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05 April 2023
Light Science Technologies Holdings plc
("Light Science" or the "Company")
WRAP Retail Offer for up to £0.50 million
Light Science is pleased to announce a retail offer via the Winterflood Retail Access Platform ("WRAP") to raise up to £0.50 million gross proceeds (the "WRAP Retail Offer") through the issue of new ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares"). Under the WRAP Retail Offer up to 50,000,000 new Ordinary Shares (the "WRAP Retail Offer Shares") will be made available at a price of 1 penny per share.
In addition to the WRAP Retail Offer and as announced at 7:00a.m. on 4 April 2023 (the "Fundraising Announcement"), the Company has conditionally raised gross proceeds of £1.50 million (the "Fundraising") through a proposed issue of 150,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 1 penny per share (the "Issue Price"). The issue price of the WRAP Retail Offer Shares is equal to the Issue Price.
The Fundraising Announcement has been made regarding the Fundraising and its terms and sets out the reasons for the Fundraising and use of proceeds under RNS number 2433V. The proceeds of the WRAP Retail Offer will be utilised in the same way as the proceeds of the Fundraising.
For the avoidance of doubt, the WRAP Retail Offer is not part of the Fundraising. Completion of the WRAP Retail Offer is conditional, amongst other things, upon the completion of the Fundraising but completion of the Fundraising is not conditional on the completion of the WRAP Retail Offer.
The WRAP Retail Offer and the Fundraising are conditional on any new Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the WRAP Retail Offer and the Fundraising (together "New Ordinary Shares") being admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange plc ("SecondAdmission"). Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange plc for admission of the New Ordinary Shares and it is anticipated that Second Admission will become effective and that dealings in the New Ordinary Shares will commence on AIM, at 8:00 a.m. on 24 April 2023.
WRAP Retail Offer
The Company values its retail shareholder base and believes that it is appropriate to provide retail shareholders and other eligible retail investors in the United Kingdom the opportunity to participate in the WRAP Retail Offer.
Therefore, the Company is making the WRAP Retail Offer open to its retail shareholders and other eligible investors in the United Kingdom following release of this announcement and through certain financial intermediaries.
Eligible retail investors can contact their broker or wealth manager to participate in the WRAP Retail Offer. The following intermediaries have already confirmed their participation in the WRAP Retail Offer: AJ Bell Securities Ltd and Interactive Investor Services Limited.
To allow eligible retail investors greater time to participate in the WRAP Retail Offer, the period for the WRAP Retail Offer referenced in the Fundraising Announcement has been extended and is now expected to close at on 14 April 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Eligible retail investors should note that financial intermediaries may have earlier closing times. The result of the WRAP Retail Offer is expected to be announced by the Company on or around 18 April 2023.
Retail brokers wishing to participate in the WRAP Retail Offer on behalf of eligible retail investors, should contact WRAP@winterflood.com.
To be eligible to participate in the WRAP Retail Offer, applicants must be a customer of a participating intermediary including individuals aged 18 years or over, companies and other bodies corporate, partnerships, trusts, associations and other unincorporated organisations.
There is a minimum subscription of £50 per investor under the WRAP Retail Offer. The terms and conditions on which investors subscribe will be provided by the relevant financial intermediaries including relevant commission or fee charges.
The Company reserves the right to scale back any order under the WRAP Retail Offer at its discretion. The Company reserves the right to reject any application for subscription under the WRAP Retail Offer without giving any reason for such rejection.
It is vital to note that once an application for WRAP Retail Offer Shares has been made and accepted via an intermediary, it cannot be withdrawn.
The WRAP Retail Offer Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with existing Ordinary Shares including, without limitation, the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after their date of issue.
It is a term of the WRAP Retail Offer that the total value of the WRAP Retail Offer Shares available for subscription at the Issue Price does not exceed £0.50 million. At the Company's discretion, in consultation with Winterflood and Oberon Investments Limited ("Oberon") this term may be waived. Up to £80,000 of any demand in the WRAP Retail Offer, at the Company's discretion, may be used to scale back Intuitive Investments Group plc's investment of £230,000 in the Fundraising.
Investors should make their own investigations into the merits of an investment in the Company. Nothing in this announcement amounts to a recommendation to invest in the Company or amounts to investment, taxation or legal advice.
It should be noted that a subscription for WRAP Retail Offer Shares and investment in the Company carries a number of risks, including the risk that investors may lose their entire investment. Investors should take independent advice from a person experienced in advising on investment in securities such as the WRAP Retail Offer Shares if they are in any doubt.
An investment in the Company will place capital at risk. The value of investments, and any income, can go down as well as up, so investors could get back less than the amount invested.
Neither past performance nor any forecasts should be considered a reliable indicator of future results.
The WRAP Retail Offer is offered in the United Kingdom under the exemption from the requirement to publish a prospectus in sections 86(1)(e) and 86(4) of FSMA. As such, there is no need for publication of a prospectus pursuant to the United Kingdom version of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part of United Kingdom law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended), or for approval of the same by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"). The WRAP Retail Offer is not being made into any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom.
No offering document, prospectus or admission document has been or will be prepared or submitted to be approved by the FCA (or any other authority) in relation to the WRAP Retail Offer, and investors' commitments will be made solely on the basis of the information contained in this announcement and information that has been published by or on behalf of the Company prior to the date of this announcement by notification to a Regulatory Information Service in accordance with the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and the Market Abuse Regulation (EU Regulation No. 596/2014) as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended) .
Light Science Technologies Holdings plc
Simon Deacon, Chief Executive Officer
Jim Snooks, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Hempsall, Chief Operating Officer
via Walbrook PR
Winterflood Retail Access Platform
+44(0) 20 3100 0000
Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated & Financial Adviser)
Ritchie Balmer / James Harris / Rob Patrick
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3494
Oberon Capital (Broker in relation to the Fundraising)
Mike Seabrook / Adam Pollock / Nick Lovering
Tel: +44 (0) 203 179 5300
Walbrook PR Ltd (Media & Investor Relations)
Nick Rome / Paul McManus
Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780
The Company's LEI is 213800V9MWRRLVQ6EY56
This announcement should be read in its entirety. In particular, the information in the "Important Notices" section of the announcement should be read and understood.
This announcement, which has been prepared by and is the sole responsibility of the Company has been approved for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA") by Winterflood Securities Limited ("Winterflood"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The release, publication or distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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 (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia (the "United States" or "US")), Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, any member state of the EEA or any other jurisdiction where to do so might constitute a violation of the relevant laws or regulations of such jurisdiction.
The WRAP Retail Offer Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act") or under the applicable state securities laws of the United States and may not be offered or sold directly or indirectly in or into the United States. No public oﬀering of the WRAP Retail Offer Shares is being made in the United States. The WRAP Retail Offer Shares are being oﬀered and sold outside the United States in "oﬀshore transactions", as deﬁned in, and in compliance with, Regulation S under the US Securities Act ("Regulation S") to non-US persons (within the meaning of Regulation S). In addition, the Company has not been, and will not be, registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or a solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for WRAP Retail Offer Shares in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, any member state of the EEA or any other jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is or may be unlawful. No public offer of the securities referred to herein is being made in any such jurisdiction.
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 securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.
WRAP is a proprietary technology platform owned and operated by Winterflood (registered address at The Atrium Building, Cannon Bridge, 25 Dowgate, London, EC4R 2GA; FRN 141455). Winterflood is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for the Company and for no-one else and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this announcement) as its client in relation to the WRAP Retail Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in connection with the WRAP Retail Offer, Admission and the other arrangements referred to in this announcement.
The value of Ordinary Shares and the income from them is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise due to stock market movements. When you sell your investment, you may get back less than you originally invested. Figures refer to past performance and past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.
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", "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 Company'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.
These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. The Company and Winterflood expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect actual results or any change in the assumptions, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based unless required to do so by the FCA, the London Stock Exchange or applicable law.
The information in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. None of Winterflood or any of its affiliates, accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to this announcement, including the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Company or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of the announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. Winterflood and its affiliates, accordingly disclaim all and any liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise which they might otherwise be found to have in respect of this announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.
Any indication in this announcement of the price at which the Ordinary Share 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 or target dividend per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or dividends per share of the Company.
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. The WRAP Retail Offer Shares to be issued or sold pursuant to the WRAP Retail Offer will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange plc.
Strand Hanson Limited ("Strand"), which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting as Nominated Adviser to the Company in connection with the Fundraising. Strand has not authorised the contents of, or any part of, this announcement, and no liability whatsoever is accepted by Strand for the accuracy of any information or opinions contained in this announcement or for the omission of any material information. The responsibilities of Strand as the Company's Nominated Adviser under the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers are owed solely to London Stock Exchange plc and are not owed to the Company or to any director or shareholder of the Company or any other person, in respect of its decision to acquire shares in the capital of the Company in reliance on any part of this announcement, or otherwise.
Oberon Investments Limited ("Oberon") is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom. Oberon is acting solely as broker exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Fundraising and the contents of this announcement and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this announcement) as its client in relation to the Fundraising or the contents of this announcement nor will it be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement. Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on Oberon by FSMA or the regulatory regime established thereunder, Oberon accepts no responsibility whatsoever, and makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, for the Fundraising or the contents of this announcement including its accuracy, completeness or verification or for any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on behalf of it, the Company or any other person, in connection with the Company and the contents of this announcement, whether as to the past or the future. Oberon accordingly disclaims all and any liability whatsoever, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to above), which it might otherwise have in respect of the contents of this announcement or any such statement.