Proposed IPO of Wyld Networks
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9 June 2021
("Tern" or the "Company")
Proposed IPO of Wyld Networks
Tern Plc (AIM:TERN), the investment company specialising in the Internet of Things ("IoT"), is pleased to announce the proposed IPO and admission to trading on the NASDAQ First North Growth Market ("NASDAQ First North") in Stockholm of the newly incorporated holding company of the Company's portfolio company, Wyld Networks Limited, Wyld Networks AB (publ) (together "Wyld Networks").
· Proposed IPO and admission to trading on NASDAQ First North in Stockholm of Wyld Networks, with the first day of dealing expected to be on 2 July 2021.
· The proposed Wyld Networks IPO is intended to, inter alia, increase their brand recognition, enable them to raise additional funds for expansion, reduce their dependence on Tern for future funding and provide a public market equity valuation and liquidity for Wyld Networks' shareholders.
· Proposed Wyld Networks IPO fund raising of SEK 25 million (approximately £2.1 million) in conjunction with the proposed IPO, which will be provided by third parties, Tern and Wyld Networks' management, with Tern being due to invest approximately £300,000.
· Tern's holding in Wyld Networks expected to reduce from 78.7% to approximately 60% following the IPO.
Wyld Networks develops and sells innovative wireless technology solutions that enables affordable terrestrial and satellite connectivity for IoT devices and sensors anywhere in the world, especially for the 85% of the world's surface where there are no mobile networks; and for connecting smartphones directly together into a wireless network without the need for 4G or Wi-Fi in areas where mobile networks are congested or not available.
Prior to the proposed approximately £2.1 million fund raising (the "Offering") in conjunction with the proposed IPO, further described below, Tern owns 78.7% of Wyld Networks' equity. Following Wyld Networks' fund raising announced on 28 January 2021, Tern's holding had a book valuation of £4.1 million.
Following the Offering, the issue of incentive shares to Wyld Networks' management and admission to NASDAQ First North, Tern's holding in Wyld Networks is expected to reduce to approximately 60%, which will be valued at approximately £4.7 million on the basis of the proposed Offering price (as defined below). Including Tern's proposed participation in the Offering, Tern will have invested approximately £1.75 million to date in Wyld Networks. Tern's holding in Wyld Networks will be subject to lock in arrangements for a year from the proposed IPO.
To facilitate the proposed IPO a new holding company for Wyld Networks, Wyld Networks AB (publ) has been established and it is expected that this company's shares will begin trading on NASDAQ First North on 2 July 2021 .
The Offering will consist of an issue of a maximum of 2,275,000 units, where each unit consists of one share and one TO1 Warrant and one TO2 Warrant (as defined below), corresponding to a fund raising of approximately SEK 25 million (approximately £2.1 million) before transaction costs (provided that the Offering is fully subscribed) and excluding any future income from the warrants. The Offering will be conducted at a fixed price of SEK 11.00 per unit (the "Offering price"), corresponding to a total market value of the Wyld Networks' shares of approximately SEK 66 million (approximately £5.6 million) before the Offering proceeds. The Offering subscription period commences on 10 June 2021 and ends on 23 June 2021.
The warrants to be granted pursuant to the Offering will comprise one warrant series (the "TO1 Warrants") which enables the subscription of one new share in Wyld Networks at a maximum subscription price of 125 percent of the price in the Offering, corresponding to SEK 13.75 per share and a further warrant series (the "TO2 Warrants") which enables the subscription of one new share in Wyld Networks at a maximum subscription price of 150 percent of the price in the Offering, corresponding to SEK 16.50 per share. A maximum of a further approximately SEK 69 million (approximately £5.9 million) could therefore potentially be raised if all of the warrants to be granted pursuant to the Offering were to be exercised. The subscription period for the TO1 Warrants will commence on 22 March 2022 and end on 4 April 2022, and the subscription period for the TO2 Warrants will commence on 6 December 2022 and end on 19 December 2022. Both series of warrants are intended to be admitted to trading on Nasdaq First North.
Subscription commitments of approximately SEK 20 million (approximately £1.7 million), corresponding to approximately 80% of the Offering have already been made. This includes approximately £300,000 from Tern and further amounts from certain of Tern's Directors (amounting to approximately £55,000) and Wyld Networks' management to support the Offering.
The net proceeds of the Offering are expected to be used by Wyld Networks to:
· Build its commercial team with direct and reselling programmes (45%)
· Expansion of its engineering teams (38%)
· Establish North American and Asian operations (17%)
Complete terms of the Offering are available in a Swedish language prospectus, approved and registered by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, that has been published today and is available on Wyld Networks' website, www.wyldnetworks.com. A subscription form for the Offering is also available on Wyld Networks' website.
Tern's Chief Executive Officer, Al Sisto, will remain as a non-executive director on Wyld Networks' board.
For the year ended 31 December 2020, Wyld Networks' audited loss for the year was SEK9,536,000 (2019: loss of SEK 6,602,000) on net sales of SEK 2,475,000 (2019: SEK 1,559,000) and its audited total assets as at 31 March 2020 were SEK 5,752,000 (31 December 2019: SEK 5,636,000).
Mangold Fondkommission AB is acting for Wyld Networks as Certified Adviser, financial adviser and sole bookrunner for the Offering.
A further announcement will be made by Tern in due course.
Commenting Al Sisto, CEO of Tern, said:
"We are very pleased that Wyld Networks is announcing its proposed IPO today. We believe that having a transparent public markets valuation for Wyld Networks and giving the business access to further capital from a public market, as required, is in the best interests of Wyld Networks, Tern and its shareholders. The proposed IPO is recognition that Wyld Networks has now reached the appropriate stage of development under Tern's guidance and support to become a publicly quoted company and the IPO forms part of Tern's strategy to maximise shareholder value.
"However, following the proposed IPO Offering Tern will continue to hold approximately 60% of Wyld Networks' shares, remaining its majority shareholder, and will benefit from any future share price appreciation. We believe that Wyld Networks has an exciting future ahead of it and the IPO structure ensures it remains a key part of our portfolio and Tern's shareholders should benefit from a large part of its future value.
"We look forward to reporting on future developments with Wyld Networks and our other portfolio companies in due course."
Al Sisto (CEO)
Sarah Payne (CFO)
via IFC Advisory
Allenby Capital Limited
(Nominated Adviser and Broker)
David Worlidge / Alex Brearley (Corporate Finance)
Matt Butlin / Kelly Gardiner (Sales and Corporate Broking)
Tel: 0203 328 5656
(Financial PR and IR)
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