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Friday 27 May, 2022

InnovaDerma PLC

Court Sanction of Scheme and Suspension

RNS Number : 1380N
InnovaDerma PLC
27 May 2022
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION.

Recommended Merger

of

InnovaDerma plc ("InnovaDerma") with Brand Architekts Group plc ("Brand Architekts")

to be effected by way of a scheme of arrangement
under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Scheme")

Court Sanction of Scheme and Suspension of Dealings

Further to the announcement dated 19 May 2022, in relation to the results of the Court Meeting and General Meeting of InnovaDerma held in connection with the Scheme, the InnovaDerma Board is pleased to announce that, at the Court Hearing today in connection with the recommended merger of InnovaDerma with Brand Architekts, the Court has made an order sanctioning the Scheme.

Applications have been made for the suspension of: (i) the listing of InnovaDerma Shares on the Standard listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and (ii) the trading in InnovaDerma Shares on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities, and such suspensions are expected to take effect by 7.30 a.m. on 31 May 2022. The last day of dealings in, and registration of transfers of, InnovaDerma Shares is therefore expected to be 30 May 2022. The Scheme Record Time will be 6.00 p.m. on 30 May 2022.

The InnovaDerma Shares have been suspended from trading on EuroNext Access Paris since 7 September 2016 and application has been made for their listing to be cancelled with effect from 6.00 a.m. on 1 June 2022.

The Scheme will become Effective once the Court Order has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies, which is expected to take place on 31 May 2022. A further announcement will be made when the Scheme has become Effective.

InnovaDerma has also applied for: (i) the delisting of InnovaDerma Shares from the Standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and (ii) the cancellation of admission to trading of InnovaDerma Shares on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities, and such delisting and cancellation is expected to take effect as of 8.00 a.m. on 1 June 2022.

Full details of the Merger are set out in the circular sent to InnovaDerma Shareholders dated 25 April 2022 ("Scheme Document"). Unless otherwise defined, all capitalised terms in this announcement (the "Announcement") shall have the same meaning given to them in the Scheme Document.

All references in this Announcement and the Scheme Document are to London, England time unless otherwise stated.

 

Enquiries :

 

InnovaDerma plc

Blake Hughes, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Dunderdale, Group Finance Director

 

 

c/o TB Cardew

[email protected]

 

finnCap Ltd (Financial Adviser, Rule 3 Adviser and Corporate Broker to InnovaDerma)

Geoff Nash / Henrik Persson / Kate Bannatyne

 

 

 

+44 (0) 2072 200 500

 

Brand Architekts plc

Quentin Higham, Chief Executive Officer

Tom Carter, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

+44 (0) 20 3166 2840

Singer Capital Markets Advisory LLP (Financial Adviser, Nominated Adviser and Corporate Broker to Brand Architekts)

Jen Boorer / Shaun Dobson / Dan Dearden-Williams

 

+44 (0) 20 7496 3000

Alma PR (Financial PR Adviser to Brand Architekts)

Josh Royston / Sam Modlin

 

 

+44 (0) 203 405 0205

 

TB Cardew (Financial PR Adviser to InnovaDerma)

Shan Willenbrock / Olivia Rosser

 

+ 44 (0) 7775 848547

 

 

Important notices relating to financial advisers

Singer Capital Markets Advisory LLP, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for Brand Architekts and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Brand Architekts for providing the protections offered to clients of Singer Capital Markets or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any matters referred to in this Announcement.

finnCap Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for InnovaDerma and for no one else in connection with the subject matter of this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than InnovaDerma for providing the protections afforded to clients of finnCap or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any matters referred to in this Announcement.

Further information

This Announcement is for information purposes only. It is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Merger or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of InnovaDerma pursuant to the Merger or otherwise in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. The Merger will be implemented solely by means of the Scheme Document (or, in the event that the Merger is to be implemented by means of a Takeover Offer, the offer document) which contains the full terms and conditions of the Merger.

InnovaDerma has prepared the Scheme Document and distributed it to InnovaDerma Shareholders. The Boards of InnovaDerma and Brand Architekts urge InnovaDerma Shareholders to read the Scheme Document carefully as it will contain important information relating to the Merger, the New Brand Architekts Shares and the Combined Group.

The statements contained in this Announcement are made as at the date of this Announcement, unless some other time is specified in relation to them.

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus exempted document. The New Brand Architekts Shares to be issued pursuant to the Merger are not being offered to the public by means of this Announcement. The Merger will be subject to the applicable requirements of the Takeover Code, the Panel, the London Stock Exchange, the Listing Rules and the FCA.

Please be aware that addresses, electronic addresses and certain other information provided by InnovaDerma Shareholders, persons with information rights and other relevant persons for the receipt of communication by InnovaDerma may be provided to Brand Architekts during the Offer Period as required by section 4 of Appendix 4 to the Takeover Code.

Overseas Shareholders

This Announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law, the Takeover Code, the Market Abuse Regulation, the AIM Rules, the Listing Rules and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside of the United Kingdom.

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and/or regulation. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom, or who are subject to the laws of other jurisdictions should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom or who are subject to the laws of another jurisdiction to participate in the Merger may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located or to which they are subject. Any failure to comply with the applicable requirements may constitute a violation of the laws and/or regulations of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Merger disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

Unless otherwise determined by Brand Architekts or required by the Takeover Code and permitted by applicable law and regulation, participation in the Merger will not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this Announcement and all documentation relating to the Merger are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction, and persons receiving this Announcement and all documents relating to the Merger (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise distribute or send them in, into or from such jurisdictions.

The availability of the New Brand Architekts Shares under the Merger to InnovaDerma Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident or to which they are subject. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom or who are subject to the laws of other jurisdictions should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements.

Further details in relation to Overseas Shareholders are contained in the Scheme Document.

Forward looking statements

This Announcement (including information incorporated by reference into this Announcement), any oral statements made by Brand Architekts or InnovaDerma in relation to the Merger and other information published by Brand Architekts or InnovaDerma may contain statements about Brand Architekts, InnovaDerma and the Combined Group that are or may be forward looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this Announcement may be forward looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans", "goals", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "estimates", "projects", hopes", "continues", "would", "could", "should" or words or terms of similar substance or the negative of them, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; and (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Brand Architekts's, InnovaDerma's or the Combined Group's operations and potential synergies resulting from the Merger.

Such forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and/or the operations of Brand Architekts, InnovaDerma or the Combined Group and are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by Brand Architekts and InnovaDerma in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, future developments and other factors they believe appropriate. Except as expressly provided in this Announcement, they have not been reviewed by the auditors of Brand Architekts or InnovaDerma. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and you are therefore cautioned not to place reliance on these forward looking statements which speak only as at the date of this Announcement. Neither InnovaDerma nor Brand Architekts, nor any of their respective members, directors, officers, employees, advisers and any person acting on behalf of one or more of them assumes any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this Announcement (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise) except as required by applicable law (including as required by the Takeover Code, the Listing Rules, the AIM Rules, the Market Abuse Regulation and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules).

There are several factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward looking statements are changes in the global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business acquisitions or disposals. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations.

No member of the Brand Architekts Group or the InnovaDerma Group, nor any of their respective associates, directors, officers, employees or advisers, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this Announcement will actually occur.

Disclosure requirements of the Takeover Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Takeover Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the Offer Period and, if later, following the Announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of: (i) the offeree company; and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) of the Takeover Code applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm on the 10th Business Day following the commencement of the Offer Period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm on the 10th Business Day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Takeover Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of: (i) the offeree company; and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8 of the Takeover Code. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) of the Takeover Code applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm on the Business Day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with either of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4 of the Takeover Code).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the Offer Period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

Requesting Hard Copy Documents

Pursuant to Rule 30.3 of the Takeover Code, a person so entitled may request a copy of this Announcement and any information incorporated into it by reference to another source in hard copy form. A person may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to that person in relation to the Merger should be in hard copy form.

Brand Architekts Shareholders may request a hard copy of this Announcement (and any information incorporated by reference in this Announcement) by writing to Computershare Investor Services plc, of The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 8AE or by calling Computershare on +44 (0) 370 707 1332. Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. The helpline is open between 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales. Please note that Computershare cannot provide any financial, legal or tax advice and calls may be recorded and monitored for security and training purposes. It is important that you note that unless you make such a request, a hard copy of this Announcement and any such information incorporated by reference in it will not be sent to you. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the Merger should be in hard copy form.

InnovaDerma Shareholders may request a hard copy of this Announcement (and any information incorporated by reference in this Announcement) by writing to, SLC Registrars, P.O. Box 5222, Lancing, BN99 9FG or by calling SLC Registrars on +44 (0) 203 890 2122. Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. The helpline is open between 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales. Please note that Computershare cannot provide any financial, legal or tax advice and calls may be recorded and monitored for security and training purposes. It is important that you note that unless you make such a request, a hard copy of this Announcement and any such information incorporated by reference in it will not be sent to you. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the Merger should be in hard copy form.

Publication on website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Takeover Code, a copy of this Announcement will be made available, free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on Brand Architekts's website at www.brandarchitektsplc.com and on InnovaDerma's website at www.innovaderma.com by no later than 12 noon on the Business Day following the date of this Announcement.

Neither the content of the websites referred to in this Announcement nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on Brand Architekts's website or InnovaDerma's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this Announcement.

The Merger is subject to the provisions of the Takeover Code.

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