03 February 2017
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Haydale (AIM:HAYD), the global nanomaterials group, is pleased to announce that Haydale and Everpower International Holdings Co. Ltd, a New York-based investment company, engaged in investing in leading edge technologies and integration of these technology into China and which has existing graphene interests in China, have agreed subject to contract, to enter into a collaboration agreement as described below and, as a first step, Everpower has conditionally agreed to make a strategic investment in Haydale of £3.26 million (the "Subscription") to acquire a 9.9 per cent. shareholding, through its subsidiary Fu Xing New Materials Development (Heze) Co., Ltd ("Everpower").
Haydale and Everpower (together the "Collaboration Partners") have entered into non-binding heads of terms as a pre-cursor to entering into an exclusive binding collaboration agreement to manufacture, supply and market existing Haydale products and develop nanomaterials and new graphene products for the Chinese market (the "Collaboration Agreement"). It is expected that the Collaboration Partners will negotiate and enter into the Collaboration Agreement following completion of the proposed Investment, further details of which are set out below.
Strategic investment into Haydale
Everpower has conditionally agreed to invest approximately £3.26 million into Haydale via a subscription for such number of shares as will constitute 9.9% of the issued share capital of Haydale at the time of completion of the Subscription (expected to be 1,917,282 ordinary shares of 0.2 pence each ("Ordinary Shares")), at a price of £1.70 per Ordinary Share ("Subscription Price") ("Subscription Shares"). The Subscription Price represents a discount of approximately 2.8 per cent. of the average closing share price of Haydale over the 10 business days up to and including 2 February 2017.
Haydale has also agreed to grant Everpower certain pre-emption rights to maintain its resultant 9.9% holding in Haydale, subject to various carve-outs (such as the issue of shares to Directors and management in respect of convertible securities and the issue of new shares for non-cash consideration). Everpower has also been granted observer rights at Haydale Board meetings.
Owing to Chinese government regulations, the Subscription is expected to occur in 3 tranches as follows:
The Subscription Agreement will lapse in the event the Tranche 3 Shares have not been issued prior to the Long Stop Date, save that if Haydale agree to extend the Long Stop Date, Everpower must subscribe for a further 191,728 new Ordinary Shares at the Subscription Price for each month by which the date is extended.
Each tranche of the Subscription is conditional on inter alia, admission of the relevant tranche of Subscription Shares to trading on AIM; receipt of subscription proceeds and in the case of Tranche 3, Everpower receiving government approval and permission to remit the subscription proceeds to the Company.
There is no guarantee that the Subscription will complete on the terms or timelines anticipated above (or at all) or that a binding collaboration agreement will be entered into. The Company will update the market in due course, in particular with respect to the receipt of funds pursuant to the Subscription and applications for admission to trading on AIM of the Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the Subscription will be made in due course.
Heads of Terms relating to the Collaboration Agreement
Subject to the terms of the Collaboration Agreement being agreed, it is anticipated that Haydale will establish a new Hong Kong based subsidiary company, which will be a subsidiary of Haydale while Everpower will establish a business in China that it will own ("Collaboration New Co"), to manufacture, market and sell Haydale's existing products and materials and new nanomaterial and graphene products to be developed in collaboration with the Haydale. Initial products targeted at the Chinese market are expected to include (but not be limited to) the development, manufacture and marketing of conductive inks (for medical devices and other electronic applications), pressure and other sensors, wind turbine radial donuts and PLA 3D Printing filaments. Subject to negotiation of final terms and licence agreements, it is expected that the Group and Everpower will share royalty-free rights to market and sell new products arising from the planned collaboration to the rest of the World.
The Board understands that the Everpower group has considerable industrial and market connections with access to manufacturing facilities in China which, together with Haydale's expertise, is expected to be used to deliver high quality graphene and other advanced materials for enhancing products. In addition to manufacturing access, Everpower will provide the necessary capital and staff in China, whilst Haydale has agreed to provide training and technical support.
Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale, said:
"The envisaged agreement should provide Haydale with an excellent platform to launch our products into China. Furthermore, any future collaboration products developed from the association will be allowed to be marketed and sold to the rest of the world by Haydale.
China represents a fast moving and significant end market for Haydale, and we have been seeking a partner to help give us a footprint in the region for some time. China is one of the world's largest markets for advanced composites applications and the Company has taken its time to find the ideal partner to help maximise the commercial opportunities that arise from our operations there.
We are therefore delighted to be working closely with Everpower to introduce nanomaterials and graphene related products in the Chinese market. We look forward to forging a strong relationship with Everpower."
Mr Nan Lin, Chairman of Everpower said:
"Following a period of detailed negotiations, Everpower is delighted to be working with Haydale as we believe that their products have significant potential to add value in the Chinese market.
"Our mission is to identify high quality technologies from the USA and Europe and then integrate the technologies into the Chinese market. Given our extensive experience in working with international businesses, coupled with our strong knowledge of the Chinese market, Everpower sees itself as a suitable long term partner for Haydale as they expand globally and more specifically into China. We have been extremely impressed with the work and technological capabilities of Haydale and we believe our collaboration will prove to be mutually beneficial for both parties."
For further information:
|Haydale Graphene Industries plc
Ray Gibbs, Chief Executive Officer
Matt Wood, Finance Director
Trevor Phillips, Head of Communications
|Tel: +44 (0) 1269 842 946
|Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nominated Adviser)
Tony Rawlinson / Emma Earl
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7213 0880|
|Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Broker)
David Foreman / Will Goode (Corporate Finance)
David Banks / Mark Westcott (Sales)
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7894 7000|
Henry Harrison-Topham / Jamie Hooper
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Notes to Editors
Everpower International Holdings is a New York-based investment company, focused on investing in leading edge technologies in North America and Europe and seeking to integrate these technologies into China, where there is huge market and demands for such high-tech products.
Everpower also has existing graphene interests, particularly following entering an agreement in April 2016 with US based Angstron Materials Inc. (AMI) to realise industrial production of single-layer graphene and develop applications of graphene-based technologies.
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