Wide Open Agriculture (ASX:WOA) - Managing Director, Ben Cole - The Market Herald
Managing Director, Ben Cole
Source: Wide Open Agriculture
  • Food and farming specialist Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) has pocketed $1.5 million from shareholders through a heavily oversubscribed share purchase plan
  • The company announced the plan in October to go hand-in-hand with a $7 million placement to institutional investors
  • While Wide Open Agriculture only sought $1.5 million from the purchase plan, it received applications for almost $4.1 million
  • Today, however, the company said it has scaled back applications and will only keep $1.5 million
  • The fresh funding brings WOA's cash position to $14.2 million — enough to develop two major manufacturing facilities and upgrade sales and marketing
  • Shares in Wide Open Agriculture are trading over 3 per cent higher today and worth 94 cents each

Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) has officially pocketed $1.5 million from shareholders through a heavily oversubscribed share purchase plan.

The plan was announced in October to go hand-in-hand with a $7 million placement from institutional investors, with the regenerative food and farming specialist seeking $8.5 million in total.

New shares under both cap raise plans were priced at 90 cents a pop, which was a 17.5 per cent discount to the five-day volume-weighted average price up to when the placement and purchase plan were announced.

However, WOA revealed earlier this month it had received applications for almost triple what it originally sought; retail shareholders applied for around $4.1 million worth of shares under the plan.

Nevertheless, WOA said it would only hold on to the $1.5 million and told shareholders today it has completed the purchase plan and started issuing necessary refunds for scaled back applications.

The fresh $8.5 million cash injection from the placement and purchase plan will help WOA design, build, and operate a major pilot-scale lupin protein manufacturing facility and a commercial-scale oat milk facility.

On top of this, the funds will help the company expand sales and marketing for its Dirty Clean Food range.

Following the completed purchase plan, WOA has around$14.2 million in the bank — enough, it said, to carry out its objectives and hit its goals.

Shareholders have responded well to today's news, with WOA shares up 3.3 per cent and worth 94 cents each at 3:34 pm AEDT. The company has a $94.88 million market cap.


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