Arqit Quantum Inc. Announces $20 Million Registered Direct Offering
LONDON, Feb. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arqit Quantum Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQQ, ARQQW) (“Arqit”), a global leader in quantum encryption technology, today announced that it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with several institutional investors (the “Securities Purchase Agreement”) for the sale and purchase of 10 million shares of the Company’s ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value each (the “Ordinary Shares”), together with warrants (the “Warrants) to purchase up to 7.5 million Ordinary Shares at a combined offering price of $2.00 per Ordinary Share and accompanying warrant, in a registered direct offering (the “Offering”). The Warrants will have an exercise price of $2.00 per Ordinary Share, will become exercisable commencing the date of issuance and will expire five years from the initial exercise date. The Company expects the Offering to close on or about 22 February 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
H.C. Wainwright & Co. is acting as the sole placement agent for the offering.
The gross proceeds of the Offering are expected to be approximately $20 million, before deducting the placement agent's fees and other offering expenses. Arqit intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to enhance international customer service capabilities in support of the growth of its recently announced channel partnerships and for general corporate purposes.
A “shelf” registration statement on Form F-3, as amended (File Number 333-268786), relating to the offered securities was initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on 14 December 2022 and was declared effective on 30 December 2022. The Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of an effective registration statement. A prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the Offering will be filed with the SEC. Electronic copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may be obtained, when available, on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by contacting H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC at 430 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, by phone at (212) 856-5711 or e-mail at email@example.com.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these Company securities, nor shall there be any sale of these Company securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.
Arqit supplies a unique quantum safe encryption Platform-as-a-Service which makes the communications links or data at rest of any networked device or cloud machine secure against current and future forms of attack – even from a quantum computer. Arqit’s product, QuantumCloud™, enables any device to download a lightweight software agent, which can create encryption keys in partnership with any number of other devices. The keys are computationally secure, optionally one-time use and zero trust. QuantumCloud™ can create limitless volumes of keys in limitless group sizes and can regulate the secure entrance and exit of a device in a group. Arqit believes it is the only company in the market to have achieved Independent Assurance Review of its Security Proof demonstrating that the software can produce encryption keys which are zero trust and provably secure, i.e. permanently safe against attack from even a full scale quantum computer. This review was conducted by the GCHQ Accredited Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security at the University of Surrey. The addressable market for QuantumCloud™ is every connected device. Arqit was recently awarded the Innovation in Cyber award at the National Cyber Awards.
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Released February 17, 2023