CARBIOS secures an equity financing facility with Kepler Cheuvreux to sustain its development

Clermont-Ferrand, March 29, 2017 (6:00 PM CEST) – CARBIOS (Alternext Paris : ALCRB/ Eligible PEA-PME), an innovative green chemistry company specializing in enzymatic bioprocesses applied to plastic and textile polymers, announces the implementation of an equity financing facility with Kepler Cheuvreux.

The Company’s Chief Executive Officer, acting pursuant to the powers delegated to him by the Board of Directors and in accordance with the tenth Resolution of the AGM on June 17, 2016[1], decided to go ahead with this transaction.

Elisabeth SIACHOUA, CFO states: “CARBIOS has a good financial visibility: at year-end 2016, the gross cash of the Company stood at 4 million euros which enables us to pursue current developments for the next 12 months. We can also fairly anticipate 1.3 million euros in Tax Research Credit (CIR) to be received and 1 million euros in subsidies and conditional advances from Bpifrance after validation of the fifth and final key stage of the THANAPLAST™ project. This equity financing facility obtained from Kepler Cheuvreux reinforces the Company’s financial situation for the industrialisation of CARBIOS’ first processes and provides greater visibility to the Company on its mid-term financing plans.”

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Kepler Cheuvreux committed to subscribe for 380,000 shares at its own initiative over a timescale not exceeding 24 months, accounting for an indicative amount of €2.5 million[2] or a maximum of 9.9% of the share capital, subject to the contractual conditions being fulfilled. CARBIOS retains the option of suspending or terminating this agreement at any time.

With Kepler Cheuvreux acting as financial intermediary and underwriter for the transaction, the shares will be issued based on the volume-weighted average price of the two trading days preceding the issue, minus a discount of 7.5% or less.

Assuming this equity financing facility were to be used in full[3], a shareholder owning 1.00% of CARBIOS’ share capital prior to the transaction would see a reduction in their shareholding to 0.91%[4].

The number of shares issued pursuant to this agreement and admitted to trading will be announced in a Euronext notice and on CARBIOS’ website.

Jean-Claude LUMARET, CEO of CARBIOS states: «CARBIOS recently took a new step forward with the operational launch of an industrial and commercial demo plant through the joint-venture CARBIOLICE. This equity financing facility signed with Kepler Cheuvreux will bring us the means to accelerate large-scale deployment of this first licenced technology and help us to support the pilot development stage of a second process dedicated to the biorecycling of PET plastics.”

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[1] Capital increase by private placement without preferential subscription rights, in the limit of 20% of the Company’s share capital per year, in accordance with Article L. 225-136 (3°) of the French Commercial Code

[2] Based on the average market price of CARBIOS shares during the past twenty trading days

[3] Leading to the issuance of up to 380,000 new shares

[4] Based on the 3.834,787 shares making up CARBIOS’ share capital at March 29, 2017

About CARBIOS

CARBIOS is a green chemistry company whose innovations are designed to meet environmental and sustainable development issues faced by global industrial players. Since its creation in 2011, CARBIOS has developed two industrial bioprocesses dedicated to the biodegradation and the biorecycling of polymers. These breakthrough innovations, which are a worldwide premiere, leverage the highly specific properties of enzymes to optimize the performances and the life cycle of plastic and textile materials. CARBIOS’ economic development model is based on the industrialization and commercialization of its products, enzymes, technologies, and bioprocesses via the concession of licenses, directly or via joint ventures to major industrial players in the sectors that can make use of the Company’s innovative technologies. For instance, CARBIOS created in September 2016, the joint-venture CARBIOLICE, in partnership with Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients and the SPI investment fund run by Bpifrance. This company, controlled by CARBIOS, will operate the first patented enzymatic biodegradation technology licensed by CARBIOS by producing enzymated pellets to be used for the production of a new generation of bio-sourced and biodegradable plastics. Since inception, CARBIOS benefits from the financial support of the leading European venture capital firm Truffle Capital. CARBIOS was granted the label “Young Innovative Company” by Bpifrance (former OSEO) and is eligible for investments by private equity mutual funds (FCPIs).

For more information, please visit: www.carbios.fr

CARBIOS is eligible for the PEA-PME, a government program allowing French residents investing in SMEs to benefit from income tax rebates.

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