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Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO)

Advanced Oncotherapy

Issue of equity and new debt facility
RNS Number : 1656I
Advanced Oncotherapy PLC
07 August 2019
 

 

7 August 2019

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 ("MAR"). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain

 

ADVANCED ONCOTHERAPY PLC

("Advanced Oncotherapy" or the "Company")

 

£18.4m funding secured for first LIGHT system

Issue of equity and new debt facility to fund progression of verification and validation activity

 

Advanced Oncotherapy (AIM: AVO), the developer of a next generation proton therapy system for cancer treatment, is pleased to announce that it has secured c. £18.4 million in funding for progressing the verification and validation activity of the Company, which is required for the regulatory approval of the LIGHT system.

 

This follows the recent announcements, in July, of the Harley Street project moving into fit-out stage, and of the technological update which showed good progress across all the areas of development of the first commercial LIGHT system.

 

The Company intends to issue a total of 36,047,502 new ordinary shares of 25 pence each ("New Ordinary Shares") at a price of 40 pence per share (the "Issue Price"), totalling approximately £14.4 million (the "Issue of Equity"). In addition, the Company has entered into a loan facility agreement with Nerano Pharma Limited* for £4.0 million (the "Loan"), further details of which are set out below.

 

The Issue of Equity and the Loan take the total funds raised by the Company since December 2018 to £27 million in equity, of which 70 per cent. has been from new investors, and £14 million in loans.

 

The Issue of Equity and the Loan will allow the Company to focus on the next deliverables in this project and enhance resources for the on-site verification and validation process. Verification and validation is a process to test the specifications of the medical device and to ensure that the user requirements are met. The key deliverables are summarised below:

 

Components

Manufactured

Delivered at the integration site (Daresbury)

Proton source

ü

By end of September 2019

RFQ

ü

Already delivered

4 SCDTLs

ü

By end of September 2019

13 CCLs

ü

6 already delivered, 7 to be delivered by early Q4:2019

Patient Positioning

ü

By end of 2019

On site Verification and Validation


Throughout 2019 / 2020

First patient treatment


By end of 2020

 

Note: RFQ: Radio Frequency Quadrupole; SCDTL: Side-Coupled Drift Tube Linac; CCL: Coupled-Cavity Linac

 

Nicolas Serandour, CEO of Advanced Oncotherapy, said:

 

"With most hardware components already manufactured and in the process of being delivered at our integration site, I am delighted that we have been able to complete this significant fund raising, which will allow us to focus our resources on progressing the verification and validation needed to ensure first patient treatment by the end of 2020.

 

"We appreciate the support of existing shareholders as well as new investors. The trust we receive from our investors reinforces our commitment to our long-term strategy of making our unique proton therapy technology available to patients around the world."

 

Issue of Equity and Director Shareholdings

The Issue of Equity comprises 27,567,500 New Ordinary Shares which have been subscribed for by new and existing investors, raising total new funds of £11,027,000 (before expenses) for the Company. As part of this, Michael Sinclair, Executive Chairman of the Company, is investing £350,000 to purchase 875,000 New Ordinary Shares at the Issue Price and Enrico Vanni, Non-Executive Director of the Company, is investing £35,000 to purchase 87,500 New Ordinary Shares at the Issue Price.

 

In addition, 5,984,162 New Ordinary Shares are being issued at the Issue Price in respect of the conversion of all amounts outstanding, including interest owed, under a loan facility previously entered into by the Company with Philippe Glatz, an existing shareholder in the Company. The Loan attracted an interest rate of 10 per cent. payable in arrears.

 

A number of the Company's existing directors, former directors and senior advisers have elected to receive a total of 662,500 New Ordinary Shares at the Issue Price in lieu of fees owed. Furthermore, a total of 1,833,340 New Ordinary Shares have been issued as non-cash consideration at the Issue Price in lieu of fees due to a number of counterparties including certain financial advisers.

 

Once issued, the New Ordinary Shares will represent 15.2 per cent. of the enlarged issued share capital of the Company and are being issued utilising the Company's existing share authorities.

 

Admission and Total Voting Rights

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for 22,297,502 New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("First Admission"). It is expected that First Admission will take place on or around 12 August 2019.

 

It is anticipated that funds will be received by the Company in respect of 7,500,000 New Ordinary Shares on or around 16 August 2019. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the 7,500,000 New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Second Admission") and it is expected that Second Admission will take place on or around 19 August 2019.

 

The remaining funds in respect of 6,250,000 New Ordinary Shares are expected to be received by the end of September 2019. Once these funds have been received, application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the requisite number of New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. A further announcement will be made at the appropriate time.

 

Following First Admission, the Company's enlarged issued share capital will comprise 222,726,094 Ordinary Shares, with voting rights. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares in the Company with voting rights will be 222,726,094. 

 

Following Second Admission, the Company's enlarged issued share capital will comprise 230,226,094 Ordinary Shares, with voting rights. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares in the Company with voting rights will be 230,226,094. 

 

Following receipt of the remaining funds in respect of 6,250,000 New Ordinary Shares expected to be received by the end of September 2019, the Company's enlarged issued share capital will comprise 236,476,094 Ordinary Shares, with voting rights. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares in the Company with voting rights will be 236,476,094. 

 

These figures 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 in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

 

Loan

The Loan from Nerano Pharma Limited will be drawn down in full immediately. The Loan is unsecured, has a term of five years and is repayable in full in cash at the end of the term. If the Company elects to repay interest owed on each anniversary of the Loan agreement, then such interest shall be charged at a rate of 12 per cent. per annum. Alternatively, the Company may elect to repay all interest owed at the end of the term of the Loan, in which case interest shall be charged at a rate of 15 per cent. per annum. The Loan is subject to customary events of default.

 

*Nerano Pharma Limited is a Company owned and controlled by Seamus Mulligan, a significant shareholder in the Company.

 

Advanced Oncotherapy Plc

www.avoplc.com

Dr. Michael Sinclair, Executive Chairman

Tel: +44 (0)20 3617 8728

Nicolas Serandour, CEO

 

 




Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)


Nick Athanas / Liz Kirchner / Nicholas Chambers

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656



Stifel Nicolaus Europe (Joint Broker)


Jonathan Senior

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7710 7600



Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or avo@walbrookpr.com

Paul McManus / Anna Dunphy

Mob: +44 (0)7980 541 893 / Mob: +44 (0)7876 741 001


 

 

 

 

 

About Advanced Oncotherapy Plc www.avoplc.com

 

Advanced Oncotherapy is a provider of particle therapy in the treatment of cancer, which harnesses the very best in modern technology. Advanced Oncotherapy's R&D team, ADAM, in Geneva, focuses on the development of a proprietary proton accelerator - LIGHT (Linac Image Guided Hadron Technology). LIGHT accelerates protons to the energy levels achieved in legacy machines but in a compact and truly modular unit, offering significant cost advantages. LIGHT also delivers proton beams in a way that facilitates greater precision and electronic control, which are not achievable with currently available alternative technologies.

 

Advanced Oncotherapy will offer healthcare providers affordable systems that will enable them to treat cancer with an innovative technology, offering better health outcomes and lower treatment related side effects.

 

Advanced Oncotherapy continually monitors the market for any emerging improvements in delivering proton or particle therapy and actively seeks working relationships with providers of these innovative technologies. Through these relationships, the Company will remain the prime provider of cutting edge, cost-effective systems for particle therapy.

 

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR)

 

MAR came into effect from 3 July 2016. Market soundings, as defined in MAR, were taken in respect of the Placing with the result that certain persons became aware of inside information, as permitted by MAR. That inside information is set out in this announcement has been disclosed as soon as possible in accordance with paragraph 7 of article 17 of MAR. Therefore, those persons that received inside information in a market sounding are no longer in possession of inside information relating to the Company and its securities.

 

 

Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them.

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities

a)

Name

Michael Sinclair

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Executive Chairman

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

b)

LEI

213800LUDHZOG3YT6C82

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 25p each in Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Identification code (ISIN) for Advanced Oncotherapy plc ordinary shares: GB00BD6SX109

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

40p

875,000

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

e)

Date of the transaction

6 August 2019

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside a Trading Venue - subscription of new ordinary shares

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities

a)

Name

Enrico Vanni

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Non-Executive Director

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

b)

LEI

213800LUDHZOG3YT6C82

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 25p each in Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Identification code (ISIN) for Advanced Oncotherapy plc ordinary shares: GB00BD6SX109

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

40p

200,000

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

e)

Date of the transaction

6 August 2019

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside a Trading Venue - subscription of new ordinary shares and issue of new ordinary shares in lieu of fees

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities

a)

Name

Michael Bradfield

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Non-Executive Director

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

b)

LEI

213800LUDHZOG3YT6C82

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 25p each in Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Identification code (ISIN) for Advanced Oncotherapy plc ordinary shares: GB00BD6SX109

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

40p

112,500

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

e)

Date of the transaction

6 August 2019

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside a Trading Venue - issue of new ordinary shares in lieu of fees

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities

a)

Name

Hans Von Celsing

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Non-Executive Director

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

b)

LEI

213800LUDHZOG3YT6C82

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 25p each in Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Identification code (ISIN) for Advanced Oncotherapy plc ordinary shares: GB00BD6SX109

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

40p

112,500

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

e)

Date of the transaction

6 August 2019

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside a Trading Venue - issue  of new ordinary shares in lieu of fees

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities

a)

Name

Nick Plowman

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Non-Executive Director

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

b)

LEI

213800LUDHZOG3YT6C82

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 25p each in Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Identification code (ISIN) for Advanced Oncotherapy plc ordinary shares: GB00BD6SX109

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

40p

112,500

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

e)

Date of the transaction

6 August 2019

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside a Trading Venue - issue of new ordinary shares in lieu of fees

 

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities

a)

Name

Gabriel Urwitz

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Non-Executive Director

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

b)

LEI

213800LUDHZOG3YT6C82

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 25p each in Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Identification code (ISIN) for Advanced Oncotherapy plc ordinary shares: GB00BD6SX109

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

40p

62,500

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

e)

Date of the transaction

6 August 2019

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside a Trading Venue - issue of new ordinary shares in lieu of fees

 

 


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