8 July 2021
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Augmentum Fintech plc
Increase in Initial Issue Size
Further to the Company's announcement on 17 June 2021, the Board of Augmentum Fintech plc (LSE: AUGM) (the “Company” or “Augmentum”), the UK’s only publicly listed investment company focussing on the fintech sector, having considered both the strong level of support received from potential investors in the Initial Issue and the depth of the Portfolio Manager’s pipeline of investment opportunities, has decided to increase the target size of the Initial Issue from approximately £40 million to up to £55 million. The Board will cap the Initial Issue at £55 million. All valid applications received in respect of Qualifying Shareholders' Open Offer Entitlements under the Open Offer are expected to be met in full, and any oversubscription under the Initial Placing, Excess Application Facility, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer subscription will be dealt with by a scaling back exercise.
The timetable for the Initial Issue remains as follows:
Latest time and date for receipt of completed Open Offer Application Forms and payment in full under the Open Offer or settlement of relevant CREST instructions
11.00 a.m. on 8 July 2021
Latest time and date for receipt of completed Application Forms in respect of the Offer for Subscription
11.00 a.m. on 8 July 2021
Latest time and date for receipt of completed applications from the Intermediaries in respect of the Intermediaries Offer
3.00 p.m. on 8 July 2021
Latest time and date for commitments under the Initial Placing
5.00 p.m. on 8 July 2021
Publication of results of the Initial Issue
9 July 2021
Admission and dealings in Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the Initial Issue commence
8.00 a.m. on 13 July 2021
CREST accounts credited with uncertificated new Ordinary Shares
13 July 2021
Where applicable, definitive share certificates despatched by post in the week commencing*
19 July 2021
*Underlying Applicants who apply to Intermediaries for Ordinary Shares under the Intermediaries Offer will not receive share certificates.
The Initial Issue is conditional, inter alia, on the New Ordinary Shares being admitted to listing on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA, and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange (together, “Admission”). It is expected that Admission will become effective on, and that dealings for normal settlement in the New Ordinary Shares will commence on the London Stock Exchange by, 8.00 a.m. on 13 July 2021.
For further information, please contact:
+44 (0)20 3961 5420
Peel Hunt LLP
+44 (0)20 7418 8900
Nplus1 Singer Advisory LLP
+44 (0)20 7496 3000
Frostrow Capital LLP
+44 (0)20 3709 8733
Terms used but not defined in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in the tripartite prospectus (comprising a summary, a registration document and a securities note) published by Augmentum Fintech plc on 17 June 2021.
About Augmentum Fintech
Augmentum invests in fast growing fintech businesses that are disrupting the financial services sector. Augmentum is the UK’s only publicly listed investment company focusing on the fintech sector in the UK and wider Europe, having launched on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in 2018, giving businesses access to patient capital and support, unrestricted by conventional fund timelines and giving public markets investors access to a largely privately held investment sector during its main period of growth.
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Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) the UK's implementation of EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("UK MiFID II"); and (b) the UK's implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing UK MiFID II, and in particular Chapter 3 of the Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook of the FCA (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such securities are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in UK MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by UK MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment").
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