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SAR Sareum Holdings Plc

34.00
-3.25 (-8.72%)
17 May 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Sareum Holdings Plc LSE:SAR London Ordinary Share GB00BMC3RJ87 ORD GBP 0.0125
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -3.25 -8.72% 34.00 33.00 35.00 37.50 33.50 37.50 1,020,902 16:23:31
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Pharmaceutical Preparations 0 -3.19M -0.0469 -7.25 23.14M

Sareum Holdings PLC Equity Fundraise

28/03/2024 7:01am

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 6684I
Sareum Holdings PLC
28 March 2024
 

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPENDICES) (THE "ANNOUNCEMENT") AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ITS STATES, TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS ("UNITED STATES"), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, SINGAPORE, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY ANY APPLICABLE LAW.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE OR THE SOLICITATION TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE ANY SECURITIES.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) 596/2014 AS IT FORMS PART OF UK DOMESTIC LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 ("MAR"), AND IS DISCLOSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPANY'S OBLIGATIONS UNDER ARTICLE 17 OF MAR.  IN ADDITION, MARKET SOUNDINGS (AS DEFINED IN UK MAR) WERE TAKEN IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN OF THE MATTERS CONTAINED WITHIN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, WITH THE RESULT THAT CERTAIN PERSONS BECAME AWARE OF INSIDE INFORMATION (AS DEFINED UNDER UK MAR). UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT VIA A REGULATORY INFORMATION SERVICE, THOSE PERSONS THAT RECEIVED INSIDE INFORMATION IN A MARKET SOUNDING ARE NO LONGER IN POSSESSION OF SUCH INSIDE INFORMATION, WHICH IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

 

Sareum Holdings PLC

("Sareum" or the "Company")

Equity Fundraise

Cambridge, UK, 28 March 2024 - Sareum Holdings plc (AIM: SAR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation kinase inhibitors for autoimmune disease and cancer, announces that it has completed a conditional fundraise of up to £1.5 million (before expenses), via the issue of a total of up to 15,000,000 new ordinary shares of 1.25 pence each in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") at a price of 10 pence per new Ordinary Share (the "Placing Price") (the "Fundraise").

The Fundraise will comprise the issue, at the Placing Price, of:

·    9,550,000 new Ordinary Shares via a placing (the "Placing Shares") through the Company's broker, Hybridan LLP (the "Placing");

·    up to 2,255,000 new Ordinary Shares via a direct subscription (the "Subscription Shares") by certain high net worth individuals (the "Subscription");

·    195,000 new Ordinary Shares via a subscription by certain Directors of the Company (the "Director Subscription"); and

·    up to 3,000,000 new Ordinary Shares via a retail offering (the "WRAP Retail Offer") to the Company's existing shareholders, which will be launched shortly, to raise up to £300,000.

In addition, the Company will issue, based on the Placing Price, 576,698 new Ordinary Shares in lieu of amounts owed to certain Directors from historically deferred salaries (the "Salary Conversion Shares") and 450,000 new Ordinary Shares to certain advisers to settle amounts due in respect of professional fees (the "Adviser Fee Shares").

As a result of the Fundraise, 1,106,986 warrants over new Ordinary Shares that have been issued to RiverFort Global Opportunities PCC Ltd ("Riverfort") as part of the drawdowns to date under the Equity Prepayment Facility (as announced on 3 August 2023), have had their exercise price rebased to the Placing Price in accordance with the terms of the agreement entered into at the time of the Equity Prepayment Facility. The Company does not intend to make any further withdrawals pursuant to the Equity Prepayment Facility with RiverFort.

Use of Proceeds and Cash Preservation

The net proceeds from the Fundraise are intended to be used by the Company to complete Phase 1a clinical studies on its SDC-1801 TYK2/JAK1 inhibitor ("Phase 1a") and, together with the receipt of anticipated R&D tax credits in the amount of £0.7 million which is expected in September 2024, for general working capital purposes.

Furthermore, as part of the Company's ongoing steps to minimise its cash utilisation, in addition to the Salary Conversion, the Directors have agreed to defer a portion of their salaries going forward, so as to ensure the completion of Phase 1a clinical trial can be achieved, with topline data from the trial expected in Q2 2024.

Director Subscription, Salary Conversion and Related Party Transactions

Pursuant to the Director Subscription, Tim Mitchell, CEO, and Clive Birch, Non-Executive Director, intend to participate in the Fundraise, via direct subscriptions of £5,000 and £4,500 respectively at the Placing Price, and Stephen Parker, Chairman, will subscribe for £10,000 via the WRAP Retail Offer at the Placing Price. In addition, as noted above, certain Directors will receive Salary Conversion Shares.

Following the issue of the shares pursuant to the Director Subscription and the issue of the Salary Conversion Shares, the Directors' interests in the Company will be as follows:

Director

Current Shareholding

% of issued share capital

Salary Conversion Shares

Director Subscription Shares

Total following Fundraise

Tim Mitchell*

1,032,561

1.44

221,359

50,000

1,303,920

John Reader*

1,077,111

1.50

221,359

-

1,298,470

Stephen Parker*

116,158

0.16

104,854

100,000

321,012

Clive Birch

44,597

0.06

29,126

45,000

118,723

Michael Owen

10,976

0.02

-

-

10,976

* Includes shareholding by their spouses

Directors of the Company are classified as related parties under the AIM Rules for Companies and their participation in the Director Subscription element of the Fundraising and the issue of Salary Conversion Shares to Directors therefore constitute related party transactions pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules.

Accordingly, Michael Owen, being the sole independent director, considers, having consulted with Strand Hanson Limited, the Company's Nominated Adviser, that the terms of the abovementioned Directors' participation in the Director Subscription and the issue of the Salary Conversion Shares to certain Directors are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.

Retail Offering

The Company will be shortly launching a retail offer to its existing shareholders via the Winterflood Retail Access Platform ("WRAP") to raise up to £300,000 (before expenses), through the issue of up to 3,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at the Placing Price (the "WRAP Retail Offer"). The proceeds of the WRAP Retail Offer will be utilised in the same way as the proceeds of the Fundraise. A further announcement will be made by the Company in due course regarding the WRAP Retail Offer and its terms and conditions. The WRAP Retail Offer is expected to close at 12 noon on 2 April 2024.

Admission and Total Voting Rights

Completion of the Placing is conditional, inter alia, on receipt by the Company of a minimum of £205,000 under the Subscription prior to 4 April 2024 and admission of the new Ordinary Shares to be issued pursuant to the Fundraising (the "Fundraise Shares") to trading on AIM ("Admission") by 8.00 a.m. on 5 April 2024 (or such later time as the Company and Hybridan LLP may agree, being not later than 8.30 a.m. on 30 April 2024).

Application will be made for the Fundraise Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and dealing is expected to commence on 5 April 2024. A further announcement regarding the enlarged share capital following the Fundraise for the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules will be made following completion of the WRAP Retail Offer.

- Ends -

 

For further information, please contact: 

Sareum Holdings plc

Tim Mitchell, CEO

Lauren Williams, Head of Investor Relations

 

 

01223 497700

ir@sareum.co.uk

 

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

James Dance / James Bellman

 

 

020 7409 3494

Hybridan LLP (Joint Corporate Broker and Sole Broker to the Placing)

Claire Noyce

 

 

020 3764 2341



Consilium Strategic Communications (Financial PR)

Jessica Hodgson / Davide Salvi / Kumail Waljee

 

0203 709 5700

 

About Sareum

Sareum Holdings (AIM:SAR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next generation kinase inhibitors for autoimmune disease and cancer.

The Company is focused on developing next generation small molecules which modify the activity of the JAK kinase family and have best-in-class potential. Its lead candidate, SDC-1801, simultaneously inhibits TYK2 and JAK1. SDC-1801 is a potential treatment for a range of autoimmune diseases and has entered Phase 1a/b clinical development with an initial focus on psoriasis.

Sareum is also developing SDC-1802, a TYK2/JAK1 inhibitor with a potential application for cancer immunotherapy.

Sareum Holdings plc is based in Cambridge, UK, and is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, trading under the ticker SAR. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.sareum.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This 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, Singapore, 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").

This Announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America. This announcement is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States. The Fundraise Shares referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States, expect pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of Fundraise Shares is being made in the United States.

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.

In the United Kingdom, this Announcement is directed only at: (i) investors who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within the meaning of Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "FPO"); (ii) investors who are high net worth companies, unincorporated associations or other bodies within the meaning of Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the FPO; and/or (iii) persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully 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, investors represent and agree that they 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 Fundraise 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 Fundraise 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 has not been approved by the London Stock Exchange or any other securities exchange.

This Announcement is not being distributed by, nor has it been approved for the purposes of section 21 of (the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA") by Hybridan LLP, Strand Hanson Limited or any other 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 or offering document will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this Announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the EU Prospectus Regulation or the UK Prospectus Regulation) to be published.

Certain statements in this Announcement are forward-looking statements which are based on the Company'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 Ordinary 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 Group.

Each of Strand Hanson Limited and Hybridan LLP, both of which are authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting for the Company and for no one else in connection with the Fundraise and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Strand Hanson Limited and Hybridan LLP respectively or for providing advice in relation to the Fundraise Shares, or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

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, Strand Hanson Limited, Hybridan LLP, or by their affiliates or their respective agents, directors, officers and employees as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.

The Fundraise Shares to be issued pursuant to the Fundraise will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than to trading on AIM, being the market of that name operated by the London Stock Exchange.

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.

UK Product Governance Requirements

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within the FCA Handbook Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook (the "UK Product Governance Rules"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the UK Product Governance Rules) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such Placing Shares are: (a) 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 Chapter 3 of the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook ("COBS"); and (b) eligible for distribution through all permitted distribution channels (the "UK Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the UK 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 UK 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 UK Target Market Assessment, Hybridan LLP will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.

For the avoidance of doubt, the UK Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of COBS 9A and COBS 10A, respectively; 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. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own UK target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

EU Product Governance Requirements

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 such 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, Hybridan LLP 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. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

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