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Midsummer AB (publ) (“Midsummer” or the “Company”) hereby announces that the Company's Board of Directors has today decided to carry out a rights issue of no more than 77,639,967 shares at a subscription price of SEK 0.85 per share, with preferential rights for existing shareholders (the "Rights Issue"). The Rights Issue is subject to approval at an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on December 1, 2023, and is expected to raise a maximum of approximately SEK 66 million for the Company before transaction costs. The record date for participation in the Rights Issue with preferential rights is December 6, 2023. According to the terms of the Rights Issue, five (5) existing shares in Midsummer entitle the holder to subscribe for three (3) new shares. The Rights Issue is 100 percent guaranteed through subscription commitments and guarantee undertakings. A notice to the Extraordinary General Meeting will be published separately in a press release.
- The Board of Directors of Midsummer decides on a capitalization of a maximum of approximately SEK 66 million through an issue of no more than 77,639,967 shares, with preferential rights for the Company's existing shareholders.
- The proceeds from the Rights Issue are intended to strengthen the Company's working capital and enable the completion of the factory in Bari, Italy, thus scaling up production to an annual production of 50 MW by the end of 2024.
- For each existing share held in the Company on the record date of December 6, 2023, one (1) subscription right is received. Five (5) subscription rights entitle the holder to subscribe for three (3) shares.
- The subscription price is SEK 0.85 per share.
- The Board's decision on the Rights Issue is subject to approval by an Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for December 1, 2023. The notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting will be published separately in due course.
- The Rights Issue is covered to 100 percent by subscription commitments and guarantee undertakings, of which subscription commitments correspond to approximately 21.6 percent of the Rights Issue, bottom guarantee undertakings approximately 52.1 percent of the Rights Issue, and top guarantee undertakings approximately 26.3 percent of the Rights Issue. Top guarantee undertakings refer to the undertaking from approximately 73.7 percent up to 100 percent of the Rights Issue. The subscription commitments and guarantee undertakings have been agreed upon in writing. No compensation is due for the subscription commitments. For the guarantee undertakings, a guarantee fee of thirteen (13) percent of the guaranteed amount is paid in cash, or alternatively fourteen (14) percent of the guaranteed amount in the form of newly issued shares in the Company. The commitments and guarantees are not secured through bank guarantees, blocking funds, pledges, or similar arrangements.
- The Company has, in addition to the above, received undertakings to vote for the approval of the Rights Issue at the extraordinary general meeting from shareholders representing a total of approximately 26.5 percent of the outstanding shares and votes in the Company.
Background and reason
In light of the market's shifting view on risk appetite, the Board of Directors of the Company has decided to focus on achieving a positive cash flow as quickly as possible rather than the fastest possible volume growth.
In October and November 2023, Midsummer implemented an efficiency program aimed at better positioning Midsummer for profitable growth. The program is estimated to yield savings of just over SEK 40 million annually and bring short-term improvements in employed capital.
The efficiency program means that the Company, at a sales pace of 50 MW per year, will achieve a positive EBITDA and cash flow. An annual production rate of 50 MW is expected to be reached by the end of 2024.
The capital injection from the rights issue, together with the financial support from Invitalia of just over SEK 100 million, and the aforementioned efficiency program, mean that Midsummer has the necessary funding to scale up sales to 50 MW during 2024, consequently reaching positive cash flow.
Status update on EU grant and Swedish factory
In addition to the Italian factory and the new share issue now being conducted to bring the company to positive cash flow, the company plans to increase production capacity in Sweden by establishing a large-scale manufacturing facility to expand Swedish production to 200 MW.
In July 2023, Midsummer was selected by the EU's Innovation Fund to receive a grant of just over EUR 32 million, corresponding to approximately SEK 375 million, for the new 200 MW production facility in Sweden. During the fall of 2023, Midsummer will negotiate the final terms with the EU, and the contract with the EU is expected to be signed in December 2023. Before the first payment can be made, the project must have its financing fully secured. The grant from the EU's Innovation Fund corresponds to approximately 50 percent of the remaining co-financing required to participate in the grant. Midsummer is now exploring opportunities to co-finance the EU grant with a combination of venture capital, loans, and other public financing. Midsummer's long-term goal is to expand the total production to over 1 GW by 2030.
"Through our efficiency program and capital from the upcoming rights issue, we are well on our way to reaching a sales rate of 50 MW per year and thereby a positive cash flow by the end of 2024," says Sven Lindström, CEO.
Preliminary timetable for the Rights Issue
December 1, 2023: Extraordinary General Meeting
December 6, 2023: Record date for participation in the Rights Issue
December 7, 2023: Estimated date for the publication of the prospectus
December 8 – 22, 2023: Subscription period
December 8 – 19, 2023: Trading in subscription rights
December 28, 2023: Estimated date for the announcement of the outcome of the Rights Issue
Summary of the Rights Issue
The shareholders of the Company have preferential rights in the Rights Issue. For each existing share held in the Company on the record date of December 6, 2023, one (1) subscription right is received. Five (5) subscription rights entitle the holder to subscribe for three (3) newly issued shares at a subscription price of SEK 0.85 per share. To the extent that shares are not subscribed for with preferential rights, they shall be offered to shareholders and other investors who have expressed an interest in subscribing for shares in Midsummer. If the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, the Company will receive approximately SEK 66 million before transaction costs.
The complete terms and conditions of the Rights Issue and information about Midsummer will be provided in the prospectus regarding the Rights Issue that is expected to be published on or around December 7, 2023, and will be available on Midsummer's website at https://midsummer.se/investerare/.
Share and share capital
Through the Rights Issue, the share capital of the Company will increase by a maximum of SEK 3,105,598.68, from SEK 5,175,997.80 to SEK 8,281,596.48, by the issuance of no more than 77,639,967 shares. The number of shares will thus increase from 129,399,945 to a maximum of 207,039,912 shares. If the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, the dilution will amount to approximately 37.5 percent.
If the Rights Issue is fully subscribed and all guarantors choose to receive the guarantee fee in the form of shares, the share capital in the Company will increase by a maximum of SEK 340,965.36from SEK 8,281,596.48 to SEK 8,622,561.84 through the issuance of a maximum of 8,524,134shares. The number of shares will thereby increase from 207,039,912 shares to 215,564,046 shares. The dilution would amount to approximately 3.95 percent.
Erik Penser Bank AB acts as financial advisor and Advokatfirman Lindahl KB acts as legal advisor to Midsummer in connection with the Rights Issue.
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Midsummer is a Swedish solar energy company that develops, manufactures and sells solar cells to construction, roofing and solar cell installation companies and also manufactures, sells and installs solar roofs directly to end customers. The company also develops and sells equipment for the production of flexible thin film solar cells to strategically selected partners and machinery for research. The solar cells are of CIGS technology (consist of copper, indium, gallium and selenide) and are thin, light, flexible, discreet and with a minimal carbon footprint compared with other solar panels.
The solar roofs are produced in Sweden using the company’s own unique DUO system which has taken the position as the most widespread manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells in the world. The Company’s shares (MIDS) are traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market with G&W Fondkommission as Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit: midsummer.se
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