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Blancco Tech Grp PLC (BLTG)

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Thursday 04 May, 2017

Blancco Tech Grp PLC

Result of Placing

RNS Number : 1233E
Blancco Technology Group PLC
04 May 2017
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPENDIX) AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE OR SOLICITATION TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE SHARES IN BLANCCO TECHNOLOGY GROUP PLC IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH ANY SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

BLANCCO TECHNOLOGY GROUP PLC

("Blancco" or the "Company")

 

Result of Placing

 

Blancco Technology Group plc (AIM: BLTG), a leading global provider of mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure solutions, is pleased to announce the completion of a placing of 5,800,000 new ordinary shares of £0.02 each in the Company (the "Placing Shares") at a price of 169 pence per Placing Share (the "Placing Price") to raise a total of £9.80 million before expenses (approximately £9.45 million after expenses) (the "Placing").

 

The Placing is subject to admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM ("Admission").  Application has been made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is expected that Admission will take place on or around 9 May 2017.

 

The Placing Price is equal to the closing middle market price of an ordinary share in the Company of 169 pence on 3 May 2017, being the latest practicable closing middle market price prior to the announcement of the Company's intention to undertake the Placing.

 

The Placing Shares will represent, in aggregate, approximately 9.1 per cent. of the Company's issued ordinary share capital as enlarged by the issue of the Placing Shares.  Following Admission, the Placing Shares will be issued and allotted credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu with the Company's existing ordinary shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid on or in respect of such shares after the date of issue save that the Placing Shares will not be entitled to receive the interim dividend of 0.7p per share declared on 14 March 2017 and payable to shareholders on the register on 12 May 2017. The Placing Shares will trade initially on AIM under TIDM BTG2.L, with ISIN GB00BF13LD20. Following the interim dividend record date, the Placing Shares will be merged with the existing ordinary shares and trade on AIM under TIDM BLTG.L with ISIN GB00B06GNN57.

 

Director Participation

 

The chairman of the Company, Rob Woodward, has acquired 5,917 Placing Shares at the Placing Price. His resulting holding amounts to 23,911 ordinary shares in the Company, representing 0.04% of the enlarged share capital.

 

Total Voting Rights

 

The Placing is conditional, among other things, upon Admission becoming effective. Following Admission, the Company's issued ordinary share capital will consist of 63,989,266 ordinary shares, with the right to one vote each.  The Company does not hold any ordinary shares in treasury.  Therefore, the total number of ordinary shares and voting rights in the Company will be 63,989,266.  With effect from Admission, this figure may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Blancco Technology Group plc

Patrick Clawson, Chief Executive Officer

Simon Herrick, Interim CFO

+44 (0) 20 3657 7000



Peel Hunt LLP (Nominated Adviser, Joint Broker and Joint Bookrunner)

Edward Knight

Jock Maxwell Macdonald

Euan Brown

+44 (0) 20 7418 8900



Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Joint Broker and Joint Bookrunner)

Dominic Morley, Corporate Finance

Charles Leigh Pemberton, Corporate Broking

+44 (0) 20 7886 2500



Tulchan Communications

Tom Murray

+44 (0) 20 7353 4200

 

 

About Blancco

 

Blancco Technology Group plc is a leading data erasure software business, serving enterprises and governments around the world.

 

www.blancco.com

 

 

Important notice

 

Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

 

This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, a prospectus relating to the Company, nor does it constitute or contain any invitation or offer to any person, or any public offer, to subscribe for, purchase or otherwise acquire any shares in the Company or advise persons to do so in any jurisdiction, nor shall it, or any part of it form the basis of or be relied on in connection with any contract or as an inducement to enter into any contract or commitment with the Company.

 

The content of this announcement has not been approved by an authorised person within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA").

 

This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. The information in this announcement is subject to change.

 

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 U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States. This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan or any jurisdiction where to do so might constitute a violation of local securities laws or regulations (a "Prohibited Jurisdiction"). This announcement and the information contained herein are not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, to persons in a Prohibited Jurisdiction unless permitted pursuant to an exemption under the relevant local law or regulation in any such jurisdiction.

 

This announcement is directed only at persons whose ordinary activities involve them in acquiring, holding, managing and disposing of investments (as principal or agent) for the purposes of their business and who have professional experience in matters relating to investments and: (i) if in a member state of the European Economic Area, are, unless otherwise agreed with the Bookrunners, qualified investors within the meaning of article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive ("Qualified Investors"); and (ii) if in the United Kingdom, fall within: (a) article 19(5) (investment professionals) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"); (b) article 49(2)(a) to (d) (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) of the Order; or (c) any other person to whom it may lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). This announcement must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons.

 

Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt") is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom. Peel Hunt is acting solely as nominated adviser, joint broker and joint bookrunner exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with 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 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 Peel Hunt by FSMA or the regulatory regime established thereunder, Peel Hunt accepts no responsibility whatsoever, and makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, for 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. Peel Hunt 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.

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited ("Panmure Gordon") is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom. Panmure Gordon is acting solely as joint broker and joint bookrunner exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with 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 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 Panmure Gordon by FSMA or the regulatory regime established thereunder, Panmure Gordon accepts no responsibility whatsoever, and makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, for 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. Panmure Gordon 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.

 

In connection with the Placing, each of the Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase ordinary shares in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such Ordinary Shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise. Accordingly, references to the Ordinary Shares being offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by each of the Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. In addition, each of the Bookrunners or their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps in connection with which it or its affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Ordinary Shares. Each of the Bookrunners has no intention to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This announcement includes "forward-looking statements" which include all statements other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company's business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations, or any statements proceeded by, followed by or that include the words "targets", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "would", "could" or similar expressions or negatives thereof. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors beyond the Company's control that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding the Company's present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future. No undue reliance should be placed upon forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based, unless required to do so by applicable law or the AIM Rules for Companies.

 


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