Elephant Talk Communications Completes $12.0 Million Registered Direct Offering
OKLAHOMA CITY, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK), a leading international provider of proprietary Software Defined Network Architecture (Software DNA™) platforms for the telecommunications industry that empower Mobile (Virtual) Network Operators (MNOs and MVNOs) and a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud in the cloud, announced today that it has completed a registered direct public offering (the "Offering") of an aggregate of $12.0 million, led by a $4.5 million investment from Elephant Talk CEO Steven van der Velden (the "Affiliated Investor"), and a $5.0 million investment from Crede CG III. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crede Capital Group, llc., and investors placed by Dawson James Securities, Inc. to purchase an additional $2.5 million. Elephant Talk sold an aggregate of 17,425,638 shares (the "Shares") of the Company's common stock, par value $.00001 per share (the "Common Stock"), and warrants (the "Warrants") to purchase up to an aggregate of 7,841,537 shares of Common Stock (the "Warrant Shares"). The Shares are being sold at a price of $0.682 per share to non-affiliate investors and at a price of $0.70 per share to the Affiliated Investor. The Warrants have an initial exercise price of $0.887 per Warrant Share for both the Affiliated Investor and the non-affiliate investors. On June 13, 2013, NYSE MKT notified the Company of its acceptance of the Company's Plan of Compliance, which was one of the closing conditions of the Offering.
The gross proceeds realized by the Company in connection with the Offering are $12.0 million and the net proceeds, after deducting the placement agent and estimated offering expenses, are expected to be approximately $11.4 million. The Company will use a portion of the net proceeds from this offering to pay all outstanding obligations of approximately $6.7 million pursuant to certain Purchase Agreements with the holders of certain senior secured convertible notes the Company issued on March 29, 2012. The Company will use the remaining net proceeds for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
"With the registered public offering successfully closed, management plans to focus their efforts on growing the Company's top-line while diligently moving the Company towards being operational cash flow positive on a consistent basis," stated Steven van der Velden, Chairman and CEO Elephant Talk Communications. "I believe that the recent fund raisings were an integral component of the NYSE MKT's decision to accept the Company's plan to regain compliance. Using the proceeds to repay existing debt strengthens the Company's financial position by providing liquidity and significantly lowering the Company's outstanding debt. In addition, the Company's recent milestones of nearly reaching a positive cash flow position in March and receiving an additional $1.5 million of funding in May provide very positive momentum moving forward."
About Elephant Talk:
Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK), is a leading international provider of mobile proprietary Software Defined Network Architecture (Software DNA™) platforms for the telecommunications industry that empower Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), Enablers (MVNEs) and Aggregators (MVNAs) with a full suite of applications, Full OSS/BSS Systems, Delivery Platforms, Support and Managed Services, on-site, cloud, hybrid and S/PaaS solutions, including Network, Mobile Internet ID Solutions, Secure Remote Access Management, Loyalty Management and Transaction Processing Services, superior Industry Expertise and high quality Customer Service without substantial upfront investment. Elephant Talk counts several of the world's leading Mobile Operators amongst its customers including Vodafone, T-Mobile and Zain, and virtually all business is focused on tier 1 and tier 2 operators worldwide. Visit: www.elephanttalk.com.
ValidSoft Limited has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications since early 2010 and underpins its mobile/cloud security offering. The company is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud and safeguarding consumer privacy relating to a variety of bank, card, internet and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), the security of the relevant telecommunication channel used (Secure Communications), and the integrity of transactions itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost effective and secure manner while being very easy to use. The company counts several leading worldwide service providers and institutions amongst its customers. ValidSoft is the only security software company in the world that has been granted three European Privacy Seals. Visit: www.validsoft.com.
Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's plans and objectives, projections, expectations and intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company also disclaims any obligation to update its view of any such risks or uncertainties or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to the forward-looking statements made here. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.
Investor Relations Contacts:
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SOURCE Elephant Talk Communications Corp.