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Ottawa, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - December 9, 2022) - KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: KWE) (NASDAQ: KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (the "Company" or "KWESST") today closed its previously announced underwritten U.S. public offering (the "U.S. Offering") and underwritten Canadian offering (the "Canadian Offering"). In the U.S. Offering, the Company sold 2,500,000 units at a public offering price of USD $4.13 per unit, consisting of one share of common stock and one warrant to purchase one share of common stock ("Warrant"). The Warrants have a per share exercise price of USD $5.00, can be exercised immediately, and expire five years from the date of issuance. In connection with the closing of the U.S. Offering, the underwriter has exercised its over-allotment option to purchase an additional 199,000 pre-funded common share purchase warrants and 375,000 warrants to purchase common shares. The underwriter has retained the right to exercise the balance of its over-allotment option within the 45-day period.
In the Canadian Offering, the Company sold 726,392 units, each consisting of one common share and one warrant to purchase one common share, at a price to the public of USD $4.13 per unit. The warrants will have a per common share exercise price of USD $5.00, are exercisable immediately and expire five years from the date of issuance.
The common shares of KWESST and the Warrants sold in the U.S. Offering began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbols "KWE" and "KWESW", respectively, on December 7, 2022.
The aggregate gross proceeds to the Company from the U.S. Offering and Canadian Offering were approximately USD $14,145,000, before deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses.
KWESST intends to use the aggregate net proceeds for working capital, including commercial roll-out of PARA OPS in the United States, and for the repayment of certain outstanding loans and other general corporate purposes. KWESST may also use of a portion of the net proceeds for acquisitions or strategic investments in complementary businesses or technologies.
ThinkEquity acted as sole book-running manager for the U.S. Offering and PI Financial acted as sole book-running manager for the Canadian Offering.
As consideration for the services provided in connection with the US Offering, ThinkEquity received: (a) a broker-dealer cash commission of approximately US$835,000 equal to 7.5% of the gross offering proceeds of the U.S. Offering and (b) underwriter warrants (the "Underwriter Warrants") to purchase up to 134,950 common shares equal to 5% of the common shares and pre-funded common share purchase warrants issued under the U.S. Offering. Each Underwriter Warrant is exercisable to acquire one common share at a price of US$5.1625, exercisable as of June 4, 2023 and expiring December 4, 2027.
As consideration for the services provided in connection with the Canadian Offering, PI Financial received: (a) a cash commission of approximately US$210,000 equal to 7% of the gross proceeds of the Offering; and (b) 50,848 compensation options (the "Compensation Options") equal to 7% of the number of Units issued under the Canadian Offering. Each Compensation Option is exercisable to acquire one Canadian Unit at a price of US$4.13 for a period of two years after the closing of the Canadian Offering.
A registration statement on Form F-1 (File No. 333-266897) relating to the U.S. Offering was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and became effective on December 6, 2022. The U.S. Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the final prospectus may be obtained from ThinkEquity, 17 State Street, 41st Floor, New York, New York 10004, by telephone at (877) 436-3673, by email at email@example.com. The final prospectus may also be obtained at no cost by visiting the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.
The units issued in the Canadian Offering, were offered pursuant to an amended and restated short form base PREP prospectus of the Company dated November 25, 2022 and filed on November 28, 2022 with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada, except Québec, and a supplemented short form PREP prospectus dated December 6, 2022 and filed with such regulatory authorities on the same date. A copy of the amended and restated short form base PREP prospectus and supplemented short form PREP prospectus related to the Canadian Offering can be found under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Copies may be obtained by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The units issued in the Canadian Offering, as well as the common shares and warrants comprised in such units, have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any U.S. state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold to, or for the account or benefit of, persons in the "United States" or "U.S. persons" (as such terms are defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act and all applicable state securities laws or compliance with the requirements of an exemption therefrom.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About KWESST Micro Systems Inc.
KWESST develops and commercializes breakthrough next-generation tactical systems that meet the requirements of security forces and personal defense for overmatch capability against adversaries. The company's current portfolio of unique proprietary offerings include its unique non-lethal PARA OPSTM system with application across all segments of the non-lethal market, including law enforcement and personal defense. KWESST is also engaged in the digitization of tactical forces for shared situational awareness and targeting with its signature TASCS (Tactical and Situational Control System) for real-time awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to users' smart devices and weapons. Other KWESST products include counter-measures against threats such as electronic detection, lasers and drones. These include the PhantomTM electronic battlefield decoy system to mask the electromagnetic signature of friendly forces with decoy signatures at false locations to deceive and confuse adversaries; a Battlefield Laser Detection System to counter the growing threat of weaponized lasers against personnel; and, GhostNetTM, a developmental technology for neutralizing small hostile drones without collateral damage. These systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems, and all come integrated with ATAK. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with operations in Stafford, VA and representative offices in London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE. The common shares of KWESST trade on the TSXV under the symbol KWE.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities laws, that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties (together, "forward-looking statements"). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. For example, the Company is using forward-looking statements when it discusses the use of proceeds from the combined offerings. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "contemplate," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "seek," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "target," "aim," "should," "will" "would," or the negative of these words or other similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the section titled "Risk Factors" in the prospectus related to the U.S. Offering filed with the SEC and in the prospectus related to the Canadian Offering filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada, except Québec. Forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are made as of this date, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable laws.
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