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Friday, 6 October 2017

Cognosec AB (Publ): Private Placement of Shares for €800,000 and a Grant of an Option to Subscribe for Shares

     

Published: 11:25 CEST 06-10-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Cognosec AB (Publ) / : COGS /ISIN: SE0007604061

Cognosec AB (Publ): Private Placement of Shares for €800,000 and a Grant of an Option to Subscribe for Shares

 


 

Cognosec AB

Private Placement of Shares for €800,000

and a Grant of an Option to Subscribe for Shares

 

London United Kingdom - 06 October 2017 - Cognosec AB (the "Company") (Nasdaq First North: COGS), an international leader in Cybersecurity, GRC and PCI services today announces a private placement of new shares ("New Shares") through a directed new share issue to a qualified investor (the "Private Placement").

 

The issue of the 1,860,465 New Shares at a share price of €0.43 results in the Company having 260,513,965 issued shares from 258,653,500 previously, a dilution of 0.71% and an increase in Share Capital of 4,651 SEK to a Share Capital at today's date of 651,284.33 SEK.

 

The name of the investor is Mr. S van Ettekoven who has initially invested €800,000 for the 1,860,465 New Shares in the Private Placement.

 


The price of €0.43 per share for the Private Placement has been agreed in arms-length negotiation with the investor, based on a 10-day average of the market share price at a 9% discount.

 

In addition, the Company has afforded the investor the opportunity for a further investment of €800,000 in the Company, with a grant of an option to subscribe for 1,777,778 newly issued shares at €0.45 per share, to be exercised by 30 November 2017 (the "Option").

 

The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Private Placement and any additional funds from the investor through the exercise of the Option to strengthen the working capital position of the Company, as well as to finance the continued operations and further development of its cybersecurity service offerings.

 

The reason for deviating from the shareholders' preferential rights by conducting a directed new share issue in the Private Placement is as a result of a number of factors including:

 

  • the view of the Board of Directors in relation to the constitution of shareholders that a non-directed new share issue would run the risk of not being fully subscribed;
     
  • the lower costs of the process (including underwriting) of the directed new issue;
     
  • the timing advantage of a directed new issue taking into account the current market fluctuations of the Company's share price; and
     
  • the desire of the Board of Directors to bring a new influential shareholder into the Company.

 

For the reasons above including, the risk of non-fulfilment of the subscription, the lower costs of the procedure and the timing of the Private Placement collectively indicate that it is in the shareholders' interest as well as that of the Company as a whole that the issue is made with deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights.

 

The Private Placement and the grant of the Option are subject to, inter alia, a resolution by the Board of Directors of Cognosec and is in line with the authorisation to issue new shares given to the Board of Directors at the AGM on the 28 June 2017.

 

Certified Adviser

Mangold Fondkommission AB is the Company's Certified Adviser. Telephone: +46 (0)8 5030 1550

E-mail: info@mangold.se

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Tim Metcalfe / Miles Nolan

IR-contact, Cognosec AB

Email: cognosec@investor-focus.co.uk

 

This information is information that Cognosec AB is obliged to make public, pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 06 October 2017, at 11.25 CET.

 

ABOUT COGNOSEC

 

Cognosec AB (publ) is engaged in providing cyber resilience solutions and in cyber-attack prevention. The business conducts international operations from offices in Sweden, South Africa, the UK, Kenya, Germany, Austria and the United Arab Emirates. Listed on Nasdaq First North (Nasdaq:COGS), Cognosec delivers services and bespoke technologies to enhance public and private sector organisations' protections against unwanted intrusions and designs holistic, organisation-wide solutions to prevent diverse and increasing forms of information and identity theft. Cognosec had revenues of EUR14.64m in 2016 and employed 140 personnel at the end of Q1 2017. For further information, please visit www.cognosec.se





This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions (One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, New York, NY 10006. Tel: +1 212 401 8700. www.nasdaqomx.com) on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients. Source: Cognosec AB (Publ), 3rd floor, The News Building 3 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom
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