Uster raises CHF 43.9 mn with new strategic investor Toyoto
Dr Geoffrey Scott, CEO, Uster Technologies Ltd.
Uster Technologies Ltd, the leading high technology instrument manufacturer of products for quality measurement and certification for the textile industry, announced that it has raised gross proceeds of CHF 43.9 million and broadened its shareholder base with a new strategic investor Toyota Industries Corporation.
Uster Technologies Ltd issued 1.9 million newly registered shares
with a nominal value of CHF 9.40 at a price of CHF 23.09 per share representing a premium of 10% over the volume-weighted average share price of the last 30 trading days. The transaction strengthens Uster Technologies Ltd's financial and operational flexibility and represents a strong strategic endorsement of the Company's leading market position by a major global industrial group offering synergies and new joint business development opportunities.
The transaction was executed on November 2, 2009. The new shares with a par value of CHF 9.40 each were issued from the Company's authorized share capital and represent 22.5% of the outstanding share capital after the transaction. The subscription rights of existing shareholders have been excluded in accordance with the provisions in Uster Technologies Ltd's articles of incorporation.
The new shares will be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange after the approval of the prospectus within the next weeks. Toyota Industries Corporation has agreed to a lock-up with regard to the
new shares for a period of 12 months following the share
issuance. Given the size of the investment and to strengthen the strategic cooperation, a proposal will be made, for approval at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 2010, for a representative of Toyota Industries Corporation to join the Board
of Directors of Uster Technologies Ltd.
The proceeds of the transaction of CHF 43.9 million will primarily be used to deleverage the balance sheet by reducing debt positions and to further invest in product and market developments. “We are delighted to have Toyota Industries Corporation invest in Uster Technologies Ltd as a new, long-term and strategic shareholder”, said Dr Geoffrey Scott, CEO of Uster Technologies Ltd. “Toyota Industries Corporation has a long-standing, excellent reputation in the market and shares many common values with the Uster Group. Both companies are focused on quality, invest heavily in innovation and provide excellent customer service and support. The Textile Machinery Division of Toyota Industries Corporation has a marketleading position in the
weaving and spinning sector. Together we would have a broader exposure in the textile manufacturing market offering great potential for joint business development initiatives going forward.”
Thomas Dressendörfer, Chief Financial Officer of Uster
Technologies Ltd, commented on the transaction: “The new funds we
raised provide Uster Technologies with additional financial flexibility to ensure the timely progress in continuously
building market volume back to levels we have seen in 2007. This capital increase allows us to reduce the debt profile of the company to