Placing of Shares
blinkx PLC (“blinkx” or the “Company”) proposed placing of 27,927,971 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 18 pence per new ordinary share
blinkx announces that it is today placing 27,927,971 new ordinary shares, with a nominal value of 1 penny per share (“Placing Shares”), representing approximately 10 per cent. of blinkx’s existing issued share capital, with Autonomy Corporation plc (“Autonomy”) and institutional investors (the “Placing”). The Placing is expected to raise approximately £5.0 million before expenses.
blinkx’s video search engine is built on a technology that was conceived at Cambridge University, enhanced by $150M in R&D over 12 years and is now protected by 110 patents. blinkx’s TV and Video search index performs over 17.4 million searches every day and the company has partnered with over 650 media companies, including CBS, NBC Digital Media, Fox Sports, ITN and Time Inc. In 2007, blinkx introduced AdHoc, a contextual advertising platform for online video. AdHoc delivers advertising based on a patent-pending combination of technology, which enables it to place relevant advertisements in relevant videos at the most relevant points in time.
Despite the macroeconomic challenges of the preceding 18 months, based on the strength of its unique technology, content and audience, blinkx was able to increase the average price of its advertising products, and more than double its annual revenue in the financial year ending March 2009. In addition, blinkx has today announced its half year results to 30th September, reporting revenues of $13.1M, up 106 per cent. from first half of the prior year. blinkx has also capitalized on the downturn over the past year to acquire relevant technology infrastructure. Despite being fully funded, the placing will provide capital to allow blinkx to seize growth opportunities that will arise as the economy recovers.
blinkx’s principal shareholder, Autonomy, strongly believes in this market opportunity for blinkx. Indeed, Autonomy has demonstrated its strong support of the Transaction by agreeing to underwrite the issue of the Placing Shares.
blinkx was successfully demerged from Autonomy in April 2007. Autonomy and affiliates of the group currently control approximately 19 per cent. of the issued voting share capital of blinkx. If the conditions to the Placing are satisfied, to the extent that no Placing Shares are placed with institutional investors, the percentage of the issued voting share capital of blinkx controlled by Autonomy and affiliates would increase to approximately 26 per cent.
Commenting on the transaction, CEO of blinkx, Suranga Chandratillake said “Today blinkx is the global gold standard for Video and TV Search and we will continue the strong investment in both our brand and technology to capitalize on this once-in-a-generation opportunity. During the downturn blinkx has made significant progress and is now ready to ride the wave of an upturn. We have prepared the business for this and will take all opportunities to aggressively pursue this growth when an upturn arrives.”
Financial Media Contacts:
Edward Bridges/Haya Chelhot
+44 (0)20 7831 3113
+44 (0)20 7986 4000
+44 (0)20 7986 4000
Analyst and Investor Contacts:
Suranga Chandratillake, Chief Executive Officer
+1 (415) 848-2986
This announcement is for information only and, save as expressly set out herein, does not constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice in any jurisdiction, including without limitation, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.
This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of blinkx plc (the “Company”). Citgroup Global Markets U.K. Equity Limited (“Citi), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting for the Company and for no-one else in relation to the Placing, and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to each of its respective clients nor for providing advice in connection with the Placing. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Citi or by any of its affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.
The distribution of this announcement and the placing of the Placing Shares as set out in this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company or Citi that would permit an offering of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to the Placing Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by the Company and Citi to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
This announcement is directed only at persons (i) having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of “investment professionals” in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (ii) who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and other persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). This announcement must not be acted or relied on in the United Kingdom by persons who are not relevant persons.
The Placing Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or under the laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold or transferred, directly or indirectly, within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
Subject to certain exceptions, this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of the Company in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. No money, securities or other consideration is being solicited and, if sent in response to the information herein, will not be accepted. There will be no public offer of any securities of the Company in the United States or elsewhere.
Any indication in this announcement of the price at which ordinary shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. No statement in this announcement is intended to be a profit or production forecast and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.
This announcement contains (or may contain) certain forward-looking statements with respect to certain of blinkx plans and its current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition and performance and which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. blinkx cautions readers that no forward-looking statement is a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements sometimes use words such as ‘aim’, ‘anticipate’, ‘target’, ‘expect’, ‘estimate’, ‘intend’, ‘plan’, ‘goal’, ‘believe’, or other words of similar meaning. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding blinkx future financial position, income growth, impairment charges, business strategy, projected levels of growth in its markets, projected costs, estimates of capital expenditure, and plans and objectives for future operations of blinkx and other statements that are not historical fact.
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, including, but not limited to, UK domestic and global economic and business conditions, the effects of continued volatility in credit markets, market-related risks such as changes in interest rates and exchange rates, the policies and actions of governmental and regulatory authorities, changes in legislation, the further development of standards and interpretations under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) applicable to past, current and future periods, evolving practices with regard to the interpretation and application of standards under IFRS, the outcome of pending and future litigation, the success of future acquisitions and other strategic transactions and the impact of competition — a number of which factors are beyond blinkx control. As a result, blinkx actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals, and expectations set forth in blinkx forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made herein by or on behalf of blinkx speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by the FSA, AIM or applicable law, blinkx expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement to reflect any changes in blinkx expectations with regard thereto or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.