Stille carries out a directed share issue of approximately SEK 425 million
The board of directors of Stille AB (publ) (“Stille” or the “Company”) has resolved to issue 3,971,963 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 107 per share in a directed share issue to institutional investors, subject to approval at an extraordinary general meeting to be held on 29 December 2023 (the “Directed Share Issue”). The subscription price corresponds to a premium of approximately 2 percent to today’s closing price of SEK 105 per share as traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Participating investors include existing shareholders Linc AB, Lannebo Fonder, SEB Investment Management, ShapeQ, Aktia Fund Management Company Ltd, Healthinvest Partners AB, Ramhill AB, Schroders and Odin Fonder as well as new investors comprising Impilo AB and Funds managed by Berenberg AM, of which Impilo AB, through a wholly-owned subsidiary (“Impilo”), has entered into a subscription undertaking subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions, as described below. The net proceeds from the Directed Share Issue will finance the acquisition of Fehling Instruments GmbH & Co. KG and Fehling Verwaltungs GmbH (jointly “Fehling” and the “Acquisition”) as announced by the Company earlier today.
The Directed Share Issue
The board of directors of Stille has resolved on the Directed Share Issue of 3,971,963 new shares at a subscription price of SEK 107 per share, subject to approval at an extraordinary general meeting to be held on 29 December 2023. Through the Directed Share Issue the Company will receive gross proceeds of approximately SEK 425 million before transaction related costs.
“We are very pleased with the strong interest and support from existing and new investors in the directed share issue. It shows the market's confidence in Stille's strategy and growth agenda and gives us the opportunity to carry out the strategically important acquisition of Fehling Instruments, an important step in Stille's ongoing journey towards being a leading player in the premium segment for surgical instruments.” says Torbjörn Sköld, CEO, Stille.
Impilo's undertaking to subscribe for shares in the Directed Share Issue, which amounts to approximately SEK 220 million, is mainly conditional upon (i) that the extraordinary general meeting resolves to approve the Directed Share Issue, (ii) that Victor Steien, as a representative of Impilo, is elected as a new board member at the extraordinary general meeting (the directorship shall be conditional upon, and shall be effective first when, all conditions for Impilo’s subscription undertaking having been fulfilled), and (iii) that Impilo receives all necessary foreign direct investment clearances, approvals and decisions for its investment in Stille, including from the Inspectorate of Strategic Products (Sw. Inspektionen för strategiska produkter) in accordance with the Swedish Screening of Foreign Direct Investments Act (Sw. lagen (2023:560) om granskning av utländska direktinvesteringar). Impilo will subscribe and pay for the new shares when all conditions have been fulfilled.
“Stille is a well-established pioneer in the development and manufacturing of premium surgical instruments and advanced surgical tables, with a differentiated offering in fast-growing niche markets for high-precision procedures. Stille is well positioned to accelerate market penetration leveraging its strong brand and product leadership, coupled with an enlarged portfolio and commercial infrastructure following the acquisition of Fehling Instruments. Impilo looks forward to supporting Stille on its continued growth journey, enabling improved quality and efficiency in surgical procedures across the globe”, says Victor Steien, Partner at Impilo.
The reasons for deviating from the shareholders' preferential rights are as follows. The Company's board of directors has made a comprehensive assessment and carefully considered the possibility of raising necessary capital through a rights issue and has assessed that, for various reasons, it is currently more advantageous for the Company and its shareholders to raise capital through the Directed Share Issue. The board of directors of the Company has furthermore, with the support of Pareto Securities ("Pareto" or "Sole Manager and Bookrunner"), conducted a market sounding in preparation of the Directed Share Issue where contact has been taken with potential long-term institutional investors, some of whom were already existing shareholders in the Company. The investors in the Directed Share Issue have been selected on objective grounds to ensure that the Directed Share Issue can be carried out on favourable terms for the Company. A rights issue would involve a significantly longer execution time and increased costs compared to the Directed Share Issue. The issue proceeds from the Directed Share Issue are intended to be used to finance the Acquisition. The Company expects that the Acquisition will bring benefits related to the group's global competitive position in the market for surgical instruments. Through Impilo’s investment, the Company also gains a new and long-term institutional shareholder, which further strengthens the Company’s shareholder base. If the Company had chosen to raise capital through a rights issue, the board of directors assesses that there is a risk that the Company may not meet the necessary timelines to complete the Acquisition. Furthermore, given the volatility that has characterised the market during both 2022 and 2023, the board of directors has determined that a rights issue would require significant underwriting commitments from an underwriting syndicate. This would entail additional costs and/or further dilution depending on the type of consideration paid for such underwriting commitments. Considering the above, the board of directors has concluded that the Directed Share Issue, deviating from the shareholders' preferential rights, is the most advantageous option for the Company and in the best interest of the Company's shareholders.
The subscription price per new share in the Directed Share Issue has been determined by the board of directors of the Company in consultation with Pareto following arms-length negotiations with the investors based on the current share price of Stille’s shares and is therefore, taking into account the feedback from investors that the Company has received during the market sounding, deemed to correspond to the shares’ market value.
The Directed Share Issue, including subscription from Impilo, will entail a dilution of approximately 44.2 percent based on the number of shares and votes in the Company after the Directed Share Issue. The number of shares and votes outstanding in the Company will increase by 3,971,963 from 5,013,484 to 8,985,447. The share capital will increase by SEK 19,859,815 from SEK 25,067,420 to SEK 44,927,235. After completion of the Directed Share Issue, Impilo will hold approximately 22.9 percent of the shares and votes in Stille. Linc AB will hold approximately 22.9 percent of the shares and votes in Stille.
Voting and lock-up undertakings
Existing shareholders together holding approximately 68.7 percent of the shares and votes in the Company, have undertaken or expressed an intention to vote in favour of the approval of the board of directors’ resolution to issue new shares at the extraordinary general meeting. The Company’s largest shareholder Linc AB, holding approximately 38.8 percent of the shares and votes in Stille, has also undertaken to vote in favour of the election of Victor Steien, as representative of Impilo, as new board member at the extraordinary general meeting. The notice convening the extraordinary general meeting, including the board of directors’ complete proposals regarding the approval of the Directed Share Issue as well as related resolutions, will be announced separately.
In connection with the Directed Share Issue, the Company has, subject to customary exceptions, agreed to a lock-up undertaking on future share issuances for a period of 365 days following completion of the Directed Share Issue. The Company’s board members and management who own shares in the Company have, subject to customary exceptions, agreed to not sell any shares in the Company for a period of 180 days following completion of the Directed Share Issue.
Pareto Securities AB has acted as Sole Manager and Bookrunner. Advokatfirman Lindahl has acted as legal adviser to the Company and Advokatfirman Delphi has acted as legal adviser to Pareto Securities AB in connection with the Directed Share Issue.
Torshälla, 29 November 2023
Stille AB (publ)
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About Stille AB (publ)
Stille AB (publ) develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for surgeons across the world. Stille was founded in 1841 and is one of the world’s oldest medical device companies. Stille’s main business areas are surgical instruments and c-arm tables. Stille’s surgical instruments are mostly used during different kinds of open surgery. During minimal invasive procedures. the c-arm tables imagiQ2 and Medstone are key products. The company has a strong brand and products of a renowned high-quality. The share is listed on First North Growth Market under the acronym “STIL” with Eminova AB as Certified Adviser, Eminova Fondkommission AB, + 46 8 684 211 10, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.stille.se
Impilo is a Nordic investment company focused on long-term investments in sustainable healthcare companies active in medical technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, and other health-related areas. Impilo strives to increase the value of its investments through long-term active ownership. Impilo has a well-diversified portfolio of investments and has raised c. SEK 10 billion in capital from leading Nordic and international investors since its inception in 2017. Learn more about Impilo at www.impilo.se/en/.
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