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Carasent ASA: Growth investor Vitruvian Partners to become significant minority
shareholder in Carasent through NOK 420 million private placement
Oslo, Norway, 22 July 2021
Carasent ASA ("Carasent" or the "Company", ticker code "CARA") is pleased to
announce that Cardigan Holdco S.à r.l., a company indirectly owned by Vitruvian
Investment Partnership IV, a fund managed by Vitruvian Partners LLP (together
"Vitruvian") has on 22 July 2021 subscribed for 11,987,332 shares (the
"Private Placement Shares") in the Company at a price of NOK 35.05 per share in
a private placement of new shares in the Company (the "Private Placement").
Following registration of the share capital increase pertaining to the Private
Placement, the Company will have a share capital of NOK 104,718,852, divided
into 78,617,757 shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 1.332.
Following registration of the share capital increase related to the share issue
and delivery of the shares to Vitruvian, Vitruvian will hold 11,987,332 shares
in the Company, equal to 15,25% of the total number of shares and votes in the
Company, thereby crossing the 15% disclosure threshold set out in the section
4-2 of the securities trading act.
"I am pleased to see Vitruvian becoming the largest shareholder in Carasent.
With its proven experience from the e-health sector, I am confident that
Vitruvian will make an important and value adding contribution to Carasent going
forward. Furthermore, the investment from Vitruvian enables Carasent to pursue
additional acquisitions as we experience increasing opportunities for
consolidation within the sector," comments Johan Lindqvist, chairman of the
board of directors of Carasent.
The new shares to be issued through the Private Placement corresponds to 17,99%
of the existing shares outstanding in Carasent. The Company intends to use the
net proceeds from the Private Placement to finance potential acquisitions and
strengthen the ability to capitalize on organic growth opportunities, as well as
for general corporate purposes.
A spokesperson for Vitruvian comments: "Carasent has built a very strong
reputation in the Nordic healthcare market where its eHealth solutions have
proven to drive improved patient outcomes and greater efficiency for healthcare
providers. As a rapidly growing Nordic eHealth leader, Carasent is well
positioned to continue benefitting from the ongoing cloud adoption, as well as
customers' desire to manage their various digital applications through a single
platform. Johan and Dennis have with their team built an outstanding company
with a central focus on customers' needs. We are excited to have the opportunity
to partner with the Carasent team and support the Company's next phase of
development, by leveraging our experience and network to seek to create value
for all shareholders over the coming years."
The share capital increase pertaining to the Private Placement was resolved by
the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") on 22 July 2021 pursuant to
an authorization granted by the Company's general meeting held 30 June 2021. The
Board of Directors has considered the Private Placement in light of the equal
treatment obligations under relevant acts and regulations, and is of the opinion
that the Private Placement is in compliance with these requirements. Following
careful considerations, the Board is of the view that it is in the common
interest of the Company and its shareholders to raise equity through the Private
Placement, in view of the current market conditions and the growth opportunities
currently available to the Company. In connection with the fully underwritten
private placement of new shares by the Company at a price of NOK 33.40 per share
announced on 26 May 2021 and completed on 2 June 2021 (the "May Private
Placement"), the Company made a customary lock-up undertaking towards DNB
Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, as manager of the May Private Placement, not to
issue new shares for a period of 90 days from completion of the May Private
Placement, except with the consent of DNB Markets. DNB Markets has consented to
the Private Placement.
Carnegie AS and DNB Markets act as managers (the "Managers") in connection with
the Private Placement.
BAHR acts as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the Private
Placement. Schjødt acts as legal advisor to Vitruvian in connection with the
About Carasent ASA
Founded in 1997, Carasent ASA (former Apptix ASA) is a Scandinavian E-health
company that develops and expands digitalization that helps customers in
providing efficient and quality health care services. The company operates
through its subsidiaries Evimeria EMR AB, Avans Soma AS, and Metodika AB,
acquired in 2018, 2020 and 2021, respectively.
Vitruvian is a leading international growth investor headquartered in London
with offices in London, Stockholm, Munich, Luxembourg, San Francisco and
Shanghai. Vitruvian focuses on dynamic situations characterized by rapid growth
and change across industries. Vitruvian has backed over 50 companies, including
12 healthcare investments and dozens of SaaS businesses, and has assets under
management of approximately EUR10 billion. Notable investments include global
market leaders and disruptors in their field such as CRF Health, Maxcyte,
Doctari, Farfetch, Wise (prev. Transferwise), and Global-e. Vitruvian has a
strong presence in the Nordics with an established office in Stockholm and
twelve investments across the region: Accountor, Benify, BHG Group, Carasent,
CRF Health, EasyPark, Just Eat, Scrive, Snow Software, Storytel, Trustpilot and
Unifaun. More information can be found at: www.vitruvianpartners.com.
The information included in this announcement is defined as inside information
pursuant to MAR article 7 and is publicly disclosed in accordance with MAR
article 17. The announcement is made by the contact persons.
For further information, please contact:
Dennis Höjer (CEO)
+46 733 28 49 22
Johan Lindqvist (Chairman)
+46 733 55 09 35
Vitruvian media contact