The board of directors of Acconeer AB ("Acconeer" or the "Company") has, in accordance with the Company's press release earlier today, with support of the authorization granted by the annual general meeting 14 April 2020, resolved on and carried out a new share issue of 4,062,000 shares (the "Directed New Share Issue"). The subscription price of the shares in the Directed New Share Issue amounts to SEK 16 per share. Through the Directed New Share Issue Acconeer will receive proceeds amounting to approximately SEK 65 million before deduction of transaction costs. The Directed New Share Issue was subscribed for by Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. and a number of institutional investors.
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The subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue was set to SEK 16 and has been determined through a so called bookbuilding procedure carried out by the Company's financial advisor Pareto Securities AB ("Pareto Securities"), why it is the board of directors' assessment that the subscription price is in accordance with market conditions. The subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue constitutes a discount of approximately 12 percent compared to the closing price on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 4 May 2020 and approximately 9 percent compared to the 30-day volume weighted average price (VWAP). Through the Directed New Share Issue Acconeer will receive approximately SEK 65 million before deduction of transaction costs.
The reasons for the deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights is to diversify the shareholder base among Swedish and international institutional investors and at the same time raise capital in a time efficient manner. The proceeds from the Directed New Share Issue will be used to finance the development of the Company's next generation platform. In addition, proceeds will be used for other product and market development activities, with the aim of increasing the pace of commercialisation of Acconeer's products.
The Directed New Share Issue entails a dilution of approximately 17 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company. Through the Directed New Share Issue, the number of outstanding shares and votes will increase by 4,062,000 from 19,238,500 to 23,300,500. The share capital will increase by SEK 203,100, from SEK 961,925 to SEK 1,165,025.
In connection with the Directed New Share Issue, the Company has undertaken, with customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of 180 calendar days after the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue. Board members and persons of the management holding shares have undertaken not to sell any shares in Acconeer for a period of 90 calendar days after the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue, with customary exceptions.
Pareto Securities AB is acting as Sole Manager and Bookrunner and Advokatfirman Schjødt is legal adviser in connection with the Directed New Share Issue.
For additional information, please contact:
Lars Lindell, CEO, Acconeer
+46 10 218 92 00
About Acconeer AB
Acconeer is a leading radar sensor company based in Lund, south Sweden, in Ideon, the country's hottest region for wireless technologies. Acconeer is developing a truly leading ultra-low power, high precision 3D sensor which will revolutionize the way that mobile devices interpret their surroundings. Acconeers ultra-low power and millimeter precision sensor will be a robust and cost-effective solution for applications ranging from virtual reality and gaming to security and robot control. Information from the sensor can also be used to identify different materials, these are just some examples of the wide range of possibilities of application areas for the sensor. Acconeer is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market with the ticker code ACCON, Redeye is the company's Certified Advisor (CA) and can be reached via telephone +46 (0)8 121 576 90 or via mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.acconeer.com.
This information is such that Acconeer AB is obliged to disclose pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was released for public disclosure, through the agency of the contact persons above, on May 4, 2020 at 22:30 CET.
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otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in Acconeer have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such 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 shares in Acconeer may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Acconeer offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Acconeer 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 Directed New Share Issue.
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In Q2 2021, Acconeer's net sales amounted to 7 643 kSEK, the gross margin was 72% and eight new customer products were launched. In Q2 for the first time more than 100 000 sensors were sold during one quarter when 112 256 sensors were sold, and since launch Acconeer has sold in total 436 468 radar sensors. In Q2 461 evaluation kits were sold, and an accumulated 3 977 EVK has been sold since launch. The company sold 2 226 modules in Q2, and since launch a total of 11 927 modules have been sold.
The order relates to Acconeer's A111 radar sensor for European customers' mass production. CODICO GmbH is a leading European distributor, headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
The radar technology company Acconeer AB has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese NEXTY Electronics. NEXTY, a core company of the Toyota Tsusho Group's electronics business, is a leading Japanese distributor with especially strong coverage of companies in the automotive sector.
Acconeer AB (the "Company") held its annual general meeting on 27 April 2021, for the 2020 fiscal year. In order to prevent the spread of the virus causing covid-19, the annual general meeting was carried out solely through postal voting, without any physical presence. A video with the CEO, Lars Lindell, and COO, Mikael Egard, was published ahead of the AGM. The video included their reflections on the past year and the strategy ahead and is available on the Company's website, www.acconeer.com. At the annual general meeting, the following resolutions were made.
In the press released sent out on April 23, 2021, 07:30 the wrong year was stated in the headline. The correct year for the interim report for the first quarter is 2021. In addition, a link to the report on Acconeer's web site was missing. This has been added in the press release below, which in all other aspects is the same as the previously distributed press release.
In Q1 2021, Acconeers net sales amounted to 7 545 kSEK, the gross margin was 74% and five new customer products were launched. In Q1 399 evaluation kits were sold, and an accumulated 3 516 EVK has been sold since launch. The company sold 4 024 modules in Q1, and since launch a total of 9 701 modules have been sold. In total Acconeer has sold 324 212 sensors, out of which 74 881 were sold in Q1 2021.
Today Acconeer is announcing a new product in the A1 pulsed coherent radar family, based on the design of A111 but with extended performance. The product is planned to be ready for mass-production in the second half of 2022.
Chinese company Winext Technology combines Acconeer's A1 radar sensor with a geomagnetic sensor for improved accuracy in their parking space detection module. Thanks to the good result, the company plans to use the A1 radar sensor in more products such as smart trash cans and liquid level meters. Read the full customer story to learn more.
The shareholders of Acconeer AB (publ), reg. no. 556872-7654, (the "Company") are hereby given notice that the Annual General Meeting will be held on 27 April 2021.
Acconeer has signed a distribution agreement with Mouser Electronics, and Acconeer's radar products will soon be available through Mouser's online store. At the same time, Mouser Electronics places an order worth USD 35 000 for initial stock. The order relates to Acconeer's A1 radar sensor and related modules, evaluation kits (EVK) and lenses. Mouser is one of the largest electronic component distributors in the world, with a global reach.
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