Volpara to Acquire Mrs Systems, And Launch Capital Raising
Volpara to Acquire Mrs Systems, Inc. And Launch Capital Raising
Wellington, NZ, 3rd June 2019: Volpara Health Technologies Limited (Volpara; ASX: VHT), a medical technology company whose AI imaging algorithms assist the early detection of breast cancer, has today entered into a binding agreement to acquire US-based MRS Systems, Inc. (MRS) and launched a fully underwritten $55m equity capital raising to fund both the acquisition and further organic growth.
has agreed to acquire MRS for US$14.59 million (~A$21.15
• MRS is a medical software company that provides comprehensive patient tracking, and communication, and a radiology reporting platform, for sub-specialty radiology applications including breast and lung imaging
• A leading provider of breast clinic management software, MRS has an estimated ~20% market share of breast clinics in the US, with its software used in more than 1700 breast clinics, and is forecasting Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) of ~US$4.5 million for FY19 (year ending 31 December 2019), and along with capital sales, expects ~US$7.5m total revenue for FY19
• The Acquisition provides Volpara with an expanded and mature presence in the US, with an enlarged sales footprint and technical support; product suites that are highly complementary - creating cross-selling opportunities for both MRS and Volpara; the combination of MRS clinical data and Volpara images will enrich Volpara’s AI capability
• To fund the Acquisition (and costs) and to fund further organic growth, Volpara will launch a fully underwritten equity capital raising consisting of an institutional placement to raise A$45 million and a pro rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer to raise approximately A$10 million (Capital Raising)
• Completion of the Acquisition is expected to occur around mid-June 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions precedent
Volpara has today (Sydney time) entered into a binding merger agreement to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of MRS for total consideration of US$14.59 million (~A$21.15 million2), subject to certain purchase price adjustments at completion (including for working capital).
rationale for the Acquisition
The Acquisition is consistent with Volpara’s goal to save families from breast cancer through the use of AI imaging algorithms to assist the early detection of breast cancer. Application of AI requires well-curated data, and the combination of the two companies opens up that potential. The integration of MRS’ solution instantly increases the number of US clinics to which Volpara has access from ~400 to over 2,000 (an increase of more than 400%). This access will provide a platform to enable many more women to benefit from Volpara’s personalised risk assessment and enhanced patient-outcome tracking while generating the massive amounts of data that optimise AI. The combination of MRS’ clinical data and Volpara’s breast images and algorithms provides the basis for more complete products, greater customer support through more efficient workflow, and ultimately more accurate risk-detection tools powered by AI, as well as increased revenue and enhanced profitability for both companies.
In the shorter term, it is expected that the Acquisition will provide Volpara with:
• a much
stronger US presence, technical expertise, and a mature,
experienced US HQ based in Seattle
• a significant increase in ARR
• accelerated sales through cross-selling opportunities
• increased potential ARPU (annual revenue per user) through new products for the sales team
Volpara CEO, Dr Ralph Highnam, commenting on the Acquisition, said: “We’ve been talking to MRS for many years and have been extremely impressed with the quality of the people and the products they build. So I’m very happy to now announce that we are combining to create a world-class entity with a strong US base and an extended range of integrated products which will help detect breast cancer earlier.”
Volpara is issuing further equity to fund the purchase price for MRS (including the associated costs of the transaction) and to fund further organic growth. The fully underwritten equity raising comprises:
• a placement to institutional
shareholders at an offer price of A$1.50 per new share
(Offer Price) to raise A$45 million
• a 1 for 27 pro rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer to Eligible Shareholders (Entitlement Offer) that hold Volpara shares (Shares) at 7:00 pm (Sydney time) on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 (Record Date) at the Offer Price to raise approximately A$10 million.
The Offer Price for each new Volpara share (New Share) of A$1.50 represents:
• an 18.9% discount to the last closing price of the Shares on ASX on Friday, 31 May 2019, being A$1.85;
• a 14.9% discount to the 30 day VWAP of the Shares on ASX; and
• a 16.2% discount to the theoretical ex-rights price (TERP) of the Shares, being $1.79.
The Capital Raising is lead managed, and fully underwritten, by Bell Potter Securities Limited (Bell Potter). Morgans Corporate Limited has been appointed as a co-lead manager.
Placement and Institutional Entitlement Offer
In addition to the Placement, eligible institutional shareholders of Volpara are being invited to participate in the accelerated institutional component of the Entitlement Offer (Institutional Entitlement Offer). Any New Shares that would have been issued in respect of institutional entitlements not taken up by eligible institutional shareholders by the close of the Institutional Entitlement Offer and the New Shares that would have been issued to ineligible institutional shareholders (had such ineligible institutional shareholders taken up their entitlements) (Institutional Shortfall Shares), will be offered through an institutional shortfall bookbuild expected to be conducted on Tuesday, 4 June 2019 (Institutional Shortfall Bookbuild).
Volpara shares have been placed in a trading halt while the Placement, Institutional Entitlement Offer and Institutional Shortfall Bookbuild are undertaken.
Settlement of the New Shares issued under the Placement, the Institutional Entitlement Offer and the Institutional Shortfall Bookbuild is expected to occur on Wednesday, 12 June 2019, with allotment of New Shares expected to occur on Thursday, 13 June 2019.
Shares to be issued under the Placement will be issued
within Volpara’s existing placement capacity under ASX
Listing Rules 7.1 and 7.1A.
Retail Entitlement Offer
Eligible Retail Shareholders will be entitled to participate in the retail component of the Entitlement Offer (Retail Entitlement Offer) which will open on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 and will close at 5:00 pm (Sydney time) on Wednesday, 26 June 2019.
Eligible Retail Shareholders are those shareholders with a registered address in Australia or New Zealand at the Record Date who were not invited to participate in the Institutional Entitlement Offer. Volpara considers it is unreasonable to extend the Retail Entitlement Offer to shareholders with registered addresses in jurisdictions outside Australia and New Zealand having regard to the small number and nominal value of New Shares that would be offered in such jurisdictions and the cost of complying with the legal and regulatory requirements in those jurisdictions.
In addition to each Eligible Retail Shareholder’s entitlement under the Retail Entitlement Offer, Eligible Retail Shareholders will also be offered the opportunity to subscribe for additional New Shares, up to a maximum number of additional New Shares equal to each Eligible Shareholder’s initial entitlement, but only to the extent that there is a shortfall under the Entitlement Offer (Shortfall Facility) and at the Board’s absolute discretion. Any New Shares that are not taken up by Eligible Retail Shareholders (whether on exercise of any entitlement or under the Shortfall Facility) will be subscribed for by Bell Potter as underwriter.
The Entitlement Offer is non-renounceable and entitlements will not be tradeable or otherwise transferrable.
Each New Share will rank equally with existing Shares on issue. Volpara will seek quotation of the New Shares issued under the Placement and the Entitlement Offer on ASX.
investor presentation which provides further details on the
Acquisition, the Company’s business operations and
strategy, and on the Placement and Entitlement Offer, was
lodged with ASX today and is also available to shareholders
outside the United States at the Company’s website at
www.volparasolutions.com. The retail entitlement offer
booklet for the Retail Entitlement Offer (Retail
Entitlement Offer Booklet) will be released to the
ASX separately and will be mailed to all Eligible Retail
Shareholders on Tuesday, 11 June 2019.
Event Date (2019)
Trading halt request
Announcement of the Acquisition and Capital Raising Before market open on Monday, 3 June
Conduct of Placement and Institutional Entitlement Offer Monday, 3 June and Tuesday, 4 June
Institutional Shortfall Bookbuild Tuesday, 4 June
Announcement of results of Placement and Institutional Entitlement Offer
Trading halt lifted and trading resumes on an ex-entitlement basis Before market open on Wednesday, 5 June
Record Date for eligibility to participate in the Entitlement Offer 7:00 pm (Sydney time) on Wednesday, 5 June
Retail Entitlement Offer Booklet and Entitlement and Acceptance Form despatched to shareholders Tuesday, 11 June
Retail Entitlement Offer opens Tuesday, 11 June
Settlement of New Shares under the Placement and the Institutional Entitlement Offer Wednesday, 12 June
New Shares allotted and issued under the Placement, the Institutional Entitlement Offer and the Institutional Shortfall Bookbuild Thursday, 13 June
New Shares allotted and issued under the Placement, the Institutional Entitlement Offer and the Institutional Shortfall Bookbuild commence trading on ASX on a normal settlement basis and despatch of holding statements Friday, 14 June
Closing Date of Retail Entitlement Offer 5:00 pm (Sydney time) on Wednesday, 26 June, unless extended
Announcement of results of Retail Entitlement Offer (including any shortfall)
Monday, 1 July
Settlement of Retail Entitlement Offer and New Shares allotted and issued under the Retail Entitlement Offer Wednesday, 3 July
New Shares issued under the Retail Entitlement Offer commence trading on ASX on a normal settlement basis
Despatch of holding statements for New Shares issued under the Retail Entitlement Offer Thursday, 4 July
** These dates are indicative only and are subject to change. Volpara reserves the right, subject to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the ASX Listing Rules, to amend this indicative timetable. In particular, Volpara reserves the right to extend the Closing Date, accept late applications under the Entitlement Offer (either generally or in particular cases), and withdraw or vary the Placement or Entitlement Offer without prior notice. Any extension of the Closing Date will have a consequential effect on the date for the allotment and issue of New Shares. Volpara will consult with Bell Potter in relation to any change to this indicative timetable and any such change may require the consent of the Bell Potter.
Further details of the Acquisition and the Capital Raising are set out in the investor presentation also provided to ASX today. The investor presentation contains important information including the terms and effects of the Acquisition, key risks relating to the Acquisition, and an investment in Volpara shares and foreign selling restrictions with respect to the Capital Raising. Any person considering an investment in Volpara should read the investor presentation, including the key risks, in its entirety and seek their own independent advice before making any decision in this regard.
Investors are invited to join a conference call hosted by CEO, Dr Ralph Highnam, CFO, Craig Hadfield, and CCO, Mark Koeniguer on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 11.00 am (Sydney time).
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You will receive a calendar notification with dial-in details and a PINK for fast track access to the call.
For further information on, or if you have any questions in respect of, the Retail Entitlement Offer, you may call the Volpara Offer Information Line on 1300 737 760 (within Australia) or +61 2 9290 9600 (outside Australia) Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (Sydney time), during the retail offer period, being 11 June 2019 until 26 June 2019.