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Completion of investment in Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited

Oxford Advanced Surfaces LogoOxford Advanced Surfaces Group the AIM listed technology developer which designs, develops and manufactures proprietary technology solutions to create engineered materials and address surface modification applications across many markets, including automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, energy and packaging is pleased to confirm completion of a fundraising by its subsidiary, Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited (OASL).

The Company announced in its interim results on 29 August that the directors had decided to source further investment for OASL, its principal operating subsidiary, based at Begbroke Science Park, which owns and is developing the Onto™ surface treatments technology.

The Company is delighted to confirm the fundraising has been successfully completed with an additional £901,698 invested in OASL from the Company, the directors and other principal shareholders, including IP2IPO Limited and the University of Oxford.

Prior to completion of the transaction, the loan between the Company and OASL, which at 31 August 2014 amounted to £3,911,000, was partly converted to equity and the balance of £2,141,000 was irrevocably waived. In addition the Company’s investment in Oxford Energy Technology Limited was transferred to OASL in exchange for shares at its book value of £67,535. Following this the Company held 2 million shares in OASL, representing 100 per cent. of the issued share capital. A pre-funding value was placed on OASL of £2 million which the directors, having consulted with WH Ireland, considered to be fair. 901,698 new ordinary shares in OASL were issued at a price of £1 per share, valuing OASL at £2.9 million post investment.

Following completion of the funding, the Company now owns approximately 77.54 per cent of the issued share capital of OASL and has net cash balances of £1.85 million (excluding subsidiaries).

Philip Spinks, Chief Executive, will be employed directly as chief executive of OASL, while remaining as a non-executive director of the Company, whilst James Ede-Golighty becomes non-executive Chairman. Dr Peter Rowley and Dr David Bott have both resigned on the completion of the deal and have been appointed as non-executive directors of OASL. The board of OASL will be joined by Mark Reilly, a representative of IP2IPO.

Joanna Grant