Eduspec to raise up to RM6.9m via private placement

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 7, 2018.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Eduspec Holdings Bhd has proposed to raise up to RM6.92 million via private placement to third-party investors to be identified later.

The proceeds raised will be used for working capital and repaying bank borrowings. As at Aug 24, the total bank borrowings of Eduspec stood at RM31.98 million.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, Eduspec said the proposed private placement will involve the issuance of up to 138.45 million new shares, representing not more than 10% of its issued shares.

The placement shares will be priced at not more than 10% discount to the five-day volume weighted average market price (VWAMP) of Eduspec shares.

Assuming, the placement shares are issued at an indicative issue price of five sen per placement share, a 7.58% discount to the five-day VWAMP of Eduspec shares of 5.41 sen as at Aug 24, the proposed exercise is expected to raise gross proceeds of between RM5.01 million and RM6.92 million.

Kenanga Investment Bank has been appointed as the principal adviser for the proposed private placement.

“Barring any unforeseen circumstances and subject to all required approvals being obtained, the proposed private placement is expected to be completed by December 2018,” said Eduspec.

Shares in Eduspec closed unchanged at four sen yesterday, bringing a market capitalisation of RM40.07 million. Over the past year, the stock has fallen 69.2% from 13 sen.