January 6, 2021
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Ease2pay announces €1.3 million gross proceeds from private placement of shares
Strong commitment from principal shareholders
Proceeds from the placement to support debt reduction and growth acceleration
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, January 6, 2021 – Ease2pay N.V. (“Ease2pay” or the “Company”) (Euronext Amsterdam: EAS2P), a payment services provider focusing on easing payments for customers and merchants in the mobility sector, today announces a €1,310,210 private placement of 1,310,210 newly issued ordinary shares at a price of €1.00 per share. The price per share agreed with the investors, consisting of The Internet of Cars v.o.f, Arkelhave Capital B.V.and Cross Options International XI B.V., was set with reference to the average closing price of the ten trading days up to and including January 4th.
The new ordinary shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the currently outstanding shares of the Company and are expected to be issued and listed on Euronext Amsterdam on or about January 8, 2021. Following the Placing, the issued share capital of the Company will consist of 10,550,208 ordinary shares.
Jan Borghuis, Ease2pay director commented: “I am very pleased to announce this private placement of new shares with three of our long-standing shareholders. The Placing will allow us to accelerate Ease2pay’s growth, build out our partner network and bring our mobility payment and loyalty platform to new market sectors e.g. payment for charging EV’s and public transport. This investment in Ease2pay demonstrates confidence in the potential of our innovative payment and loyalty platform to bring value to a growing community of customers and partners.”
The proceeds from the Placing will be used to repay the Company’s outstanding shareholder loan and accrued interest in the amount of c. €678k, accelerate Ease2pay’s growth by expanding the Company’s partner network and market coverage and fund general corporate purposes and working capital needs.
Although the COVID19 pandemic made 2020 a difficult year for parking and fuel transactions, Ease2pay was able to grow the number of parking transactions by c. 30% and the number fuel transactions by c. 135% on a year on year basis.
To further the Company’s strategic objective to accelerate the long-term growth of its business, Ease2pay continues to consider potential mergers, participations, acquisitions and strategic investments in Ease2pay. If suitable opportunities arise the Company may execute one or more such transactions during the course of 2021. To facilitate any such transactions Ease2pay may use existing cash balances and/or seek additional funding, which may include equity financing.
About Ease2pay NV
Ease2pay is an innovative payment service provider seeking to make electronic payments cheaper for both consumers and retailers. Ease2pay’s proprietary mobile payment and loyalty platform turns every smartphone into a secure pin terminal via an app that allows consumers to order, pay and save using their smartphones, eliminating the need for point of sale equipment.
Ease2pay is listed on the regulated market of Euronext Amsterdam, under the symbol EAS2P. Learn more at www.ease2pay.eu.
Jan Borghuis: +31 (0)10 3074619
Corporate website: www.ease2paynv.com
This press release is released by the Company and contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 ("MAR"), encompassing information relating to the private placement, and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.
For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this press release is being made on behalf of the Company by Jan Borghuis, Member of Management Board.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements, beliefs and opinions in this press release are forward-looking, which reflect Ease2pay’s or, as appropriate, Ease2pay’s officers’ current expectations and projections about future events. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results, performance, achievements or events to differ materially from those expressed, anticipated or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions could adversely affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described herein. A multitude of factors including, but not limited to, changes in demand, regulation, competition and technology, can cause actual events, performance, achievements or results to differ significantly from any anticipated or implied development. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. As a result, Ease2pay expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release any update or revisions to any forward-looking statements in this press release as a result of any change in expectations or projections, or any change in events, conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which these forward-looking statements are based. Ease2pay or any of its officers or employees cannot guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors and do not accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the actual occurrence of the anticipated or implied developments. You should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
This press release is for information purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to buy, sell, issue, or subscribe for, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, sell, issue, or subscribe for any securities, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unauthorised or unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.
The new shares issued, or to be issued, in connection with the private placement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, delivered or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. This press release does not constitute an offer of securities in the United States, securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act. The Company does not intend to register any portion of the private placement in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.
The Company has not authorized any offer to the public of securities in any Member State of the European Economic Area. With respect to any Member State of the European Economic Area and which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each a "Relevant Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of securities requiring publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. As a result, the securities may only be offered in Relevant Member States (i) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive; or (ii) in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive. For the purpose of this paragraph, the expression "offer of securities to the public" means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the securities to be offered so as to enable the investor to decide to exercise, purchase or subscribe for the securities, as the same may be varied in that Relevant Member State by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Relevant Member State and the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the Netherlands the shares are not and may not be offered other than to persons or entities who or which are qualified investors (gekwalificeerde beleggers) as defined in Section 1:1 of the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).
Any investment decision in connection with the Placing must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the new shares to be placed. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. This announcement does not purport to identify or suggest the risks (direct or indirect) which may be associated with an investment in the Company or the new shares.
The new shares shall be admitted to listing and trading on Euronext Amsterdam.
The distribution of this press release and the offering of the new shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this press release or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this press release comes are required to inform themselves about, and to observe such restrictions.