Swvl Announces $20 Million Private Placement
If all the warrants are exercised for cash, the Company will receive an additional $30 million in gross proceeds
Follows the announcement of Swvl’s portfolio optimization program to turn cash flow positive in 2023
NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Swvl Holdings Corp ("Swvl" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SWVL), a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with a single U.S. institutional investor for the purchase and sale of 12,121,214 of its ordinary shares together with series A warrants and series B warrants (together, the “Securities”) at a combined purchase price of $1.65 per ordinary share, pursuant to a private placement, resulting in total gross proceeds at closing of approximately $20 million before deducting placement agent commissions and other estimated offering expenses. The series A warrants may purchase up to 12,121,214 of the Company’s ordinary shares, and the series B warrants may purchase up to 6,060,607 of the Company’s ordinary shares. The series A warrants and series B warrants will each have an exercise price of $1.65 per share, will each be exercisable immediately upon issuance, and will expire five years from the date of issuance and two years from the date of issuance, respectively. If, during their respective five-year and two-year terms, all the warrants are exercised for cash, based on the exercise price of $1.65 per share, the Company will receive an additional $30 million in gross proceeds. The closing of the private placement and sale of the Securities is expected to occur on or about August 12, 2022, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners is acting as the sole placement agent for the private placement.
The offer and sale of the foregoing Securities is being made in a transaction not involving a public offering, and the Securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or applicable state securities laws. Accordingly, the Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws. Under an agreement with the investor, the Company agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) covering the resale of the shares of ordinary shares to be issued to the investor (including the shares of ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of the warrants) no later than 20 days after the closing and to use commercially reasonable efforts to have the registration statement declared effective as promptly as practical thereafter, and in any event no later than 90 days in the event of a “review” by the SEC.
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Swvl is a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, offering intercity, intracity, B2B and B2G transportation across > 135 cities in > 20 countries. The Company's platform provides complimentary semi-private alternatives to public transportation for individuals who cannot access or afford private options. Every day, Swvl's parallel mass transit systems are empowering individuals to go where they want, when they want – making mobility safer, more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly. Customers can book their rides on an easy-to-use proprietary app with varied payment options and 24 / 7 access to high-quality private buses and vans.
Swvl was co-founded by Mostafa Kandil, who began his career at Rocket Internet, where he launched the car sales platform Carmudi in the Philippines, which became the largest car classifieds company in the country in just six months. He then served as Rocket Internet's Head of Operations. In 2016, Kandil joined Careem, a ride-sharing company and the first unicorn in the Middle East. He supported the platform's expansion into multiple new markets.
For additional information about Swvl, please visit www.swvl.com.
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These statements are based on the current expectations of Swvl's management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on, by any investor as a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Swvl. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Swvl's business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic, political and business conditions, including but not limited to the economic and operational disruptions and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; competition with other companies in the mobility industry; Swvl's limited operating history and lack of experience as a public company; recent implementation of certain policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including with respect to anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and cyber protection; the risk that Swvl is not able to execute its growth plan, which depends on rapid, international expansion; the risk that Swvl is unable to attract and retain consumers and qualified drivers and other high quality personnel; the risk that Swvl is unable to protect and enforce its intellectual property rights; the risk that Swvl is unable to determine rider demand to develop new offerings on its platform; the difficulty of obtaining required registrations, licenses, permits or approvals in jurisdictions in which Swvl currently operates or may in the future operate; the fact that Swvl currently operates in and intends to expand into jurisdictions that are, or have been, characterized by political instability, may have inadequate or limited regulatory and legal frameworks and may have limited, if any, treaties or other arrangements in place to protect foreign investment or involvement; the risk that Swvl's drivers could be classified as employees, workers or quasi-employees in the jurisdictions they operate; the fact that Swvl has operations in countries known to experience high levels of corruption and is subject to territorial anti-corruption laws in these jurisdictions; the ability of Swvl to maintain the listing of its securities on Nasdaq; and other risks that will be detailed from time to time in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. There may be additional risks that Swvl presently does not know or that Swvl currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Swvl's expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Swvl anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Swvl's assessments and projections to change. However, while Swvl may elect to update these forward-looking statements in the future, Swvl specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Swvl's assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.