, 2023
The board of directors of Scandinavian Real Heart AB (publ) ("Realheart" or the "Company") has, subject to approval from the annual general meeting, decided to carry out a rights issue of up to 34,979,248 units with preferential rights for existing shareholders (the "Rights Issue"). The date for the annual general meeting has been moved to 14 June 2023. The subscription period will take place from 20 June until and including 7 July 2023. In the event the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, the Company will be provided with approximately SEK 56 million before transaction costs. The Rights Issue is covered to approximately 60.6 percent through subscription commitments and underwriting commitments from current shareholders and external investors. In addition to the Rights Issue, the Board of Directors propose a directed issue (the “Directed Issue”) of approximately 1.5 million EUR to the European Innovation Council’s (“EIC”) Accelerator which, per today’s exchange rate of 11.3 SEK per EUR corresponds to approximately SEK 17 million.
Background and motive to the Rights Issue
Realheart develops a total artificial heart (TAH) for implantation in patients with life-threatening heart failure. Realheart TAH has a patented design that resembles that of the natural human heart. The artificial heart consists of a four-chamber system (two atria and two ventricles) designed to generate a physiological blood flow pattern that mimics the body’s natural circulation – a unique concept in the medical technology world.
The clinical version of Realheart TAH, i.e. the version that will eventually be used in humans, was fully developed in 2022 and began to be tested in preclinical studies. During the animal trials, Realheart was able to gradually increase survival time from one to four days. In addition, several other key TAH performance criteria were confirmed, including no signs of hemolysis (damage to red blood cells) or thromboembolic events (blood clots) in combination with a good left-right balance and a pulsatile blood flow and natural blood pressure. In 2023, the Company will continue to conduct animal trials as well as reliability studies and blood tests in order to meet the FDA’s requirements for starting clinical studies in humans. Realheart aims to start human clinical studies in 2024 and has regular dialog with both the FDA in the US and the Notified Body in the EU. Realheart also focuses on negotiating and signing agreements with strategically important national and international suppliers and partners who will contribute to the development and production of Realheart TAH.
To be able to further fund the preclinical studies and generate successful results, with the ambition to begin human clinical trials during 2024, Realheart is conducting a Rights Issue.
The capital from the Rights Issue of maximum approximately SEK 56 million will be allocated to the following areas of application, in order of priority:
Terms for the Rights Issue
Terms for the Warrants of series TO2
The Directed Issue
In addition to the Rights issue, the Board of Directors propose a Directed Issue of approximately 1.5 million EUR to the EIC Innovation Council’s (EIC) Accelerator on the same terms as in the Rights Issue. The Directed Issue is conditional on the implementation of the Rights Issue. Further information will be provided in a separate press release.
Change in number of shares and share capital as well as dilution
In the event of full subscription in the Rights Issue, the amount of shares in the Company may increase by 69,958,496, from 34,979,248 to maximum 104,937,744 and the share capital may increase by maximum SEK 6,995,849.6, from SEK 3,497,924.8 SEK to maximum SEK 10,493,774.4, corresponding to a maximum dilution effect of 66.7 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company.
In the event of full exercise of the warrants of series TO2, the amount of shares in the Company may increase by maximum 17,489,624, from 104,937,744 to maximum 122,427,368 and the share capital by maximum SEK 1,748,962.4, from SEK 10,493,774.4 SEK to maximum SEK 12,242,736.8 corresponding to a maximum dilution effect of 14.3 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company.
EU growth Prospectus
Full terms and conditions for the Rights Issue and other information about the Company will be available in the EU growth prospectus, which is expected to be published by June 19, 2023 (the “Prospectus”).
Subscription commitments and underwriting commitments
The Company has obtained subscription commitments of approximately SEK 5.3 million, corresponding to approximately 9.5 percent of the Rights Issue and approximately SEK 28.6 million of underwriting commitments, corresponding to approximately 51.2 percent of the Rights Issue. In total, the Rights Issue is covered to approximately 60.6 percent of subscription commitments and underwriting commitments.
Underwriting compensation of fifteen (15) percent of the guaranteed amount is paid if the underwriters choose compensation in the form of cash or seventeen point five (17.5) percent of the guaranteed amount if the underwriters choose compensation in the form of new issued units. If the underwriters choose to receive the underwriting compensation in new issued units, the board will decide to issue such new units with the authorization from the annual general meeting to be held on 14 June 2023. For remuneration in the form of Units, the issue price is the market price of the share minus a market discount (approximately 10%). The warrants are issued free of charge. No compensation is paid for the subscription commitments. Neither the subscription commitments nor the underwriting commitments are secured by bank guarantee, blocking measures, pledges, or similar arrangements.
Indicative time table for the Rights Issue
|June 14, 2023
|Last day of trading in the Company’s shares including the right to receive unit rights
|June 14, 2023
|First day of trading in the Company’s shares excluding the right to receive unit rights
|June 15, 2023
|Record date for participation in the Rights Issue
|June 16, 2023
|Estimated date for publication of EU growth prospectus
|June 19, 2023
|Subscription period for the Rights Issue
|June 20 – July 7, 2023
|Trading with unit rights (UR)
|June 20 – July 4, 2023
|Trading with BTU
|June 20 – approximately week 30, 2023
|Estimated date for publication of Rights Issue results
|July 12, 2023
Skills Corporate Finance Nordic AB is financial adviser and Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB is legal adviser to Realheart in connection with the Rights Issue.
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In the United Kingdom, this document and any other materials in relation to the securities described herein is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, and any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, "qualified investors" who are (i) persons having 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 (the "Order"); or (ii) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). In the United Kingdom, any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Persons who are not relevant persons should not take any action on the basis of this press release and should not act or rely on it.
A prospectus regarding the Rights Issue described in this release will be published by the Company on or about 19 June 2023. This release is however not a prospectus in accordance to the definition in the Prospectus Regulation. In accordance with article 2 k of the Prospectus Regulation this press release constitutes an advertisement. Complete information regarding the Rights Issue can only be obtained through the Prospectus. Realheart has not authorized any offer to the public of shares or rights in any other member state of the EEA. In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation. This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Rights Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company's shares. Such information has not been independently verified by the Company’s financial adviser. The financial adviser is acting for the Company in connection with the transaction and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the transaction or any other matter referred to herein.
Information to distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in Realheart have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in Realheart may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Realheart offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Realheart is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Rights Issue.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the shares in Realheart.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in Realheart and determining appropriate distribution channels.
This disclosure contains information that Real Heart is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU nr 596/2014). The information in this press release has been published through the agency of the contact persons set out below, at the time stated by Scandinavian Real Heart AB’s news distributor Cision upon publication of this press release.