Novacyt Raises €7.75 Million to Complete the Acquisition of Primerdesign

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Novacyt Raises €7.75 Million to Complete the Acquisition of Primerdesign

Finance-Business-MoneyNovacyt, an international specialist in cancer and infectious disease diagnostics, announces it has completed the previously announced €7.0 million financing having raised a total of €7.75 million. These funds will allow the company to complete the acquisition of Primerdesign Ltd. The company anticipates that it will now complete the Primerdesign acquisition no later than 12 May 2016.

Graham Mullis, Group CEO of Novacyt, commented: “Novacyt has achieved another significant milestone in its ambitious growth plan. I am delighted with the strong support we received from many of our current shareholders in raising a total of €7.75 million. Our investors recognize the strategic rationale of combining Primerdesign’s non-clinical molecular diagnostic products with Novacyt’s regulatory and sales infrastructure. This combination will accelerate the development and sales of new approved diagnostic products. I am excited at the potential of the combined group to accelerate growth and deliver the identified significant strategic and operational synergies. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues from Primerdesign to the enlarged group.”

On 1 April 2016, Novacyt announced it had raised a total of €5.0 million in equity and debt. Today, the company announces it has raised an additional €2.0 million in new equity and has drawn down €750,000 from its convertible bond facility with Yorkville to complete the earlier financing.

Under the terms of the €2.0 million capital raise, 1,428,572 new Novacyt shares have been issued. The share capital of Novacyt following the capital increase will amount to €669,328.00, representing 10,039,920 shares with a nominal value of 1/15th of a Euro each. The dilution resulting from the capital raise is 16.59% compared with the 8,611,348 shares currently outstanding. The new shares will be listed on Alternext Paris and rank pari passu with existing shares under ISIN code FR0010397232.

The company has been advised to reschedule the publication of its FY2015 results as a consequence of the revised completion date to reflect the impact of the acquisition of Primerdesign on the Group’s working capital and obtain an audit opinion taking this fully into account. The company  therefore expects the FY2015 results will be published on or before 12 May 2016.

Primerdesign continues to deliver a strong financial performance. In the first 6 months of its current financial year sales and profits are significantly ahead of management’s expectations. Unaudited half-year sales were £2.0 million (€2.5 million) and operating profit was £720k (€907k), which is +33% ahead of the prior year.