SOBRsafe Completing Strategic Refinance of Maturing Debt
Further Stabilizing Financial Position, Accelerating Product Enhancements
DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / March 7, 2023 / SOBR Safe, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOBR) (SOBRsafe™), providers of industry-leading alcohol detection solutions, today announced it has signed a securities purchase agreement to issue to certain investors $3.5 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2025 (the "Notes") and accompanying warrants (the "Warrants") to purchase approximately 0.38 million shares of common stock. The Company intends to replace approximately $2.5 million in existing maturing debt.
Each of the Notes shall include an original issue discount of 15%. The Notes will mature on March 9, 2025 unless earlier converted (only upon the satisfaction of certain conditions). The initial conversion price will be $2.28 per share of common stock, subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of specified events.
The Warrants will be exercisable immediately upon the date of issuance and have an initial exercise price of $2.52. The Warrants will expire five years from the date of issuance.
The sale of the Notes is expected to close on March 9, 2023, subject to customary closing conditions.
"This minimally dilutive financing is consistent with our long-term capital markets strategy, and allows us to ‘pull-forward' technology enhancements previously considered for 2024," said Chairman & CEO David Gandini. "With this accelerated pace, we can be even more opportunistic in executing our sales, integration and licensing strategy - while further extending our financial runway."
Aegis Capital Corp. is acting as exclusive placement agent for the Offering.
The securities described above are being sold in a private placement and have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. The securities were offered only to accredited investors. Pursuant to a registration rights agreement with the investors, the Company has agreed to file one or more registration statements with the SEC covering the resale of the common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes and exercise of the Warrants.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
The annual cost of alcohol abuse in the U.S. is $249 billion. Nearly half of all industrial accidents with injuries are alcohol-related, and 1-in-10 U.S. commercial driver's test positive for alcohol (the highest rate worldwide). In response, SOBRsafe™ has developed a proprietary, touch-based identity verification, alcohol detection and cloud-based reporting system. The technology is transferable across innumerable form factors, including stationary access control, personal wearables and telematics integration.
A preventative solution in historically reactive industries, it is being deployed for commercial fleets, workplaces, alcohol rehabilitation and probation management; other intended applications include air and rail, and young drivers. This patent-pending alcohol detection solution helps prevent an intoxicated worker from taking the factory floor or a driver from receiving the keys to a truck, bus or rideshare vehicle. An offender is immediately flagged, and an administrator is empowered to take the appropriate corrective actions. At SOBRsafe, we are creating a culture of prevention and support. To learn more, visit www.sobrsafe.com.
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SOURCE: SOBR Safe, Inc.
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Released March 7, 2023