This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").
NEITHER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT NOR ANY PART OF IT CONSTITUTES AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR ACQUIRE ANY SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH ANY SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.
Diurnal Group plc (AIM: DNL), the specialty pharmaceutical company targeting patient needs in chronic endocrine (hormonal) diseases, is pleased to announce that further to the Placing announced on 14 March 2018, the Company has received a letter of notice to exercise the Broker Option in respect of 263,157 Option Shares, of which 54,325 are EIS/VCT Shares and 208,832 are General Shares, raising gross proceeds of approximately £0.5 million.
The Option Shares will be issued on the same terms, and subject to the same conditions, as the Placing Shares, including the passing of the Resolutions to be considered by the Company’s shareholders at the General Meeting to be held at 11.00 a.m. on 3 April 2018 at the offices of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP at 1 Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS.
EIS/VCT Admission is expected to occur on or around 8:00 a.m. on 4 April 2018, and General Admission is expected to occur on or around 8:00 a.m. on 5 April 2018 (or such later time(s) and/or date(s), in each case, as Numis, Panmure Gordon and the Company may agree (being, in the case of EIS/VCT Admission, no later than 5.00 p.m. on 19 April 2018 and, in the case of General Admission, no later than 5.00 p.m. on 20 April 2018)).
Following the Placing (which includes, for the avoidance of doubt, the Broker Option) and conversion of the Convertible Loan, the Company expects there will be 61,336,523 ordinary shares of £0.05 each in the capital of the Company in issue.
Defined terms used in this announcement have the same meaning as in the Company’s announcement on 14 March 2018.
For further information, please visit www.diurnal.co.uk or contact:
Diurnal Group plc +44 (0)20 3727 1000
Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Bungay, Chief Financial Officer
Numis Securities Ltd (Nominated Adviser) +44 (0)20 7260 1000
Nominated Adviser: Michael Meade, Paul Gillam, Freddie Barnfield
Corporate Broking: James Black
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Corporate Finance: Freddy Crossley
Corporate Broking: Tom Salvesen
FTI Consulting +44 (0)20 3727 1000
Victoria Foster Mitchell
Notes to Editors
About Diurnal Group plc
Founded in 2004, Diurnal is a UK-based specialty pharma company developing high quality products for the global market for the life-long treatment of chronic endocrine conditions, including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Adrenal Insufficiency. Its expertise and innovative research activities focus on circadian-based endocrinology to yield novel product candidates in the rare and chronic endocrine disease arena.
For further information about Diurnal, please visit www.diurnal.co.uk
No action has been taken by the Company, Numis, or any of their respective affiliates, that would, or which is intended to, permit a public offer of the New Ordinary Shares in any jurisdiction or the possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to the New Ordinary Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes shall inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions.
No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Directive) to be published.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN, IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY, IS NOT INTENDED TO AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER OR INVITATION TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR, UNDERWRITE, SELL OR ISSUE OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE, SELL, ACQUIRE, DISPOSE OF THE NEW ORDINARY SHARES OR ANY OTHER SECURITY IN THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, CANADA, JAPAN OR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH, OR TO ANY PERSONS TO WHOM, SUCH OFFERING, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.
Numis, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as nominated adviser, broker and joint bookrunner to the Company in relation to the Placing, the EIS/VCT Admission and the General Admission and is not acting for any other persons in relation to the Placing, the EIS/VCT Admission and the General Admission. Numis is acting exclusively for the Company and for no one else in relation to the matters described in this announcement and is not advising any other person and accordingly will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Numis, or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any matter referred to in it. The responsibilities of Numis as the Company's nominated adviser under the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers are owed solely to London Stock Exchange plc and are not owed to the Company or to any director or shareholder of the Company or any other person, in respect of his decision to acquire shares in the capital of the Company in reliance on any part of this announcement, or otherwise.
Panmure Gordon, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as broker and joint bookrunner to the Company in relation to the Placing, the EIS/VCT Admission and the General Admission and is not acting for any other persons in relation to the Placing, the EIS/VCT Admission and the General Admission. Panmure Gordon is acting exclusively for the Company and for no one else in relation to the matters described in this announcement and is not advising any other person and accordingly will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Panmure Gordon, or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any matter referred to in it.
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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the New Ordinary Shares. Any investment decision to buy New Ordinary Shares in the Placing must be made solely on the basis of publicly available information, which has not been independently verified by Numis.
The price of Ordinary Shares and any income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested on disposal of the Ordinary Shares.
The New Ordinary Shares will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange.