Paris – 19 December 2013 – EnterNext, the Euronext subsidiary designed to promote and grow the market for SMEs, today announced the successful listing of Carbios, a green chemistry specialist that develops cutting-edge technology to recycle plastic waste and produce biosourced polymers. Carbios is listed on Alternext in Paris.
Founded in 2011, Carbios is dedicated to reinventing the polymer lifecycle by developing industrial bioprocesses that offer competitive alternatives to recycling plastics in three key applications: polymer bio-recycling, programmed biodegradability and polymer production from waste materials.
Drawing on the unique technological and industrial expertise it has accumulated in 10 years of research, Carbios has developed a platform that combines unique bioprocesses and industrial solutions, building its strategy into the comprehensive Thanaplast™ programme. Headed by Carbios, this five-year project represents a total investment of €22 million, including €15 million contributed directly by Carbios. Sixty research specialists are involved, bringing together prestigious partners including Limagrain, Barbier, Deinove, INRA, CNRS and the University of Poitiers. Thanaplast™ is backed by BpiFrance (€9.6 million including €6.8 million for Carbios).
Carbios (ticker code: ALCRB) was listed through the admission to trading of 2,686,667 existing shares making up the company’s equity and the sale of 934,959 new shares issued under a Global Offering, including full exercise of the extension clause and before possible exercise of the over-allocation option.
The admission and issue price of Carbios shares was set at €14.03 per share. Based on shares issued on Alternext on the day of listing, market capitalisation stood at around €52.4 million. Altogether €13.1 million was raised.
“We want to congratulate Carbios on its successful listing on Alternext. This marks an important new stage in the company’s growth and will help it step up the pace of its business development,” said EnterNext Chairman and CEO Eric Forest.“We are proud to welcome a premium player offering technologies that combine technical expertise, competitive edge and environmental protection. Our teams welcome this opportunity to support a company in the fast-growing green chemistry sector.’
Jean-Claude Lumaret, CarbiosCEO and founder, said: “Our successful listing gives us the resources we need to become a leading player in the world’s plastics and recycling markets. We will now be able to step up the pace of development, bringing our processes to pre-commercial stage quickly and licensing them to industrial partners that will scale them up and get them on the mark. Our listing will also raise our profile very significantly with multinational businesses in the sector, and make it easier to negotiate licensing and co-development agreements. I would like to thank all of our staff and partners, in particular the Holding Incubatrice Serie 1 Chimie Verte fund advised by Truffle Capital, Truffle Capital itself, and our new shareholders for their confidence—a confidence that will enable us to usher in a green revolution in plastics.”
The Global Offering was made up of a Public Offering that included an Open Price Public Offering and a Global Placement with institutional investors in France and other countries.