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Thursday 16 September, 2021

IP Group PLC

Oxford Nanopore confirms ITF; MoU with Oracle

RNS Number : 9792L
IP Group PLC
16 September 2021
 

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16 September 2021

 

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IP Group plc - Portfolio company

on the London Stock Exchange; cornerstone investment agreement with Oracle

 

IP Group plc (LSE: IPO) ("IP Group" or "the Group"), the developer of intellectual property-based businesses, notes that portfolio company Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited ("Oxford Nanopore" or "the Company"), the Company behind a new generation of nanopore-based sensing technology, whose products enable the real-time, high-performance, scalable analysis of DNA and RNA, has confirmed its intention to proceed with an initial public offering (the "IPO" or the "Offer") as well as the signing of a strategic memorandum of understanding and cornerstone investment agreement with Oracle Corporation ("Oracle").

 

Oxford Nanopore intends to apply for admission of its Shares to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities. The final offer price in respect of the Offer (the "Offer Price") will be determined following a book-building process, with Admission currently expected to occur in early October 2021.

 

IP Group, which was a founding shareholder in Oxford Nanopore in 2005, has a 14.4% undiluted   beneficial stake in the Company, which was valued at £359 million as at 30 June 2021 .

 

Oxford Nanopore noted that the Offer would comprise a primary offer of new Shares to be issued by the Company, which is expected to raise gross proceeds of approximately £300 million, and a secondary offer of existing Shares to be sold by certain existing shareholders.

 

In addition, Oxford Nanopore noted that it has recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with Oracle, whereby the two companies will explore collaboratively a number of potential new solutions to address opportunities in the applied and clinical markets, and related go-to-market strategies. The collaboration is intended to draw on Oxford Nanopore's strengths in sequencing and genetic analysis, together with Oracle's strengths in database and cloud technologies. Separately, the Company and a vehicle controlled by Oracle have entered into a cornerstone investment agreement, pursuant to which such entity has irrevocably agreed, subject to certain customary conditions, to subscribe for £150 million of New Shares at the Offer Price. The Company is targeting a free float of at least 25% of the Company's issued share capital at Admission.

 

Alan Aubrey, Chief Executive of IP Group , said: " IP Group has been with Oxford Nanopore from day one and has actively supported the Company in a number of ways since then in addition to providing capital. We are delighted to see Oxford Nanopore take the next steps on its journey."

 

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Alan Aubrey, Chief Executive of IP Group.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

IP Group plc

www.ipgroupplc.com

Greg Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Liz Vaughan-Adams, Communications 

+44 (0) 20 7444 0050
+44 (0) 20 7444 0062/+44 (0) 7979 853802

Charlotte Street Partners


David Gaffney

+44 (0) 7854 609998

Andrew Wilson

+44 (0) 7810 636995

 

Notes for editors

 

About IP Group

 

IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiaries IP Capital and Parkwalk Advisors), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in early-stage to mature businesses across life sciences and technology. IP Group is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.

 

Group holdings in portfolio companies reflect the undiluted beneficial equity interest excluding debt, unless otherwise explicitly stated.

 

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In particular, this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), except pursuant to an available exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements under the Securities Act. The Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act and there will be no public offer of the Shares in the United States.

 

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